4 Year Old • 51 lb • Male
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Physical Description: Sam-I-Am is a handsome guy who looks very much like a yellow lab. He is functionally blind, so he uses his nose and ears to explore his world, and is able to navigate on his own in both the house and yard.
Personality: Sam is the most laid-back dog you could ever hope to meet! He doesn't know a stranger. Scratch behind his ears or the top of his head, and you have a friend for life! He signals his desire for attention with a head on your knee. Sam is learning to walk with a loose leash. (This is hard for him -- he is very independent, and wants to lead the way, with his nose to the ground to guide his explorations!) Sam needs a home with a secure, fenced-in yard and an adopter who is home a lot. Also, Sam's family must be willing to leave furniture, etc., in the same places so he can learn the layout.
History: Sam was rescued by a friend of IAR when his owner planned to surrender him to a rural shelter.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Good with Young Kids: Unknown
Good with Older Kids: Unknown
Health Information: Sam's vaccines are up-to-date and he has been microchipped and neutered. He tested positive for heartworms and is receiving a gentle protocol that gradually clears the heartworm infection without the need for excessive confinement, expected to cure him in February 2018. Sam's blindness is due to degeneration of his retinas, a genetic condition that cannot be fixed. No treatment is needed, but he should be monitored at his annual check up for glaucoma. (Many general practice vets can do this.)
IAR Sponsored Training: IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.
IAR ID#: D-17-037