Tinker is an absolutely gorgeous 7 year old, 20 pound, standard black and tan double dapple female.
Tinker, as with most double dapples, is extremely affectionate. She just wants someone to love her and will lay next to you for hours if you’re willing to pet her.
Tinker was dropped off at a firehouse in PA by her original owners who claimed they found her walking alongside the road. She had been neglected and was suffering with a urinary tract infection and a rather serious case of bladder stones. Never the less, she was very friendly and happy to be with her new friends at the fire house. Fortunately for Tinker, one of the fire fighters parents are very much involved in dachshund rescue and that’s when the good folks at GDR stepped in.
Now safe and happy Tinker lives in South Carolina with 9 other dachshunds. She has been completely vetted and brought up to date with her vaccinations, spayed, had the stones removed and the urinary tract infection treated.
Tinker is ready to find that special forever home that will take care of her. Tinker’s case is special because her new family must understand the special responsibility that comes with being a double dapple dachshund parent. They will have to be accommodating her medical issues. Tinker’s right eye has no pupil or iris therefor she is completely blind on that side. Her left eye is only partially formed. She sees somewhat out of that eye but probably only 5 or 10 feet. She does not walk into obstacles and gets around very confidently. We also suspect that there is some hearing deficiency but again, this does not affect her mobility or demeanour. The vet has advised us that both eyes have higher than normal internal pressure and believes that treatment will be required in the future on both eyes, possibly even removal.
Her bladder stones were most likely caused by poor diet and lack of veterinary care. There are special diets available for this condition but they generally are high sodium recipes. Her foster parents are feeding her a premium grain free kibble and moistening it with cranberry juice. Cranberry juice has shown to have beneficial properties for humans and dogs urinary tract health. Tinker should be checked consistently for development of bladder stones.
Tinker is a very social girl and interacts with her foster brothers and sisters. She has shown absolutely no aggression towards her siblings or new people. She loves adults and children. Her foster parents think she would do well with cats but she has not been exposed to them. Tinker loves to sleep in the big bed and would love a home that lets her continue to do this.
Tinker does well on a leash and she has not had accidents in the house. Like all dachshunds she will need to be confident in her environment to have good potty habits. All rescue dogs go thru a period of adjustment so understanding and patience is important. Due to Tinkers special needs she needs extra time and understanding.
She is very confident despite her physical challenges and lets you know what she wants (food, petting, potty break) and when she wants it. Her coat is very thick and somewhere between a smooth and long hair. She has not needed grooming in her foster home and probably will not require it long term except for an occasional brushing. She has a spoon shaped cowlick on her neck which just makes her unique. A more loving and affectionate companion you’ll not find.
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