Breed: Australian Shepherd
Approximate DOB: 3/11/2019
Weight (Potential): 40 (40)
Color: White and merle
Health: IBS, General anxiety and separation anxiety, crystals in bladder, on prescription food for GI issues and daily medications to manage anxiety.
Grooming Needs: Moderate
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Good with Children: No
Appropriate for city living: No
Cost to adopt: $300
Secure, solid, 6ft physical fence attached to the home required. A home with another playful dog required. Adopters must live within 30 miles of King of Prussia, PA.
Mercury is as sweet as he is handsome and at a young age he had to overcome quite a bit. He was born in a Pennsylvania puppy mill and rescued at 17 weeks of age. He was frightened and had no idea how to live in a home. Over time with a lot of veterinary care, we have found a diet that agrees with his GI system and have worked with our trainer and veterinary behaviorist to manage and treat his severe anxiety. He is a work in progress but has improved with the help of medication. H will likely need medication and prescription food for the rest of his life and will need someone to monitor the crystals in his bladder so he does not develop a blockage which can usually only be fixed with surgery if things get too severe.
Mercury loves to play with toys and monitor the yard for “intruders” like birds and squirrels. He needs a very secure, solid 6-foot fence to contain him (he is a climber, jumper and digger) as he needs a yard to burn off his energy but gets a bit overwhelmed on leash walks (this is a work in progress, too). He will flash a huge smile when he greets you and will pretend that he is a tiny lap dog as soon as you sit down. He likes to watch TV but also is really good at catching a ball. Mercury needs a very loving and patient adopter who has an adult-only home and is willing to manage his medical and behavioral issues all while helping him build his confidence. He isn’t a dog for the faint of heart, but he will make yours skip a beat as soon as he gives you a hug.*
*All dogs will go through a transition period after finding a new home and may need a “refresher course” in house-breaking.