UPDATE 5/11/16: Recently Iggy had a surgical procedure to remove a small mass from his anal gland. The tissue was sent out for analysis and unfortunately the biopsy results of the tumor came back as an aggressive cancer. Iggy’s medical issues have not deterred him from being playful, happy and basically oblivious to him that he has cancer. The reality is though that the cells will slowly spread and he will need a family that is able to say goodbye to him when he begins to suffer. It is difficult to estimate his lifespan, but we believe it may be as little as 18/24 months. It is a hard reality for all who love him.
Iggy continues to love the two larger dogs in the home with him, but we have seen some behavior while in foster care that should be noted for any family that may consider him to adopt. Iggy apparently likes to grab and hold onto small dogs when on walks, or if one approaches him at a fence line and is able to skinny through, Iggy will grab them as well. He is not holding onto them with “Love” but rather in a small game animal “I won’t let go, let me shake you a bit” fashion. Because of this, we do not recommend his adoption into a family that would like to walk him outside of their home on a regular basis, or a home that has small dogs that he would be introduced with other extended family members.
As a rescue we would recommend he be an only dog not just due to the small dog latching feature he apparently has built into his personality, but also as a good idea to manage his health when it does start to decline. We understand it will limit those who wish to adopt Iggy, but he is a wonderful companion for people and children, and he is a gentle, laid back, and well behaved gentleman – and extremely handsome for a senior if I may add! If you are a special person that opens your heart and home to Iggy in his golden years, you will be left with great memories and happiness from the time he blessed your life as your dog. Thank you for considering him for adoption.
Iggy has proven to be extremely squeaky toy motivated! Since discovering this & luring him upstairs, he's made himself at home on both floors of the house. Seems he was following the rules of previous home, but now he's fully stairs adapted! Squeaky toys are also his favorite for playing fetch, which he enjoys several times a day.
Iggy has also proven time & time again that he's super smart & still able to learn some new tricks! He breezed through learning to sit & wait for his food, picking it up with little practice in less than a week. He's very attentive to his person & still prefers the company of humans while coexisting with his foster brothers.
One last new discovery is that he's crate trained. After doing some trash exploring, it was decided a crate would be a good idea. Iggy goes right upstairs & into the crate without hesitation. He's such a good boy! He's being trained on a verbal command to go in the crate & is starting to follow in just a few days time.
It's hard to believe at times that he is 9 years old. Upon being released from his crate, first thing in the morning & at each meal, Iggy bounces up & down with excitement. He pounces & throws toys like a total nut, and his eyes light up with excitement when he's talked to. He'll zing around the yard, then snuggle up on the couch for a bit for some lovin'. It's clear he loves his people a great deal once he's settled in. ~~Iggy has settled in to his foster home these past few weeks & has let his personality out! He's very interested in what is going on, but won't be on your heels. He's going to woof a bit to let you know someone is in the driveway, but isn't throwing his barks around willy nilly! He will insist you pet him by flipping your arm so your hand lands on his head, but he also enjoys plenty of time by himself where he can watch from across the room. He'll keep his eyes on you! His super soft fur invites lot of petting & he soaks in as much as he can get!
Iggy is a first floor kind of guy - we get the impression he wasn't allowed to go upstairs in his past living situation. He has gone upstairs twice over the weeks at his foster home, and seems to be perfectly capable, but overall he doesn't seem interested & is very content sleeping in the living room at night. He hasn't been crated & is only a threat to a trash can with food remnants in it if the lid hasn't been closed (ooops!). Can you blame him? He's so happy to greet his people when they return home, he spins in circles! He's potty trained & quite obvious with his signals when he needs to relieve himself. Iggy is fostered in a home with 2 dog brothers, and while he enjoys their company, he doesn't interact with them very much. He would likely do best with medium & larger size dogs, or go to a home where he can be the one & only. Iggy doesn't do well with cats. He does well on a leash & enjoys a daily walk, and a romp in the yard for a short game of fetch. He does need to stay on a leash or in a fenced yard. At 9, he is still very active, but doesn't need a ton of exercise. He loves riding in the car & has done well meeting new people in & out of the house. Please consider giving this poor guy a forever home in his golden years! Senior adoptions are discounted to $175. **********************************************************
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