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Shaq **ADOPTED** Pug Geneva, IL

  • Senior
  • Male
  • Small
  • Black


Special needs.

Meet Shaq **ADOPTED**

**ADOPTED** Shaq came into rescue like the Velveteen Rabbit: ragged, loved, and well worn. Due to age and health concerns, Shaq’s owner had not been able to take care of Shaq for some time. One thing that is clear, Shaq has known consistent and tender love. Shaq is a 12.5 year old black pug who has functional vision, hearing, and teeth, all encapsulated into a huge personality. Shaq loves to be snuggled and have his tummy rubbed. He likes to sit in the yard when it is cool and there is a lot of activity with squirrels, birds, other dogs, kids, a breeze, and life in general. Shaq has learned to sit back and enjoy his little niche in the world because it is difficult for him to move around. Shaq has no use of one back leg and some spontaneous movement in the other as he pulls himself toward a destination. Neither back leg is weight bearing and hasn’t been for a minimum of 2.5 years. Shaq has adapted the posture of his front arms allowing them to bare weight for periods of time. Changing Shaq’s belly band has become a permanent part of his personal care routine along with physically expressing his bladder. Shaq can only partially relieve himself while leaving the remaining urine and debris in his bladder. This provides an ideal environment for bacteria and crystals to gather and grow. Shaq is currently being treated for both struvite crystals and a UTI. This will continue to be an ongoing challenge for Shaq. Because Shaq is so alert, multiple activities have been tried or implemented to stimulate his inquisitive personality. If held for him, he likes to chew on bones and bully sticks. With a raised dish, Shaq loves to eat. Shaq has relaxation time in the bathtub which he enjoys very much. Ideally, Shaq would love to be in a home that is able to provide swim therapy for him along with other possible treatments to prevent loss of strength and comfort in his upper body while maintaining the strength and flexibility he has in his lower body. Shaq is heartworm negative, UTD on shots, needs his dental and remains intact. Once Shaq’s health has been cleared by the doctor, consideration of these procedures will occur.

***NIPRA is accepting contributions toward the initial evaluation and trial period of rehabilitative services based on the recommendation of the program vet. These services may include some combination of the following but are not limited to: swim therapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic services, and additional supplements &/or medication.****

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