Sorry for the long delay on this update. We have been very busy. Noel and her foster family have moved. Lots of packing and boxing things up. Noel is such a big help.
We have settled into our new home. We are getting back into a routine, which is good for all of us. Noel is now being fostered in Frazee, MN. She likes this new place and there are a lot more fun things to chew on out in the yard. We still have lots of snow on the ground. She loves to play in the snow!
Noel is doing well, growing and getting around very well. We did see a specialist about her feet. We wanted to get some recommendations on what to expect as she grows and gets older.
The vet recommended that we put Noel in a 4-wheel wheelchair to help take some weight off her front feet. This chair would only need to be used for taking Noel for walks and on longer outings. RAGOM had a wheelchair and they bought a front wheel attachment.
The chair arrived on moving day, so we didn't get a lot of time to use it yet. She has been in it a few times. I will start putting her in it daily so she can get used to it. The first time I put her in she did not move; it was scary for her. The second time she went in she did a little better. With some treats and encouragement she did take a few steps. I think she will become a pro at it quickly.
The other thing the vet said is some time in the future when Noel is fully grown she may be a candidate for a prosthetic limb. Right now Noel gets around great. She is a little slower than other dogs her age, but that does not stop her. She is a playful, happy girl.
We have decided to make Noel available for adoption. She is healthy and does not need to have any further surgery. When she is fully grown her adoptive family can decide if she needs additional medical intervention. It would not be medically necessary to do anything else.
What is Noel looking for in her forever home?
- She needs some good puppy training/obedience class. I recommend this for all puppies.
- Noel loves to play with other dogs. She can live with or without another dog in her home. If there are no other dogs, she would love some play dates with some.
- She will need a fenced in yard. She is a dog that will not be able to take long walks so she will need some back yard play time to burn off some of her puppy energy.
- She is crate trained and does beautifully in the crate. She can do a shorter work day: 6 hours or be let out mid day.
- She is playful and still does a lot of puppy chewing. She does need to be watched when not in her kennel.
- She can be a bit mouthy so I feel very small children may not be the best fit for her.
- She is house trained. Before we moved she had some bells on the door that she would touch with her nose when she wanted to go outside. At our new place we have a little different setup and have not used the bells yet. I let her out often and watch her closely. So far no accidents!