Ernie is an 8 year-old Hound who came into a rural county dog shelter as an emaciated stray and sadly tested positive for heartworms there making it virtually impossible for him to find a new home. He came to Canine Lifeline on January 15th and has been under the care of his terrific foster mom since then. Once he had gained enough weight to be neutered, Ernie went through that surgery as well as a much needed dental before starting his heartworm treatment in late February. He did very well with his heartworm treatment so is now ready to find himself a permanent new home. Ernie’s foster mom reports that he is very sweet, loving, and mild mannered. He is house trained and has had only a few accidents but that was early in his stay. Ernie makes no attempt to get up on any furniture in his foster home. He gets along well with his foster’s 2 older dogs (50 lb females) and has been fine with her cats. He may bark at them occasionally but does not chase them. Ernie sleeps and eats in a 48 inch crate which gives him room to stand up and stretch his long legs. During his heartworm treatment, Ernie had to spend a lot of time relaxing in his crate and he was very accepting of that. His foster mom has always given him a small piece of boiled chicken when crating him. He loves boiled chicken! He likes being outside in the fenced yard. He has not tried to escape but does run along the fence when deer appear. Ernie walks well on a leash and is looking forward to exploring his new neighborhood with his family this spring. He travels well in the car and may bark if he sees something interesting but generally settles down and rides well. Ernie was severely malnourished when he came to us but is now a healthy 54 lbs. He has never shown signs of food aggression or any type of aggression at all. He has such a kind demeanor. Ernie does bark when someone new comes into his foster home but warms up quickly. He has not been around children while fostered so don’t know how he would react to them. Ernie eats two meals daily–Taste of the Wild salmon kibble with boiled chicken and bone broth; and sometimes sweet potatoes. This boy is a kind and gentle soul with lots of love to give. He will brighten your life!

Ernie weighs about 54 pounds and hjs adoption fee is $250. He’s neutered, on monthly heartworm 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 Ernie. 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.

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