Peter Pan: our hairless wonder

Peter Pan has a story to tell.
Let’s start at the beginnning.  That would be December of 2009 when, on a cold snowy evening,  Peter Pan and his siblings were left in a night deposit cage at an animal shelter.  The animal shelter was closed, but they had what they called night deposit cages where someone could put an animal in a cage so it would be on the inside and then close the door which would automatically lock.  It was a way for those of low courage to dump a litter of puppies or any animal at this particular shelter.  Peter Pan was one of five black lab mix puppies estimated to be just eight weeks of age.

The shelter contacted us to see if we had room and could take in the pups.  We did.  We cared for them, had them neutered or spayed, micro chipped, etc.  They were all black, all sweet and all looking to be big dogs when full grown. 

All the puppies were adopted out when they were three months of age, including Peter Pan.

Speed up to February of this year when we recieved a phone call from the person who had adopted Peter Pan.
She had fallen on hard times and was now unable to care for Peter Pan.
It was a good call for her to make as Peter Pan was certainly in need of medical care, food and just having a warm, cozy place to sleep.

 Imagine our surprise at seeing what we thought would be a large black dog meet us with no hair. And he had sores and his bones jutted out of his thin body.   First order of business was a vet visit.  Even before going into any of our foster homes, he had to see our vet.  We needed to determine why he had sores and why he had no hair.  Dr Kryder didn’t seem to think it was mange but rather the hair loss was from severe flea infestation.  He said, “Take the dog home and feed him.”

And that is what we have been doing.  He is fed twice a day with puppy food.   He is, however, also on Revolution: a dose every two weeks for six weeks just as a precaution.  He has a big fat bed and a blanket.  At first I could only get him to eat by adding Chicken Noodle soup, then adding that to the puppy food.  After about three weeks, he was eating his puppy food with no additives.
Week four we added Milkbone medium biscuits.  He loves those.  He will run to the box and sit and look from me to the box indicating he wants some biscuits.  Week Four we also added rawhides too.

I’m pleased to report that his bones are not jutting out and his hair is growing back.
It’s going to take awhile for all the hair to grow back, like the hair on his back legs.  I think because he has been in this state for at least a year.

Peter Pan is spending a bit of time every day adjusting to dogs.  He would be great as an only dog with visiting dogs or with one other dog.  He is fantastic with cats.  In fact, his dog crate is in the cat area, I mean three feet from the cat’s food bowl.  No problem with cats whatsoever.

 

 

is available for adoption.  If you are interested, please fill out an application and email it to us as an attachment.
Click here for adoption application

Medical: He is neutered, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots. 
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $225
Leash and Collar or Harness:   a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each canine.  Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge.

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