This exceptionally squishable and sweet puppy is Gumbo! He was surrendered to WCAL because he's got some extra special medical needs. Gumbo was born with a congenital defect called Swimmer's Syndrome, which means that his hind legs aren't strong enough to hold him up, so they splay outward, making it look like he's swimming. Gumbo is shockingly fast even though he initially had to drag himself around! Luckily, he is showing tons of improvement with daily physical therapy in his foster home. His foster works hard to make sure his legs are in the correct position as much as possible throughout the day. It is a serious time commitment, but this loving pup is soooo worth it. He has also begun aqua therapy at Middletown Animal Hospital to expedite his strength training. The vet believes that Gumbo's muscle tone and body condition can be improved so he can lead a great life! Gumbo is scheduled to be neutered on 6/14 and we are excited to find Gumbo a forever home with a family who will continue the daily exercises that will be needed to help him live a great life Gumbo likes to sleep in bed with his people, though he also has his own x-pen. His potty training is coming along, but we've really prioritized his physical therapy because stronger thighs will make it easier for him to squat when he needs to potty. He loves hanging out with the adult dogs in his foster home and would do great with a friendly, tolerant canine pal. Gumbo is fearless around kitty cats as well. You'll find more photos and also video of Gumbo on our social media: https://www.facebook.com/reel/3824233584566939
We ask that all WCAL puppy adopters commit to attending a 4 week-long reward-based training class with their new puppy (we'll help you find a qualified, dog-friendly trainer near you). This is the best way we know how to help you bond with your new pup, give you access to current training techniques and ensure that your new dog becomes a well-rounded member of society. We believe in being proactive and know from experience that the best time to train a dog is NOW! It's important that the dogs we rescue get the very best start. If you don't have time to attend training classes with a puppy, please consider choosing an adult dog or waiting to adopt until your schedule is more flexible.
We have no information about Gumbo's parents or their breed mix. It's likely that he is at least some sort of pit mix. Before applying to adopt, it's important to verify that this pup will be welcomed by your landlord and homeowners insurance, regardless of breed.