My name is Freddie and I am a three-year-old male Shih Tzu. I came into SEDR’s care when I suddenly lost the use of my back legs. My owner felt unable to cope with my rehabilitation and fortunately, my wonderful vet agreed to take me on when euthanasia was being considered by my owners. She then reached out to SEDR to see if it was willing to take on another challenge…..and here I am today!
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I am currently in Dartford, Kent and I have been vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Whilst my body may have some physical limitations, my brain has NONE! I used a wheelchair for some time but with ongoing physio and hydrotherapy since I arrived, I am now able to stand and walk slowy, although the faster I go, the more unstable I become! I’m a little guy with a huge personality and this does hold him back one bit, as you will see in my video!!
I need an owner who will see past my physical limitations and focus on the dog that I am in my head; a very lively little chap who will need ongoing training and some mobility support. I will need an owner who either has experience in partially disabled dogs, or who is patient and willing to learn!
I do wear a nappy here, as I was incontinent before my recovery but this has improved greatly as my legs have started working again! With an owner who can take me for regular toilets breaks, my nappies may well end up a thing of the past, but my new owners need to be prepared for nappies just in case!
I only need a few minutes a day of physio which is mainly stretching exercises. I’m so used to them (and good at them, may I add!) that I can practically do them with my eyes closed! My friends at SEDR will happily show you how to do them!
Ideally, a new family will also continue to take me to hydrotherapy as this has significantly helped me in my recovery!
In the home, I can around very freely but I am unable to safely climb or go down stairs.
Ideally, I will need a owner who is used to reactive dogs and lives in a quiet location. When I see another dog, I am a seriously gobby little git! If allowed, I will not hesitate to charge off towards them like a lion, mouthing off and letting them know that “FREDDIE IS HERE!”. Therefore, I could easily antagonise them with my full-on attitude. This is an area where committed training will be essential.
Once I have mouthed off, I will settle down and will engage with other dogs but my initial socialisation skills do need improvement! Therefore, I need a completely committed owner who can not only face my mobility challenges but my full-on attitude as well.
Despite all of this, I do have the potential to live with the right dog and could quite easily live with another disabled dog or a calm, easy going companion. This would be subject to a ‘meet and greet’ first with a potentially suitable home and their resident dog.
Whilst I love people, my friends at SEDR believe that I would be better suited to living with children 12+. This is because I will need a lot of one-on-one time, and I may trip up very little people unintentionally.
I absolutely cannot live with cats as I do have a tendency to chase them.
My friends at SEDR all adore me, and I make everyone laugh and smile with my can do attitude!
If you are willing to take on a little dog with a huge heart, AND you meet the rehoming criteria above, please fill out an adoption form at https://www.sedogrescue.co.uk/adoption-form
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