I am already neutered, a special needs pet, and up to date with shots.
As you can see by his picture, Tucker is a splendid looking young male. Besides having drop-dead gorgeous looks, he also possesses all of the wonderful personality characteristics of a typical black lab; silly, loveable, energetic, inquisitive, and everybody's best friend. So why is he listed as a "special needs" pup? Tucker also has a unique condition...he LOVES water, not only to play in, as is typical with this breed, but to drink. Tucker has been diagnosed with partial Central Diabetes Insipidus, which is a pretty rare condition. Ohhhh, I know that sounds scary, but really what does that mean? Well, in short, WITHOUT medication, Tucker would need to have unlimited access to fresh water, drinking up to 2-3 gallons a day (and we all know, what goes in must come out), THAT'S IT… nothing more. Fortunately, his condition can be controlled and is now being successfully managed with medication in the form of eye drops, (one drop in the morning and one at night), which brings his water intake/output into a normal range. This condition may be with him throughout his life, or may resolve itself tomorrow; either way, it has no adverse affect on the quality or quantity of his life. Once you meet Tucker, glimpse the playfulness behind his incredibly soulful eyes, run your fingers thru his superb, sleek coat, his uncommon condition won't matter one red cent. Of course, you might find yourself trying to suppress a laugh at his, shall we say, less-than-graceful pursuits? He's in the midst of the awkward, gangly stage of growth, that we all remember so fondly. Take a chance and give this guy a look-see. You won't be sorry! Call 507-451-4512 to set up an appointment to meet this special dog.
UPDATE: GREAT NEWS! Tucker DOES NOT have Central Diabetes Insipidus as was previously suspected. While Tucker does LOVE his drinking water, his passion does not stem from a medical condition. While it's impossible to tell why, or what brought about Tucker's initial love affair with water, there are certainly many options available to employ to help redirect his interest. Tucker's foster mom will be working on obedience training to help Tucker stay mentally active, at the same time building his self-esteem with each new accomplishment. Additionally, Tucker's daily physical activity will be increased in the hopes of releasing any stress or anxiety that he may be experiencing. With a stable environment, exercise, discipline, a healthy diet, and of course a lot of love and words of encouragement, Tucker's success in overcoming his "drinking problem" is very optimistic! (CF)