TORONTO — Tattoo, the sweetly tempered dog who was rescued from seven years of being kept outdoors on a chain in frigid Northern Canada, is finally ready to be adopted into a forever home. Tattoo has special needs, as he must be the only pet in his future household, must have free reign of the house and must continue to be administered the medication treating his undiagnosable respiratory problems that were caused by his former life.
Tattoo was brought by the IFAW Northern Dog Project to T.E.A.M Dog Rescue in Toronto this past January. He arrived with a cough and respiratory problems caused by living alone and outdoors in very cold weather and on only a three foot long chain for seven years. T.E.A.M. have spent six months and thousands of dollars on X-rays, several courses of antibiotics and a tracheal wash, all to no avail, as all of the tests came back inconclusive. Though there is a marked improvement in his breathing, he still on medication to treat the symptoms, as the cause could not specifically be identified or treated.
Tattoo is a very gentle, sweet and loving dog towards humans of all ages, and is great even with children. He even doesn’t mind other dogs when they are being walked together, but he needs to be the sole pet in his future forever home. He has heterochromia (meaning one eye is brown and the other blue) and
is seven years old, but people are usually surprised to hear his age, as he is still energetic and young at heart.
Tattoo needs to have full run of his future home, as he does not do well when confined to a crate or a room. When he is able to roam free he is not destructive and won’t touch anything that is not his and it is very important for him to not feel confined, as he can get anxious and destructive otherwise. This little incident below, where he chewed up drywall in his foster home, was brought about only because he was afraid and locked in a single room…he’s just a tad claustrophobic, but is very well behaved when he is free.
His “prey drive” is high, so he cannot be off-leash around cats or skunks, but he is otherwise docile, sweet and gentle, as you can see in his TV debut on Animal House Calls, which you can watch here. After he was on TV, T.E.A.M. was bombarded with emails from people waiting to meet him, walk him and adopt him, but unfortunately the antibiotics they thought would fix his cough at the time did not work, so he’s been with them since January while they tried to diagnose his ailments.
In order to help him find the dog the they describe as having “a phenomenally sweet temperament” his perfect forever home, T.E.A.M. is waiving his adoption fee, so if you or anyone you know think you have his ideal, pet-free home and would like to adopt Tattoo, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them a private message with your application (http://bit.ly/1K1IoMS).
Even if you cannot adopt him, please share this article far and wide! The more people who see, it the more likely Tattoo is to finally find a place to call home.