Nugget: (Can be scared at times due to emotional past, explanation in bio)
Intake Date : May 17th, 2016. From Caddo Parish Animal Services.
Vetting: Vet exam. Had neutered. Microchipped under rescue (info below). Up to date on shots. Dewormed and treated for tapeworm. Treated for kennel cough. Heartworm tested and was positive(with no symptoms, please read on down below for information on this) we do slow treatment so he has completed his one month of meds and now just needs to continue regular heartworm prevention like every other dog. Currently on proheart for heartworm prevention (shot that lasts 6 months) and Bravecto for flea/tick prevention (lasts 3 months).
History: We were at our local open intake shelter looking for a dog to save. We saw this little boy cuddled up by another dog on a bed. They told me he was heartworm positive and his euthanasia time was coming up before much longer. ( This means he was going to euthanized all because he had heartworms. Heartworms are preventable and treatable. Sadly there are so many in our area that many have to be euthanized for space. ) Nugget was caught in a trap somewhere before being brought in to animal control. Whatever happened to him in his past has left him scared at times. He is getting better but he does have this emotional scarring. Will try to explain more about it on down his bio.
Name: We named him Nugget because the day that we saved him from the shelter and went to drive to the vet he got in the floor of my truck. He was too scared to get back up on the seat so I lured him up with.... you guessed it....a chicken nugget! I said that can be your name....little Nugget!
Personality: Spunky is my best description for Nugget. He loves playing with toys and other small dogs. He acts like a kid! Enjoys running outside and when he's ready he will be at your feet for love and attention. Likes to lounge on the couch and toss toys around. Enjoys cuddling in a lap. Sleeps in the bed at night. Is not kenneled when left home because he does good out. He is a more dominant male. Prefers his lady friends, haha! Overall... just a spunky boy!
Emotional Past: It is very hard to put a dogs emotional state into words, especially when they can be so sweet and the episodes come and go. I would almost say he has certain "anxiety triggers." Nugget was caught in a trap on the streets he will have situations that scare him. He was obviously abused. We think he was hit at or kicked at. We also aren't sure how fond he is of men. Sometimes when he is scared he will nip out in protection. If you reach around his neck just right for his collar he can become scared. I think its a certain motion of reaching for him that throws him back to his past. He will allow petting and such though! Its very hard to explain. It is just certain situations and he has been getting better with time. Sometimes at night he'd be under the covers and if his foster moves it would startle him and he would nip out. He doesn't mean to do it he is just scared and thrown back to his past. He is still a very loving little boy and enjoys cuddles. He use to have nightmares and wake up nipping. He has gotten a lot better though. It is just taking time for him to heal. He use to nip at my feet when I walked (in my boots) but he hasn't the past few times I have went to visit. I'm really proud of him. This boy has been through so much in life. He deserves a family to show him love.
.Requirements: Only older, respectible children if any. Fenced yard. We are not sure his fondness of men. Would have to test that. Must be kept on monthly heartworm prevention like every other dog. Home that understands his emotional scars.
About Microchip: Our animals are microchipped under the rescue. By having the animals microchipped under us it provides us with a definite option of the animal being safe if found. If the pet ever goes missing you can let us know as well so we may help find them. If we ever are called on the animal being found we will try our best for 2 weeks to get in contact with the owners (as you should also be trying to get in contact with us) and if the owner is not found after 2 weeks the animal is legally ours again via our contract. This is a GREAT safety precaution for loving families. It means you will have an awesome caring team devoted to reuniting you with your baby. We ourselves have found microchipped dogs that have been rehomed and ended up in shelters on a euthanasia list. We take this very seriously as we never want that to happen to any of our animals. We also require first option of taking an animal back if the home does not work out. You can consider us a forever family for the pets adopted from us.
Adoption: Adoption fee $100.Feel free to ask us any questions especially on sweet Nugget. He has been waiting a long time for a family.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ***** If a dog has heartworms do not let it deter you from adoption. We place our heartworm positive dogs on a month of doxycycline twice a day and heartworm prevention. The doxy kills any baby heartworms and weakens the adults until they die of age. This is gentler on the pet than full blown treatment and is best for our animals going through foster care. The pet just needs to stay on regular prevention afterward. You may speak with your personal vet about the full on treatment if that is preferred and a possibility for the pet. Send any questions on the matter! Nugget already finished his month of doxy and now just needs to stay on regular prevention to complete the slow kill method. Nugget has no outward signs of his heartworms. He is youthful and full of energy just like other dogs!
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