Meet Our own deaf
- Age - 18 months
- DOB - 09/19/01
- Height at the shoulder
- Weight - 99 lb
- Spayed/Neutered - Yes
- Taken in on - 03/26/03
- Available as of - Unknown
- Housebroken - Yes
- Obedience trained - Some
- Good with other dogs - Yes
- with cats - Unknown
- with kids - Yes
- with the elderly - Yes
- Temperament - excellent, very loving and friendly
a sweet dog but is currently very sick and we do not yet know why
|Unlike our other rescues,
Duke can hear just fine. But he does have some significant health problems.
He has some training, though even basic things like sit or down are difficult
for him physically. He has had two homes in his 18 months and his last owners
loved him a lot. They just weren't able to care for a dog as sick as he is.
He is very underweight right now, I'd say 30-40 lb. under his best weight
maybe. He is very affectionate.
He is so sick right now that any assessment
of his temperament would be pointless. However he is getting along fine with
the other dogs we have. He does tend to guard resources, especially me.
He has some symptoms that seemed to point to wobblers, but he also has
other things going on so we do not think a wobblers diagnosis alone is correct
at this point. We have gotten some blood work done and he has an elevated
globulin level which may point to either cancer or some sort of infection.
But other tests seem to rule out the cancer. Duke has responded well to
the new diet he is on and is putting on weight like gang busters. We are taking applications
on Duke now.
He will also
need surgery on his eyes to correct his entropion.
have some one who has sponsored the entropion surgery, so we are going to
be having that surgery done in the next couple weeks, which will help make
his life a whole lot nicer.
However he desperately needs a sponsor or angel to help with his other medical
expenses, such as the treatment for his wobblers. We are planning on trying
the gold bead implant treatment. That has been very successful in treating
wobblers dogs all over the country and is far less costly than the neurosurgery.
It will cost between $800 and $1000 for this treatment.
- Duke had his entropion surgery two days ago and he is doing great!! You
can actually see his beautiful light amber eyes now. They are really a very
striking color. It is very hard to describe, my wife called them green, but
they're not really. What they are though is simply beautiful. He is so much
happier now, he has much more confidence and is clearly doing much better
now that he can see and his eyes aren't bothering him all the time. The vet
did a great job there is almost no swelling at all and you can barely see
the staples. He hid the incisions at the outer margins of the "mascara" around
each eye so there won't be any visible scars. I can't tell you how much better
Duke looks and feels now. No words can express our gratitude to Teri
for her very generous donation that paid for this surgery. Duke has been
steadily gaining weight, and now weighs just over 112 lb., up from 99 lb.
when we first got him. He looks so much better and stronger. We do not let
him play with the other dogs because his neck is so sensitive, but he still
tries all the time. He is so adorable chasing the other dogs trying to keep
up. He can not turn or stop as fast as they so he never quite gets caught
up and the most he can ever do is briefly grab the end of someone's tail.
All the other dogs seem to understand he is not up to them and they pretty
much play on as if he wasn't chomping at their tails. If they ever do begin
to play with him though, we have to immediately step in and put a stop to
it for fear of them hurting his neck. The one exception is the puppy Tillie,
we let her play with Duke because she is not big enough to hurt him and he
really needs to play with someone, not only for his sanity, but also to help
him build back up his strength. They just love to play together, Tillie feels
safe when playing with him, that he won't trample her (she is way more mobile
than he is), and he clearly feels safer playing with her. Despite their size
and age differences, they are a great match right now. I will post some new
photos of Duke in a few days. Thanks to everyone who has called
or emailed to ask how he is doing.
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We will post additional photos of Duke as time goes by, so
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You can't buy loyalty, they say.
I bought it though, the other day.
You cant buy friendships, tried and true.
Well just the same, I bought that too.
I made my bid and on the spot
Brought love and faith and a whole job lot
Of happiness, so all in all
The purchase price was pretty small.
I bought a single trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start
If you think these things are
Not for sale,
Buy a brown-eyed puppy with a wagging tail