Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
Romeo came to bichon frise rescue when his owner died. The family said he had a “minor” pee problem (he dribbled). With ODH’s help, the rescue found a home for him right away but shortly started getting phone calls. Romeo had more than a dribble problem. So he was returned to bichon rescue, and one of their volunteers called ODH and agreed to be his permanent foster if ODH could cover the likely extensive medical bills.
ODH veterinarians and a specialist ran multiple tests; we found that Romeo was born without a muscle that helps the bladder open and close. It was not fixable. He was a special needs dog that needed a band to prevent accidents, daily medication, and routine testing of his urine. His problem is ongoing; he has had a few infections a few times, but with regular checkups, medications and lots of love Romeo is doing fairly well.
Romeo is big for a bichon – 23 pounds. He loves to snuggle, he is a great guard dog, and his idea of lots of fun is wandering through the garden, and rolling in the dirt. Now that the rainy season has started, his garden walks are supervised by his ODH family to prevent a big muddy dog. He seems to love the mud! When he first came he was terrified of baths, but with extra effort from his ODH mom he now looks forward to bath time. Maybe this is why he loves to roll in the mud now!
Romeo is sponsored by:
- Audrey Watson of Washington, DC in memory of Bingo (03/31/2020)
- Lindsey Wright of Hood River, OR as a birthday gift to Lindsey from Nohelani Roche (06/30/2020)
- Janet Rockafield (05/31/2020)
- Heather Larsen of Bothell, WA (05/31/2020)
- Erika Kriegsheim of Seattle, WA (05/31/2020)
- Andrea Nicolaisen of Seattle, WA in honor of Chris Wesche (02/28/2021)