*This animal is a part of our “Seniors for Seniors” program where we offer senior adopters an opportunity to adopt an eligible pet at a discounted fee.*
Hi, my name is Teddy and I came from Louisiana. I currently weigh 20 lbs.
I have been in MN for a few years. I have been with my current foster for 2 years. Why you may ask? Well, I was part of the Hospice Program due to medical needs. The Ruff Start team had talked to my fosters about "Graduating" from the Hospice Program to being available for adoption. My fosters talked it over and they came to this conclusion: Although they have loved me the past couple of years and will be sad, they can not be selfish and want someone else to experience the love and joy of having me be a part of their family.
I am an older gentleman from the south, Louisiana. I still get along pretty well physically. I am a combination of mellow, with a dash of spry. My fosters decided that if I were a human the best character to describe me would be "Pops" from Grumpy Old Men. I would like a relaxing, comforting, chill home. I am not the type to go for hikes, I would prefer to just lay in the grass and watch the world go by. I love big dog beds, at times I look like I have just melted into the big, fluffy dog bed. I am on the "senior side" of my current home that I share with another senior dog. We get along 98% of the time, once in a while, I do chase after him, again another Grumpy Old Men reference in that we are like John and Max.
I do not sleep in a kennel. I do really well on my potty training, unless I am not let out for hours, I usually go out every 2-3 hrs. I love to be scratched and rubbed. I know sit and I love to get my treats when I do this. I am not much of a barker unless some of the other dogs do it or someone comes to the door. I am good with older children.
Here is my daily routine: I get up and go potty about 6:30 am, have my special food with meds, my foster then places eye ointment on my eyes and does my skin treatment routine, this consists of 2 different medicated gauze pads, a dry gauze pad, and then some ointment to 3 of my paws and my neck. My foster is so gentle with this and tries to make it calming for me. This takes about 5 minutes. After all this is FREE time!! relax, go outside, play with the other senior, wander around the house. At 5:30 pm I get supper again with special food and meds (I take my meds very well, my foster just puts them on top of my food) and another round of medical treatment as in the morning. I go out for the last potty at about 9pm. On Sundays and Wednesdays, I take a bath at home with a special shampoo, this takes about 10 minutes. My foster also has to shave my fur every once in a while to make sure the shampoo can get to my skin, I tend to get longer, thicker, luxurious fur. I also do need my ears cleaned and this can be done at home with an ear solution and cotton ball. I am looking for a home that has the time and dedication to be able to do all of this.
Teddy does have some special medical needs that any new home should be aware of when considering adding this precious boy to your home.
Suspected food allergies. Teddy has to eat a Prescription food called Royal Canin Hydrolyzed protein a 7.7 lb bag cost $47.99 on Chewy.com.
He also takes the following medications for his allergies
- Atopica oral medication is around $68 a month
- Ketoconazole oral medication around $ 10 a month
- Apoquel oral medication is around $72.90 a month
He also needs frequent baths (1-3 times a week) with an antifungal/antibacterial shampoo. He also gets Mupirocin, a medicated ointment ( single tube cost around $10), and Chlorhexidine wipes a medicate wipe (container cost around $13) on troubled spots of his skin.
Teddy does have Dry eye that requires Optimmune ointment applied to his eyes life long to keep his eyes comfortable. A tube of that cost around $47.99.
He also has a case of Hypothyroidism under his belt, and that is controlled by taking a daily thyroid medication called Levothyroxine. A month of this medication costs around $5 a month.
Ruff Start Rescue will provide the first few months of Teddy's medications to help soften his adjustment to a new home and allow time for adopters to get his care established with their own clinic for refills.
If you are interested in getting to know me better, please fill out an adoption application. An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.
To learn more about Ruff Start’s adoption process and the care our foster animals receive, please visit our How to Adopt page. If you'd like to donate towards this pet's care, you can donate to our Animal Care Fund. Our Animal Care Fund supports the medical and veterinary needs for all Ruff Start Rescue animals. You'll be able to enter this pet's name on the second page of the donation form.