by Lee Juslin
Riley, at about a year and a half, was adopted from a Westie Rescue in 2008. He had a happy home with a single woman and was well cared for.
Unfortunately, as is too often the case, when his person got married and had children, Riley stopped getting the attention and care he needed because both time and money were in short supply. He was often crated both inside and outside and developed skin issues that did not receive the vet care or medication needed.
Eventually Riley was turned over to Lone Star Westie Rescue. Immediately the rescue volunteers had him vetted to treat him for an out of control yeast infection. He was put on Apoquel and medicated baths twice per week and has made steady progress.
Riley is a sweet, loving boy. He needs a home where he can get the attention and play time he craves. He loves stuffed toys, squeaky toys, and tennis balls. He needs a fenced in yard and would love a doggie sibling to play with as he enjoys running and chasing with his foster siblings. He will also need an active person who is home at least part of each day because, while Riley walks well enough on a leash, he enjoys play time in his yard more. He is an active boy with lots of energy.
While Riley gets along with other dogs, it is unknown how he is with children or cats. However, he would most likely enjoy children old enough to play with him and treat him responsibly.
Riley is currently with an experienced foster mom who knows how to deal with his skin issues, and he needs a home that will be able to continue his care. He will probably be on Apoquel the rest of his life at a cost of about $50.00 per month.
Most rescues, like Lone Star Westie Rescue, take in dogs that are in need of vet care which, as we all know, can be expensive. Rescues need support and donations to do their work. During the holiday season of gift giving, please think about making a generous donation to your favorite rescue so they can continue to save and care for dogs like Riley.
If you would like to learn more about Lone Star Westie Rescue, volunteer, make a donation, or apply to adopt Riley or one of his friends, visit them on FB Lone Star Westie Rescue or visit their website Lone Star Westie Rescue.