There really is no dog more unique than this wrinkly old man - meet Dudley! Dudley is a ~10 year old purebred Shar Pei who was found as a stray in South Jersey and brought to a local shelter. The fact that Dudley was able to wander around without getting hit by a car is pretty miraculous because he is completely blind! Dudley lucked out though and is now safe and sound (and thriving!) in foster care with City of Elderly Love!
When Dudley came to the rescue, he had some deep skin infections going on, eye infections, and ear infections. He was significantly uncomfortable to say the least. It took him a little while to warm up to his new people and would growl to let them know he was in pain and scared. Within the first week of foster care and with the help of antibiotics and medicated baths, it was clear that he was beginning to feel better. His personalty started shining through and he began soliciting attention from his new foster mom and dad - in fact, he's now made it clear that he absolutely loves people and attention once he gets to know you! Shar Peis are often described as being pretty aloof, but Dudley dances around the room when his foster family gets home from work and won't stop until he gets some lovin'! He also loves to play! He'll use his paws to ask you to play with him and is learning how to play with toys. He's learning all types of things! He loves the finer things in life - soft bedding with he's looking to get cozy and a cool floor when he's feeling too warm. Sometimes when he lays down and his wrinkles settle, it even looks like he's melting! Dudley does still have some healing to do since his skin infections were so bad, but he looks and feels like a whole new dog already so things are only looking up for him!
Dudley is currently living with another Shar Pei and another larger breed dog. He is also living with cats! When first meeting other dogs, he can be a little pushy in his greeting but responds well to correction. He's done well with a slower introduction to his new canine foster siblings and while he'll let them know when he's uncomfortable (likely also has a lot to do with his painful skin), or that he's not interested in playing, he hasn't had any incidents with them. Dudley is also living with cats and ignores them as long as they don't try to steal his food! Dudley isn't the type of dog who absolutely needs to live with other pets and while does need some time to adjust to living with new animals, seems content to share his space with those animals he does know. Dudley seems to enjoy meeting children, but would likely do best in a home without small kids and with older kids who will understand his limitations.
Dudley has a little harder of a time learning his surroundings though he has likely been blind for quite some time. He'll bounce around until he figures out the lay of the land which doesn't seem to bother him much and he responds to verbal cues very well. In terms of behavior and medical needs, Dudley is very much a Shar Pei with typical Shar Pei quirks. Dudley will likely need additional care to keep his wonky coat healthy and wrinkles clean. He receives regular ear cleanings to help keep them feeling comfortable and will likely need them on an ongoing basis. Dudley also has some guarding issues when it comes to items he considers "high value" such as his food and some toys. He will growl and show teeth if he believes you are trying to take his food away or if another animal gets too close. Dudley will need an understanding adopter who is either familiar with Shar Peis or who is familiar with this type of behavior and who will continue to work on it with him. All-in-all, Dudley is a goofy, affectionate dude with some quirks. He may require some additional consideration and a quieter home, but he will absolutely repay his patient new mom or dad with lots of love and laughter.
Dudley is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. He is neutered, vaccinated and will be microchipped prior to going to his new home. Interested in meeting him? Visit www.cityofelderlylove.org to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at email@example.com!
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