found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.
I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, and good with dogs.
He has no real history with younger children but is living with 11 and 13 year old children without issue in his foster home. He is trustworthy in the home when alone and just needs a big comfy bed to curl up on. He does not counter surf or get up on the furniture and is just the perfect gentleman.
Iggy does NOT do stairs though... he'll do one or two to get in or out of the house, but will not go up a flight of stairs, so he will need a ranch style home or will have to be limited to the main floor of a home.
Iggy was diagnosed with Wobbler's just under the age of one. He does get around great, runs, plays and gets goofy too! He does have some hind end weakness from muscle atrophy... mostly due to lack of any regular exercise in his previous home. Since being moved 3 weeks ago he is enjoying his daily walks and runs in the field. He is stronger every day and is doing really well! He is not currently being managed on any medication and lives a very normal life!
Iggy is a gentle giant who so deserves a loving forever home to keep him safe, loved and cared for all his days... Here's to hoping the New Year brings Iggy a new beginning!!!
If you are interested in adopting Iggy, please contact your Chapter Coordinator. This courtesy listing was posted in January 2009.
Special requirements: Kids 12 and up only; no dominant male dogs; has wobbler syndrome. http://dogs.about.com/cs/disableddogs/a/bldisease121.htm
Update 1/21/09 - Iggy is finally settling in at his new foster home. His puncture wounds (from a dog fight he was in) are healing and he's starting to eat more, but not nearly enough to put on the weight he needs. He seems to be more interested in his ball than food. He just LOVES that toy and plays with it for hours. Iggy is very sweet and so smart, and you'd never know he has Wobblers while he's in motion. It's obvious in his gait, but he is strong, loves to take long walks (1-2 miles) and cruise around the backyard, and has NO problem navigating my sets of steps (4 steps max). Iggy and Annie (another Dane) are able to spend time together in the same room (while monitored) and can pass by each other without incident. When they do have the occasional incident, it's just a lot of noise. Understandably he's on the defensive, but I think he's finally realizing she's not a threat... unless he leaves food in his bowl and she has access to his suite! They walk together and he even seems curious about her. He seems like he wants her to come out and play, but I don't let them out together as Annie is rough and plays like one of the boys. Iggy loves to be near his people. We are working on his leash manners and will start using a harness once his puncture wounds completely heal. Iggy will bark a little at new people and other dogs, but it seems to be of a defensive nature and is not vicious or out of control. He likes to approach new people first and then he's fine. We will continue to work on that, but I think some of this behavior will subside as his confidence builds. Next week he has his first appointment with the acupuncturist to see if it will help his Wobblers.
Update 3/12/09 - Iggy has completely settled in at his foster home and has become buddies with his Dane foster sister. They love to play, walk, nap, and ride together in the car. Iggy's puncture wounds have completely healed and his ear yeast infection has been successfully treated. He gets excited at mealtimes and eats heartily, but still needs to gain more weight than the few pounds we've been able to put on him so far. Iggy just completed his first month of acupuncture/aquapuncture treatments and the vet does see an improvement in his slight neck discomfort when he is manipulated. We will begin spacing out his treatments now to see if the change in timing makes any difference one way or the other. This will also help determine if he is a candidate for GBIs. Except for the reported fear of full sets of steps, Iggy has ZERO limitations because of his Wobblers. He enjoys our 2+ mile walks and has no problem keeping up with the "class." We are continuing to work on his leash manners. Iggy likes to help you walk him by carrying his leash and announces himself with an occasional "woof" just in case someone doesn't see him coming first...lol. Iggy is an easy foster and is quite the character. If you're looking for an adult Dane with personality and boyish charm, then Iggy is the Dane for you!
Update 5/1/09 - Iggy has been accompanying a fellow volunteer to obedience class the past month as part of her dog training certification process. Iggy is doing extremely well in class and has gained the reputation of being the class clown. He does everything he's instructed to do, but is amusing for the other attendees to watch because of his size compared to the other dogs and because of his general male Dane goofiness. Now that Iggy knows the drill, he enjoys hopping in the car and going off to class and is completely exhausted when he gets home. The socialization aspect of the class is also helping him flourish outside of the foster home. We are continuing to work on polishing Iggy's leash walking skills. Iggy has responded so positively to acupuncture that he has been scheduled for Gold Bead Implant (GBI) surgery evaluation on May 9 for his Wobblers. Iggy continues to be an enjoyable and entertaining foster. Oh and don't bother to tell him he has Wobblers because he is completely unaware. He just thinks everyone else walks a little funny! If you're in search of a very sweet, low maintenance Dane who loves to nuzzle his head with yours, then Iggy is the companion for you!
Update 6/30/09 - Iggy had his GBI surgery on 6/17/09 and is doing great! The procedure hasn't slowed him down a bit and his hind end is already sagging less. He also looks a little more "coordinated" when he's in a full run. Iggy received a glowing report card from his foster "Mom Mom", who watched him for a few days while his foster Mom was away. It has become quite clear that whoever adopts this boy will have to also adopt his red stuffed bone toy, as he carries it with him everywhere!