Gibson

Baby Catahoula Leopard Dog X

Available for adoption!

Information:

2/16/16 Update:

Gibson has been with us in his foster home for over 2 years now. For the life of me I just can’t understand why he hasn’t found his own forever family. Gibson is definitely a special boy, but he is special in all of the ways that make my heart melt. He is a pure-bred Leopard Catahoula – if you look at him you can see black spots in his gorgeous chocolate fur. He loves people, loves to play, loves his dinner and his treats. He gets excited to walk with you, to sit with you, to rest his head upon your lap on a couch or the bed, listen to the sound of your voice and just “BE” with you. He is a bit uncoordinated at times, but it is an endearing charm. Give Gibson a chance – he is worth it and longs to be in his own family.
He is lovable and funny and takes the world in stride – we could all take a lesson from Gibson!

10/23/15 Update: It has been quite some time since I have submitted an update on Gibson. Initially, we felt that with his neurological issues, he may not be a good candidate for an adoption. Well, Gibson has proven us wrong. What an incredibly special boy he has become. As a puppy, his challenges were many. The Neurologist informed us that if he did not have seizures by the time he was a year old, he would likely live a normal life-span…we are pleased to say that he is nearing his second birthday in November and is seizure free! As a puppy, he was unable to go for normal walks, play like a normal dog, follow any actual commands and we had our doubts that he would be able to. NOW, he has completely amazed us and I don’t have any doubts that he will continue to improve. He still circles when he is excited or nervous, but we can go for real walks! He has learned several commands and knows “careful” and “step”, in addition to many typical commands. He loves to play with his toys and will even “fetch” them if they are larger and we bounce them on the ground so he can follow the sound. He loves to rest on the bed or couch with us, but cannot get onto or off of the bed himself (we help him). His back end is still a bit weak and he does have a luxating patella (grade 1, so not terrible). It only seems to bother him after he has been resting and goes to stand up. Once he is up and around, he is fine. He loves to explore the yard, on walks and on the beach. He has a very special personality and loves to be near his people. He can be a bit uncoordinated when he is excited, but he is growing up and settles well. He has a gentle spirit and enjoys the little things in life – still loves sitting with his face to the sun, the feel of a gentle breeze, the pat of your hand on his forehead and treats!

8/22/14: Gibson has been our foster for 6 months, since about the time he was 3 months old. He now weighs in at around 40#. Initially, we felt that he was having difficulty adjusting to his blindness and was uncoordinated as a result. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Gibson circles…a lot, and always to his left (counter-clockwise) He still has some weakness in his back end when running and landing, however he can jump quite well. He often times falls to the side when jumping and playing. He can often be found sitting with his head held high – nose in the air as if he is “looking” up at the sky and listening to all that surrounds him, appearing lost in peaceful contemplation. He has had a neurological evaluation at the referral of our regular veterinarian and was diagnosed with a congenital brain malformation. He believes that the symptoms we have seen are a result of this brain issue. It is his hope that if his condition remains unchanged through his second birthday, he will likely live the normal life span of his breed. If he should develop seizures prior to his second birthday, he believes he will likely have a shortened life span. So far, so good…no seizures and his issues have not progressed. He has also been diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus and is on medication to help with that. He will require the medication during his lifetime. This is not the sugar diabetes, but the water diabetes. He becomes overly thirsty and will drink enormous amounts of water and what goes in must come out…but with the medication, it all remains under control – he drinks normal amounts and has no issues with his “pottying.”

