Loki will not be available for adoption until he is heartworm free.
GENDER: Neutered Male
WEIGHT: 6 lbs
RESCUED FROM: Cruelty confiscation from breeding operation
MEDICAL INFO: Heartworm positive, being teated with monthly heartworm preventative. This treatment method could take 4-6 years to clear the heartworms. Our vet does not recommend the quick method heartworm treatment for senior dogs.
GOOD WITH GENTLE CHILDREN 8 & OLDER: Yes
SMALL DOGS: Yes
LARGER DOGS: No
WALKS ON LEASH: Yes
TOLERATES GROOMING/BATHING WELL: Yes
ACCEPTS NEW PEOPLE: Yes
FENCED YARD REQUIRED: Yes
STAY-AT-HOME ADOPTER REQUIRED: Yes
COMPANION DOG REQUIRED: Yes
IS THIS DOG A:
EXCESSIVE BARKER: Yes, when he gets excited. However, he stops when being told to do so.
ESCAPE ARTIST: No
Comments from foster Mom:
This boy, along with many other little dogs came to rescue as the result of a mill-type breeder cruelty confiscation. He was very underweight, had trouble digesting regular dog food and was heartworm positive. He also had a mouth full of teeth that were either loose or rotting in his gums. When the vet completed the dental and removal of infected teeth, Loki had only his two upper canine teeth left. He was put on a prescription bland diet of soft food and he began to thrive.
Unlike most dogs that come from living in cages all their lives and being used only for breeding, Loki craved the attention of people. At the shelter where he was housed, he would bark constantly for someone to pay attention to him. Sometimes the people working at the facility would let Loki out of the cage, but that could not be done often enough for Loki... He was adopted once but returned because he would mark on everything in the house and the adopter could not housetrain him. This is not unusual for a dog that has lived 8-9 years in a cage. He was never allowed outside the cage in the breeding operation so he didn't have a clue that inside his cage/home was not the place to potty. Loki stole the hearts of many of the people who worked at the shelter, and one of them started taking Loki home on weekends with her so she could start house training him. While Loki got lots of love and play time with her dogs, he just could not understand what house training was all about. Even after months of working at it, his weekend Mom could not teach him. Loki will never be housetrained.
Since Loki could not be housetrained, the odds of him being adopted were little to none. He was such a sweet boy, loving everyone, but hating living in that cage so was still barking all the time. Someone in the rescue suggested they should try to find a rescue (preferably Papillon rescue) that fostered dogs in their homes rather than in a shelter. We received an email asking if we could take a senior, heartworm positive Papillon boy who was very beautiful and social but could not be housetrained. They explained that in their shelter he barked all day until he was hoarse, just trying to get someone to come see him and give him a little attention. We said YES, send him to us ASAP because it broke our hearts, too, thinking about this sweet little old man being locked in the cage and barking all day for attention.
Loki came to us lean and still on the prescription dog food, but since he was not having any trouble digesting or holding small portions of other food down we put him on a regular soft food diet and he's thriving. He's gained a little weight and even though he only has two teeth, will gobble up kibble if there's any on the floor that he can reach.
This little old man is the sweetest, most gentle Papillon I've ever fostered. He's healthy except for the heartworms (which will be eliminated when he is treated), has great eyesight and hearing and doesn't miss a thing in his foster home! He gets along with all 8 of the other dogs and even tries to play with some of them even though he's the oldest dog in the house. He doesn't know how to play with toys, and he can keep up when all the other dogs zoom around in and outside the house. He's playful, active, agile, and very happy! He can also be quiet and gentle as well. In our home he wears a bellyband all the time. (A bellyband is a rectangle of cloth that is long enough to wrap around the dog's body and cover the part from which the urine comes. We put part of an incontinence pad inside the band and change the pad when it gets wet.) The bellyband prevents us having to clean up when he marks in the house. Poop just has to be cleaned up...
Because his hearworm treatment will take several years, (he tested 3 of 3, which is a heavy case), he will need someone who will never forget to give him the monthlhy mdication. He's had such a hard life and loves people so much, he will require a stay-at-home human, a fenced yard and no children under the age of 8, because he's so small and frail he could be hurt by a child falling on him. Having tile floors in your home would be a big plus!
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