6 year old male Shiba, special needs/medications, $50 adoption fee

Rex is just about the happiest boy you’ve ever met.  He’s a very handsome boy too.  He has that rare, but beautiful cream color, with deeper than usual red undertones.  He loves meeting new people and always greets everyone with a wag of his curly tail, and a smile on his face.  His good attitude speaks volumes about this dog’s spirit, because he has been through a lot.  He was found stray in 2011 and adopted shortly after by his ‘mom & dad’.  Sadly he mourned the passing of his ‘mom’ last year, and is now in rescue after the recent passing of his ‘dad’.

Rex was clearly an over loved Shiba, as he weighs in at 50 lbs!  Unfortunately, love in the form of table scrapes lead to extra pounds, and in Rex’s case, diabetes.  Rex requires daily insulin injections to keep his diabetes under control.  Not helping matters, Rex also has hypothyroidism, and needs daily medication to control it.  An unfortunate side effect of his hypothyroidism is KCS, or “dry eye’, so he also needs eye drops on a regular basis.  As if that weren’t enough, he also suffers from Chronic Kidney Disease, which means that he can only eat prescription (k/d) dog food.  While Rex has “special needs”, he is by no means an “sick” dog.  He is as energetic and playful as any young Shiba.  With the proper commitment to his medical regimen, Rex has a normal, long, healthy, and active life ahead of him.

Rex is house trained, crate trained, walks well on leash, and gets along with both dogs and cats.  He has had limited exposure to children.  He loves squeaky toys, but does not want to share them with any other dogs, so he cannot live in a home with a dog known to resource guard.  He is known to be a bolter, so proper precautions will be necessary in his forever home.

Rex’s medications and prescription food are estimated to cost about $115 per month.  Given this, his adoption fee has been reduced to $50 (from $275).   The adoption fee includes Rex’s neuter, vaccinations, HW test, microchip, and a training class, or private session, with a rescue-approved trainer.

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