Ditto and his companion, Ricky, came into foster care when their elderly owner went to hospice and no family members could keep them. The boys needed a refresher on some house manners such as toileting, crating and how to deal with storms but they have done a good job with these.
Ditto is 14 years old. He weighs 23 pounds and has a thick, wavy gray coat with tan points. He has a moderate hearing loss and some clouding of his corneas but seems to have some vision. We help him by using hand signals, extra lighting and touching him to get his attention. He is now called Desi. He responds just fine to this.Ditto is a low-key dog who is happy to nap at your feet or wander around the yard. He gets along with everyone, human or canine.
He is crate and leash trained, and he is currently house trained although a belly band seems to help him remember to wait. He is a great car traveler.
He is a huge toy chewer! His favorite thing is demolishing stuffed toys to extract the squeaker.
Ditto came to HRI with a slight heart murmur which is a symptom of mitral valve disease. His murmur has increased to 3-4/5 during the time he has been in care. He is part of a study at the NC State School of Veterinary Medicine to determine what might be done to reduce the incidence of this condition in toy breeds where it is most common. He takes two medications twice daily with no problems. The current cost is $50-70 per month. Mitral Valve disease is a progressive disease, but, at this point, Ditto does not have significant symptoms.
We hope that Ditto can find a permanent home where he doesn’t have to compete for attention and where someone is available most of the time to help him to be the good dog he wants to be. He has not been exposed to children and only has a canine relationship with his buddy Ricky.
If you are interested in making the last chapter of this wonderful dog’s life as good as it can be, please complete the HRI application. His foster mom will be happy to answer any further questions.
DITTO is being fostered in North Carolina.
A fee will be requested to adopt this dog. The recommended fee amount will be based on the dog's age, and medical and behavioral issues, if any. A completed application is required if you are interested in adoption. Thank you for considering a rescue dog!