#2657 – Laddie II

Status:    Just Arrived; Regaining Health

Status: Just Arrived; Regaining Health
Type: Light Sable and White
Age: 11 years
Birthday: July 30, 1998
Gender: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Good with children: Yes, although he has hip dysplasia and severe arthritis; probably should not be placed in a home with kids
Good with other dogs: Yes, if they are gentle with him
Good with cats: He is interested in them, but does not chase
Housebroken: Yes
Foster Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Special needs: He cannot handle stairs and has difficulty walking and laying down; hard of hearing and has poor eyesight. Needs a fenced yard
Adoption requirements:
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Description: For Laddie the so-called “golden years” have been more than a little tarnished. When his owner died, Laddie not only lost his friend, he lost his home. He went to live with the owner’s son, but soon, the son became ill and Laddie again lost his home. This time, he went to live with another family member whose children were allergic to him, and Laddie found himself living in an abandoned car. Finally, he spent time at a temporary foster home until he could be transferred to his MWCR foster home. It has been a long, hard, confusing, road for this gentle, senior boy.

The years too have been a little hard on Laddie. He has severe hip displasia and arthritis, and it is difficult for him to get around. He is taking Deramaxx, glucosamine/condroitin, and fish oil. Like many elderly dogs (and people), he is a little hard of hearing and his eyes aren’t as sharp as they once were.

Despite all this, Laddie is a very sweet and gentle boy. He likes to go for rides in the car (but he needs to be lifted in and out) and he enjoys his twice daily, short, leisurely walks. He can’t handle stairs, so his foster family has built him a ramp to get in and out of the house.

Laddie likes people, including children, but he is afraid of being bumped or jostled and thus hurt. Because of his arthritis and hip displasia it would be easy to accidentally cause him pain and he is very fearful of any sort of rough or exuberant behavior. For this reason, he should not live in a house with children of any age, since he will growl and possibly snap if injured. He likes calm, gentle attention and enjoys being stroked around his head and neck and loves being scratched behind the ears.

Laddie likes other dogs, but they must be laid-back, mature dogs who will not hurt him with rough play. He is curious but not aggressive about the resident cats at his foster home and he ignores the two cockatiels.

Laddie is looking for a quiet, adult, forever home that will show him that the golden years can, indeed, be golden. He will need a home where there are no stairs and where he will not be left alone for prolonged periods. He is a special, senior boy who will need a very special family – a single person or a couple – who can provide the care and love that everyone needs as they grow old.