Meet An Adoptable Dog


About Me

Name: Buckles of Sweetwater
Gender: Female
Breed: Miniature Poodle
Estimated Birthdate: 2/2/2013
Height: 15" at shoulder
Weight: 25 lbs
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with men: Yes
Good with women: Yes
House trained: No - I have a special condition that prevents this.
Crate trained: No - I have a special condition that prevents this.
Leash trained: Yes
Must have fenced in yard: Yes


Buckles' owners surrendered her to a local shelter. She is a beautiful dog with a wonderful personality, but Buckles is special. Buckles has a disease called Diabetes Insipidus. What does that mean? Buckles drinks water - all day - and urinates frequently as a result. This is a rare form of diabetes that is caused by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone (vasopressin) which regulates kidney function. This disorder is very uncommon and is not curable. To put it simply - her kidneys can accept water but can't process it correctly, so water passes through her body very quickly. Thus, she urinates frequently and must have 24/7 access to water.

Buckles is currently on a hormone-replacement medication (given through eye drops twice per day). It does help some. We are working with her to find out what is the best dosage for her. The medication is about $120 per month.  

Buckles does have a "house training" issue only because of her condition. For someone who is retired and is home all the time, her house training isn't much of a problem. She must be taken outside every two hours, and her house training is basically controlled.  She would love a house with a doggie door.  She goes to the door in her foster home if she needs to go out.  She wears diapers if her foster mom is going out more than 2 hours. Buckles cannot be deprived of water as it can be fatal to her.

Despite her medical needs, there is so much more to Buckles!  She is spunky, friendly and loving. She is energetic and must have a fenced in yard to run in. She gets along with other dogs and cats and would be a great playmate to another dog her size or larger. Buckles is eager to please and bonds quickly. 

Buckles is full of life and love!! Her foster mom says she's the easiest dogs she's ever had!

Buckles is not available for adoption. 


Can’t have a dog of your own? Have a soft spot for old, sick or hard to place dogs? It only takes a $20 a month donation for me to be your virtual dog! I need at least 10 virtual adopters (sponsors) to help cover my monthly costs.  If I have medical challenges I need even more! r having to leave your home, you can have your very own online dog that will send you update emails, make Facebook posts, and be eternally grateful for your support!  Go to the donate link at the top of the page for instructions as to how to donate. Questions?  Email:

I love my Virtual Adopters! SANJAY P, JENNIFER R