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Birthdate (estimated): 7/11/14
I came in from a high-kill shelter in Texas like a tornado! When I arrived, I was diagnosed with pneumonia, an eye alignment, and Megaesophagus. The pneumonia was healed with antibiotics, my eye was fixed through surgery, and my megaesophagus is on the mend. Megaesophagus means my esophagus is too big and food pools in there and stretches it out instead of going to my stomach. I was pretty skinny when I came but, I am now a healthy weight and my esophagus is shrinking! My foster parents were given a strict feeding schedule by the Veterinarian (who has treated ME dogs in the past) so I have a great chance of outgrowing a lot of this condition as my body grows. I need to eat upright in a ‘bailey chair’ so my food goes down. Drinking water has been a challenge but I am overcoming this obstacle as well. My feeding schedule has gone from 6x a day to 2x a day, woohoo!
I had found myself a new family, but due to some life changes, they could not keep me, so I am again back with Ruff Start Rescue. I was also just diagnosed with heartworm, so I will need to be treated for that before I can officially be adopted, but if interested, please apply now and the people at Ruff Start will help you get me home soon.
Please consider sponsoring me as my medical costs will be pretty high too!
I am a social boy who LOVES to play with other dogs, but I can get kind of rough, so we ARE working on that. I like all people, big and small, but can get pretty rowdy, so little kids might not be best for me. I need an active family with no other pets, or a very laid back canine to play with, with people that will continue to work with me on this. I also need a family who is willing to work with my special Megaesophogus needs. I am still working on manners as my medical condition kept me from learning a lot in the beginning, but I ring the bells by the door when I have to go out and sit for a treat. I am a smart boy who loves to play and chew on dog toys. I'm fast, really fast; I like to run and I like to jump really high, so it's probably best if I have a tall fenced yard too. My fur is so soft it's almost like silk, and I will need regular brushings. I love to play fetch, but may not always want to gove up my ball right away, but if allowed to, I will play for hours. I am crate trained too, though I will bark initially when I go inside it, luckily for my people, I settle and get quiet. Do you have a place in your heart and home for me?
See his local news coverage video: They captured what it's like for him to eat in his upright chair. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/12/4-month-old-puppy-battles-rare-esophagus-disease/
Adoption fee is $280. Submit an Adoption Application
* All animals are in foster homes located throughout the Twin Cities & Central Minnesota. We do not have a facility. *