Tex was found as a stray and taken to Long Beach Animal Care Facility. Having a microchip he had to wait 10 days before we could exit him. Turns out, his dad had passed away. Tex was scared, emaciated and frail. We believe he is 13 yrs old and a flat coated retriever. After leaving our vet, he slept, paced, drank and peed for 24 hrs. After mapping out his new situation and claiming a thick orthopedic bed as his own, he began to show us more of his personality.
Tex is determined never to be left behind: quickly pushing to the front of the pack. His personality more than makes up for any challenges in his appearance. Give an old guy a break, will ya? He LOVES other dogs and all the busy-ness in a home. A few times a day, he will mingle actively and then head off to his quiet bed for a deep nap. He will try to follow young dogs doing zoomies and gets “all up in there” curiously when the wrestling is happen – amazingly adept at avoiding full contact or getting knocked over. Tex likes getting touched and visiting with his humans but doesn’t stay still for long. If you want cuddle time, just crawl in his bed and give him neck, face and ear rubs. He will dive into your hand. He loves car rides but is wobbly. We found out his pops was a long-haul trucker with Tex as his co-pilot so when we put him in the front seat, he knows just how to brace himself and drink from a cup in the center console!
Tex isn’t big on walks but will go on a short route very slowly from time to time. He prefers to have a yard to roam at his pleasure and that is a good thing to have anyway with frequent trips out to go potty. He is housebroken and as long as there is full access, he will get out there to go! A dog door and safe yard would be ideal for him.
He can be a picky eater but we’ve found the formula and he is eating about 4 times a day. Tex LOVES treats and is super grabby when he goes for them but his jaw isn’t too strong thank goodness. Small kids wouldn’t be a good idea with food at his height and more sensitive skin.
Tex has quite a bit of arthritis but is showing greatly improved mobility with doggy chiropractic sessions. His blood work is a bit off, he drinks a lot, and has very diluted urine while peeing a lot. His adrenal gland and liver are large. We are suspecting possible Cushing’s disease given all his symptoms but we have decided treatment would be harder on him than staying the course while managing symptoms. This old guy just needs to have a great time and enjoy life with a family. His tenacity and willpower may give him a long life, yet! If you are able to give him more holistic treatments like laser, massage, physical therapy, etc. he might really flourish.
My Ideal Home
Tex would love a single-level home with easy access to a yard and other dogs to interact with. Any pool should be fenced off for safety. No younger kids. Someone able to support a feeding schedule of 3-4 times a day would be helpful also. Willingness to dote on him and awesome supportive vet care would be appreciated also.
Want to Adopt me?
If you are interested in adopting Tex and have filled out an online application, please send us an email telling us why you would be a good fit for this wonderful boy! You may reach out to his friend Nedra at email@example.com. Text is currently being fostered in Huntington Beach through the end of June at which time he will need to move due to travel.