Age: 7-8 years old, Approx. DOB 2/24/09
Size: medium, should be 40 lbs
Color: black and White (blue belton)
Cats: Unknown (probably fine)
Dogs: good with dogs, but needs gentle dog companions that won’t knock her over
Children: Unknown, probably fine
Activity Level: moderate to low
Fence: Susie loves the backyard, but likes her people to be with her. She would probably be ok without a fence.
Medical History: Susie has had several non-invasive tests to get to the root of her medical issue with regards to food and not gaining weight. Susie has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease. Since starting on her new diet she has gained weight and no longer having bouts of diarrhea. Susie came into rescue severely underweight and malnourished at 27 lb. She currently weighs 34 pounds and is gaining.
Foster Comments: Susie came into rescue severely underweight and malnourished at 27 lb. She was an owner surrender and most likely kept in a travel box much of the time because her hind end was so wasted when she was brought into rescue; She couldn’t stand without splaying her rear legs to support her meager weight. Susie needs to be spayed yet and have a couple of masses removed once she has gained a healthy weight for surgery. She has severe hip dysplasia, ideally she would have surgery for her dysplasia. She has difficulty walking on slick surfaces, especially with her rear paws, so her foster mom bought her booties to wear in the house
Susie is a very sweet and gentle soul and loves to be with her people. She gets along fine with the resident one year old pup (who is respectful to Susie’s momma dog cues) and was quite the flirt with a male foster in the house. Susie would be fine as an only dog, or perhaps with one other dog. She has a bossy and stubborn side to her as well, typical setter. She has gorgeous eyes and the scarring on her face is most likely the result of a chemical burn.
She loves her walks and does well on car rides (she does need to be lifted into a car). She will need someone who is committed to getting her walked on a regular basis to keep her hind quarters in good condition.
Susie is picky about her dog food and since her diagnosis has been on a specific food that needs to be maintained by her forever home. She does let you know when she thinks it is meal time with her big Susie bark, she also has a gentle “roo” that has taken a few months to surface. Susie loves dried chicken breast jerky and has been caught carrying a tennis ball around the house.
Susie enjoys being out in the yard for periods of time on nice days. She prefers that her people are with her in the yard or she wants to come right back inside. She loves keeping her foster mom company when yard work is being done.
Susie has difficulty with steps and her foster mom carries her up and down the short flight of steps at the deck to the yard. Susie has been crating very nicely when her foster mom is not at home. Care needs to be taken not to put anything fabric that she might shred and eat as her crate bedding. She has gotten better about not pooping in the house, but still has pee accidents as a result of prednisone. Foster mom has whelping pads on the floors that makes it easier to just toss in the wash to clean, as well as her crate bedding as needed.
Susie can be a bit unsteady on her feet on uneven terrain and weak in her hindquarters, a result of her dysplasia. She also loves to sleep!
Susie is a love. Susie’s foster mom doesn’t expect Susie to know sit or to be 100% potty trained because this sweetheart has been through so much she is just happy that Susie is alive. If the local Labrador rescue hadn’t pulled her when they pulled the lab dumped with Susie, she wouldn’t be here today. Susie’s foster mom just enjoys that Susie is happy, doesn’t have to worry about her next meal, has pain management for her hips, will have no more puppies and seeing the joy that Susie derives from her walks, being in the yard and with loving and kind people. Susie has a lot of love to give and has a strong will to be alive.
Foster Location: Marietta, GA
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