Happy is a sweet, undemanding soul. He naps several times throughout the day, with energy for playtime and short walks in between. He enjoys car rides and does well once he settles in. Cuddles and rubs are cherished and he will lower his head to ask for his head and neck to be scratched. He is very responsive to displays of love. He is leash trained, house trained and sleeps through the night. He is not needy and is fine being left alone at home during a workday, but like most pets, prefers his human’s presence. He has 2 beds; one in the bedroom for night time and one in the living area. He chooses the one closest to his human.
Happy’s health had been neglected by his previous owner even before she sadly surrendered him to a shelter and she herself entered a nursing home. He has several ailments that have been treated by his foster mom and under control. He came to BDRA with severe dermatitis which was immediately treated with medicated baths and a prescription to maintain his comfort. He also takes a med for his grade III heart murmur. In addition, he had a dental exam, cleaning and 8 teeth removed leaving just 8 remaining teeth. Now that he has recovered and feels so much better, he is able to eat a regular diet of tiny bite-sized dry dog food with a little fresh food mixed in. His eye pressures are within normal range, but he does have some cataracts that impair his vision and range of sight just a little, but needs no meds or treatment for his eyes currently. He has the full run of the house, trots at a good pace and navigates beautifully. He does have some arthritis in his back knees, but you would never know it the way he plays and walks at a brisk pace. He has gone up 2 stairs but not down. At 14 pounds he is small enough that he can easily be picked up. He has some hearing loss, so it is important to approach him from straight ahead to avoid startling him. Other than this bit of special care, Happy just needs to be loved and treated like any other little dog.
Happy does well around men, women, children and cats. He would be fine around another calm small dog, but a large or aggressive dog might be overwhelming. He has thrived in a calm, low key household and will make a wonderful companion. He is a very low maintenance fellow. He only needs his meals, short walks, some playtime with his stuffed duck and human, scratches and cuddles to be entirely “Happy.” He gets his scheduled potty breaks several times throughout the day, but will scratch on the floor to let you know if he needs to go before the next scheduled break. He has not had a single accident since he has been in his foster home. Did I mention he sleeps through the night? To watch a video of Happy please click here.
Happy was adopted on December 22, 2020.
- Sex Male (neutered)
- Size Small (14)
- Age 12 years, 9 months old(approx. DOB Mar 9, 2010)
Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Yes
Good with children? Yes
Currently fostered in Winslow, IL. (Transport is available)
- Vision Vision impaired(Cause: cataracts)
Heart murmur, mild arthritis
Happy is looking for his forever home. If you think it could be yours, read more about Adopting from BDRA before submitting your application below.
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