Breed:Treeing Walker Coonhound / Boxer
Notes: altered, hasShots, housebroken, noDogs
February 5th, 2012 Formerly named Splint, this gorgeous, FULLY TRAINED fella is one of a litter of seven that were born the middle of Feb. 2008. Mom is a Treeing Walker Hound and the father(s) remains a mystery. The litter arrived at Friends for Life when they were about 7 weeks old. At 11 weeks this little guy began favoring his back left leg, and an x-ray showed an old fracture, which the vet suggested might have been from lack of proper nutrition when the puppies had begun eating. A "Thomas Splint" (hence his previous name) was fashioned from a length of aluminum, and the puppy was anesthetized while the splint was shaped to his leg and wrapped. Unfortunately, the break was high on the thigh bone and the splint didn't immobilize it enough to heal, so at 14 weeks of age, the vet put four pins into the bone. We also started giving him homeopathic remedies to aid in bone healing, and between the two, the break mended. In fact, the pins came out a week early because Taddy was growing fast and the pins were becoming obviously uncomfortable. He regained the use of his leg and walks and runs with no problems, but will probably never be able to bend that leg and "sit" comfortably. It certainly doesn't slow him down! He was neutered at 14 weeks when the pins were put in (no sense in anesthetizing a third time!) and had his DA2PPv and booster at 9 and 13 weeks of age. He walks well on leash and is completely crate-trained; he's a house dog and a couch potato. He is very intelligent and has figured out how to use his paws to turn a doorknob and open a door. He learned this totally on his own, no help from humans. Taddie lived with Kelly Horgan, a dog trainer/behaviorist from Dec. 11, '09 through August 2010. Taddie, who adored her from the moment she walked into the yard, learned Basic Obedience and Home Manners with Kelly, and she also housebroke him. He did extremely well with training and Kelly was very pleased with him. Taddie needs his own Forever Person or Family, and the ideal situation for him is to be The Only Dog. We'd really prefer an adopter with experience with larger dogs- and knowledge of dog behavior is a big plus!