TUCKERRescue Me ID: 22-02-19-00405

About TUCKER

Pointer / Catahoula
Age: Adult
Sex: Male

**Owner Surrender Disclaimer: These are blind and visually impaired dogs who are living in homes, but their owners can no longer keep them. These dogs are with their owners, and are not in BDRA foster homes. We do our best to screen these dogs, but make no guarantees regarding the information posted.** Please email [email protected] or [email protected] if you are interested in adorable Tucker! Please note that we will ask for a vet reference. Name: Tucker Age: 5 years (born 1/13/2017) Breed: Catahoula Leopard/Pointer mix, medium #45 Sex: Male, neutered Location: Davidson County, TN Vet Information: Tucker is neutered, microchipped, and up to date with his vaccinations. He has recently had a negative heartworm test. Tucker has seen a veterinary ophthalmologist and was diagnosed with retinal degenerative disease shortly after he was adopted by his current owners. They were told there is no treatment aside from comfort care as he ages, and they give him fish oil daily for eye health. His owners believe him to be totally blind now. He is completely healthy aside from his vision. Tucker is currently on 40 mg of Prozac daily and Simpirica Trio for prevention monthly. Good with kids -- Good with dogs -- Good with cats -- Shots current -- Spayed / Neutered -- Housetrained -- Has special needs Hi, I'm Tucker! I am the happiest boy you'll ever meet! I am 5 years old and weigh around 42 pounds. My ophthalmologist said I have retinal degenerative disease. While no treatment is required, it did cause me to go blind. Nonetheless, I am a very happy and independent guy! I will learn my way around your house fast. Did I mention that I'm housebroken? Oh, and I LOVE outside time (in a fenced in yard of course!) I also love to sleep under the covers next to my human or curl up on the couch for a movie night! I also love to play with toys! I will do my best in a calm environment with few changes. I am great with other dogs and even cats! I'm also good with older children. If my new mom or dad was home part or most of the day, that would be the best thing ever. I do need to be crated while you're gone for my own safety, but that's okay, I don't mind. If you think we could be a family, please fill out an application at www.goofyfootrescue.org. I can't wait to have a quiet place to call home! Previous Owner Report: They say, 'This is actually an extremely extremely difficult decision for us. Tucker is like one of our children and my husband and I love him with the entirety of our hearts. Since going fully blind, he has become more anxious with loud and sudden sounds. We have a 10 month old at home and I am also four months pregnant. The babbling, crying, loud noises with play, and loud toys make him extremely scared and it has worsened over the past few months. He shakes constantly, does not want to leave his crate, and if he is outside he has to be coaxed back inside. We have placed him on various anxiety medications (in preparation for the baby being born and continued after), performed desensitizing training, and controlled his environment with white noise and other comfort measures to the best of our ability. Regular home sounds, visitors, older children, other pet sounds, or activities of daily living do not bother him. When we have had pet sitters watch him for the weekend- he is completely calm, playful, and does not require comfort measures. It's entirely contingent on the baby being outside of the home. After an extremely difficult talk as a family, we think that finding a home that is calmer is what is fair for him and what he deserves. Even as selfishly as we want to keep him because he is our family. Our biggest worry is the home he goes to. We chose to look into vetted rescues because we want to ensure he's going to a home that will give him as much love as he deserves, time, and the calm environment he needs.' Tucker is an indoor dog who is crated, housebroken, and leash trained. He does become disoriented if front/back doors are left open. Therefore, he is always crated when his owners are not home or before they leave. A fenced back yard, so he doesn't wander and become endangered or lost, would be an asset for Tucker. He's been to a few basic training classes to learn simple cues such as: sit, off, leave it, no, inside (to enter crate), potty outside (for bathroom breaks), and come. His owners note that it was difficult to train him in a classroom due to his vision loss, so most of his training was done at home. Tucker is an outgoing dog who can be shy at times, but he is always sweet even if he is scared or nervous. He's good with adults and teenagers but will most likely do best in a home without young children. He lives with three other small dogs and a cat currently with no issues. He is extremely docile and has shown to submit if encountering an aggressive dog. Tucker's owners feel that he will adapt well to a new living environment. Can anyone help Tucker?

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Compatibility

  • Good with Most Dogs
  • Good with Most Cats
  • Good with Kids and Adults

Health

  • Neutered
  • Vaccinations Current
  • Blind

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