And Peanut has a story, or at least his actions and condition has helped us put together a likely story for him.
Peanut was picked up by the city police as a stray.
He was thin, full of fleas, feces and urine.
His hair was sparse and brittle at best.
Emotionally, Peanut seemed almost out to lunch. He didn’t seem to look at us or even notice our existence.
He was impervious to his own body matter, when in his cage he pooped and peed and rolled in it, even slept in it.
Peanut came to us sick with a nasty Upper Respiratory Infection which took quite a bit to heal up. First he was on Doxy and then a round of Clavamox.
Finally, the snot was gone, the cough was gone and he was on the mend from that nasty URI!
Cleaning him up, keeping him clean was a matter of consistency and lots of washing machine loads and doggy baths. That part was pretty straight forward.
Not that he is use to being clean he does not poo or pee in his crate anymore, unless he has too because we didn’t get him out in time.
He is starting to whine and bark to get out of his crate.
If he has access to a puppy pen with newspapers then he does not potty in his crate at all.
He is in a puppy pen attached to a crate and he is slowly starting to get the hang of going potty on the newspaper, however, he is not close to being house trained nor paper trained.
I suspect whoever adopts him will need to continue with his journey to being paper trained followed by house training.
When we first brought Peanut home all he would do is circle and circle and circle.
It was so sad.
Why does he circle? Why did he think being covered in his own fecal and urine was ok?
Our best guess, he came from a puppy mill situation. He was kept in a small crate that did not have room to move, only to circle and that cage was not kept clean.
Perhaps the puppy mill owners sold him to someone and that someone had no idea what they were getting into and let him loose?
Or left him in the yard and he got loose?
We will never know for sure.
But we are glad he landed in an animal shelter and then came to us because this little guy needed a second chance big time.
So, he is now keeping himself clean.
His coat is starting to look better but will probably be 6 months to a year before it is up to snuff.
The hair on his tail is still missing but slowly growing back. That is probably the last area because his tail was probably exposed to the urine more.
He is good about baths, he has not had much choice!
Peanut has slowly stopped the circles. He can not run a straight line for up to about 10 feet before doing a circle.
He ‘sees’ us and whines to be held. He loves to cuddle!
He enjoys exploring the house, checking out the cats and has noticed other dogs.
He is great with everything, it’s as if he knows no different.
He loves our five year old grandkids, kittens that hop into his puppy pen, and cats that steal his toys too.
This little guy does not have a mean bone or muscle or cell in his body, it is as if he does not know what mean would look like.
He is like a blank page absorbing all the experiences we offer him.
Peanut has been neutered. In fact, our vet had to do a bit of repair on the outer shaft of his penis as Peanut had a couple extra holes.
Those are all fixed and healed and this pup is good as new!
Those holes may have been part of Peanut’s problem causing urine dripping – not anymore.
Peanut is a project. He will be a project for anyone who adopts him. But he is a sweet, lovable, small project with a lot of potential to be a loving companion dog.
I’ll tell you one thing. This little guy would triumph at Pet Therapy!
So, maybe this pup is for you?
Peanut 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: $250
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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