Hamlet 2579My name is Hamlet (#2579). I’m a neutered male,  about 6 years old.

I came to Oregon all the way from Taiwan! I used live on the streets there – I was a sad and lonely street dog. But then a rescue organization in Taiwan took me in and flew me all the way to America where I met the nice people from Golden Bond Rescue.  Now I live in a nice warm house and have four (yes, four!!!!) different dog beds that I can choose to lay on.  And I get fed twice a day like clockwork instead of having to search and scrap for food.  And I can tell my foster mom just loves me … she talks to me, and pets me, and laughs at me.  Life is sooooo good now.

When I first came to Oregon, I was really sick. I’d had a serious urinary infection that went untreated for a very long time.  This caused my kidneys to fail, and Golden Bond’s nice vet didn’t expect me to live.  My gosh!!!  But with my strong will to live, my daily treatment and medications, and loving care, my kidneys responded, and now they are no longer shutting down.  They’re not great, and I’ll always have to take kidney pills, but I’m doing okay now.  My new family will have to make sure I don’t eat a lot of sodium, watch the kinds of meds I take, and have me checked out regularly by the vet to make sure I’m doing well.  But my foster mom says that I’m well worth it!  See, she really does love me.

I also had a serious ear infection caused by bacteria that was resistant to every antibiotic except one. And that one was hard on my kidneys.  Sheesh!  The vet was also worried that the bacteria would become resistant to that antibiotic, and then I’d be in real trouble.  So they made the decision to do a special surgery called ear canal ablation.  And can you believe it, I feel so much better now, and I’m not even deaf!  I don’t hear nearly as well as I used to, but I can still hear some things. The hardest part was having to stay in the hospital for several days so they could treat me and watch my kidneys. And the very worst part was having to wear that stooooopid cone collar.  Hamlet 2579bMy foster mom didn’t like that either, because I kept bopping her in the backside with it if she didn’t walk fast enough.  Tee hee hee.  I got my revenge.

To make matters worse, I also have heart worms. Yep, can you believe it?!?!?  It sometimes seems that if I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.  So, because of my kidney issues, I’m being treated with a “slow kill” process.  They should be gone in about a year with this method.  My heart is a bit enlarged from those dang worms though.  So, I’m not going to be able to run with you, but I can certainly walk and play.

And last, but not least, one of my eyes has a condition called dry eye. You’ve probably heard about that on a TV commercial.  So, I will need to have eye ointment put in my eye twice a day.  But don’t worry, I will just sit at your feet and look up at you to make it easy for you to apply it.  The doctor says that that eye is doing really well.  Yay!!!

So, enough of the medical stuff. I want to tell you a little about who I am.  I make people smile all the time.  It’s a gift — just kidding.  People say that I have charisma.  I guess it means that I’m quite a character and have lots of personality.  I also really enjoy affection – I never get tired of it.  Remember, I didn’t have any as a street dog in Taiwan.  Lots of times I just walk up to my foster mom and sit at her feet and look into her eyes.  She melts and gives pets, which make ME melt.

I can’t really jump up in the car, so my foster mom has a ramp. At first I didn’t like it, but now I just walk right up and down.  And it never hurts to give me a carrot to entice me.  Carrots are good for me.  They’re crunchy and sweet and I like them.

My foster mom taught me that I should wait when she puts the food dish down and then when she says the magic “OK” word, I can eat. I learned this very fast.  Now we’re working on taking treats gently.  I’m kind of an alligator when it comes to taking treats, but I’m getting more gentle every day.

I live with four other dogs all different sizes and we get along just fine — well, as long as they didn’t get too close to my toy. Then I would softly growl to let them know that the toy is MINE.  So, now I don’t get toys.  Drats!!!  I never tried to hurt them, but I wanted them to know that I don’t like to share. I also live with a cat.  She fascinates me.  When she walks by me, I can’t help but get up and follow her to see where she’s going. I never hurt her or chase her, but I am curious about her. I never had a cat before.  I like to sniff her because she sure smells different that a dog.

I’d probably be best with kids who are older, like teenagers, just because of all my issues. And I’d do well in a home without too many stairs – a one-story is best.  I just don’t have the best muscle tone in my backside.  I’ve heard a lot of the dogs who’ve come from Taiwan have the same issue.

I’m told that I’m a really special dog – happy and funny and goofy and full of love. And I promise that I’ll make you laugh.  So if you can help me with my medical issues, I’ll be a wonderful companion for you.  I really am worth it.  Just ask my foster mom.

Adoption fee:  $100 plus $35 microchip fee

Sex: Male
Age: About 6 years old
Weight: 80 pounds
Attributes: Dogs: Yes; Cats: Yes; Kids: Teenagers
Availability: Now