Name: Luke Cage
Age: 9-10 years old
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Meet Luke! Luke is the best of all things Aussie. He is quiet, low energy, and super snuggly with his people. Luke lays around all day long. He might be the laziest Aussie his foster mom has ever met. He even likes kids (but does exhibit some resource guarding – he loves crayons – so he would do best in a home with only children visitors or kids over 6). Luke loves all dogs and has done great with the foster home’s dog savvy cats.
Luke is estimated to be about 9 or 10 years old. We don’t think he had the best life before rescue but we don’t know his history since he was a stray at a rural shelter.
When we got him, he had some medical issues, but we believe he is ok now. He has bad hips which is thought to be from an old injury. He takes a glucosamine supplement and a NSAID every day to help keep him mobile and pain free. He also tested positive for heartworms. We have started the “slow kill” treatment for that and he is handling that well. He will need to continue this treatment for the next several months with medication provided by CHAR.
Luke gave us a pretty big scare not long after coming into rescue. We ended up doing exploratory surgery and found a softball size mass on his spleen. Our trusty vet removed his spleen and sent the mass off for pathology. After fearing the worst, we were delighted to discover that it was benign! The pathology report stated it was most likely caused by a traumatic injury (remember those hips?). Luke is healing from his surgery and doing very, very well. Luckily, he is low energy so he takes the rest after surgery very seriously.
Luke might be an older gentleman with a rough start but he is such a loving dog. We know he will love his forever home and show them just how awesome having an Aussie is.
Luke is neutered, UTD on vaccines, and microchipped. He will be adopted out with the medications necessary (and a contract amendment) to complete his heartworm treatment. He is currently fostered in Pittsboro, NC and his adoption fee is $250.
If you are an approved applicant and are interested in Luke please contact the adoption committee. If you are interested but have not yet applied, please visit our website for adoption procedures and application.