Golden retriever Mix|male|2 years old|65 lbs|Adoption Fee $275
Updates from Foster Home:
Pupdate 2: We've had a lot of questions about Bruce's health/heart condition, so here's the scoop!
Bruce was diagnosed with a heart murmur at his regular checkup so we took him for an echo cardiogram. The echo found that Bruce had tricuspid dysplasia; a condition that is not surgically or medically fixable. His projected lifespan is 5-7 years in total. (He's currently approximately 2 years old)
He has been in foster care with us since July 16th. He has only had one seizure, on July 24 around 2:30am. It only lasted around 1-2 minutes. We then contacted his previous, surrendering owner and they came clean that he had had one brief seizure about 2 months prior to coming to us; which would have been sometime in May. Hopefully those continue to be few and far between and he won't need medication for them. If for some reason they began happening regularly or lasting for longer he would need to be put on medication.
His echocardiogram was done by Veterinary Emergency Services and he was diagnosed by Dr. Rosie Henik. She has been specializing in heart conditions and echocariography since 1979. In addition to his regular vetting and Dr. Henik, he has also seen Dr. Jody Bearman from Anshen Holistic Vet for some options on how to keep him healthy for the remainder of his lifetime. One of the biggest things we've switched is putting him on a raw, premade diet. We feed him Darwin's Natural Pet Food: https://www.darwinspet.com/ and would suggest that his adopter continue that.
Despite all that hoopla, Bruce remains a wonderful snuggle buddy, a goofy partner in crime, and a big ol' love bug. Come meet him! <3
Pupdate 1: Bruce deserves the best home. He's a special guy, who was rescued off a chain with 7 other Goldens in Alabama. He's a gentle giant and bonds hard with his humans. Confinement and separation scares him, so we leave him out in the house with our dogs when we're gone.
Bruce loves most other dogs, and lives with 4 foster fur siblings. He enjoys romping in the backyard for a minute or two and then crashing for a long nap. He's a low energy guy - probably because he has some special needs...
Bruce has serious congential heart defect that traditional medicine can't treat. His lifespan will likely be shorter than an average dog so he's looking for a home to spoil him like each day is his last. His condition hasn't affected his his daily life so far, except that he doesn't have as much endurance or energy as a typical 2 year old dog. He's a very chill gentleman. Bruce also has seizures, rarely, but could require medication to control those sometime in the future. He'll require specialty vet appointments every 6 months to monitor his condition - so whoever considers him should know that he will be expensive.
Miraculously, Bruce came to us totally potty trained, and will "ask" to go outside to do his business by pawing at the back door. He's also very quiet, and rarely barks. While he won't ever be a running partner, or a long hiker, Bruce would love it if you have a spare dog bed in your home for him!