Meet Dutch, a wonderful 1 year-old Spaniel/Retriever mix male who has it all—great looks and a fabulous disposition! This pup came into an overcrowded county dog shelter as a stray with a significant limp on one of his back legs. When he wasn’t claimed at the shelter, he made the trip to Canine Lifeline so he could get the medical attention he needed. X-rays revealed that Dutch had an old injury to his back leg/hip that hadn’t been repaired in the past. The broken leg bone had healed on its own but his hip joint had been damaged and was still in need of repair. Dutch had a femoral head ostectomy (FHO) on August 1 to repair the hip joint and provide him with greater, pain-free mobility. Dutch recovered very well from the surgery and is now able to run and play with other dogs. He is using that leg more and more each day and will benefit from lots of walks in his new home as he builds muscle back up in that leg. Dutch is very dog and people friendly—he truly has never met a stranger. He is working on crate-training in his foster home and should continue that in his new home as he works on his house manners. It’s likely that Dutch lived his life outdoors before coming to us so he would do best with a family who is able to let him out at four hour intervals during the day as he gets used to the house rules. He’s a quick study and very eager to please so should have things mastered without too much trouble. Now that his leg and hip are in better shape, he would love to enroll in an obedience class with his new family so that he can be the best canine good citizen he can be. He’s going to make a great walking or hiking buddy for his new family and is looking forward to having lots of fun adventures in his new home. Dutch weighs about 35 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 info@caninelifeline.org if you’re interested in Dutch. 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 the age of 7 years. We correspond via email so please check your junkmail or spam folder to make sure our reply hasn’t landed in there.