12 year old • Male • 8 lbs
Tater Bug is a little guy with the softest fluffy white fur. He is the perfect lap dog size. He is missing a few teeth. His breed requires regular grooming (every 4 to 6 weeks), and in-between brushing three times a week.
With his missing teeth, Tater Bug reminds me of a Muppet! He tends to be shy and nervous around new people at first. He definitely has his own opinion about everything--including who he likes and who he does not relate to. Once he has chosen his person, that's when his wiggly, happy personality comes out. Tater enjoys sleeping in various dog beds, hanging out with his foster fur siblings, and going for a peaceful stroll. He needs to be on a very regular potty schedule. Tater enjoys occasionally sleeping in his crate. He never ruins anything in the home.
But most of all Tater relishes being in the same room with his person! He is good with younger kids as well as older ones, as long as they are kind to him. Tater has met a few cats. He does not seem to care for tiny ones, but an adult cat would most likely not be a problem. Although He gets along well with other dogs and seems to enjoy snuggling and occasionally playing with them, he would love being the king of the castle. Tater will excel in a quiet home.
Tater will need an experienced dog owner and handler in his adoptive home.
Tater Bug is up-to-date with vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. He has a minor heart murmer that does not require medication. He is heartworm positive and is receiving a gentle protocol: for the first month--28 days of doxycyline and twice per month Heartgard, continuing with the twice per month Heartgard. This method gradually clears the heartworm infection without the need for excessive confinement. Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method. We anticipate Tater will test negative around May 2021.
Tater came to us from a local shelter.
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.