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We had Zane PTS today. His neurological problems, the wobbler's like symptoms that we believe were the result of being beaten on the neck with a bat, or stick of some sort, have been getting slowly worse over the past 11 months. It got to the point where even everyday tasks like getting up or climbing a few stairs were painful for him, and he was constantly stressed out because he was so unsteady and had such poor control of his back legs. We finally decided his quality of life was such that it was best to take away his pain the only way we knew how.  We gave him some special time his last day, cuddled on the love seat with him to watch some TV,  and gave him some special treats like turkey and potato chips. He passed quietly and peacefully with his head in my arms, which had come to be his favorite place. He has left a huge hole in our hearts.

  • Gender - Male
  • Age/DOB - Unk ~2/05
  • Height  at the shoulder - ~36"
  • Weight - ~115
  • Spayed/Neutered - Yes
  • Taken in on  - 2/9/08
  • Available as of - 3/9/08
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - supposedly
  • Good with other dogs - Some
    • with cats - Unk
    • with kids -  Yes*
    • with the elderly - Yes*
  • Temperament - Zane appear to have been abused and although he is very, very loving, there are times when he gets really scared and growls quietly. He just needs some space and a moment to calm down, and then he is fine again. He needs someone who has the right environment and the patience to work with him and his needs. We will be working with him while he is here, so hopefully he will get better.
*=he has lived with kids and been just fine, but his fear issues call for just the right personality in kids or people

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Zane was brought to us by his family. well his last family. Their landlord had told them it was either them or the dog. According to them, they had gotten Zane from their vet who managed to save him from an abusive home. Zane was morbidly underweight when the vet got him and showed clear signs of abuse. When they dropped Zane off he was still painfully skinny but his coat was glossy and he looked to be fairly healthy. He does seem to have wobbler's syndrome though, and some stiffness in his hips. We are going to give Zane some time here to fatten up, to get some vet care, and to give him some time to work on his fear issues. Zane has some clouding on one of his eyes that we need to get looked at. Right now we are wating on his vet records so we don't reinvent the wheel. He does not seem to be in an discomfort and he sees just fine. Zane does need a special home (but so do all the dogs that end up here), but it looks like he will be able to live a full and rewarding life, if just given a chance. He certainly deserves a chance. We can see glimmers of the puppy he was (or at least could have been) and hopefully he can help him get back in touch with that puppy. Under all that baggage there seems to be a very nice dog. Zane loves to cuddle up in the loveseat with me and watch TV. He also loves kisses and hugs, though he needs you to move slowly and not sneak up on him. He startles very very easily.

We will post additional photos of  Zane as time goes by, so check back often.
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