- Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Gray
- Eye Color: Hazelnut
- Ear Type: Erect
- Tail Type: Long
- Current Size: 32 Pounds
- Potential Size: 35 Pounds
- Current Age: 1 Year 10 Months (best estimate)
- Fence Required: Yes
- Declawed: No
- Housetrained: Yes
- Exercise Needs: Moderate
- Grooming Needs: Low
- Reaction to New People: Friendly
Our Rockers Rescue pets are currently in foster homes that help us save lives. When you choose to adopt from a rescue, you help open space for us to save another life in need. We are located around Shreveport, Louisiana. Thank you for considering adoption!
***** This is a special needs pet******* Read full bio.
Kirby, female, around1 yr old, around 30lbs. VERY sweet and outgoing. Has special food needs. Megaesophagus, information below. She has to eat her food in a doggie highchair. Has many fans on our facebook page******* We will first explain her medical, then explain her great personality.
Kirby was found when she was around 5lbs and 6 weeks old, and brought to a local shelter that has to euthanize for space. They could tell she was sick and did not want her to stay the weekend there and possibly suffer, so they put out a plea for rescue to save her or they would have to euthanize her at the end of the day. One of our great foster families saw her being networked online and reached out to us to let us know that they wanted to save her. With just hours before she was set to die, Kirby was saved and got to become a Rockers Rescue puppy.
Kirby quickly began showing problems by throwing up. Us along with our vet team were working hard to try to figure out what was going on. It was discovered that she had Puppy Strangles and Megaesophagus at the time.
To break those down, Puppy Strangles is basically an autoimmune disease where the body is attacking itself. Her face was hairless and flaky around the eyes and she had patches of fur missing. You will notice this in her baby pictures. The Puppy Strangles was treatable though and she overcame them. They are now gone for good but have left tiny little freckles on her body where you may notice some missing fur. Just a reminder of the journey this sweet baby has been through.
Now, on to the Megaesophagus (Mega-esophagus). This is where a dog cannot swallow their food normally like other dogs do. The esophagus does not function properly so the food needs gravity to fall down the throat. That means the dog needs to sit in an upright position when eating. Most mega-e babies get to eat their food in a cute little doggy high chair. This chair is also known as a Bailey Chair. Now some owners use different methods to go about feeding, but we have raised Kirby to eat in her Bailey Chairs. Some mega-e dogs have to sit in their chair for a set amount of time after eating, but Kirby has graduated from that and is now free to go about her day as soon as she finished her food. Some dogs do grow out of this condition or find themselves handling it better with time as they grow. Kirby has been showing great improvement with time.
What does Kirby get to eat? Right now Kirby currently is fed a nice brand of hard food that is soaked in water. She gets to eat this in her bailey chair at least twice a day. She currently gets a medicine called Sildenafil. It costs around $30 for 3 months. This medicine aids in keeping food down and is bought through a veterinary clinic. It is placed in her food and she eats it easily. Foster mom finds the whole routine of feeding Kirby to be very simple and easy. We don't want anyone to feel like it is a huge overwhelming situation because it is really pretty easy and straightforward. Any potential adopter would have meets with Kirby and foster mom and get lots of advice and support from our rescue. We are family for Kirby. I also want to mention that we found Kirby to be born without hip sockets. It does not affect her, but surgery down the road would be an option if it ever did affect her (they would do femoral head removal so the top of the bones wouldnt be poking her.) Again, unnecessary right now in her life. We can just say she has weird bones/joints. This is a special dog. Please help us find her a special family to love her. <3
Kirby Personality: Kirby loves to cuddle in bed and on couches. She will sit right on you or get as close to you as she can. She is a playful puppy, she loves toys and will bark at her dog friends wanting them to play with her. She loves running around a fenced yard and hunting for bugs and sticks. We don't let her play tug-o-war anymore because her hips are sensitive and she is hard core at playing that game. She will play it up with hard toys though and bouncing around with dog friends. Kirby is smart and knows when its food time. She happily eats in her bailey chair and can even be left alone in it, miss independent. She loves to play hard then rest hard. She is very affectionate. Also...let's mention those stellar ear satellites she has! Her ears are huge. Kirby is all around the precious baby of our rescue right now. She is loved and adored by many. Kirby WILL have to take time to warm up to her new people. That will require understanding and dedication.
P.S. Kirby is one of our special pets that has her own coloring sheet! We added it to the photos. She is helping educate children. We had quite a few people color her picture and send in to us! SO cute and awesome.
Requirements/Needs: Requirements for Kirby's future awesome family. Must have a fenced yard. Allow Kirby on furniture and in bed. She is not kenneled when home alone, she is good with free roaming. NO young children in the home (small toys, dropping food, etc) She would thrive best with a dog friend due to her hyper playful tendencies. Ability to afford medicine. Being more local to Shreveport areas is a positive to help with transition into new home. Lots of love!
Kirby is up to date on yearly vaccinations and rabies vaccine. Spayed. She had a negative heartworm test and is on monthly heartworm prevention. Fecal exam. On monthly flea/tick prevention. Microchipped via PetLink (lifetime registration with no fees) Kirby had lots of vet care when she was smaller. Vet history is required in order to adopt Kirby, that means any previous or current pets you have should have a good vet record with your veterinary clinic.
About Applying to Adopt:
ANY questions just ask! You can message us on facebook or through firstname.lastname@example.org This pup has a $50 adoption donation fee This fee generally NEVER covers how much we actually spend on the animal. We are a 501c3 non profit so the fee goes back into our volunteer rescue to help us save more lives. We function solely on donations. Go to www.rockersrescue.org/info/adoption to apply for adoption. Try to include as much about yourself as possible.