Category: 2012 Adoptions
Adoption Status: Adopted by the Roberts family of Mint Hill, NC 12/15/12
Adoption Date: 1515-1212-1212
Pet/Kennel Name: Winston
Age: 6
Color/Gender: Black Male
Cat Tolerance: Yes
Small Dog Trainable: Yes
Good w/ Children: Yes
Fostered by (location): Johnson (Greenville, SC)
Additional Details:

Winston was adopted by his former owner as a puppy and never was registered or raced. He was returned to us in very poor condition, much too thin and has pressure sores and other problems as a result of living outdoors in bad conditions for a long time. He needs a dental but our vet says he is too weak for that right now so he is on hold for a few weeks until he is strong enough to have that done. Winston is expected to make a full recovery but walks like a very old dog now because muscle loss from of being kept in a tiny pen and from poor nutrition and not enough food. He will be a beautiful black guy eventually when he recovers. Winston was so happy to finally have a soft bed to lay on and didn't want to get up off the bed. He didn't make one peep all night in the crate at his foster home and was just happy to be sleeping inside. We are pretty sure Winston is a littermate to a puppy one of our members owns because of his age and where he initially came from. We don't have any information on who his parents are though because he was never registered. Winston is home acclimated and seems to have good house manners so was a house dog at one time. He will let you know when he needs to go outside by going to the door and whining and has had no accidents in the house. He is very calm and loves to lay on dog beds and travels very well in a car. He has done well with the small dog in his foster home and the other two male greyhounds.

Week 1 update: As Winston gains his strength back and has started to put on much needed weight, he has started feeling well enough to get up off his dog bed and greet guests that come to the house. He only feels good enough to give few wags and doesn't bounce yet. He only stands for a minute or two and has to go back and lay down. He can walk without wobbling now and even trots and goes up and down stairs. Winston is starting to show interest in toys and the other dogs when they play although he isn't actually playing yet. Sometimes he does do a play bow. We expect him to make a full recovery.

Week 2 update: Winston is starting to feel up to playing with toys and other dogs. He still wears out quickly but can do a very slow lope now in the yard and is stable on his feet and no longer moves like an old dog. He is gaining weight and gaining muscle tone although he is still very thin. His pressure sores are slowly getting better. He is strong enough now to take for his cat test and he actually seemed a little afraid of the cat and had no interest in chasing it whatsoever.

Week 3 update. Winston is much stronger now and is playing in short bursts. His pressure sores are healed except for the largest one. His muscle tone is gettng better and he only has a few backbones sticking up and a few ribs showing instead of all of them. His hipbones aren't as prominent. He still has about 10lbs to gain but he looks a lot better. Winston is scheduled for his dental this week if he passes his vet checkup.

Update: Winston passed his vet checkup and was able to have his dental. He has recovered fully and although he still has horrible scars from his ordeal, he has a great happy attitude. He is in a very loving home that attends greyhound events and he performs at the Carolina Renaissance Festival as one of the hounds of East Fairhaven. He is a friendly happy guy that finally has the home he deserves. We found out that Winston's birthday is 12/15/05 and he was adopted on his actually birthday.

Tag: Adopted
Picture: Winston71c.jpg
Image Gallery: GC-Dog-Photos-2012/Winston/

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