Updated Bio 7/6/17: Meet Nemo! Nemo was initially brought in as a stray, and sprung from a local high kill shelter in very poor condition. Not only was he underweight, had kennel cough, a urinary tract infection, and an upper reparatory infection, he also had a neglected overabundance of yeast. This yeast condition made him itchy, caused a loss of much of his fur, and caused his skin to become thick and black. Fast-forward almost 10 months, and those sick and dark days at the shelter are merely a memory. Nemo has plumped up to a healthy weight of 10 pounds, and much of his fur has returned, although he still has some areas that are a bit sparse. He is on a very inexpensive anti-yeast pill to help his fur regrowth. He also takes an anti itching medication called Apoquel.
After having Nemo for a short time, his foster parents realized there was something else going on with him. After several tests the vet determined he has something called Diabetes Insipidus (DI), which is also known as water diabetes, This is something different that the more common sugar diabetes. Basically, he has a faulty pituitary gland, which does not tell him when he's had enough water to drink, so he constantly drinks water, which results in frequent urination. He is on a daily medication for this, called Desmopressin. The medication helps regulate his pituitary gland, so he is not constantly thirsty, however he still needs to be let out every 3 or 4 hours and he may still have a few accidents. This medication is very helpful and absolutely necessary for Nemo to have. The cost is about $103 for almost 2 months of meds or about $50 a month. That may seem expensive, but Nemo is so worth it.
In spite of everything Nemo has gone through, he is both a fun and playful dog, yet very laid back at the same time. He loves his morning walks, and then he can snooze the rest of the day. He also loves his squeaky toys. Unlike many Yorkies, Nemo does not bark very much at all, although when he gets excited he breaks into a little howl, which is super cute. He lives with two other Yorkies and some cats. For the most part he gets along with them, but he does have some resource guarding and has to be watched around bones and food. He is fed separately, otherwise he would inhale the food of the other pets, therefore food is never left out or on the floor after they pups are given their meal.
Nemo would do best with non-aggressive dogs about his size or smaller. They should be easy going and not high energy. He would probably prefer no cats, or older, very secure cats that won't run from him. Nemo does have leash aggression. When he meets another dog on his walks, he turns into a little Napoleon. His foster parents have used a technique called "watch me" to help modify it, although it is an ongoing project. Nemo, like many little pups like to chase cats, birds, ducks, and lizards. But he is easily distracted away from doing that by either walking on or showing him a little treat. His absolute favorite animal however, is the squirrel, and he proves that he is a terrier anytime he sees one. Because of this Nemo must not be walked on a flexi leash, but rather a regular 6-foot leash, and can never be walked off leash.
Nemo has been adopted out twice and returned through no fault of his own. Both his adopters were very upset when they returned him. The first time having 2 dogs proved to be too much for his adopter, the second time Nemo seemed to become very sad and no longer was interested in walking, playing, or interacting, but when he was returned to his foster home, he perked right back up. He needs a home with someone who has had recent or current dog experience and some basic dog training as well, and someone who is home part of the day to let him out. Nemo needs a home with a fenced in yard and no doggie door. Nemo was not depressed the first time he was adopted out, so we are not sure what happened the second time. Nemo needs someone who understands that he might initially get sad when they get him, and if he does to give him the time he needs to overcome his sadness and realize that he is in a safe place. It does take Nemo time to adjust. When he first came to his foster home he laid on the couch, curled up for over 3 weeks. He was sick, but we think this little boy has really been through a lot and going to another home might affect him more than other dogs, however once he knows he is safe he will adjust and become his happy, funny, playful self.
If you think you have the right home to give this very sweet and very deserving pup, please submit an application for him.
Here is a video of Nemo and his foster brother getting ready for a walk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fiXOPOkWTU
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