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AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION OR LONG-TERM FOSTER - MD, DC, Northern VA ONLY
**Please read Shelby's bio carefully!**
As his namesake suggests, Shelby is a as sweet as Southern Iced Tea! This 6 year old gentleman Pug is full of nothing but joy and happiness. He is truly one of the happiest Pugs we have ever encountered! He gleefully wags his tail when meeting new dogs and very much wants to play. He loves to play with stuffed toys and is a very gentle boy. Whenever his foster Mom bends down to rub his broad chest, he offers her a sweet kiss on the nose. Several months prior to being surrendered to TBIN, Shelby jumped off of a sofa and injured his back. Some anti-inflammatories were given and he recovered quickly but has a sway and swagger to his gait - we think it just makes him even more endearing. This does not slow him down as he walks and even runs (he cannot manage steps, though, and would need to be carried). He is in no pain and his condition is stable and does not require any medications. The injury did leave him with less control over his bowels and bladder - this is managed by a belly band and a good sense of humor. Shelby can urinate on his own but, his foster Mom expresses his bladder (this is VERY easy to do - we can show you how!) in order to ensure that he is completely empty which minimizes leaking and is better for his bladder health. Shelby does sometimes poop when he is sleeping, however, his foster Mom has also been able to help him with pooping outside so this happens much less frequently. Adopters should be prepared to deal with this (again, this is easy to manage but, it is not for everyone so, please be honest with yourself (and us!) prior to inquiring about him). Shelby eats a very high quality diet so he usually only poops once a day. This sweet boy is more than worth it. When Shelby was surrendered, he was dangerously obese. Thankfully, with diet and exercise, the weight has come off and Shelby is feeling like a brand new Pug! He's now at his ideal weight and weighs around 22 pounds. He was raised around children and we feel he would be okay with older, respectful kiddos (7 and up). Shelby likes hanging out in a bed with another Pug or two, but he would be fine as an 'only' dog, too. A fenced yard is preferred. He is a fabulous little Pug and we know that whomever is fortunate enough to share their life with him will be rewarded with tons of Pug kisses and love. Shelby is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, Heartworm negative, has been dewormed, has had a full senior profile (blood work and urinalysis), and is microchipped. If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Shelby, please complete an Adoption Application: http://www.toybreedsinneed.org/adopt-1.html
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