Age: 7 years| Size: Toy | Male
Say hello to Daniel! Daniel was left outside of an abandoned shelter one night when the temperatures were below freezing. He spent the next several days trying to stay warm and safe before some kind people (aka angels) were able to trap him and take him to a shelter. Sadly, the shelter seemed to think Daniel would not have a quality life and planned to have him euthanized. Fortunately, Daniel’s wonderful angels swooped in and asked for a little more time and then they began reaching out to poodle rescues until they found one who would help (us) and now he’s in our care. We’ll never know what happened to Daniel; why he can barely walk or how painful his life has been, but we do know that if it weren’t for his “angels” he wouldn’t have a chance and we’re forever grateful to them for reaching out to us!
Daniel has had some time to unwind in his foster home. He’s seen a neurologist and an orthopedic and they feel there’s nothing that can be done to correct his legs at this point. They both feel that he was born like this and has adjusted over his lifetime. Any attempt to correct them now would entail several surgeries and the likelihood of a positive outcome is slim to none, causing Daniel much discomfort for nothing. However, Daniel doesn’t know there’s anything wrong with him! He follows his FM from room to room and enjoys walking in the big yard sniffing everything there is to sniff. He goes for short walks and loves to go for car rides. We don’t encourage Daniel to run but do allow him to do what he can without constraints. Daniel does not do stairs and he should not be allowed on furniture.
Daniel was just neutered and had a dental yesterday where he lost 4 teeth. He’s recovering now and will be looking for his new home once he’s healed. Daniel is very sweet but he’s also complicated. He takes a while to trust and even longer to feel secure not only with people but his environment. Daniel will require a very dog savvy adult only home. Daniel’s past is unknown to us but his behaviors show us he was abused. As such, his adopter/s must go slow, be gentle and NOT allow Daniel to become the boss. Doing that will set him up to fail. Daniel is not for a first time adopter. He’s not for someone who wants a dog to immediately cuddle on the sofa and sleep in bed. He must have time to adjust and you must go slow. Once you’ve earned his trust, he will be the most loyal and loving companion.
Daniel would thrive with acupuncture and an alternative approach to veterinary care. He’s getting supplements now for his bones and joints. He’s working very hard on his house training and will do his business outside but he sometimes marks inside. A belly band and having been neutered are helping to curb that behavior so someone who insists on a housebroken dog should keep looking. Daniel does not enjoy being in a crate but will go in when his FM has to go out. Apartment/condo living is not for his boy as he is very vocal. Daniel would ideally like to be the only dog but would be okay with another small dog who is respectful of his space. He doesn’t enjoy his older foster sibling bumping into him.
If you’re interested in adopting this sweet and challenging boy AND you have all the requirements (adult only home, a house with a fenced-in yard, you’re home for most of the day – read his write-up again) then please submit an application to be considered. Please respect his requirements and do not ask us to make exceptions. Daniel’s adoption fee is $400.