11 year old • Male • 10.5 lbs
Little Opie is a miniature poodle with white fur. As with all poodles, he needs regular grooming (generally every 4 to 6 weeks) to keep his hair from becoming matted.
Little Opie is a very sweet, friendly boy. He gets along great with the other little dogs in his foster home. He is crate-trained and sleeps through the night without a peep. He is house-trained and doesn't ruin any household belongings. Although a bit shy at first, he warms up after a while. Once he bonds, he likes to be around his person and to know where I am in the house. Although he hasn't met any children, he is very gentle and will likely be fine with older children who understand how to treat an elder statesman with respect. When he has to go out he barks to let me know. Little Opie loves riding in the car! Sometimes he gets the zoomies and runs all around the house with great joy!
Little Opie is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, neutered, and heartworm negative. When he goes out in the bright light he shakes. An ophthalmologist tells us that this is an uncommon but benign condition called Senile Photic Shaking. It occurs in elderly dogs when bright light hits the retina and the brain can't process it correctly due to aging changes in the brain. It is not a seizure and there is no treatment needed.
Little Opie came 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.