iHop is a sweet, lovable guy looking for his own forever home.
iHop came to us at about 8 months of age. He was picked up by Animal Control in Prince William County with a badly injured leg from an apparent accident. AC found a vet willing to amputate his front right leg, and we began fostering him after he started his recovery. In addition to his disabilities, he also had food aggression toward both humans and other animals, a behavior learned during some time on his own having to fight for his food.
We have worked hard on his food aggression and he no longer has issues with humans. He will occasionally growl at other dogs who approach him when he is enjoying a high-valued treat, but he has come a long way. He has learned some hand signals for come, sit, and down. When loose in our yard he occasionally looks around for direction, which is a desired behavior for a deaf dog.
Despite his improvement on food aggression, we also found he would occasionally get very upset for no apparent reason, and lash out at dog or human – whoever/whatever was closest to him. It would be one bite or two, never a full-on attack, and afterward he would look around as if to say “what happened”. The last time he was sleeping between me and my wife and either had one of these seizures or a bad dream and bit each of us on the arm. Again, when we got up and turned the lights on, he seemed confused and disoriented. After that we started researching reasons for his behavior and found a condition called “spaniel rage” that affects some breeds. We discussed with the vet and they recommended phenobarbital, an anti-seizure medicine, and he we havent seen any problems since (about 6 months). He will likely need this medication the rest of his life. Luckily, the pheno is not expensive ($8-$12 per month).
In light of the above issues, he is probably the happiest dog I know. He is energetic, although tires pretty quickly on three legs. He can run almost as fast as our other dogs. He loves anything motorized – car rides, ATV’s, etc. Before our yard was fully fenced, he would escape to the end or our private drive and sit and wait for me to retrieve him…just for a ride on the ATV. He is very smart and loves people. When we let him out of his crate in the morning, he must greet each and every human before going outside. He loves kids, although I wouldn’t recommend him for a home with small children due to his prior issues. He has never had a problem with my 12 and 14 year old girls. He is okay with our two cats. He will sometimes chase them if they run, but has never tried to hurt them. We have chickens and horses and he has learned to respect them as well.
If you think this sweetheart is right for you, we’d love for you to meet him.