Who could resist Tig’s big ears and long legs? Not John and Chrissy Krebs of Kinde, MI. The Miniature Pinscher was listed on Petfinder by IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Service), Warren, MI, and only weighed eight pounds. His story touched their hearts as well.
“His owners gave him up because they said he could not be [house] trained,” Chrissy says. The couple didn’t believe that, or at least they were willing to give him a second chance.
“We couldn’t have been more right,” she goes on. His previous family had had him over a year, and he didn’t even know his name. To Chrissy, that suggested neglect. “He would cower frequently and acted sad and nervous a lot.”
They began training, but he continued to have accidents. “After about two weeks of failed training, we realized that his problems were not behavioral,” she says. A visit to the vet confirmed it.
“Tig had several bladder stones and was full of infection.” With
veterinary care and a special diet, he is now symptom-free and is house
trained. His cowering behavior has decreased, and he is enjoying his new
“He loves playing with his new feline siblings, cuddling,
traveling and sleeping under the covers,” she adds. “He lights up the
room wherever we take him; everyone falls in love with him instantly.”
The couple shared their story because they want others to know
that some problems aren’t just behavioral; there can be underlying
issues, and it’s worth checking those out. They believe he was punished
for having accidents, which made him afraid to urinate, and urine
retention caused the infection and the formation of bladder stones.
“He was a really sick little guy but now is living a great
life,” Chrissy says. Thanks to this patient and understanding couple,
Tig has gotten his second chance.