Chase Duke #3875

Chase Duke #3875

Age: 9 years old

Gender: Male

Breed: Labrador Retriever Blend

Weight: 66 lbs.

Status: Medical Hold



 

Update on February 2, 2021

Since arriving in his loving foster home Chase has rebounded with gusto and his medical issues have improved greatly.  His foster mom says he looks good.  Chase’s confidence has also blossomed and loves it when he encounters little dogs out on his daily walks.  While he still enjoys his belly rubs and hugs, car rides are now one of his favorite activities.  His foster mom says, “We recently moved, and he even tried to jump up into the moving truck!”  This beautiful boy is proof that with tender loving care and expert medical treatments anything is possible.  Soon Chase will be ready to find a forever home.  Could that home be yours?

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There is a saying, “You never know the true quality of someone’s character until the road gets rocky.”  If the same holds true for dogs as well as people, then Chase’s nature is pure love.  To say Chase has had a hard life would be an understatement, but now that he’s in a loving foster home, getting expert medical care,  and with generous donations from you, Chase’s road to recovery is less rocky.

Rescued from a shelter, Chase is heartworm positive, which requires 4 months of treatments.  Although heartworms can be life threatening and cause damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, his veterinarians believe with proper care he will recover from the infestation.  Chase is also being treated by an ophthalmologist for KCS, keratoconjunctivitis sicca.  KCS is an inflammatory eye disease that inhibits the production of tears causing dry eyes and infections.  As if that were not enough, Chase has a pressure growth on his left elbow called a hygroma which is often caused by not having a soft, clean area to lay down and sleep, and he’s in desperate need of a dental cleaning that will include some extractions.  The dental work will have to wait until his heartworm condition is stable enough for Chase to undergo the procedure.

Clearly, Chase will benefit from being in a loving home for the rest of his life.   He is a sweet, affectionate pooch.  His foster mom says, “He took to my husband immediately and follows him everywhere.”  Chase just wants to be with his foster parents getting lots of attention and backside scratches.  His foster mom continues, “When he gets his back end scratched, he slides his legs out in back and looks like a frog. Then he pulls himself up. He has very soft eyes and he tells us that he trusts us.”

It took a bit of time, but now Chase feels right at home and loves to play in the backyard especially with his stuffed taco!  He’s house broken and doesn’t need a crate.  He enjoys walks and is friendly to everyone he meets.  His foster parents think he may be hard of hearing, so they are teaching him hand signs as commands.  Chase needs extra reassurance and is clingy when he’s unsure of something – a loving hug seems to work wonders.

For now, Chase is in the best place possible, receiving the medical care he so desperately needs, and getting the emotional assurance every dog deserves.

After Chase’s long road to recovery is over, he will be ready to make a family complete.  His foster mom concludes, “Chase will be a loving companion for someone who isn’t looking for a dog to run and play with.  He has a kind, loving soul!”

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