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***OCTOBER 11TH AT 5:15PM - DUE TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST IN SIMON, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. ANY APPLICATION SUBMITTED WILL NOT BE PROCESSED OR REVIEWED.***
Read on only if you are looking for a totally sweet, super loving, and well behaved new best friend... AND you have a calm household that needs a little love bug.
This gorgeous boy is Simon and he is estimated to be between 5 and 6 years old and about 15 pounds. He came to Second Chance from a local shelter where he was picked up as a stray. And did he look terrible back then! It was determined that Simon had a fungal infection on his skin which caused him be bald over a lot of his body. He received medicated baths for a month and his coat is back to looking great. Just when Simon started meeting potential adopters it was noticed that he occasionally walked with a limp. He went to see a specialist and was diagnosed with medial shoulder instability in both shoulders. One option for treatment is surgery, it would be painful and have a long recovery time, it also is not guaranteed to correct the problem. The other option is to manage the problem. This is the option we feel is best for him. Simon has likely lived with this condition for a long time and it hasn't affected his mood or demeanor... he's such a happy dog! We don't feel that we should subject him to an invasive surgery with a significant recovery period when it can be managed. He has been wearing a stabilization vest for the last two months and at his last vet visit he had improved. What will aggravate his condition is a lot of activity such as long walks and excessive playing. What this means is that Simon is not a running buddy or a play mate for rambunctious kids or other active dogs. This condition will not shorten his life span, but he will need to lead a calm and lazy life (which suits him just fine), and have a filled prescription on hand for pain, just in case. If this sounds like your home... keep reading.
Simon really is a total sweetheart. He is happy to sit with you on the couch and snuggle, or just keep you company. He will always be happy to see you when you come home. He loves ear scratches and belly rubs. He is good on (short) walks, gets along great with dogs, and is mostly uninterested in cats. He loves to ride along in the car and this is really the only place he's been vocal. He's just so excited he can't contain himself. Simon would be happy with another laid-back, subdued canine sibling, or would be fine as an only dog. He likes to play with toys and will happily fetch whatever you toss for him (but only for a short while). He is 100% housetrained and 110% lovable. Simon does have a poodle coat which means he does not shed, but he will require regular grooming. Now if this sounds like a dog that could fit in with your family and lifestyle AND you're willing to help him manage his condition by keeping him calm and medicating him for any pain, please submit an application.