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    08/15/03- We received notice that Otto had to be put down. His health had been steadily getting worse and worse. He was suffering from a host of autoimmune disorders and his body ultimately quit producing red blood cells. His owners decided to spare him any further suffering and had him humanely PTS today.  He died in the arms of a family who loved him and he will always be remembered.

ADOPTED 6/4/03

  • Gender- Male
  • Age - 2 years
  • DOB - 03/23/01
  • Height  at the shoulder - 34"
  • Weight - 118 lb
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 03/16/03
  • Available as of - 06/01/03
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Not yet
  • Good with other dogs - yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids - Not very young kids
    • with the elderly - Yes
  • Temperament - excellent, very loving and friendly a sweet dog with lots of energy.

  • Comments
We just got Otto in Today so there isn't too much we can say about him at this point. He has some training, seems to get along with all the other dogs just fine, is supposedly good with cats and birds, but not so good with small children (he had never seen a small child until he came into rescue recently). He has had four homes in his short life, though we do not know why. He is very underweight right now, I'd say 20 lb. under his best weight maybe. He is supposed to be an escape artist and very good at opening cabinets, etc., and he has tried this here already today. He does not respect kiddy gates or other obstructions in the house either. These are things we will be working on immediately.

He is very affectionate, and clearly has been allowed on furniture and beds. But he is learning very quickly that he is not allowed on our furniture. He is not aggressive or even very assertive, but he handled being introduced to our other 8 dogs today without a problem and is getting along fine so far.

4/22/03 - Otto has been diagnosed with pancreatic enzyme deficiency. He lacks the digestive enzymes needed to properly digest and assimilate his food. This is entirely controllable with proper medication. If he does not take the medication he suffers from chronic diarrhea and weight loss. On the medication he is just fine. The medication is added to his food 15 mins before he is fed. It is a powder you sprinkle over his food and then mix in well. The medication is curently running about $125 a month or so and he will need to be on this for the rest of his life. Otto has been so sick for so long that we are not pushing issues with him such as training or his housebreaking. If he is left alone for any length of time he should be crated. Otherwise he will pee in the house. I do not believe he really has the ability at this point to hold it, more than anything else.

He has learned his house manners fairly well since we got him. He no longer knocks down gates or countersurfs the way he did when we first got him. Not that we'd leave food out where he can get it, but at least he isn't immediately jumping up on the counters to see what's there. He also has stopped getting on the furniture. He gets along fine with all our other dogs, including the males. And he is a very sweet loving dog. He will make someone a great pet if they can handle his meds and give him the time to recover fully. He will need training and some remedial behavioral work, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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