Raj is an 2 year old JRT/Dachshund cross. He weighs 15 pounds. Raj is one of a group of southern California dogs brought up to Oregon Humane Society last fall. When Raj was examined by OHS vets on intake, it was discovered he had a PDA - a congenital heart defect leading to early death unless treated. He also had a chronic and long term giardia infestation that was not discovered until later. Despite the PDA, which requires extremely expensive and high-risk corrective surgery, Raj was placed for adoption. He went through 2 homes in 4 months and ended up in our rescue. He was thin and weak and losing ground fast when he came into our care. Raj's PDA has been corrected with a plug inserted in his artery at OSU vet college. He has passed all his post-surgery check ups with flying colours, and it is expected he will lead a very long and active life. He hikes for 90 minutes daily, and is racing and playing with his foster siblings. This little guy now has a super healthy heart and energy to spare! The giardia has been a tougher problem to treat successfully, and although Raj is now giardia-free, he has residual digestive upsets and will need to continue on probiotics and Endosorb for the foreseeable future. He should get only plain food to eat - no corn chips or pizza. Raj is a sweet enormously affectionate boy. He is house and crate-trained, walks fairly well on leash, and is a good albeit scent-driven off-leash hiker. He is the favourite playmate of all the foster dogs here, and a primo cuddler. Raj is very sensitive and highly food-driven - he would excel at agility or nose work - he is super fast and jumps well. A starter obedience class IS recommended - Raj can get vocal and over-excited when he sees strange dogs on leash and he needs some continued group work to eliminate this behaviour. Overall, this is an enchanting and happy dog with a great personality. Raj is available to the right home only for an adoption fee of $150. He comes with a free and final cardiology re-exam with Dr. Rausch in Portland in January 2017. He is in foster care in Salem, Oregon.