|Rescue Me ID: 15-02-09-00356Bentley (male)|
Dachshund Age: Adult
|Compatibility:|| Good with Most Dogs, Good with Kids and Adults |
|Personality:|| High Energy, Average Temperament |
|Health:|| Neutered, Needs Vaccinations, Incontinent | This animal is available to licensed rescue groups only. Please do not enquire unless with a licensed rescue group. [Read About Natural Incontinence Care] Bentley is a full of life, loving, charming, sweet boy who has always been extremely active. In his younger years he spent time with me as an office dog, playing with every patient who came in. Later, he enjoyed camping, canoeing, swimming, fetching on water, playing fetch tirelessly. He could grab food from the kitchen counter. (He is a 13 lb dachshund - this is no small feat!) Unfortunately, all this activity caught up with him in January of 2014 when a disc exploded in his back. He was paralyzed in his hind legs and lost the ability to eliminate on his own. Bentley had surgery (discectomy and ... (Read More)hemi-laminectomy) and I brought him home. I expressed his bladder and bowel for him and rehabilitated him for months. He is now mobile with just a slightly altered gait. He can move as fast as ever, and still loves to fetch. His perseverance through this process has moved me greatly. Unfortunately, Bentley has not completely regained bowel and bladder control. He has some control, but not complete. I would guess 70% (this is being measured at ISU as well and exact numbers may be available after the trial.) He has also acquired some behavioral issues relating to elimination in the house. I work full time running my own practice and have a 3 year old daughter. I have tried for a year to give Bentley everything he needs. We love him dearly. But I am gone from 8 am till 6 pm most days, and spend a lot of my time with my 3 yr old when we are home. Bentley doesn't get the attention he needs to succeed, and is severely depressed. He is currently enrolled in the Clinical Trial for Paralyzed dogs at ISU in hopes that his bowel and bladder function will improve or even return to normal. This trial runs through June and is already paid for, so I hope to rehome him to someone willing to take him to ISU for a week 2 or 3 more times. If he is in fact in the placebo group of this trial, he will get the real drug at the end of the clinical trial anyway so that he can have a fighting chance at improvement. It breaks my heart, but Bentley needs someone who can give him more attention and who can be with him more during the day. While at ISU for the trial, Bentley rarely has accidents. While with my parents, Bentley rarely has accidents. I believe if he was happy again, he would be able to succeed. And so, I am in search of that special person who can be that for my sweet boy. Please be that for him. (Less) Animal Location:
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|Laurel Griffin 515-419-6579|