7-8-month-old, small, female, black and brown, German Shepherd
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with children: Unknown
Good with cats: Unknown
What’s the old saying about when life gives you lemons? Little Eva is the poster dog for this saying. But
just like lemonade, Eva is as bright and full of sunshine as you can imagine. She’s a happy 7-8-month-old
German Shepherd who has a condition called Megaesophagus (Mega E).
Mega E is an enlargement of the esophagus, a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach.
Dogs with Mega E are unable to get food through from the throat to the stomach. Poor Eva was already
very skinny before she arrived at Saving Paws Rescue because she wasn’t able to get the nourishment
her body needs.
Eva is currently in a foster home with experienced fosters who have worked with Mega E dogs before.
She is being trained to use the Bailey Chair, which is designed to keep the dog upright while eating so
that gravity can help food reach the stomach and keep the dog upright while the food is digested after
eating. In a Mega E dog, not eating in an upright position causes the food to come right back up, and
very little ever reaches the dog’s stomach.
Her fosters tell us that Eva does bark at other dogs and that she will need more obedience training,
which we would recommend for any young dog anyway. She’s still fairly shy and they are working with
her to build her confidence. And we want to make sure that any interested adopters understand her
special needs and will ensure the time and energy necessary to keep her healthy with her condition.
Previous Mega E experience is preferred.
Eva’s current weight is significantly below that of a typical German Shepherd her age. With patience and
training, we are confident that she will learn to use her chair and begin the process of gaining weight.
Once Eva gains weight and is fully trained to use her Bailey chair, she’ll be ready for a new forever home.
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