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    Swifty

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    Entered: 07/20/2016
    Status: Adopted
    Age: 10
    Color: Black/White
    Weight: 38 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Male
    Location: Girard, PA
    Health: UTD, HW-, treatment for yeast and bacterial infections of the ears complete, a few raw spots on
    Health Cont.: skin, grade 2 heart murmur, age-related eye cloudiness, skin tags and lumps,
    Health Contd.: losing to a healthy weight
    Temperament: Good with adults, unknown with children but likely would be fine with them, good with other dogs,
    Temp. Cont.: good with cats




    Swifty's Story . . .
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    "This boy doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and he gets along with everyone – both canine and feline.”

    Swifty is a Cocker Spaniel from Ohio that was relinquished due to his owner’s health and lack of time to care for him properly. Lucky Swifty landed in a MAESSR foster home where he will receive the care he needs.
     
    Apparently Swifty had not been groomed for a very long time and he arrived terribly overweight. His foster mom used a bathroom scale and he registered a whopping 55 lbs. Two days later he was shaved down and reweighed at the vet where he was found to be 44 lbs. His foster mom allows for a pound or two for scale discrepancies but knows that this was a lot of hair!  Even at that new weight Swifty was still considerably overweight.
     
    While at the vet, where Swifty was a very good albeit trembling patient, he was brought up to date on his vaccinations and began treatment for ear infections. His impacted anal glands were relieved as well. Ahh, no more rug-scooting!  The vet discovered that Swifty has a grade 2 heart murmur and some age-related issues – cloudy eyes, skin tags and a few lumps and bumps.
     
    Despite what is on the “outside,” Swifty is a young dog at heart and must feel even more so since having MAESSR provide him with the care he needs. He wants to be out running around with the rest of the pack in his foster home, barking at the fence and going for walks. This boy doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and he gets along with everyone – both canine and feline. What a good boy! Swifty’s little stubby tail is up and wagging at every new adventure. A trip to the beach was a challenge. His foster mom is certain he was thinking…”Can I drink ALL of that water?” And, “How many dead fish can I find before someone else can?”
     
    If Swifty has any complaints about his foster home it would be what he would call a “lack of food,” but healthy eating is what this guy needs right now. He also is learning about portion control and that blue berries, melon, and carrots can be just as tasty as pizza and toast and jelly. His new diet is paying off…his last weigh-in at the vet was 38 lbs. Yay, Swifty!
     
    Although he has not met any small children yet, considering his personality, his foster mom believes Swifty would not have a problem with them. His behavior while being groomed was described as “stellar.”
     
    There have been no accidents in the house and Swifty will pace when he needs to go out. He’s too short to counter-surf, but trash cans are fair game along with ANYTHING that may resemble an edible left within his reach (gum and hard candy included.) Swifty has free run of his house both at night and when his foster mom is at work. He has tried to get on the “big” bed but is unable to do so and is happy to snuggle on a bed on the floor. This boy loves car rides and does his best to jump in, although he needs some help right now. He rides nicely either crated or sitting on the floor.
     
    Swifty is a fine example of resilience and the reason why senior dogs can be so special. This boy’s life has just turned around for him and he’s showing that there’s much life left in him. Give Swifty a chance to be the next love of your life. He’d be thrilled to share a snack with you…just hold the pizza and offer a little fruit salad instead – this boy is regaining his figure!