04/21/14: Jake had one of his kidneys removed a couple of months ago in the middle of some of the worst snow storms! His kidney was causing him discomfort and turned out to be just a fluid filled sac, completely non-functional. It was so big that it filled his abdomen, moving his other internal organs out of place. The incision to remove it was quite long, with staples to close it, he stayed an extra two days in the hospital.
The difference is amazing! I actually think he must have started the issue with the kidney not long after he arrived with me and it just continued to grow. He is so slim now, and I don’t think I ever knew him quite this way. He is gorgeous and I feel so much better for him, given the change in how he looks and feels.
01/16/14: Jake has lost a good bit of hearing. He can hear, and does pop up at vibrations (like the front door when I come in), but his hearing has decreased a decent bit. He still has the soft disc issues, seems both back and neck, but his medication has helped a good bit. He sometimes yelps in his sleep when rolling over. The vets don’t want him to do any stairs, going up or down, and so we carry him. He doesn’t seem to enjoy leaving home, and so he stays home now, and is happy here. He spends time in my son’s bed, when my son is home.
12/09/12: Jake is an adorable boy! He was once a certified service dog for a deaf woman, and now that she is elderly, he needed to be re-homed. As one of the wonderful dogs that gave so much in service, his BDRA foster mom could not see him stay in the shelter when his family had no other choice.
At only eleven years old, Jake has a few great years ahead of him still. He is housebroken (though needs to go out early in the morning), and is a quiet little house guy!
He seems to still be adjusting to his blindness, and is not recommended for a house with young children. He does well when you cue him that you are there or are approaching. He will bark from his dog bed at someone coming in the door, or another dog approaching his bed….otherwise he is very quiet.Jake had never lived with other animals. In his foster home, he tolerates the dogs there….he is not aggressive, but does not seem to be sure of what another dog will do without visual cues, so will bark when one comes close to sniff. He is not interested in playing or snuggling with any other dogs…just his person, but he can live with other dogs. I suspect he would be the same with cats, just ignore them.
Jake loves car rides, but otherwise prefers to be in the house vs taking a walk. He does like the yard and has been able to orient himself and find his way back to the door pretty quickly.
He has had a trip to the groomer and did very well, even with nail clipping! He loves to play with you when you rub his head, belly and back….check out his video of playing on his foster mom’s lap!
Jake is forever in our hearts.
- Sex Male (neutered)
- Size Small
- Age 14 years
Good with other dogs? Unknown
Good with cats? Unknown
Good with children? Unknown
Jake 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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