I can sing!
is a special needs guy who has been in an amazing medical
foster home since April, and he finally has the green light
to go up for adoption! He's about 8 years old, and he came
to us from a man who had to move into a trailer, which had
no room for Dax. When we were asked to take him, we were
sent a shocking photo of what looked like a football coming
out of his behind and told he had trouble going to the bathroom.
It wasn't clear whether this would be something we could
help him with or whether it was kinder to let him go to
the bridge since his bowels didn't have control holding
or going, but we had to give him a chance.
The first vet thought he had a physical problem, but the
second vet thought it was more neurological. We have heard
of success treating fecal incontinence with acupuncture,
so we took him to a chiropractor/acupuncturist/amazing vet,
who was pretty confident she could get him back on the right
track. She prescribed him special food, a medication to
keep things moving smoothly in his GI tract, chiropractic
adjustments, acupuncture, and a manual technique to move
things along if his brain couldn't tell his butt to poop.
After weeks of following the prescribed regimen and TLC,
he is now going potty and controlling it almost perfectly!
As if that weren't enough, he was also battling a nasty
case of walking pneumonia, which didn't cause him noticeable
discomfort, but his chest x-rays looked awful. His recheck
x-rays looked much better, so that's behind him. He was
also dealing with multiple intestinal worms, which weren't
helping his bathroom issues. Plus, he has the early signs
of Wobbler's, which is an unfortunate and common condition
in Dobermans. We are hoping Dax will get by on his looks
because that's a lot for a dog to be dealing with.
In his foster home, he is housebroken, and as long as he
gets his special meds and low-residue food in three small
meals, things are moving smoothly. He would appreciate minimal
stairs to access outside for potty and rugs or carpet instead
of slick floors. He currently goes up/down 6 stairs to access
the yard, but fewer would be better. He doesn't mind the
calm older dogs, but he's not a fan of the young doofus
who runs past him and teases him. He will sit for a treat
and offer both paws as a trick! He loves to gut stuffies,
run after tennis balls, and clean out a kong with peanut
butter. He's a smart boy, so he likes toys and games that
stimulate his brain. Dax is fine in an x-pen in his foster
home, and his foster mom says he is quiet most of the time.
He would appreciate a fenced yard to take his time to potty
at his own rate rather than only having leash walks, but
he does enjoy going for a walk for a change in scenery.
He has no history with cats. The give up paperwork said
he was fine with a younger grandson, but Dax would get upset
when the young child would play fight. We think Dax would
prefer (if any) older kids who act respectfully around dogs
since he has so much going on.
Needs if any: Needs a home with few stairs and requires
a special diet. See above.
areas: Illinois and the surrounding states.
Contact Information: Illinois Doberman Rescue will place
Dobes in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, or Wisconsin. See contact
info above or go to IDR's website at http://www.ildoberescue.com
for adoption information and application.