Tanto is another one of our special needs dogs who desperately needs a sponsor.
Tanto's Story: Tanto's owner came to us for urgent rehoming help when she was moving out of state and could not take him with her. He had been with her for about 5 years and they did not socialize much outside of the home. When we met Tanto, he struggled meeting new people or being in new places. He also had not socialized with other dogs in those 5 years so his dog to dog skills were unknown, making his home prospects pretty slim. Before we could find a home, and against our guidance, Tanto was placed with a well meaning person who wanted to help but was not really able to commit to doing so.
A couple of months went by and we did not hear anything until one day, while browsing the County shelter's lost and found dogs, we saw Tanto had been picked up as a stray and was sitting at the shelter. We reached out right away, knowing that a dog as skittish and fearful as him would not do well. Our instincts were right. Tanto was struggling in the shelter and had already been flagged as unadoptable. We picked Tanto up immediately and brought him into the home of Founders Jill and Cody. He was a little shell shocked as he did not know us very well and he was still unsure of other dogs.
We gave him time and space as we do with all the scared dogs who come to us, but it was really a special little dog named Roger that turned his life around. Roger had come to us from the shelter as well. A quirky little guy that did not like meeting new people but loved other dogs. He was determined to make friends with Tanto and though it took him a while to wear Tanto town, he eventually convinced him that he was ok.
Now, Tanto and Roger spend their days together running, chasing each other, wrestling together and even napping together. Tanto and Roger are both living their best life, together.
Sadly, Tanto developed a cough a couple of months ago that turned out to be the early stages of congestive heart failure. He is being seen by a cardiologist and is on heart medications to support his cardiac function. We have added in supplements like taurine and fish oil and we have changed his diet to support his heart, and protect his kidneys (heart medications are very hard on the kidneys). Visits to the cardiologists aside, Tanto's food, medications and supplements total about $500 per month. But he literally cannot not live without them. Tanto has no idea he is sick. In fact, if you didn't know, you wouldn't know as he still runs and plays like he always has. Our hearts are broken that his life will be cut shorter than it ought to be and that after finally finding the home where he belongs, and the best friend to enjoy it with, he may have to lose that soon. Our hearts break for Roger too who loves Tanto more than anything. We'd like to give him every chance to keep living as well as possible for as long as possible.
We know times are tough for everyone. They are especially tough for us right now. We can't meet these special needs without help anymore. Please consider becoming a monthly sponsor for Tanto to help us offset his costs. Monthly sponsorships start at $25 and go up if you want to/are able to do more. Thank you for reading this and for your support.
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