Winston

winston_oct_4_2013 (6)What is big, black and full of joyful fun loving energy?
That would be this handsome Black Labrador Retriever!
This dog is a must see for he is gorgeous!

Winston weighed in at #75 mid-September but he has probably put in some more weight. He is strong and needs someone who can work with him in obedience training. Wanting to please should make training easy. Working for treats and verbal praise, Winston is quick to please.

Winston was an owner surrender to a local animal control facility because he was too active. Well, he is a lab and they are active.
I suspect there may have been more to why he was surrendered. As it turns out, Winston had entropion.
“Entropion is defined as the inversion, or turning inwards, of the eyelids of the dog. This causes the eyelid to rub up against the cornea, or surface of the eye. Over time, this rubbing can cause irritation, pain, corneal damage, vision impediment, and even blindness.”
One eye was very bad and the other eye was almost as bad. His eyes were red and swollen.
Winston underwent surgery to correct his eyelids.winston_sept_24_2013 (1)
Look at his eyes now! I’d say our vet did an amazing job.
Winston’s eyes appear to be healthy with no long term damage.
The surgery is expensive and recovery is tricky. It’s tricky because one swipe of his large paw could have ruined the surgery and it’s really had to do a second surgery. I am pleased to say that Winston was a well behaved boy. Of course, his enormous cone reinforced with duct tape helped too!

Sometimes rescue means resolving problems!
How does one adapt to an almost 80 pound dog with a super sized cone?   He can not move through our house without knocking into furniture, walls, etc. He can not go out to the fenced area and play with the other dogs. He needed lots of space with no barriers.
To meet his needs, for the first time ever, we went out and bought a tie out. We set up on the side of our house. That worked. He had a parameter to move about in with nothing to bump into.
Drinking water was tricky because the cone was so big.   To solve this problem we went out and bought a small kiddie pool and set
that up right at the edge of his parameter.   Talk about funny: we would sit on a bench and watch him get into the pool and scoop up water with this scoop!   Eating too needed a resolution. We had to go out and find a bowl that he could put the entire cone around so he could eat.

winston_oct_4_2013 (2)Winston is now cone-free, his eyes look fantastic, he is neutered, up to date on his shots and ready to be adopted.

He would do best in a home without small children as he will plow them down.

And no small dogs as he seems to think they are squeaky toys.

He would do best in a home with active, fun loving people willing to invest the energy and time into working with him.
A fenced yard would be the best situation.

Winston 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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