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Good News, Bad News, Good News

Hi everyone,

Just an update - I applied for a beautiful dog who I saw on the HRI website. I didn't want to mention any names in case it didn't work out.

Good news: This dog has found the perfect home!

Bad news: It is not with me.

Good news: We've found a little guy locally, and adopted him on Saturday! He's currently at the vet getting neutered, but will post pics after he comes home tomorrow.

He's kind of a mess..... His previous family bought him from a pet shop / puppy mill here in our area. They had no experience with small dogs, and were completely unprepared to provide the care that he needs. They have two small children (under the age of 7) and were just overwhelmed. Plus the husband lost his job a couple of months ago, so they are unable to provide for him financially, as well.

He has had NO rules or boundaries established at all. He was basically allowed free run of everything. He is 8 months old, not housebroken, in fact he'll hold it for a LONNNGGGG time because he thinks he is "supposed" to go on the bathroom rug, so we'll definitely have to work with him on that.

He is in desparate need of a good grooming, so we'll take him in next week.

He was completely infested with fleas. Treated him (and all of the dogs) first thing, as soon as we brought him home.

Not neutered, but that's taken care of as of this morning. The vet called around lunch and said the procedure went very well, no complications and nothing unexpected.

While he was under, they also pulled his baby teeth, as they were showing no signs of loosening and his permanant teeth had already grown in.

In addition, he had been scratching his ears a LOT, so I asked the vet to take a look while he was at their office. He had a TON of hair in his ears, so they pulled that while he was under anesthetic. Underneath all of the hair they found an infection, so he'll be coming home with medication for that, as well.

Poor little guy!!!!

Good news is that we brought him home and introduced him to the other dogs without a hitch - everyone seems to be getting along quite well. Tango hasn't quite latched onto him yet, but I'm sure she is still missing Soleil, and will warm up to him soon enough.

So..... it's been an exciting weekend at our house!
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Congrats to you and your family!

Things always have a way of working out for the best and I'm thrilled that he found you! I can't wait to see pictures!

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Congratulations!! This little fellow is so lucky to have found you~~he sounds so neglected. ;-( Bravo to you & cannot wait for pix!!

and HEATH-Y, TOO !
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Wow sounds exciting, congrats! Sounds like you have quite an adventure ahead of you, but with patience, lots of love and attention you can do it! Poor little guy, sounds like he has had a hard time, he is very lucky to have found you.

Take care and enjoy getting to know each other.... oh and don't forget the pics

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Omg, what a lucky guy to have found his way to you! I'm so happy for you. Sounds like his previous family didn't have a clue how to raise a puppy. They don't actually raise themselves! You'll likely have your work cut out for you, but he's young and you sound very excited about your new addition, so I'm not too worried. Pls. do send us pics when you can, o.k.?

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What a happy ending for you all!!! Sounds like this little guy is exactly where he needs to be, in a home where the people have time to love and care for him properly. Can't wait to "meet" him when you post pics.

From our experience with Gracie, he will bloom with lots of love, some boundaries, TREATS, grooming, and even more love! Seeing her turn into a carefree and happy puppy has been one of the happiest experiences of my life.

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Yay-he definitely needed you!!!
Can't wait to see the photos. His name ??

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Yay! It sounds like he is just the one you were meant to hav! You've only had him a day or two and already he is getting better care just by you getting him in to the vet. You are his angel. I can't wait to see him!
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Congratulations on your new furry family addition, sounds like he was meant to be yours. I can't wait to see his pictures.

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Wonderful news for the new fellow, and you, too! You are great to take him in, sounds like a lot of work, but also sounds like you are ready for the challenge. Can't wait to see pictures of "him!"

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