AT THIS TIME TEDDY IS NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION – HE IS ON MEDICAL HOLD.
Teddy came to us from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter where he stayed for one month before the shutdown of non-essential businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was one of two dogs left and his wrinkly face pulled at our heartstrings. We just couldn’t say no!
Teddy is approximately four years old. He is crate trained and about 99% housebroken. He is an adorable wiggle butt with a tail that has a mind of its own but, sadly, he suffers from some chronic medical issues, one of which is dry eye. On his current daily eye drop regimen, Teddy’s eye health has greatly improved. A potential adopter should be aware that he will need this medication every day for the rest of his life.
When Teddy first came to us, his eyes were cloudy and he ran into just about everything. We believe because of his impaired sight, he can take treats a little rough but he’s learning! Due to this and out of an abundance of caution, we do not recommend a home with small children (under the age of eight years old).
Both of Teddy’s hind legs have been diagnosed with luxating patellas. What this means is that occasionally his knee will dislocate and then quickly relocate. We have sought out the opinion of a specialist but, at this time, we do not have the funds to treat both legs with surgery. Each leg would be approx $4000!! Teddy is currently on turmeric and glucosamine supplements. A good diet, proper weight, and light exercise have proven substantial benefits. Teddy is not in pain and we do not believe this condition is affecting his quality of life. He will occasionally limp. As he grows older, he will likely develop arthritis.
Finally, Teddy had a biopsy and X-rays on a growth on his upper gum on May 7th. The results of these tests will determine our next course of action.
Teddy currently lives with his foster mom and dad, an eight-year-old human foster brother, and another dog (Carlo). He quickly learned the ways of his foster home. Teddy does well with being handled for grooming and other care. He knows “sit,” “down,” and “wait.” He walks fairly well on a leash but can easily be distracted or get excited when passing other dogs. He enjoys to romp around with a toy for 10-15 minutes and then spend most of his day sleeping. He LOVES to snuggle on the couch with his foster humans and Carlo.
Teddy is dog friendly but could benefit from basic obedience classes to learn how to properly socialize with other dogs. He comes out of the gate a little hot and mouthy, which not every dog will appreciate. That said, he is highly treat-motivated and eager to please.
If adopting Teddy isn’t possible (when he is available), please consider a donation to his medical care by visiting https://queencitypitties.com/donate/. (Please write “For Teddy” in the notes section so we can properly thank you.) Due to the coronavirus shutdown, we are unable to hold fundraising events for the foreseeable future. Vet bills add up quickly and we want to ensure every dog in our care – including Teddy – will get the best care possible. No donation is too small as we truly believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
To follow Teddy’s foster journey, check out @carlo_the_pibble on Instagram or Carlo with the Fat Head on Facebook.