Oh Phoenix….it is fortunate that dogs can be so resilient because Phoenix’s journey has been a rough one. Phoenix was returned to rescue back in March of this year. His home life was just too chaotic and it was starting to cause anxiety he just wasn’t handling appropriately. He was placed in foster care, at which time he loved playing at the dog park, snuggling with his humans and being active (walking, running, hiking). Doggy daycare was his favorite place and he was a staff favorite!
Right about the time he was to meet his adoptive family, Phoenix pulled up lame. What we now know is that Phoenix suffers from an auto-immune disorder as the result of vaccination (yes, we can pinpoint this) which has caused the initial lameness, a cruciate ligament tear (he is now through surgical rehabilitation), and most recently CUPS which are lesions/ulcers in his mouth. This is currently being managed with a steroid protocol but we are in the process of finding an internal medicine specialist to continue his care while researching holistic options as well.
My Ideal Home
This is where we are looking for that special rescue angel to step up to provide a quiet home environment and help Phoenix heal, possibly as a long term foster or his forever home (with support of SCGRR). Phoenix is fully house trained and walks well on leash. He is very smart and knows a few commands. He may be a bit rusty as he has been laid up for a while but once he is feeling better and moving better, we are hoping to see that old, happy pup emerge.
Phoenix loves most dogs, especially rough-and-tumble types. While he has not had the opportunity for play, we are hoping he will find joy in that again soon. We have worked with a behaviorist and will be able to transfer left-over sessions to his new family. Once he is feeling better we will have a better handle on anything that needs to be addressed. He has a history of resource guarding but that has been managed successfully.
Given Phoenix’s medical needs, we feel he is best in an all adult home. Visiting children would be fine. No cats as he has a high prey drive.
Want to Adopt me?
If you have it in your heart to help our Phoenix, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our greatest hope is that we can restore his physical and mental health back to his pre-vaccination status.