Calli is available ( Updated 07-21-2017 )
We rescued Carly with her 3 puppies when they were about 2 weeks old. The pups eyes were not even open yet. They had a 4th sibling that was given away prior to us rescuing them. Calli was significantly smaller than her siblings and was also missing a toe on her left hind foot. This probably happened when she was born as she had a scab where the toe should have been. It didn't affect her mobility then or now. Calli continued to fall behind her siblings when they began weaning and she was diagnosed with Mega-esophagus back in March. She quickly fell behind her already larger siblings due to not being able to keep her food down. With no other option, the vet inserted a stomach tube to give her much needed nutrients and also to give her esophagus a rest.
The feeding tube combined with oral medications and upright feeding did the trick and Calli started to get back on track. Once she was eating well by mouth her feeding tube was removed. Calli eats canned food formed into small meatballs and requires a Bailey Chair to keep her upright while eating and for 20 minutes after. She is also on a few medications to help move the food through her GI tract. She also gets liquids in her chair so gravity can help everything get to her stomach and stay there. The vet will continue to monitor her condition as she grows up and we are hoping with good management her condition will continue to improve.
We now feel that she is ready to start to find a family who is ready to take on her special needs. She is doing well on 3 meals a day and is gaining weight and growing like a weed. Now 4 months old, she is just starting to get her adult teeth so she is still a bit behind for her age. Otherwise she is a happy active pup, who loves to play. She is incredibly smart and learns quickly. She will do best with a family who will keep her mind and body active. She loves other dogs so we would love to place her in a home that has another playful dog in the house.
She is a typical German Shepherd Puppy, mouthy, into everything and talkative. She needs a family with German Shepherd experience and committed to training her and insuring she grows up to be well socialized adult. Raising a puppy is hard work, but very rewarding. It takes a lot of time and energy to ensure they grow up correctly.
The requested adoption donation for Calli is $500.
The minimum adoption donation for adults is $300 and the adoption donation for puppies is $400 - $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.