This gentle senior dog has a history of abuse and neglect that is intertwined with the kindness of others who rescued him from his situation. We know little about Scooter's early life except that he was kept in a crate with another dog in the basement of a home. At some point, he and the dog living in the crate with him were rescued, and in a strange twist of faith, it was learned his crate companion was a dog that had been stolen 7 years earlier. That dog was eventually reunited with its original owner and the family, concerned for Scooter, decided to care for him as well. Through the efforts of a local rescue group, Scooter received some much needed medical care which included extraction of all his rotted teeth believed to be the result of neglect and poor nutrition. For the last two years Scooter has enjoyed the attention and love of his new owner, but he was released to HDDCR as his elderly caregiver is no longer able to provide for him.
Scooter requires a very patient and attentive adoptive family accepting of his special needs. He is very timid and nervous and tends to wander and pace until he is tired. He is very wary of people coming to the home and will retreat to a location far from the person and bark. He only barks when strangers come to the home. With his caretakers and those he knows, he is very affectionate and loves to be petted and doted on. He has severe arthritis throughout his whole body and takes pain medication daily to help him keep mobility. He also has diminished vision and hearing due to old age. Scooter needs ongoing assistance with housetraining. He knows to go to the door, but if you aren’t paying attention he will have an accident. Scooter has very few teeth so his tongue hangs out, which makes him all the cuter. He eats well despite this, but needs smaller pieces of food as he laps everything up with his tongue. Scooter is crated trained and sleeps in his crate and night and when no one is home. He enjoys going outside on nice days and sniffing around and short car rides around town. He gets along well with other dogs.
Despite his special needs Scooter is a loveable little guy that just wants a family to love him back unconditionally. Could that be yours?
If you are interested in meeting Scooter or have additional questions about him, please email his foster mom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue microchips all dogs and cats before adoption. Microchips are implanted between the shoulder blades and are another form of identification should the animal get lost. The microchips are registered to Happy Days Dog and Cat Rescue. The adopter's information is added once the adoption is complete. The adopter is responsible for a $19.99/Year registration fee or a $69.00/Lifetime registration fee to change information. Dogs and Cats still need to have collar with tags should they get lost.
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