City Dogs Rescue would like to welcome Jake, a 4 year old, 25 pound Golden Retriever/ Poodle mix (or “mini goldendoodle” as many would call this type of mix breed dog). If you're not familiar with the history, "doodle" mixes were initially created as a hypoallergenic service dog in the '80s. However, this commendable original purpose quickly disintegrated as puppy mills and backyard breeders began creating these mixes in mass with disastrous health and behavioral consequences as the demand grew.
Sadly, Jake is an example of what has gone wrong with the "designer dog" craze. As a likely consequence of irresponsible breeding, Jake is a special needs pup. Recently, City Dogs Rescue saved him from a shelter in West Virginia.
From what we're told, Jake was purchased from a "breeder" four years ago and suffers from epilepsy and a valgus deformity in his front legs. The latter causes his legs to turn out in a "flipper-like" fashion. Fortunately, Jake gets around just fine despite this orthopedic deformity. The shelter disclosed these issues prior to his rescue, but the severity was not clear until he went to his DC foster home. Unfortunately, Jake's seizures are not under control and we are working with a veterinary neurologist to find the perfect combination of medications for him. He is having seizure "clusters", some of a very long duration.
We are optimistic that we will be able to control his epilepsy with medication adjustments. Despite all that Jake is going through, all who have met him will attest that he's the sweetest, most happy-go-lucky pup that there is! We’ll update on Jake as we do our best to get him healthy. Jake will need a very special adopter.
Jake and two other dogs from CDR are very sick and really need your help.
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