We first heard about this handsome 3 year old stray in early April after everything was just shut down from COVID when Ashley McClavin, a saint for the animals at the Corsicana Animal Shelter, reached out to DSDA. She said he had been there at least a week and no one had come for him or shown any interest due to his injury. He was not able to weight bear without pain on his right front leg. He seemed like a sweet dog, was good around the other dogs and the people working there. She sent photos of a beautiful stoic looking dog from behind his bars in the kennel, holding up his injured leg …with pleading eyes to save him.
We knew we had to move fast if we were going to try and save this sweet dog and his leg.
We named him Whiskey after his gorgeous silky whiskey-golden colored coat. Not only was his elbow dislocated but he had multiple wounds on his legs on head. We can only imagine what could have happened to him to cause the dislocation as this type of injury requires a lot of force. He was immediately seen by orthopedic specialist, Dr. Lang, at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Since it was the beginning of Covid times and we did not know Whiskey that well, there was concern about sending him in to the hospital with strangers but that turned out not to be a problem as he was fine with the entire scenario.
Dr. Lang explained he hoped to save the leg with the use of an external fixator. It would be a risk since we had no timeline on how long the elbow had actually been dislocated and there was a possibility the surgery might not hold but he was a young dog who deserved a chance to keep his leg. Fortunately, we had an amazing medical fosters lined up, Debbie and her neighbor, Cathy, who cared for Whiskey during the weeks post op and later took him to and from biweekly trips to water therapy.
Once Whiskey recovered from his surgery and physical therapy was completed we moved him to a more active foster home with Dave and Dori who have two of their own dogs so we could learn more about his activity level and personality so we could gauge his needs in a Forever Home.
Whiskey is definitely the epitome of quirkiness but his foster dad says he is a “100% a great dog.” At first glance he looks like he may be a Golden Retriever but we wanted to be sure so we ran a DNA test to check it out. The results came back with Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Chow, Great Pyrenees and a sprinkle of extra things - but no retriever. Even though he underwent surgery so that he could keep his leg he does have reduced range of motion, a noticeable limp and will requires anti-inflammatories for life. But he doesn’t let it slow him down.
He can be hard to get to know at first but once he knows you he’s your buddy. He likes being pet but he is not a snuggler. Whiskey loves a game of fetch and he likes to ride in the car especially if we are talking McDonald’s drive through for a cheeseburger! He enjoys exploring walking trails but is also happy to come home and relax by his foster mom’s side-who he also follows all over the house.
Whiskey is a special boy and requires a specific home:
He will be best as only dog (as he is not great at sharing treats and some toys).
An experienced dog owner/adult only home (small children are too unpredictable).
Someone that works from home or is home a lot.
He prefers women over men, but a home with a mixed couple would be fine as long as the woman is home a lot and the man is patient.
A fenced yard is a must and a house without a lot of stairs.
If you are looking for a gorgeous dog that has all the quirks and will keep you on your toes then Whiskey might just be the dog for you!
To meet Whiskey in the fluff visit us at www.dsda.org/adopt and complete our no obligation adoption application.
Hope to hear from you soon!