Charlie: a poodle with a story

charlie_june_17_2018 073psCharlie is as cute as can be, as puppy as can be and has a story to tell!

Charlie is a male chocolate minature poodle.
He is still so puppy!  We are guessing he is about 10 months of age.
This boy came to us from a local animal shelter and appeared, outside of a slight limp, perfectly fine.

But that limp.
We took him to our vet to have that limp looked at.  It was slight but consistent.
X rays revealed that Charlie had a rough and distorted ball at the head of the femur(leg bone)  – movement of the leg causes serious pain so he tended to not use it which will eventually cause it to atrophy and necessitate  amputationcharlie_june_14_2018 (2)ps unless other steps are taken.
To prevent this and to remove the chronic pain, a femoral head ostectomy or FHO, which is the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur was done.

In simpler terms, it is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint.

stock_surgery_photoOnce the femoral head and neck are removed, the surrounding muscles and developing scar tissue work to support the area, and act as a false joint. This means that now when the limb is moved, the forces are transferred to the pelvis rather than the leg itself.
most dogs return to close to normal activity after the surgery.
PetsConnect has had this procedure performed before, and if you were to see this dog run and play you would never believe that it was missing its leg bone.

This procedure works best on small and medium size dogs- and as Charlie is an 8 pound cuddle buddy his prognosis has been stellar.

charlie_june_22_2018 (1)psSurgery was followed by several sessions of water therapy, also at our veterinarian’s office.
So, yes, Charlie has not been a cheap dog but he is worth it.
This is an awesome little guy!

He is great with other animals and people.  He does well with the toddler size grandchildren when they visit his foster mom.  However, he does also enjoy chewing said toddler size grandchildren’s toys — oops.  Again, PUPPY!

What do we want for Charlie?
* An owner who will partipate in basic doggy obedience classes – find out what is available in your area.
* Children – he loves children, but because of his size and surgery, older children are best for 24/7 with younger ones just visiting.
* Pet Therapy interest – this is a perfect dog for Pet Therapy after some basic obedience and a bit more seasoning so to speak as in growing out of the puppiness.
* Fenced in yard.  This boy loves to run, he needs to run to keep that hind end in shape.
*Grooming – he must be groomed every 6-8 weeks.  This is truly non-negotiable.  If you have not had a dog that needs to be groomed please do your research on what is available in your area and what that will cost.
If you are looking for a dog to enjoy life with, train with and live to the full potential with – check out Charlie!

charlie_june_17_2018 (2)psCharlie 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: $300

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 (thank goodness!).

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