Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog / mixed breed
Age: Baby (approx. DOB: 12/01/13)
Size when grown: Large
Level of blindness: Complete
Cause of eye issues: Corneal Edema with a secondary component of possible glaucoma.
Health otherwise: Good
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with kids: Good, but jumpy.
Currently being fostered in: South Carolina
*BDRA will transport the dog a reasonable distance, to an approved adopter, at no extra cost, even if out of state.
6/27/13: Honey is a year old catahoula leopard dog. She was abused as a puppy and because of this she is fearful of strangers and men. Once she knows you she warms up quickly to you with kisses and tail wags. Honey loves to play with other dogs no matter what size they are, big or mall doesn't matter to Honey. Honey is just a little girl who is approximately 27-30 lbs. She is small and will not grow any larger. She is very athletic and loves to play in our fenced in yard with our other dogs an foster dogs. Honey currently lives with two teenage boys who she loves to play with. Because of her size she makes the perfect lap dog. Honey will come over and snuggle into my lap and give me kisses as I pet her. She is still learning basic commands. Honey knows some commands. But a family that could take her to basic obedience classes would be best for Honey. Since she still needs to freshen up on her learning techniques. Honey had surgery to remove her one eye that was blind and injured. Honey does have one good eye. Even with one eye Honey can navigate around things very quickly with minimal problems. Occasionally she will accidentally bump into something she didn't see. She is a very loving little girl. Who is shy at first, but once she gets t know you the tail never stops wagging. She is very smart and love to learn. Now that it is warmer out Honey like to jump in the dog pool and splash around a bit to cool off. Before she runs off again to play with her dogie friends. If you are looking for a smaller size, female, catahoula leopard dog, with energy to play with other dogs. Who just loves to hang out with her humans, Honey is your girl. She loves to go for car rides, walks or just laying on the couch cuddling with you. She also enjoys dog toys, dogie pools, bubbles, other dogs, people and food. Honey is very food motivated and would also make a very good agility dog.
8/22/14: Gibson has been our foster for 6 months, since about the time he was 3 months old. He now weighs in at around 40#. Initially, we felt that he was having difficulty adjusting to his blindness and was uncoordinated as a result. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Gibson circles…a lot, and always to his left (counter-clockwise) He still has some weakness in his back end when running and landing, however he can jump quite well. He often times falls to the side when jumping and playing. He can often be found sitting with his head held high - nose in the air as if he is "looking" up at the sky and listening to all that surrounds him, appearing lost in peaceful contemplation. He has had a neurological evaluation at the referral of our regular veterinarian and was diagnosed with a congenital brain malformation. He believes that the symptoms we have seen are a result of this brain issue. It is his hope that if his condition remains unchanged through his second birthday, he will likely live the normal life span of his breed. If he should develop seizures prior to his second birthday, he believes he will likely have a shortened life span. So far, so good…no seizures and his issues have not progressed. He has also been diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus and is on medication to help with that. He will require the medication during his lifetime. This is not the sugar diabetes, but the water diabetes. He becomes overly thirsty and will drink enormous amounts of water and what goes in must come out…but with the medication, it all remains under control - he drinks normal amounts and has no issues with his "pottying."
Despite his medical challenges, Gibson is a VERY sweet boy. He LOVES being near his people and after a chance to run and play, will cuddle up with you and relax on your lap. He gets along with the other dogs in his foster home, although I feel he would do best in a home where he can be the only dog so that he can get the love and attention that he needs. He likes to play chase with toys, but he doesn't necessarily run as quickly as the others and sometimes has a hard time keeping up with them. This doesn't seem to bother him, though, as he just changes gears and decides to lay in the sun with a toy or two and enjoy the warmth on his back. He loves fuzzy, squeaky, rope, bones or stuffed toys, but not necessarily regular balls. He does tend to jump up a little more than we would like, but we have continued to work with him on this issue and he does respond well to telling him "no" as a correction. For that reason, I believe he would do better in a house without young children. He LOVES to eat and looks forward to mealtimes and treats as some of the favorite parts of his day. He enjoys being bathed, lathered and having warm water poured over him…but wasn't all that sure about wading into the lake at the beach. If you are there with him and he feels secure, he will definitely follow. He enjoys going for short walks on leash, but long walks are difficult as he will walk forward for a while before starting to circle again..then walk forward a little more… He is crate trained and will gladly enter his crate for a treat. He is not much of a barker, so when he does bark, we always check on him to see why. He loves being outdoors and has a thing for brooms and rakes. It is actually quite funny and cute as he will chase falling leaves, rake and brooms. He is quite a happy guy and really enjoys life. Although he can have high energy at times, he balances this with calm and relaxation time, as well. He is good in the car, usually just laying down and taking a nap.
Gibson is a very special boy with his share of challenges and will require a very special family to welcome him into theirs. That being said, I believe the rewards of having him make the efforts worthwhile. His family will need to be there for him to support him throughout his lifetime. I believe in him and know the perfect family is out there waiting for him to come into their lives. Could that be yours?
3/2/14: Gibson is a very sweet little guy. It is likely that his vision loss was not something he was born with. He is adjusting to his blindness, but can sometimes be uncoordinated when playing or jumping and doesn't always realize where he is in relation to the ground - which results in him landing awkwardly. This does not stop him from playing and enjoying life. He does have a harder time running and keeping up with his foster siblings, but he does VERY well and is super friendly to all animals and people.
He is every bit a puppy, has a higher energy level at times, and loves to chew - luckily, he loves to chew his toys, bones, etc. and has left the woodwork and furniture alone. He may try to gnaw on your fingers or sleeve, but corrects easily when told no. He is quite easy-going and is just excited to be out where you are, playing in the leaves and cuddled in your lap.
We found out that he seems to love music. If music is played on the television, radio or in person, he stops what he is doing and will come to listen. He LOVES food and treats and has never turned anything to eat down! He is learning how to walk on a leash and does well if you wiggle it in front of him so that he can hear it. We are going to add a bell or beeping device to the leash so he can follow the sound better.
Gibson's forever home should, ideally, have experience with a blind dog and have a fully fenced yard for his safety. As he is a little higher energy, does jump and still likes to chew, I would recommend a home without young children. He really is a wonderful boy and has charmed everyone he has met. He will be an excellent addition to your active forever family.
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