“Hello! My name is Beau. 9 years ago I was a birthday gift to my lady on her 80th Birthday. Since then I have been her cherished baby and she’s sad to part with me but recognizes she can no longer care for me so I’m here to find a new home.

“As you can see, I am a handsome Bichon Frise. I weigh 24 pounds. I am a little shy around other dogs but I will come around as long as they are friendly to me. I have been OK with cats and kids.

“I am diabetic and because of that I need injections of insulin twice a day. My eyesight isn’t great but ears work fantastically. I used to go for more walks than I do now. I’m hoping my next person will be able to get me out more often for regular exercise. I don’t need to walk far and fast, I’m more your leisurely stroll type, especially in a new territory.  When possible I love to get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. I just like to sit and sniff.  Of course not seeing well, I should have a fenced yard or be kept on leash for my safety.

“I can stay alone for quite awhile without needing a potty break. My lady does spend a lot of time home with me and I like to keep her company and warm her lap. I have been able to manage stairs but in a new home I will need time to acclimate to a new landscape and if stairs are part of it, I hope my new person can be patient with me

“I will alert you to strangers and I do bark when I’m excited but I’m a dog-that’s my job! I know how to sit and beg; that makes my lady smile. Even though I’m visually impaired I can still play ball, that always impresses people!

“I’m a friendly, loving boy who is really a young senior. I need a home with someone who can afford my care and stay committed to keeping my diabetes in check. If you’ve ever known a bichon, you know we are very loyal, devoted companion dogs. It will be hard on both my lady and I to part ways but I know it will give her peace to know I have found a home with someone I won’t ever lose. I don’t think my heart could go through that again. If you are looking for a new best friend, I’m waiting in Tacoma, WA.”

This is not an ODH dog; we urge prospective adopters to do their own evaluation.