Olive Her Friends: Meet Dougie
My dog Olive is my best friend, I couldn't imagine life without her. I wish everyone had an Olive. That's why we teamed up with Ninna's Road to Rescue. We love to show off some of Ninna's adoptable dogs, so hopefully, you find that companion you've been looking for.
Meet Dougie! He was brought into Ninna's Rescue in late August, he is a Shih Tzu and is estimated to be from 3 to 5 years old. When he got to Ninna's he weighed 7.2 pounds and was emaciated, he now weighs a healthy 12.6 pounds. The adoption fee has been waived which comes with microchip and microchip enrollment fee.
Here is what the crew at Ninna's said about this cute companion: "We were contacted by Caddo Parish Animal Services to help a little dog that they discovered one morning outside of their shelter. He was heavily matted (dreadlocks), emaciated to the point that he was stumbling and near death. When the staff viewed their video, they saw little Dougie chase after the very vehicle that dumped him. We rushed to pick him up. It was difficult to look at his tiny, emaciated, frail body. We weren’t quite sure how he was even still alive. We rushed him to our vet... where he received subcutaneous fluids and injections... which did perk him up. We decided at that point to take him to the rescue and baby him to slowly put the weight back on him and get him well enough for neutering, etc. Dougie had no problem eating... from the moment we took him in... so this was in no way a health issue. He was literally starved. He came to us at 7.2 pounds and now, he weighs 12.6... nearly doubling his weight. Once he was well enough, we took him back to the vet for neutering, vaccinations, etc. Due to his hair loss (underneath all the matting)... we had the vet do bloodwork as we suspected he was hypothyroid... and he is. He is on twice-a-day Levothyroxine and will be for the rest of his life. Once his hair grew back… he started developing severe allergies and after much discussion with our vet, we believe it is due to chicken. We’ve taken him off of a chicken diet or anything with chicken in it. Cytopoint injections were not working on him so we put him on daily Apoquel. He tolerates medicated baths and that, along with the Apoquel we believe we have it under control. Dougie does have some behavioral issues. If you are doing anything with him that he doesn’t like, he will try to bite and he has bitten. He does have favorites at the rescue but even they are cautious with him. For that reason, we are waiving his adoption fee and he must go to a home that has experience with these types of dogs and knows how to handle them. He cannot go to just anyone! He preferably needs a home with one adult and if there are two adults, they each need to be on the same page about adopting a special-needs dog. An adopter needs to have the means to handle his medical issues and the fortitude to handle his behavioral issues. If you think that is you we welcome your application."
Notes from Ninna's Road to Rescue:
"*We do adopt out of state provided the adopter is willing and able to travel to us once approved. We do not ship or transport our animals and there is no exception to this rule.
*All of our adoptable dogs are small, and they are never to be left outside alone, ever! We only rehome our dogs to adopters that plan to have them as inside dogs and part of the family! We do allow adopters with doggie doors, provided there is SECURE fencing. There is no exception to this rule!
*HOUSETRAINING: We do NOT guarantee that any of our adoptable dogs are housetrained. While most should be easily trained, keep in mind that they live in a rescue where they have access to the outdoors all day and are inside at night. Even if they were surrendered to us as housetrained, it doesn’t mean they will automatically be housetrained in your home. Housetraining them should be easy in the right home with time, patience, and consistency.
*We do not guarantee the age, health or temperament of any of the dogs we rehome. Many of the dogs we take in come from animal control and rarely do we have histories and even when we do, many times the histories are inaccurate.
*Only adopters with a responsible dog ownership history and excellent vet reference need apply. If you bring this pet into your heart and home, you will receive in return many years of love, companionship, and loyalty. That’s our guarantee.
Other notes: This pet is available for adoption through Ninna’s Road to Rescue, Benton, La. We are 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to rescue small-breed dogs and a handful of cats and to re-home them into RESPONSIBLE and CARING forever homes.
Time may be of the essence if you are looking to adopt a specific animal. We do not reserve animals, unless and until we have approved your application, provided the animal is still available at the time we receive your application. The first APPROVED application we receive will be considered. We are NOT a first-come, first-serve rescue!! We adopt our rescues out to the RIGHT home, not just A home. Only responsible pet owners need to apply.
Applying to adopt does NOT commit you to the adoption until you’ve met the pet (unless you already have and know you want to adopt the pet)."