by Helen Hartel
It’s that time of year to bring comfort and joy to those in needs, and Ty is looking for a holiday miracle. He is a 14-year-old male, Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd mix that has quite a sad back story.
Ty’s family got him as a puppy but kept him outdoors where he lived a lonely life with little socialization. As he got older and his family grew and got busy, he went without vet care for many years. He suffered from constant ear infections with no medical intervention and even lost most of his hair.
Fortunately, when he came to the Agoura shelter, his life turned around. It’s hard to imagine that a dog could find happiness at a county shelter but he sure did. He was brought to a private vet where he got a full check-up and had his ear infections tended to. The volunteers have given him weekly medicated baths and now his hair has grown back and is silky smooth.
Spending time with the volunteers, even if it’s only a few times a day, has been pure joy for him. He craves the attention and appreciates every moment of affection he gets with spend with someone.
Here are some things you should know about him:
- He is a super sweet guy who needs someone to spend time with him and to love him unconditionally.
- One of his favorite things is to roll over for belly rubs.
- It is unclear if he is housebroken because he was kept outdoors, but he is a urine holder. He chooses not to mess in his kennel and waits until he is taken out to do his business.
- The volunteers will lend a crate and give great tips on how to successfully potty train him if needed.
- Because he was not properly socialized, it is unknown how he will act around other animals. He will probably need to be the only animal in the home.
- The vet says he is healthy but may continue to get ear infections.
- Due to his age, he has some mild arthritis.
It is amazing how resilient Ty has become. It’s as though he has forgotten about his past and looks forward to the time he can spend with the volunteers, and the volunteers say that he is a very special dog.
Somewhere there is a loving person or family who will come, look into Ty’s eyes and know that he belongs as an integrated indoor member of their home. By opening yourself up to an older dog like Ty, your life will take on new possibilities. Will you take him home for the holidays? Ask to meet him now.
To adopt Ty, request A4468724.The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov.