Nicknames: Action Jack-son! Piglet, sweet boy, Fab Five Freddy, Rat Dog :)
Birthday: May 20th 2005
Likes: Attention and love! Retrieving tennisballs and toys! Greenies! Watching TV is pretty funny! Chasing the flashlight and shiny reflections! TUG of WAR!!! Walks and routine.
Pet-Peeves: I don't think I have any! Throw the ball, will you!?! Ok, fireworks and thunderboomers! Going out in the rain and getting my feet in mud. Ewwww. Baths, but I am REALLY well-behaved in the tub...I know which battles cannot be won! :)
Favorite Toy: I will do anything for a tennisball, attention and Zoe Dingo :) tug of war with squeekies and ropes, shiny reflections, shadows, and flashlights!
Favorite Food: Royal Canin and Canidae snap biscuits...and Greenies!
Favorite Walk: I am learning to walk in a calm, controlled manner on a leash with my new foster family!
Best Tricks: Breakdancing on my back! I can catch a tennisball or toy like you wouldn't believe!
Arrival Story: I was running around aimlessly until I came to a house. I started barking. It was 1:30 am and this nice lady came out of her house with cookies for me. She didn''t mind when I let myself in. She set up a nice blankie in a den/crate for me and I fell asleep after a good, long drink of water and some grub. I was thirsty and hungry! The next morning, she came down to let me out. I was soooo good. I didn't bark at all, all night, even though I was in a strange house. I didn't pee in my crate. I am such a good boy. She let me out in the backyard and I did my business and then got to play with Zoe Dingo for a while then a thing called a walk. What's this leash business? I guess I am going to have to learn about it. Lady started calling me Fred Astaire because I am such a good dancer.
So this lady took me to her pup and cat's vet to see if I was microchipped. I am, so the nice lady and Zoe Dingo got back in the car and left me at the vet so my people could come get me. But then we found out that they didn't want a dog after all. Turns out my name really was FRED!!!!
*****(Papers on hand and 2 year history ARE known from previous guardians--still in contact with the former family. Fred's wonderful Girl shares stories about his life, and comes to visit him frequently. This very mature young lady loves him very much and wants him to go to the perfect home. This dog has been loved his whole life!)*****
The lady conferred with someone named Pawpaw, and they said they will make it their priority to find me a home! A FUREVER HOME!!! The only difficult thing is that I am very cat-focused and we are working to keep me separate from Sugar: (UPDATE: Improvement! SEE PIC WITH SUGAR!) I chase her sometimes, but all I want to do is clean Sugar's ears and wrestle. Being a cat, she just can't appreciate that. I am so lovable and loving! I do like to just chill and hang out in the living room, as well as get crazy and play. I surprised The Lady with the Tennisball how calm I am when she's just sitting and reading or watching TV. Could be all the walking, ball-throwing, and training we've been doing too!
Bio: I am neutered now and it changed my wandering ways from my prevous owners (the leash helps too....). It is the right thing to do. Plus, I know it doesn't make me any less manly. Puuuhleeeez! :)
I am non-destructive to household items and completely housebroken. I love sleeping in my crate at night, and with the routine of going outside then singing a good night song, I go into my crate for bed all on my own.
We'll be starting a whole new adventure!!! YAY! We had lots of tests done before I came home with Zoe Dingo, and I was positive for Lyme's Disease. All of my kidney and liver function tests came back as normal and I continue to be monitored by my wonderful vet. It isn't a big deal to take my medical history into consideration because I finished a course of antibiotics and had vaccinations. That's all it takes. PLEASE everypup, get your people to put on the flea and tick preventative and to consider vaccination. It CAN be prevented!!! I do react to vaccinations with shaking and sometimes vomiting, perhaps because of my small size but Benedryl as a preventative does the trick. I am also now Rabies titred for proof of immunity in case I need to travel around the world with you.
