Gertie is in her teens. We don't know how old she is, but she's had a life, that's for sure. She's likely been an outside dog for a lot of years. She was very skinny w/a poor coat when she came into foster care. With proper nutrition she's put on weight and looks great! All of her blood work, urinalysis, fecals, etc have all come back normal. Gertie does have arthritis in her back/pelvis and she takes pain meds daily for this. Her new home will want to work w/their vet to ensure she feels good! Due to her arthritis stairs are tough for her. She would prefer a home w/no or very minimal stairs. She does well w/a sling (as seen in the pictures) if needed.
Gertie is fine w/other dogs and ignores cats, but ultimately she just likes to hang out. She doesn't want to play w/other dogs and would not enjoy them jumping on her. Gertie is looking for a quiet, patient, loving, adult home to spend her retirement years. She doesn't need a fenced yard, but will need to be walked to go potty. She enjoys short walks around the yard too. Gertie's forever home will need to accept her for who she is- an amazing sole who deserves a lot of lovin'.
This is what Gertie's foster mom reports:
"Hi! My name is Gertie. Iím a senior gal looking for a quiet home that understands my geriatric needs in which to spend my golden years. Because of the arthritis in my hips, steps are not easy for me, but I do well with a sling. I take daily medication for the arthritis and am doing well. My favorite things to do are taking walks, napping, and having my ears scratched. Boiled Chicken is my favorite snack. My rescuers believe I probably spent my entire life outside, so living inside is new to me and I am working on house training. My foster mom says I am a sweet gal with a lot of love to give. From my foster mom: Low energy. Non barker (probably due to going deaf). When Gertie meets new dogs on our walks, she is uninterested in them. She has not been introduced to cats but because of her age and inability to jump on furniture, a cat could easily escape her if the need arises. Gertie is allowed on the furniture but due to her arthritis, she cannot get up there and prefers to sleep on blankets next to my bed. She loves people."