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Name: Stryker -Special Needs
Rescue ID: 17320-S
Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
Breed: Chihuahua (short coat)Learn more about the Chihuahua.
Sex: Male (neutered)
Current Size: 9 Pounds
General Potential Size: Small
Current Age: 10 Years 5 Months (best estimate)
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor Only
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Kids: No
Meet Stryker - Adorable Little Companion!
The story goes that Stryker was abandoned when his owner went into a nursing home or hospital. Left on his own and hit by a car, he was bounced around a couple homes until he landed at the shelter because he couldn't use is back legs and no one wanted to deal with him.
Stryker had a broken pelvis on both sides and collapsing vertebrae. With love, patience, and medications, Stryker has made amazing progress and is a happy affectionate little guy - he has made great strides and is getting stronger!
He absolutely LOVES to be outside, exploring around in the grass, going for a stroller walk or simply laying in a sunbeam on the deck. He has some trouble getting up from laying/sitting down but is able to walk/"run" once up - he can use dog stairs to get on/off the couch but is unable to due long runs. His gait is stiff on the right rear and his reflexes are slowed.
After radiographs it appears one of his sacroiliac joints is displaced and his pelvis has been fractured with significant arthritis and hip dysplasia on the right hip. To top if all off, we also discovered signs of IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) in his mid-spine (near he thoracolumbar joints). Due to the multiple concerns going on, Stryker will go potty outside but he does have some incontinence issues with defecating - he is doing great urinating outside when let out on a regular schedule so he would do best in a home where he can be let out every few hours.
This little guy will need to continue pain medications for the rest of his life, bloodwork should be completed every 6 months to monitor body functions while on the medications.
Even with his medical issues, he will fetch himself a toy and play, run for treats or great you at the door, and really doesn't show signs of pain or discomfort. He LOVES to be petted and makes a great companion. He gets along well with dogs his same size and demeanor (he does have a touch of "chi-ness", adding to his adorable personality), but would also do well as an only pet. Due to his conditions he would do better in a quieter home without small children.
He loves to sit on your lap or hang out in a stroller where he can be with someone most of the time. Stryker has the heart of a lion and an incredible will to live. He is sure to keep you smiling and fill your heart with love!
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Currently we do not know if Stryker -Special Needs will be able to attend the event, Meet & Greet on Saturday, February 29th, 2020.
Currently we do not know if Stryker -Special Needs will be able to attend the event, Meet Our Senior Dogs! on Sunday, March 1st, 2020.
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