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08/12/2016: Zeus was returned back to Pet Rescue by Judy. His poor owner cried so much returning him. His neighbors in his building told him it was cruel to keep him alive and he should be forced to put Zeus down. So to avoid having Zeus put down he gave him back to us. Let me tell you a little about Zeus. He is housetrained, loves to sit in your lap and cuddle with you to stay warm. He eats basically wet food, likes other dogs and enjoys going for walks on his leash. Zeus is partially blind and deaf. Won't you please open your heart and home to help Zeus have a home again.
September foster update: Zeus was examined by an eye specialist and diagnosed with Endothelial Dystrophy in both eyes and possible Glaucoma in his left eye. He is on multiple eye drops at this time, some 4x daily, and will continue on at least some of them for the rest of his life. He does well getting around the house and his ear and skin infections are cleared up He does need medicated baths at least once or twice weekly. He spends much of the time sleeping and he eats mainly dry food. He loves to be petted and will nudge you for more when you stop. Zeus loves to lay in the sun and will go outside and just throw himself down on the driveway in the sun. We have to make him come in so he doesn't get overheated! He does not like getting up early and will usually just lay quietly in one of the dog beds or crates and wait until we feed everybody. Once he has had his breakfast and water, THEN he will ask to go out! We have multiple dog crates and beds around the house and he seems to like them all! He is cautious while getting around but finds his way where he wants to go!
Poor Zeus was left outside our building. Judy got to work at 5:30 a.m. and there he was left in a carrier crate. He had nails that were so overgrown he couldn't even walk and cataracts in both eyes. Judy sent him to the vet to get checked out. He is not old our vet said about 5. He will melt your heart. He is so sweet and quiet and loves to get taken outside for a walk. If you want a lap dog this is the one. He is ready for adoption...Honestly he is such a great dog that I am shocked that he has not been adopted!
Due to his limited eyesight, Zeus would do best in a home without an inground pool or flights of stairs. Also, since he startles easily, he would do best with only older, very considerate children.
• Appearance Zeus is growing back his missing hair. He has the cutest wagging tail! His whole rear end gets to wagging and can't help but make you smile!
• Energy Level He sleeps through the night and on and off during the day but he can move when he wants to! He loves to go outside and wander around the yard.
• Food He eats Natural Balance Limited Ingredient dry food twice a day. He gets a treat the middle of the day after going outside.
• Adaptability He is pretty mellow and easygoing. When he first came to our house as our foster he did not have any problems adapting to the other dogs of all sizes. When he was in another foster, they had a pool and he did fall in. Due to his limited eyesight, he would do best in a home without an inground pool or stairs.
• Behaviors He rarely barks. He play bows frequently and "talks" when he wants or needs something. He has a very unique bark - I've never heard one like it! I call him Foghorn Leghorn when he barks! He likes to lay in the sunshine outside but has to be watched as he does have an interest in mushrooms.
• Human Social Skills He has been fine with everybody. I have not had him around small children. He does not always notice people, for example when my husband gets home from work he does not always know he is here until he holds his hand out for Zeus to smell. He does have eyesight but not from all parts of his eye and even less at night.
• Animal Social Skills He does well even with our cranky Jack Russell.
• Obedience: He knows come, crate and is very smart.
• Training He is housetrained. He lets us know if he has to go out by waiting by the door. If we don't notice he is doing so, he will give a bark to let us know. He loves to lie in the dog crates. We put a bed in one of the small ones we have in our house and he loves to lie in there, with or without the door open. He and one of the other dogs in the house even share the crate when it is "chilly" outside.
• Ideal Home He would love a home with a lap to cuddle on and a safe yard to wander in. Taking into account his limited vision, a fence and no inground pool would be best and of course, supervision while outside. He loves his people and will sit on my lap while I am at the computer and he snuggles right in.
The vet did recently find an ulcer on Zeus' right eye and he has an ointment for that eye three times a day. They also added in some dry eye ointment twice daily for both eyes so he is now on a total of 4 eye medications. One of them is almost finished. He is also on antibiotics right now as he started to have some skin issues again but he has responded quickly and the itching has subsided. He is a very good boy about the drops. He just sits on my lap and lets me give him the drops and ointments.
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