Teddy – Courtesy Posting for GRROW

THIS PUPPY IS BEING POSTED AS A COURTESY FOR GRROW – Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin.

Teddy is a special needs pup currently in GRRoW foster care. He is approximately 11 months old and was born with Hydrocephalus (water on the brain).

Here is little about Teddy!  Teddy came into GRRoW last summer, surrendered by a breeder who suspected he was born with hydrocephalus. On the way to his foster home Ted suffered a seizure so he was taken directly to the UW Veterinary Care School Madison. After more testing and a full assessment, the doctors confirmed the diagnosis and talked with us about his prognosis. Dogs with this condition have a life expectancy of 3-5 years. They are slower to develop and require daily medication. So far, so good! He takes his medication without a struggle, he naps whenever he can!

Although he no longer has a noticeably domed skull Ted has been slow to develop in other ways. He is still somewhat uncoordinated with limited sight and hearing. Luckily, with a fenced yard and two dogs to keep him company, life is good for him. He has met every challenge: finds his way to the food and water, the biggest dog bed and even does a little twirl before he comes into the house. Ted only barks when the other dogs get excited, usually around dinner time. The one thing he WILL NOT DO is walk down the deck steps. Even if guided, he resists. He runs UP the steps but will NOT go down.

The perfect home for Teddy would be someone who is retired or works from home.  Because he is still so young we hope that he would not be home alone all day. Another young dog or an interactive cat could keep him company. Ted loves to play with other dogs and currently lives and plays with a cat.

It would be IDEAL if Teddy’s new home had a fenced yard…. he can entertain himself for an hour just walking the fence line, sniffing the air and rooting around. Teddy does not see squirrels so there is no raucous barking to annoy the neighbors.  His foster mom says that if she doesn’t call to him first eventually he will wander up the stone steps, the deck steps and circle on the deck until she notices him. Teddy walks well on a leash with his easy walk harness but needs encouragement to cross the street quickly. He was walking about 6-8 blocks every day until the snow and ice came.  He needs someone who will exercise him to build up his strength and muscle mass. Now that they are stuck indoors, he finds his way to one of the dog beds or the sofa.

Our goal is to find a family that will be willing to adopt or foster Teddy. Could you help us find his perfect family?

If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about this sweet puppy please reach out via email: jackie.hegmegee@grrow.org or by phone at 414-861-0137.

You can also read more about Teddy by going to the GRRoW website at www.GRRoW.org  and choosing adopt, dogs in foster care and then click on Teddy.