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Grace, a very gentle and loving Great Pyrenees mix girl, arrived as a transfer from another shelter into our senior dog program; however, we discovered she is not quite 7 years old, so isn’t actually a Sammi Fund senior! Just a beautiful and special soul in need of our help.
When she arrived, she was barely able to stand or walk, due to major hind end issues that were originally thought likely to be age and arthritis related. We put her on pain medication, an anti-inflammatory, joint support supplements, and a diet (she was about 30 pounds overweight). Her mobility has improved significantly. Now she is getting up and down quickly, and walking much more comfortably.
Next, we had her x-rayed and consulted a veterinary surgical specialist. Her hips, pelvis, and spine are fine, but both knees have torn cruciate ligaments. Forget Me Not will provide the surgeries she needs on both knees, with recovery time between knees (look for Grace to be one of the pets featured in our upcoming fundraiser for extraordinary medical expenses). She just had surgery on one knee and is recovering nicely so far.
We are hoping to locate a foster home within a few hours of Spokane (where her surgeries will occur), to take her to appointments and give her the close, tender attention she will need during recovery. Grace will be available for pre-adoption during her treatment; foster homes are given first option to adopt their foster dogs, so if you want to foster and Grace really clicks with your family, you can apply right away to adopt her after her treatment is finished.
For now, we recommend that Grace be an only dog, or live with one easy-going dog willing to give Grace the space she needs to feel comfortable. She doesn't have the strength or speed to actually chase off another dog, so relies on her bark to do the work for her if she feels threatened. She could live with another laid-back, low-key dog, as long as her people know how to keep her feeling safe and to give her lots of time to get to know the other dog from a distance so they can slowly become friends. After she has recovered from her surgeries, her attitude toward other dogs may improve even more. She has met a few dogs at the shelter with whom she gets along just fine. Grace appears to be cat tolerant.
Grace needs a home with no stairs, and patient, loving people who understand her limitations and will let her move at her own pace. Keeping up with anti-inflammatory and pain medications will be important (right now, about $55 per month for supplements and medications at shelter cost, which sometimes is discounted from regular cost). Grace is a big, affectionate love bug, who is a favorite of all the volunteers! She has a huge heart full of love she wants to share with you, without requiring you to take her on four 10-mile runs each day. She will be a calm and devoted companion, with her medication needs a small price to pay for the abundance of love she will bring to your home.
Grace comes with a 30-day money-back trial adoption period.
Spay/neuter, worming, microchip and all age-appropriate shots are always completed before placement, and are included in the adoption fee (suggested minimum $50; more gratefully accepted!)
Can't come to Republic? Don't let that stop you! We have monthly transports to both the Seattle area and Spokane, delivering adopted pets to their new owners. If you can add a little to your payment to help us cover our volunteer driver's expenses, that would be great!
see next transports to Seattle area and Spokane on the homepage
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