Age: 10 years
Crate Trained: Yes
Energy Level: Low
Gets Along With:
✓ Female Dogs
X Male Dogs
Adoption fee: $175
Due to a decrease in mobility, Hickson is a hospice case and is no longer available for adoption. He will live out the rest of his days in his loving foster home. Please consider donating to his ongoing care.
Physical appearance: Hickson is estimated to be about 10 years old. He is black and tan and cropped and docked. At some point before arriving in rescue he was debarked, so when he tries to bark, it sounds more like a raspy cough.
Personality: Despite Hickson’s age, he will run and play with the best of them. He is generally calm and well behaved, but he’ll also have some spurts of energy and play with his foster sister. He has a tendency to become a bit fixated and “obsessed” with his foster sister, which is annoying and overwhelming for her, so Hickson would do best in a home where he is the only dog. His foster has also noticed some odd behavior lately that we are thinking maybe the beginnings of dementia. He will growl or bark if startled awake, and sometimes bark at seemingly nothing. His foster has not been able to identify anything that triggers him, so we’re not sure if it’s just his age. Either way, this is something his new adopter will need to be aware of and be comfortable with.
Why he’s in rescue: Hickson wandered up to the home of a good Samaritan who tried to find his home. After a wild goose chase, his owners were found through the microchip, and they said they did not want him anymore. The good Samaritan thought she found him a home who ended up dumping him in the shelter when they found out he had heartworms.
Manners and training: Hickson knows how to sit, laydown, and will come when called. He walks pretty well on a leash and when he does try to pull responds well to a correction. He does well with people, rides well in the car, and is okay in a crate. He is potty trained but is showing some minor signs of separation anxiety. Since he is very clumsy when he plays, and we are seeing this odd barking behavior, we do not recommend a home with smaller children as he will likely knock them over or scare them.
Vetting: All of our dogs are brought up to date on rabies, Bordetella, and combo, negative for intestinal parasites and heartworms, neutered and microchipped before adoption. Hickson tested positive for heartworms when arriving at rescue and has been treated. We have noticed that he seems to have some sort of chronic ear infection or allergy that is causing him to itch. We have tried several medications to ease his itching and we think it may be environmental.