by Lee Juslin
Captain Jack is an older Westie, but this fifteen-year-old has a lot of life left. He is a happy boy whose smile and wagging tail light up a room. When he came to Caryl to be fostered, he adapted immediately. He walked right in with his tail wagging, and that well-known Westie smile on his adorable face. The captain came from a military family, and when a new baby with special needs was expected, they decided they couldn’t handle him anymore. Caryl suspects they didn’t want to be bothered and didn’t want to spend the money on him.Capt. Jack came into Col. Potter Rescue with a repaired broken leg and a grade two heart murmur which the vet feels is not serious. However, a veterinary cardiologist prescribed a heart medication that costs about $90.00 per month. This sweet boy also needed some dental work. The vet was able to clean his teeth but could not remove two bad teeth because, with his heart murmur, they didn’t want him under anesthetic for a longer period. In order to have further dental work, Captain Jack would need a veterinary dental specialist. He may currently have some pain from these two teeth and that may increase in the future. Caryl adds chicken broth to his kibble to soften it and lessen any pain from his teeth.
Capt. Jack does sleep a lot, but he also enjoys playing ball. He loves to bat the ball into the air and chase it. He doesn’t walk well on a leash perhaps because he was never trained, so he would like a fenced-in yard for play and walking. Caryl says he is no trouble and is the sweetest foster she has ever had. With his happy demeanor, bright smile, and constantly wagging tail, he is a real sweetheart. He is very affectionate and loves to cuddle in her lap. He gets along well with other dogs, but unknown how he would be with cats.
Along with a fenced-in yard, Captain Jack needs a one level home. He has trouble with stairs because of his repaired leg and can slip on linoleum and tile floors. It’s OK to leave him alone for short periods, but, as with all older dogs, he needs to go out fairly often. A quiet home, where the Captain could get lots of love and cuddles and some ball playing time would be perfect.
He may be an older Westie, but he has lots of love and joy left to give a lucky new owner.
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