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At 7 weeks old, Sy was run over by his owner's car and both back legs were broken. Instead of paying for Sy's treatment, the owner gave him up to a shelter who started treatment. Sy had a pin put into his left thigh and a cast on his right leg. From the shelter, he came to an AHF foster home.
The next weeks, he spent healing. The leg with the pin healed faster than the one with the cast, it required several cast changes for which he had to be sedated. Eventually he developed a bacterial skin infection under his cast. Since the bones were healed well enough, the cast could come off, but Sy had to be kept fairly calm, definitely no rough play with his foster siblings! Easier said than done. He was allowed to start swim therapy to help with the developing of his muscles, when he came down with non contagious Demodex mange and had to be treated for that. The mange caused him to lose a lot of fur, but it is growing back and once again, he is getting a shiny, brown and white coat.
All this time spent healing, was time lost on finding an adopter. His looks changed from baby to teenager, still cute, but not like a 7 week old. His mom still thinks he is adorable, but a teenager with a slight limp from an accident when he was a baby, is not very high in demand. The slight limp is probably because his legs grew at different speed and one seems a bit longer. This doesn't stop him from running and jumping like any other dog.
Sy is fostered with other dogs and loves to play, often a bit rough, but he is very receptive to corrections. He loves people and always keeps a close eye on his foster mom at adoption shows. This may discourage people from adopting him, thinking he would be too sad leaving her, but from experience we know that dogs transfer the bond they had with their foster mom to their new owners, as long as their needs are met.
Sy is crate trained and doing well with his housebreaking. He is really a cool guy and it is sad to see that he can't find anybody who would want him.
Estimated Birth Date: 1/1/16
Almost Home Foundation's adoption requirements:
(1) Be at least 21 years of age;
(2) Have the consent of all adults living in the household;
(3) Have approval from the residence owner;
(4) Have valid ID with current address;
(5) Be approved by Almost Home Foundation as a suitable adoptive home; and
(6) Live in the Greater Chicago Land area.
*** Please note that Almost Home Foundation accepts only cash or checks for adoption fees; we do not accept debit or credit cards. ***