Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Feist / Mixed (short coat)
Weight: 19 lbs - a huge difference from her intake weight of 26 lbs
Height: est 12 in at the shoulder
Estimated Birthdate: 12/15/2012
Fence Needed: No
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Owner release/owner went into hospice care.
Special Needs: Obese - Ginger is on a controlled feeding program. As hard as it, for she is an expert begger, Ginger has to have her portions controlled and limited treats or low fat treats. It's better for her! Ginger had severe bilateral (both knees) luxating patella. It's taken 4 years and four knee surgeries but finally, Ginger has the mobility to walk short distances. She enjoys her walks very much but she does not care much for stairs. She can do them and she will, especially if it means time basking in the sun, but it's not her favorite. She would most likely do better with a home with minimal stairs for her to navigate. We're so proud of her and all she has been through. She also has seasonal allergies which shows in some hair loss especially. We've found that portion control and a good quality food that is high in protein makes all the difference for her. She also benefits from fish based diets.
What kind of home would be best for me: Ginger's life before CPR was one of a severely sedentary lifestyle. She has been very sheltered. The combination of obesity and isolation created a dog that prefers a quiet, low energy life Ginger can and does co-exist peacefully with many dogs large and small now but in her most perfect world, she would be one of one or one of two at the most. She does not like cats and will snap at them if they get close to her. She is very affectionate and happy with her chosen people and her favorite thing is to "give paw." When she gives you the paw, she wants petted, especially under the chin.
Ginger has no experience with short people (children). She would be best in a home with seniors or those with very quiet, routine oriented lifestyles. She thrives on structure and routine. Then again, most dogs do.
What is my personality like: Ginger has only lived two lifestyles so far. In her first life, she lived with a senior citizen in a high rise senior citizen apartment. Where she lived had many dogs and there are activities. She saw friends when she was taken out to potty and there were visitors in her apartment but since her life was so sedentary she became somewhat protective of her female owner and she resisted warming up to men. That has changed and she thinks her foster dad is just grand, especially when he shares a lap or two of milk from his cereal in the morning. Foster mom and dad know that inside Ginger, there is a very happy go lucky little girl in there who wants to get out, see the world and change her stars.
Ginger knows what she likes. She likes consistency, the people she chooses, and food. For the people Ginger chooses, she gives her entire heart. She will scoot to you to seek affection. She'll hop outside, even on a leash if you ask her to. Ginger has overcome so much in her short life and is so deserving of a home that will spoil her and cherish her.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Tentative. Ginger barks at people she does not know. This is a nervous behavior from being under-socialized during her formative years. Ginger does warm up quickly (bring Pupperoni, she adores Pupperoni) and will seek out her people.
Tips and Tidbits: Ginger's birthday is 12/15/2012.
Ginger's intake was an interesting one. Our director got a very frantic call from a social worker who had gotten her number from a friend of a friend. An elderly lady was dying and there was no one to take her dog. Could we help: When she arrived at the apartment building and went to the apartment, EMS workers were there working with the frail lady and it was obvious that things were not well. Trying to be as unobtrusive as possible, she took the little scared dog from the social worker and headed outside. In this apartment complex, dogs are allowed but the owners must have the dogs in a stroller when pushing them to the elevators. Ginger was put into her stroller and stroller, bag of weight management food, and a few whispered details and off she went down the hallway, pushing Ginger. When she got to the lobby, it was pouring rain so she parked the stroller in the hallway and ran out to get the car. Coming back up to the lobby, she lifted the little dog out of the stroller and put her gently into the back seat before folding up and stowing the stroller and heading home. Note - at no time did she see Ginger walk. Not until she got home. That was when the most obvious thing about Ginger was discovered. Ginger could not walk. Because Ginger spent most of her time either in the stroller or on the couch or bed with her owner, we think no one ever saw the deformity. There was no mention in the medical records of Ginger's back knees being backwards. We will never know if no one knew or if she had always been that way. All we did know is that she was a dog in need - and we gave her a place, a life and her medical care. Now we're hoping to find a home that will cherish her for the rest of her days. She's a sweetheart and she would love to find that perfect lap and that perfect fuzzy bed and that perfect person to take care of her - in exchange, she will give you her whole heart.
House trained: Ginger will go outside to do her business and also uses a pee pad. Because of her mobility issues, we keep water and a pee pad within a few feet of her and she is very good about doing her business right there.
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