Hi! My name is Connie!

  • Connie
  • Mixed breed
  • 12 years
  • Female

Weight (approx): 53 lbs

Energy: Low

Children:  Good with (likely older) children who can understand her needs

Dogs: Good with calm, well-balanced dogs

Cats: Great

About Me:  Hello Everyone! My name is Connie and I'm new to this whole domestic, enjoy life kind of idea, where people actually love me, instead of shooing me away! I'm looking for a retirement home that understand it's sometimes hard for me to learn because I'm older (I'm 12!) but I really do try my best to make you happy and with some patience and understanding, I just know in my heart I could be the best companion you'll ever have. My foster mom says that I communicate (a lot!) through whines and whimpers and do well without using a crate, which is good because I have arthritis. I take medicine to help me manage my pain and discomfort, and even need a little supervision and guidance when I'm in an active mood because I sometimes don't remember how old I am and what my limitations are. I'm also very smart! One of my favorite games is to play 'find the treats hidden in the house' and love to follow up with rolling and digging in the snow. With a little time and love, I just know I can learn the ropes and become your best friend. I think I'm worthy of a new chance at life, do you believe in me?

Behavior Notes: Connie can be selective in which dogs she wants to be friends with. She would likely do best in a home where she is the only dog but she is currently being fostered with another dog.  Connie is currently being fostered with two cats and gets along well with them. Connie is almost completely deaf and cannot hear verbal cues so her foster home is working on training her with light flashes from a flashlight to! Connie is great with the foster home's resident cat and they snuggle together for afternoon naps. Connie loves to go on walks but her walks must be limited to 20 minutes max as she tires easily. Connie is very loving and gentle. She enjoys her tummy rubs and being with her "people". Connie does not use a crate as she has shown no behaviors that might require to be crated. Connie acts a lot younger than she really is, so supervision and management to help her stay healthy and uninjured is a must.

Health Notes: This golden girl has captured the hearts of everyone in hart. Her birthdate is predicted to be 2005, and it is apparent that the years have been hard on her.  Connie came to hart as a transfer from a shelter after being an unclaimed stray. Because of her severe osteoarthritis she was not a good fit in kennel environment. X-rays confirmed that Connie has advanced arthritis in both elbows and knees, both sides, front and back. The silver lining here is that her hips and back are in good shape. In addition to her arthritis, Connie has age-related fatty deposits on her abdomen, tartar build up on her teeth and her upper left canine is a grey-ish color (likely the root is dead). Connie's vet has been working diligently to find the right balance of medicine and activity to ease her discomfort. What is working best for Connie right now to ease her joint pain is cartrophen, prednisone, gabapentin, aventi, talwin and glucosamine paired with short walks. During Connie's time with hart she also started to experience a rise in her liver enzymes. The reason for this is not known, but her vet team is also working to keep this in check. Connie loves to go for short walks and adores being outside. Connie is up to date with DACPP, Bordatella, Rabies and is microchipped. Connie will not be spayed as surgery is considered too risky for her. At this point, Connie is considered medically cleared and her adoptive family will need to realize that she will never 'recover', instead it will be a continuous, ongoing balance of medication and activity to maintain her comfort and quality of life.



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