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Riggs Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler South Williamsport, PA
- Red / Chestnut / Orange
- Coat length
- Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
- Good in a home with
- Other dogs.
Riggs lives by the motto “you’re only as old as you feel”. At somewhere between 13 and 14 years of age, Riggs defies the normal stereotype of a senior dog. No laying around snoozing all day for this guy! He’s on the go and ready for action at all times, and follows his person everywhere.
Riggs came to us when, after being a beloved companion for nine years, his humans were forced to surrender him due to their own health issues. They were heartbroken, and contacted their local shelter in GA ahead of time, who then contacted ACDRA. This allowed us to pick Riggs up within an hour of surrender so he didn’t have to go through the stress of shelter life.
After a long drive to PA, he’s settled into his foster home and surprised his foster mom when he turned out to be such an active guy! He is super friendly with humans and with his two foster sisters. He can be overly persistent trying to get them to play, and could be a bit much for a very shy dog, but has never shown any aggression. Riggs is all about being friendly and happy.
While Riggs acts like a much younger dog, and needs regular exercise and/or mental stimulation, he is still a senior and an adopter will need to remember that his condition will change much sooner than a younger dog’s. While he may be okay with children, we would prefer an adult home so there’s not an expectation for him to keep up with youngsters. The same would go for a young dog – he’d be better with an adult dog who’s not a rough player. Riggs has not been tested with cats or other animals.
Healthwise, Riggs has some hearing loss, and some slight arthritis in his front legs. He has started on a glucosamine supplement and may need pain meds at times, although not daily. Otherwise he’s in remarkable shape for his age. We’ve been walking up 20-30 minutes twice a day without difficulty. He would benefit from some type of interactive activity that would keep his mind busy also. Due to his limited hearing, a fenced yard is required.
Riggs is housebroken and is able to be left inside uncrated while his foster mom is at work with no issues. He walks well on a flat collar or harness without pulling. He also rides well in the car, looking out the window the whole time without making a fuss. He does need some help into getting into the car, and possibly could be trained to use a ramp or steps.
Riggs weighs 44 lbs., is neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and heartworm preventative, is microchipped, and is heartworm negative.
Riggs is a wonderful older dog who found himself in need of a new home, through no fault of his own. He’s looking for a home to live out his golden years, so if you have room in your heart for an older guy, he’d love to meet you. Riggs is located in South Williamsport, PA.
For questions, please contact Loftus0828@gmail.com.
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- Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
- Red / Chestnut / Orange
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association, Inc.