We knew we wanted Sherlock to be a member of our family the moment we saw his photo on the Old Dog Haven website. We were only two weeks from the fresh loss of our last foster dog and had never planned on bringing home another dog so soon, but Sherlock has been a remarkable blessing.

Sherlock spent the majority of his life as an outdoor dog. It is reported that he was brought to the shelter at 14 years old because he began to bark in the backyard and it angered neighbors. Since bringing him home, we have yet to hear him bark and he is loving the indoor life. Sherlock was still intact when he was brought to the shelter and has since been altered. He has both significant heart valve disease and a serious cardiac arrhythmia, so we won’t be able to undergo a complete dental, but we’ll manage that along with regular cardiology consults and testing.  Sherlock’s heart issues will limit the time he has with us, but because of the great care he receives as an ODH Final Refuge dog, he’s getting the medications he needs to allow him to live more comfortably each day.

Sherlock is a remarkably sweet dog. He loves to be anywhere as long as it’s with his people and he is excellent at warming laps. There are few things he loves more than food and he doesn’t care much for toys. He loves naps, his family, and short bursts of play before he tuckers out. We could not have asked for a better family member to help our hearts feel whole!

Update:  Dear Sherlock was truly loved by his Final Refuge family and graced them with his presence much longer than we anticipated given is serious heart issues.  He was a joy to his family and will be greatly missed.