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My name is Butternut!

Keeshond Dog for adoption in Los Altos, California - Butternut
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I found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.

Butternut's Info...

I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, good with kids, and good with dogs.

Butternut's Story...
BARK volunteers rescued 3 poor Keeshond dogs from a puppymill a few days before Thanksgiving. We took them straight from the puppymill to our veterinarian. It was obvious from their severely matted, filthy coats full of feces that they had suffered severe neglect at the hands of the puppymiller. When the doctor examined them, we learned how badly they were suffering.

All 3 dogs are currently in foster homes, while we treat their medical problems. Their foster families have named them in honor of Thanksgiving and the happy future that's now ahead of them. Despite the years of inhumane treatment they endured, all 3 dogs are sweet and loving -- a testament to the optimistic spirit and lovely temperament of this wonderful breed.

Butternut is the shyest one. On the way into the vet's office, she panicked and struggled to get away. In the exam room, she tried to hide under the table and chairs. However, in spite of her fear, sweet Butternut allowed the doctor to examine her without a struggle.

Her coat was thickly matted and full of feces and debris. She had raging infections in both ears, a severe urinary tract infection, and terrible dental disease with painful abscessed teeth.

She also had multiple mammary tumors, including one the size of a tennis ball. In dogs, half of mammary tumors are malignant, and the larger they are, the greater the risk that they've spread to other parts of the body. Butternut had surgery over Thanksgiving weekend to remove the tumors and to spay her to get rid of the hormones that stimulate the growth of canine mammary tumors. During the surgery, the vet found another tumor on her uterus. While she was under anesthesia, the vet also extracted the abscessed teeth. Afterwards, we held our breath, waiting for the pathology report. The news was a Thanksgiving miracle -- all of the tumors were benign!

Sweet, gentle Butternut is in a comfortable foster home now. Her foster dad writes:

"Butternut follows me around, staying at my feet when I am at my desk. She responds to her name, and she sleeps quietly at night now. She walks well on the leash, though she does not yet sniff around as the other dogs do. And in the kitchen she takes over my dog's bed when she can.

The most extraordinary thing is her delight in and attachment to a woman who has been visiting with us. When she comes into the house, Butternut goes running at the sound of her tread on the stairs. She almost spins, she jumps up and wags her tail furiously. When the woman leaves, Butternut sits at the gate at the top of the stairs and whimpers, even howls or barks, until I call her away.

We went for a walk on the beach and that went well also... She is going to be absolutely fine."

You can see from the photo how relaxed and happy she is now, enjoying the TLC she's receiving in her comfortable foster home!

Facts about Butternut

  • Breed: Keeshond
  • Color: Black - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female

Other Pets at Bay Area Rescue Keeshonden, Inc.

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Butternut, a Los Altos Keeshond dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Keeshond for sale in Los Altos, or seeking a Keeshond dog from a breeder in Los Altos.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Los Altos already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Los Altos breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Keeshond breeders who help with Keeshond rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Los Altos paves the way for another one to be saved.