Travis was adopted and sadly returned through no fault of his own-his owner developed severe hives every time he petted Travis for any extended length of time. So sadly, he is looking for another forever home. Here is his backstory: Travis is a pure bred blue tick coonhound. He was born in September, 2010. He was rescued by a good samaritan from a very neglectful home. His former "owner" allowed him to run lose and he was hit by a car. This person did not take him to seek medical care and instead, tied him up to a tree with little food or shelter. The good samaritan noticed Travis was thin and seemed hurt and offered to take him and the "owner" agreed. It turned out that Travis had a broken pelvis and one of his front legs and paw was shattered. He must have been in tremendous pain but ever the positive dog, Travis was nothing but loving and friendly and so happy and thankful to receive attention. Our vet was able to completely repair Travis's pelvis (you would never know he had suffered an injury there). However, his front paw and leg had already grown back crooked. To stabilize his leg and allow him some use of it, our vet placed steel rods in either side of Travis's leg/paw. He has use of this leg and paw but kind of uses more as a "crutch"-he skips and hops using it, almost like a "peg leg". However, this does not slow Travis down at all-he has adjusted just fine to using his leg this way and loves to run, jump and play. We hesitate to even call him special needs because again, it does not affect his quality of life at all-he can climb stairs and is active-but his front leg will always be a bit fragile. He is excellent with other dogs (very submissive) but cannot go to a home where another dog would want to play too roughly with him. The same would be true for a home with kids-he loves them (he loves all people) but children would have to be gentle. He is curious about cats but not aggressive with them. I cannot stress enough what an excellent temperament Travis has-he is such an affectionate dog and is extremely intelligent. He is fully housebroken and uses his dog door like a pro. He is neutered, current on shots and on heartworm prevention. He loves to go for walks and just be where ever the people are. He is just an all around fantastic dog and he deserves a great home.
Travis has some kidney issues which makes him special needs. He will need a lot of vet care for the rest of his life but even with that said he has so much love to give and loves attention!
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