Arrived in NZCR care: 24 June 2020
DOB: Vet history states August 2008 (12 years of age presently)
Breed: Yorkshire Terrier (“Yorkie”)
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes.
Child Friendly: Not to be homed with young children.
Human Sociable: Yes.
Dog Sociable: Yes – but see below.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Arthur comes from a Rescue in Korea, he flew to New Zealand with his former owner. Unfortunately, she passed away in June 2020 and her son (vis her Granddaughter) contacted NZCR to assist.
Please do check on your friends / neighbors / family members that are elderly and have pets. While we understand sometimes the pets provide invaluable comfort to the elderly, they can become neglected when the health of their owner is suffering also. The care of pets can become a lot for elderly owners to handle and overwhelming, or, perhaps they are not understanding that the pet needs ve intervention. With respect, this is what leads to these sad situations…
Arthur enjoys human contact, he loves to be cuddled and snuggled in – as he is deaf and almost completely blind, this makes him feel safe and comforted. He is never happier than when on your lap, being cuddled.
Arthur is happy go lucky, friendly and compliant. We think he has experienced the groomers prior as he is very well behaved when being groomed - he stands perfectly and allows the groomer access to his face without issue.
Arthur ignores other dogs, cats and sometimes (most) people. He is not suitable as a companion to another dog, a young family or a family/adopter with young, boisterous dogs or animals.
Although deaf and blind, he is very clever. It doesn't take Arthur long to map out the layout of the house and avoid any places he could get stuck in. He is not senile, and very much capable.
We are not sure whether Arthur is toilet trained, it’s debatable for now. We were advised by the former owners family he was – he doesn’t appear to be. It’s possible he could be incontinent.
Arthur has a long road ahead of him...
* More information to be added at a later date - once we get to know Arthur better.
- Arthur’s heart has been checked, it is strong and no murmurs or abnormalities.
- He is de-sexed.
- Arthur has been micro-chipped and added to the NZCAR database.
- We have limited history from Arthur's former vet to guide us.
- Although he hasn't been well taken care of, it doesn't appear that any of his ailments are terminal and he isn't in any uncontrollable pain, or suffering.
- As is clear to see, Arthur has come into Trust care in quite a poor and neglected state.
- Arthur has sore skin, a couple of lumps and bumps and fur missing. His vet records show he had a lump removed early this year he has a history of dorsal cysts and there are a couple more to investigate. We hope his skin and fur will improve with a change in diet and more care. Arthur is on Nutrigel and “MyBeau” supplements.
- Arthur is suffering a very serious nutritional deficiency at this stage. He needs to gain some weight also as he is malnourished.
- Arthur has red, sore eyes that have been irritated by the facial fur. We have groomed his fur short and we are treating him with eye drops and an eye cream. Arthur’s vet clinic records show a history of uveitis – which we will keep an eye on. Arthur has cataracts in both eyes. He is not COMPLETELY blind as he does see moving objects, but his eyesight is very minimal. We plan to consult a local eye specialist vet (Dr Heap of McMaster & Heap) for an expert opinion on whether anything can be done to improve the eyesight or condition of the eyes. We want Arthur to be as comfortable as possible, there may be something that can be done to improve the eyes.
- Arthur is almost completely deaf in both ears. He does pick up the odd high-pitched noise or sound, but doesn't really hear if you speak to him in a normal tone or volume.
- Arthur has no teeth – there is one lump inside his mouth which could be a root that will need further investigation, once he is strong enough to withhold sedation for x-rays.
- Arthur’s blood results show we need to keep an eye on his kidneys and liver. There is some “pre-renal azotemia” indications in his blood. Meaning a build-up of nitrogen waste product. This may be the cause of some odd neurological symptoms Arthur exhibited in his first night of care (24/06/2020). We will now conduct a urine test and see whether any medications can be dispensed to assist him.
If you can help us with the costs of the above, please see Arthur's GiveALittle Link: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/arthursfund
Funds from Arthur's GiveALittle will go mostly to his medical care - various medications, his specialist consult and any proceedures, specialist dog foods and supplements. We thank you so much for helping us to help Arthur and caring about his future!
Our plan for now is to keep Arthur in foster care with NZCR. Arthur needs to be closely monitored by our vet for improvement. We hope that with proper nutritional support he will gain weight. The first step is to observe him and get him strong nutritionally, we can then set about addressing any medical issues that remain.
We feel very strongly that if a dog is not suffering, diagnosed with a terminal illness and/or in pain, s/he should be given the chance to remain in care, have the benefit of some medical attention, love and support. If it is determined that Arthur is in pain or terminally ill, our team will reassess and decide as to the next steps.
If he does well and is medically cleared, he will be available for adoption to a safe, loving retirement home! If he cannot be medically cleared, he will remain as a 'forever foster' dog in our programme, we will need a long-term foster family to step up and take him into their care for the duration of his life.
Adopter / Forever Foster Requirements:
**NOTE: We are not yet certain Arthur can/will be adopted out. It will depend on how he goes with the above. It may be that we are looking to engage a “forever foster” for Arthur. If you would like to be considered to adopt or foster Arthur, you will need to meet the below:
- Must be based in Christchurch, local to our team. This is for obvious reasons – Arthur needs to remain close to the team, including our vet. We will NOT consider applicants from other cities, sorry, its simply impractical.
- Must be working from home and able to watch him closely, or retired – NO full or part time workers need apply. Arthur is a very dependent little dog. He needs someone around him 24/7 to make sure he does not bump his head or eyes into objects.
- Arthur needs a patient, kind and loving Adopter who will see him through his old age with love and care.
- Someone who understands how vital it is he receives close medical care and monitoring - all vet advice must be followed, all medications recommended for him purchased and regular checks with the Vet. Arthur is elderly, he needs extra oversight and care.
- Adopter needs to be OK with caring for a dog that is incontinent – if indeed he is, time will tell, it’s unfair to assess this at present.
- No young families need apply. Older children only in the home – Arthur is fragile.
- Arthur is not suitable as a companion to another dog and will not be homed with young boisterous dogs. That would be unfair – Arthur is fragile.
- Experience in living with / caring for dogs with disabilities would be an asset.
** A special note on adopting or fostering Arthur: we know Arthur has tugged at many heart strings, he tugs at ours too! But if you are considering adopting or “forever fostering” you need to really consider whether you are in a position to be able to care for such a dependent dog. It can be similar to a job – ensuring he is safe and not bumping into things, occupied, has been toileted, cleaning up any accidents etc. Arthur needs a lot of care and oversight due to his disabilities. You need to be committed to providing this care, and patient with him. There are many people who want to “rescue” dogs like Arthur – who don’t realize the mammoth task involved in caring for him. If you aren’t sure – perhaps consider donating to his GiveALittle instead? All funds will be used for his medical care and other doggy disposables he might need.
Arthur's GiveALittle Link: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/arthursfund
Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above adopter requirements and ensure that you meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking. We set the adopter requirements after consultation with the foster carers and consideration of the dogs, needs, welfare and personality. They are strict requirements - no exceptions. Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the above, we will simply respond to confirm the application is declined. Unfortunately, at times this has been the case and we have had to disappoint prospective adopters. This is why we are clear about our requirements prior and note them above.
If you are interested in applying to adopt Arthur if he becomes available please go to the below link, scroll down and fill out the form. We do not consider queries via Facebook or email without the form. See also the FAQ for more information and to answer any queries you may have. Full terms and conditions can be found under the "adoptions" page or FAQ.