*3 Years Old - 45 Pounds
*Loving, Gentle, Sweet, Snuggly
*High Energy (But Calm in Crate and House)
*Loves Everyone (Adults and Kids)
*Incontinent Because of Nerve Damage
Greetings from Divina, a super sweet special needs young lady seeking a forever home with an equally special person/family. My backstory is a sad one. No one knows how I spent the first 2-plus years of my life, but I ended up in a crowded Texas shelter, where the staff discovered I was pregnant. All of my pups were stillborn, and I required emergency surgery to remove the last one. The procedure caused permanent nerve damage that sometimes prevents me from putting weight on my left hind leg and resulted in incontinence. My foster mom expresses my bladder 3 times daily, which I gratefully let her do because it keeps me comfortable and means I never urinate in the house. I'm sometimes able to poop on my own, but I do have accidents in my crate or on the floor when walking. This is very distressing for me, as I like to be clean, so I often wear a (human) diaper in the house to prevent messes. I'm happy to report that being on a regular schedule and eating a bland diet of boiled ground turkey, chicken, or beef mixed with rice kibble has led to far fewer poop accidents.
Here's some other info about me you'll want to know. First and foremost, I absolutely love, love, love humans-old and young-and want to be near my foster family all of the time. When my foster mom is working in the kitchen, I position myself on the floor so that I'm always touching her feet or ankles. And as soon as my foster dad settles into his favorite recliner, I'm right there to put my head in his lap and ask for pets. I also love other dogs, although my high energy and exuberance means I'd do better with dogs my size (and kids 10 years and older, since I could knock over the little ones). I'm calm in the house but get so excited to go on walks that I really pull on my leash. Because I've never had the opportunity to learn canine good manners (including not chewing on anything but my own toys), I need you to commit to teaching me by signing us up for training classes. I'm whip smart and know that with your help, I'll catch on quickly and make you very proud of me.
I guess you could say that life has dealt me a hard hand, but it's turned around since FTF rescued me. My foster mom tells me there's no challenge that can't be overcome with love, and I believe that. If you do, too, then please fill out an adoption application, and let's get to know each other!
Love and licks,
If you'd like to adopt this dog, please get started by filling out a complete application (incomplete submissions cannot be sent.) Please note that while we take time to learn as much as we can about each dog in our care as possible, our bios are written from current observations. Though we do our best to share as much information as possible about each dog we care for, we are unable to make any guarantees on the future health or temperament of your adopted dog. Most dogs in our care come with unknown pre-rescue history, and information pertaining to breed and age are often educated guesses.
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Senior dog. 8 years and up / $125
Adult or Young Dog. 6 months to 7 years / $375
Puppies. Under 6 months / $450
Lives in 50 mile radius of Itasca within the Illinois border
Be at least 21 years of age
Have the knowledge and agreement of all adults living in the household
Have approval from owner of the residence (written in lease)
Have a valid ID with current address
Be approved as a suitable adoptive home by Fetching Tails Foundation
Be prepared to make a lifetime commitment