Applications to adopt me WERE available through http://www.russellrescue.com. My foster family would love to keep me furever and ever, but with Lady's limited mobility and spine injury, Zoe's age getting on/mast cell tumor cancer history and risk of cancer returning from roughhousing bumps, Sugar's lack of freedom around the house...they, with heavy hearts, must commit to fostering me rather than keeping me. Yet, I am assured I will only go to the best home. I AM LOVED, and that is WHY they found me a furever home. Again, MANY fine dogs are available through Russell Rescue Inc. and an application can be filed at http://www.russellrescue.com/
My papers say that I am a Rat Terrier, but I have a broken coat as you can see...from what we have learned, Rat Terriers only have smooth, short coats. I think the pet store was mistaken!! I have a great fuzzy torso, and I love to shake and fluff it up!! :)
Thank you for all your love and support! My new guardians found me here on Dogster and saw so many aspects of my personality before we ever met because of all the bells and whistles that Dogster offers!
We'll keep you updated on my new life through Zoe Dingo, as they will get to come visit me and go for walks! I get to still see my Little Girl too!!!
Love to you all!
By: Washington Humane Society Director of Animal Behavior and Training, Kevin Simpson
1) Heat Exhaustion – Heat exhaustion can occur in a dog when the dogs body temperature rises to a higher than normal level. This is especially prevalent during warm weather conditions and/or when over-exerted a dog becomes unable to fully regulate her body temperature. Breeds, such as Pugs, are more susceptible due to their smaller air passageways and should be monitored closely for symptoms during these conditions.
2) Never Leave your Pet Unattended in a Car – Even during mild seasons, temperatures in a car quickly soar to extreme levels making it impossible for a dog or cat to regain control of its body temperature. During the summer months in less than just 5 minutes the temperature in your car can reach 120 degrees. Our Humane Law Enforcement Officer’s have been working around the clock to rescue animals left alone in cars in these warm temperatures. Don’t put your pet at risk of a heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
3) Burnt Pads – Pavement can burn the pads of a dog’s foot, especially early in the season when pads are less calloused. When taking your dog on a long walk it’s a good idea to lift up their feet to check their pads for cracks and burns. Dogs with light-colored pigmented pads are more susceptible to burns than dogs with dark pigmentation.
4) Sunburn – Dogs exposed to prolonged periods of sun can develop sunburn on sensitive areas of their face, ears, and abdomen. Dogs with light pigmented skin and short coats are especially vulnerable and should be protected from long exposure to the sun. Sunlight reflected up from sidewalks and sandy beaches can also burn abdomens where skin is less protected by hair. When taking your dog out for a long walk consider applying sunscreen to your pet’s vulnerable burn areas. Many pet stores now carry specially formulated sun block for dogs that will help protect them from harmful UV rays.
5) Proper Hydration – Water helps regulate body temperature and similar to humans, our pets’ bodies are primarily made up of water. Water keeps tissues moist and transports essential nutrients throughout the body. Dehydration occurs when water intake does not match water expenditures. A 15% decrease in water and electrolytes can even cause death. Keep your pets hydrated by always having several full bowls of clean, fresh water available to them at all times.
6) Coat Maintenance –A dog’s coat acts as an insulator from cold temperatures during winter months and from heat during the summer. To help regulate body temperature, dogs with undercoats will shed their coat twice a year with the change of the season. With regular brushing and grooming you can help them remove excess dead hair and keep them comfortable year round.
7) Parasites – During the summer months your pet has more exposure to mosquitoes, worms, ticks, and fleas. Regularly check your yard for standing water and protect your pet from parasitical infestations with treatment available from your veterinarian.
8) Allergies – Just like people, some dogs and cats are more sensitive to the pollens associated with spring and summer. Be observant to any changes in your pet’s diet and behavior and check with your veterinarian should any changes occur.
9) Securing Screens –With the nicer weather approaching many of us will open windows to let in fresh air. However, unsecured-screens in open windows can give way, allowing your pet to escape from the house or worse. Since cats and dogs alike are attracted to the scenic view and pleasures of open windows, frequently check the integrity of screens to keep your pet safely indoors.
10) House Temperatures – During the hot summer months be certain to keep your pet comfortable with climate controlled temperatures when you leave for the day. Body temperatures in cats and dogs naturally run higher than that of a human, so keep them safe; keep it cool.
We are not on Dogster as often as we like due to a family health emergency... and life! Know that we appreciate each and every message, rosette, star and bit of love! I wish we could respond personally to each and every one but it is just not possible these days.
Remember you are in our hearts and prayers, even when we aren't online!
Zoe Dingo, Fred Astaire, and Sugar