Despite his medical challenges, Gibson is a VERY sweet boy. He LOVES being near his people and after a chance to run and play, will cuddle up with you and relax on your lap. He gets along with the other dogs in his foster home, although I feel he would do best in a home where he can be the only dog so that he can get the love and attention that he needs. He likes to play chase with toys, but he doesn’t necessarily run as quickly as the others and sometimes has a hard time keeping up with them. This doesn’t seem to bother him, though, as he just changes gears and decides to lay in the sun with a toy or two and enjoy the warmth on his back. He loves fuzzy, squeaky, rope, bones or stuffed toys, but not necessarily regular balls. He does tend to jump up a little more than we would like, but we have continued to work with him on this issue and he does respond well to telling him “no” as a correction. For that reason, I believe he would do better in a house without young children. He LOVES to eat and looks forward to mealtimes and treats as some of the favorite parts of his day. He enjoys being bathed, lathered and having warm water poured over him…but wasn’t all that sure about wading into the lake at the beach. If you are there with him and he feels secure, he will definitely follow. He enjoys going for short walks on leash, but long walks are difficult as he will walk forward for a while before starting to circle again..then walk forward a little more… He is crate trained and will gladly enter his crate for a treat. He is not much of a barker, so when he does bark, we always check on him to see why. He loves being outdoors and has a thing for brooms and rakes. It is actually quite funny and cute as he will chase falling leaves, rake and brooms. He is quite a happy guy and really enjoys life. Although he can have high energy at times, he balances this with calm and relaxation time, as well. He is good in the car, usually just laying down and taking a nap.
Gibson is a very special boy with his share of challenges and will require a very special family to welcome him into theirs. That being said, I believe the rewards of having him make the efforts worthwhile. His family will need to be there for him to support him throughout his lifetime. I believe in him and know the perfect family is out there waiting for him to come into their lives. Could that be yours?

3/2/14: Gibson is a very sweet little guy. It is likely that his vision loss was notsomething he was born with. He is adjusting to his blindness, but can sometimes be uncoordinated when playing or jumping and doesn’t always realize where he is in relation to the ground – which results in him landing awkwardly. This does not stop him from playing and enjoying life. He does have a harder time running and keeping up with his foster siblings, but he does VERY well and is super friendly to all animals and people.

He is every bit a puppy, has a higher energy level at times, and loves to chew – luckily, he loves to chew his toys, bones, etc. and has left the woodwork and furniture alone. He may try to gnaw on your fingers or sleeve, but corrects easily when told no. He is quite easy-going and is just excited to be out where you are, playing in the leaves and cuddled in your lap.

We found out that he seems to love music. If music is played on the television, radio or in person, he stops what he is doing and will come to listen. He LOVES food and treats and has never turned anything to eat down! He is learning how to walk on a leash and does well if you wiggle it in front of him so that he can hear it. We are going to add a bell or beeping device to the leash so he can follow the sound better.

Gibson’s forever home should, ideally, have experience with a blind dog and have a fully fenced yard for his safety. As he is a little higher energy, does jump and still likes to chew, I would recommend a home without young children. He really is a wonderful boy and has charmed everyone he has met. He will be an excellent addition to your active forever family.

About Me

  • Sex Male (neutered)
  • Size Large (20 lbs)
  • Age 3 years, 6 months old(approx. DOB Dec 1, 2013)
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Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Yes
Good with children? Yes

Location

Currently fostered in South Carolina. (Transport is available)

Health Info

  • Vision Completely Blind(Cause: Corneal Edema with a secondary component of possible glaucoma.)
  • Health Notes
    In good health otherwise.

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Latest Updates

  1. Gibson is a very sweet little guy. It is likely that his vision loss was not something he was born with. He is adjusting to his blindness, but can sometimes be uncoordinated when playing or jumping and doesn’t always realize where he is in relation to the ground – which results in him landing awkwardly. This does not stop him from playing and enjoying life. He does have a harder time running and keeping up with his foster siblings, but he does VERY well and is super friendly to all animals and people.

    He is every bit a puppy, has a higher energy level at times, and loves to chew – luckily, he loves to chew his toys, bones, etc. and has left the woodwork and furniture alone. He may try to gnaw on your fingers or sleeve, but corrects easily when told no. He is quite easy-going and is just excited to be out where you are, playing in the leaves and cuddled in your lap.

    We found out that he seems to love music. If music is played on the television, radio or in person, he stops what he is doing and will come to listen. He LOVES food and treats and has never turned anything to eat down! He is learning how to walk on a leash and does well if you wiggle it in front of him so that he can hear it. We are going to add a bell or beeping device to the leash so he can follow the sound better.

    Gibson’s forever home should, ideally, have experience with a blind dog and have a fully fenced yard for his safety. As he is a little higher energy, does jump and still likes to chew, I would recommend a home without young children. He really is a wonderful boy and has charmed everyone he has met. He will be an excellent addition to your active forever family.