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Seeking home for sweet dog 
12th-Sep-2012 11:52 pm
Animals: Hamlet resting
Hi. Apologies for not having all the details, but my ex sionnagh is looking for a home for her sweet nine-year-old service dog Hamlet. His vet bills haven’t been at all unreasonable over the years, but she’s on a fixed income and she can’t afford them any more. Most recently, he’s got a tumor of some sort on his ear which might just be a cyst [or something, that wasn’t the exact word she used] but might be something else, and she can’t afford the surgery or biopsy to find out, so she doesn’t know if he just needs antibiotics or if he needs to have it removed.

She lives in Hawai‘i, but she says she could fly him out to the Northeast. She’s looked for a new home for him there as well, so far without success, but if anybody has a lead on good doggie-parents there, or for that matter suggestions for resources for very low cost veterinary care, that would be very welcome too. (I realize that’s a long shot.)

He’s a dear, sweet, loving dog who gets along with pretty much everybody. He’s a lab mix. He’s good with other dogs, and with cats unless they run or fight, but she says he’s good with cats that are comfortable with dogs. He likes to play outside but he’s mostly an indoor dog.

There are photos of him — although he was only about two or three when I took these — at http://www.aq.org/~js/gallery/2005.02-hamlet/.
13th-Sep-2012 03:57 am (UTC) - Question
Any idea how well he gets a long with kids? Is he crate trained?
13th-Sep-2012 04:50 am (UTC) - Re: Question
She said he gets along well with everybody, and gave a long list that included babies; don’t remember if it also included kids, but having met him I’d say yes. I know when I was visiting regularly (a few years ago) he didn’t spend much time in a crate, but he would go into it if you told him to; I’ll ask about that.
13th-Sep-2012 05:12 am (UTC) - Re: Question
Here’s her reply:
He is great with kids, but should never, ever be crated. He never ever tears up anything or goes to the bathroom in the house. He is very obedient and submissive. He never does anything to cause any problems when left alone in the house. He almost never barks. He does one bark when someone comes to the door as a doorbell bark. And he'll bark once if he sees a cat sometimes. If you say "That's enough." he stops the unwanted behaviour.

(And by the way, I was going to email this to you, but I couldn’t find your email address.)
13th-Sep-2012 09:09 am (UTC)
Service dog? What kind of service does he do? Trained service dogs can be very expensive, so some disabled person might be very glad to have him. Might contact local groups of people with medical needs who might be in need of his service.

13th-Sep-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that most service dogs have retired by the time they're 9 years old; I think he might be past the age where this is an option. You're right that it's worth checking on, but I don't want Sionnagh and Beowabbit getting their hopes up too high about this option, since I think it's unlikely that it'll work out.
13th-Sep-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I SO wish I had the spoons to take care of Hamlet! You know I've been wanting a dog since forever, but I just don't have what it takes to take care of one right now. I hope she finds a good home for him.
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