13 year old • Male • 13 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 in his golden years, but he's spunky and full of life! Because he is an older gentleman, young kids are not a good match for him but teens are fine.
Opie is deaf and his vision is a bit compromised, but neither affects him in the slightest. He can definitely see light and shapes, and knows some hand signals. He does need to be woken up gently so that he's not startled. When the treat bag comes out, he seems to have a sixth sense and comes running!
He is completely house-trained and does not need to be crated while home alone; but will do best with someone who isn't away from home for long hours. He really enjoys having his human nearby.
There are 3 cats and 2 dogs in his foster home, and he just ignores them. He has fit in well to the pack... and even though he sneaks bites of their food and takes over their beds, neither is a problem for any of them! He would do fine with any polite cat and gentle, easygoing dog.
Opie wants to be next to his person as much as possible and so follows his foster mama all around the house. He loves leash walks and prancing around in the fenced yard. In between his jaunts outside, he curls up in his own soft bed—all the better for observing the household activities and napping (another favorite!). His foster mom finds him to be such a joy!
Little Opie is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, heartworm negative, and neutered. He is taking supplements for joint support, as he does have a bit of arthritis.
He also has a condition that causes him to shake a bit or duck down in bright sunlight. It doesn't hurt him at all and can happen to older dogs who develop cataracts, like he has.
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.