You’d be hard-pressed to find a friendlier little guy than Barney, our 3 year-old Chihuahua mix. This little gentleman arrived at Canine Lifeline in late September from an overcrowded county dog shelter. Immediately upon arrival, we noticed that his back legs seemed to make him very uncomfortable. Our vet diagnosed double luxating patellas (floating knee caps). This condition is fairly common in small breed dogs and can often be managed by maintaining a healthy weight so too much pressure is not brought to bear on the knees. In Barney’s case though, the condition was severe and his kneecaps were almost always out of place making it very difficult for him to walk. He had surgery to correct this condition in both legs in late October and recuperated for two months in a foster home with strict crate rest and gradually increasing activity. Barney is now more than two months post-surgery and has gotten the all clear from the vet to resume normal activity. He is now ready to find himself a permanent new home! Here is what his foster mom has to say about him—“Barney is a little guy with lots of personality. He has recovered from his knee surgeries and is on the move! He scampers up and down the stairs with no problem at all! He also loves to jump on and off the couch. He loves his humans! He’d rather sit on your lap than play with other dogs. He has shown a little interest in toys but is more content being by his human friend. When I work at the kitchen counter, he is often sitting on my feet. Barney loves to go for walks! The most challenging part of going for a walk with him is getting him to be still to get his harness on! He is a ‘spinner’ when he gets excited…he makes me dizzy watching him! He is good in his crate, particularly when it’s his idea to go in there. He hasn’t had any accidents in his crate.  He should be able to pick up the house rules quickly in his new home with some close supervision. He will make someone a wonderful companion!“ Barney weighs about 10 pounds and his adoption fee is $250. He’s neutered, heartworm negative and on monthly preventative, up to date on vaccinations including bivalent canine influenza, wormed, on flea and tick preventative, and microchipped. As part of the adoption process, all adopters must commit to a two-week adjustment period to make sure it’s a great match before the adoption is finalized. Please email if you’re interested in Barney. An approved application is required before we schedule meets with any of our dogs. Please note that we don’t place our dogs in homes with children under 7 years of age. We correspond via email so please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there. Barney’s surgery to repair his luxating patellas cost about $1200. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help with his medical expenses so that we may help another dog in need in the future, you may make an online donation at or send a check to Canine Lifeline, PO Box 25742, Garfield Hts OH 44125. Thanks from Barney and Canine Lifeline!

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