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CJ has been a hard worker his whole life -- almost ten years. He lived in an outdoor kennel as part of a Midwest hunting lodge. He was out in the field, running and hunting. His down time was spent in a kennel. That was his job. His job now is to learn to live in a family home with people who care about him and treat him gently. He is retired now and is experiencing a softer life, as he deserves.
Here’s what CJ has learned: He comes when he is called. He is a bit hard of hearing, so he sometimes needs additional cues. He likes to be with his people and stays close. He does not chew, dig or bark. Although he had not been previously house trained, he has responded well to house training in his foster home and no longer has accidents. He is also doggy door and crate trained. He finds his crate a soft place of refuge. He rides well in a car. His leash-walking skills are mixed, but he does well off leash. CJ will put his paws on counters or tables. His foster mom is working on redirecting this behavior.
CJ’s progress was slowed due to a significantly enlarged prostate, resulting in immense pain for him in his back end and hips. He was neutered soon after coming into rescue and is becoming more active and more comfortable as the prostate shrinks. His vet believes his mobility and energy will increase as a result.
He has endeared himself to his foster family with his gentle spirit and soft smile. He has been a bit uncertain about what being a family member means. He has started to take doggy risks such as sitting on the sofa with the other dogs. What fun! He delighted his foster mother by coming to her room for a “good morning” greeting. CJ is willing and eager to please. His foster mom tells us he is a very special boy.
CJ makes his foster mom smile. He makes all of us smile. Step by step, this boy is learning what it’s like to be part of a family and part of a home. He is claiming his new life and looking for a Forever Family that wants to join him on his journey. Please let us know if you would like to become a part of CJ’s big adventure!
A special note regarding CJ and all of ESRA’s seniors:
Why adopt an older dog?
Most people go to a shelter or rescue organization wanting to adopt a puppy or a young dog. By adopting an older dog, you can make a statement about human compassion and the value of life at all ages. Older dogs are often the last to be adopted or the first to be euthanized at the shelter. Why should an older dog be left behind?
Dogs live in the present, as today is what's important to them. They don't tend to worry about what's around the next bend in the road. They just want to be happy and loved today! We all know there are no guarantees in life. The quality of time you have with your new companion can matter a great deal more than its quantity. Even if you have a senior dog for only a few years, the days you spend together will be precious!
You can give an older dog the best years of his/her life! Won't you please consider providing a loving home to a senior?
Please submit an Online Adoption Application if you are interested in CJ. It is always the first step in our adoption process.