Strudel is as delightfully sweet as her name implies. She has never met a stranger and happily accepts cuddles and belly rubs from people of all ages! She is scrumptiously snuggly and would love to binge-watch all your favorite TV shows with you. She loves going on walks around the neighborhood and exploring the local parks, though if you pause in one spot too long, Strudel has a penchant for flopping down and frog-legging it out in the middle of the trail! Studel loves the simple things in life - sunshine, treats, belly rubs, the great outdoors (as long as it's not too cold or rainy), and snuggling the day away.
Strudel was one of the shelter's longer residents before becoming part of the Adoption Ambassador foster program. She is doing fantastic in her foster home! She is a very low maintenance house guest who is already house trained. While she is full of ridiculous, adorable snorts, groans, and snores, she almost never barks. She does well left home alone, though she does like to have a peanut butter-stuffed Kong to pass the time. She is doing great with her foster sister - Strudel completely lights up with big smiles and tag wags when she sees her! Strudel gets along best with gentle, calm dogs. Strudel is very people-oriented so she would do fine as an only dog, but certainly wouldn't mind a nice doggy sibling!
Strudel is also a cancer survivor! Shortly after coming to foster care, two small mammary masses were discovered. With funding through Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, Strudel was able to have the surgery she needed. We found out that one of her masses was benign and the other was a grade II mast cell tumor that had spread into two lymph nodes. Thankfully, the vet was able to remove all of the abnormal tissue and Strudel is now cancer-free and doing amazing. Many dogs never see a second tumor after the first, but this is something that she could see again months or years down the line. The grade and unusual location for this type of tumor make it hard to predict. So, Strudel may need a little more veterinary care than a "typical" dog - easy because Strudel LOVES visiting the vet! And her adopter will need to vigilant about checking her for lumps and bumps - easy to do because she LOVES massages and belly rubs! Strudel also has some scar tissue on her body from skin allergies that were left untreated in her life before City Dogs, but she is finally getting some relief and we are working with the vet to find a treatment plan that works for her.
Strudel is a happy-go-lucky dog who has a lot to give. She needs someone who will be committed to her and who will see her for the absolute gem she is. Coming home to her will be the silver lining to your bad days. She loves to gaze at you with her big brown eyes and nuzzle her little face into yours. She has such a tremendously tender heart. When I think about Strudel's defining characteristics, what I keep coming back to are her unfaltering spirit and her amazing capacity to love. Her past may have been imperfect, but she lives in the moment and finds delight all around her. She would be a wonderful addition to a family - she just needs a special person to take a chance on her...
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