Lieutenant Dan is one of many dogs that I wish could talk to me and tell me his story. He has come so far in the 5 months he has been my foster dog. I have really fallen in love. He was barley 30lbs when found wandering on the streets of Irving one cold, icy night. He walked right up to a Good Samaritan and crawled into her car. It sure didn't hurt that she had Chicken Express in her possession. From that moment SHE knew he was being neglected because his appetite was healthy. No other reason could explain his emaciation.
Lt. Dan was so lucky! He crawled into the RIGHT car. This Good Samaritan just happened to be on her way to one of our local vets with another ARF foster dog. She called up ARF's medical director to let her know that she had picked up a stray. At the vet clinic Lt. Dan's smile, good nature and sad state gathered a lot of attention. He was given lots of cookies and made his rounds around the clinic saying hello. He was checked out by the vet and found to have a skin infection, intestinal parasites and heartworms. This poor dog’s health was deplorable. He was perfect for ARF!
ARF's medical director took Lt. Dan home and started the baby steps to recovery. He needed to put on weight, get rid of the intestinal parasites and then start his heartworm treatment. He was happy and warm but it was going to be a long road. Now, almost 5 months later he has conquered those hurdles and is ready to find his forever home.
I have learned that Lt. Dan LOVES toys. He likes big, strong, tough chewies and Nyla bones and rawhides and antlers. He loves balls, the bigger to toss the better. He chases the ball when you throw but he hasn't quite caught on to retrieving it, yet. He loves to check out his surroundings. He is adventuresome and can climb fences so he needs a very secure environment. He can be food aggressive in tight places which, considering the condition he was found is understandable. Otherwise he is great with other dogs! He is fed in his crate at his foster home and does great!
He has completed his heartworm treatment. He is supposed to stay relatively inactive for the next 6 weeks. This is challenging but needs to be attempted to the best effort. He will take oral heartgard for his heartworm prevention once a month for the next 6 months and then be re-tested. He should be negative and then can switch to whichever heartworm prevention his family prefers. The prevention is provided by ARF as well as the 6 month re-test.
If you are familiar with this breed and in the market for a new family member please consider Lt. Dan. He is a very special boy and will return your love with smiles and many, many kisses.
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