Adoption Status: Available
Age: Est. DOB: 2010
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: No
House trained: Yes
Adoption Fee: $500 + tax
History: Prince needed rescue, he was an unclaimed stray at a local impound. He was very thin and tested positive for diabetes. We welcomed him to rescue, got him into the groomer, and into the vet. He is looking and feeling much better. He has started his insulin treatments and is slowly putting on some weight. He is extremely sweet and loves to be snuggled in close. He would love to find a family of his own!
A note from the foster: Prince is a charming seven year old (approximately) 8 ½ pound Maltese who has been searching for that one special and committed family which is willing to see through his special needs and appreciate the affectionate and loving little fellow he truly is. Prince was found to be diabetic upon rescue. With food formulated for diabetic dogs and twice daily insulin injections his diabetes is under excellent control. His insulin is VERY easy to give (and not expensive at all) and anyone can easily learn the simple technique, so don’t let that prevent you from offering your love to him! Blind in one eye and nearly blind in the other due to cataracts, it is amazing how fast he adapts to his environment and learns his way around the house and yard. In his own home he needs no supervision, but when out of familiar surroundings may need some supervision and cueing to avoid falls down steps or running into walls. If he does stumble or fall, he just picks himself up and brushes himself off and proceeds as if nothing happened! Prince indeed feels he is the “ruler” in the household and as such would be happy in a home with no other dogs (though given time he has adjusted well to his two foster “housemates”). His personality might be described as sassy, affectionate, energetic, cuddler, protector, in charge…… he bonds quickly with his humans.
Prince has issues with bladder and bowel control which are managed with use of a “belly band”. It is helpful to let him outside frequently throughout the day to provide opportunities to relieve himself and combined with the belly band this pretty much prevents accidents (urination) in the house. He does have small bowel movements in the house which are easy to clean up (very dry and crumbly likely due to the diet he is on). There have been no “accidents” when he is crated. Though he prefers sleeping on the bed with his human, he is perfectly satisfied sleeping in his crate ate night. He also accepts being crated when left alone for more than a few hours. Prince loves road trips and behaves perfectly in the car. He has his own elevated basket/seat which enables him to see out the windows, but he is also happy just dozing on the car seat. He is the best traveling companion! Prince certainly has some physical limitations but just as we humans continue to need and desire a safe and loving home as we age, Prince needs and deserves his own loving family willing to overlook his short comings and see through to his true personality.