Make This Puppy Lucky: Scooter the Puggle

This special-needs dog has a can-do attitude and thrives on attention from her foster family.

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Scooter is a fun-loving special-needs girl with a can-do spirit. Unfazed by her condition, she loves to play, swim, be around other dogs, chew on squeaky toys, and soak up all the human attention she can get. While she can be a bit shy at first, Scooter is a happy, active little “Velcro dog” once she warms up!

Name: Scooter.

Age and sex: 2 1/2-year-old female.

Breed: Beagle and Pug mix.

Size and weight: Small and 16 pounds.

Coat: Short, tan.

Location: Seattle Humane Society.

Activity level: High.

Likes: Squeaker toys, playing, swimming, other dogs, getting attention from her people.

Dislikes: She exhibits some discomfort with handling and is a little fearful of new people touching her.

Training: She has received socialization and training in her foster home.

Yard requirements: As a special-needs pup, Scooter would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard to keep her safe.

Kids: Good with children 14 years and older.

Dogs and cats: Good with both.

Health issues: Scooter has intervertebral disk disease (IVDD), with symptoms managed through physical therapy, including swimming, passive range-of-motion exercises, and use of her cart. Because she doesn’t have complete control of her bladder and bowels, it is recommended that she wear diapers indoors. But despite her condition, Scooter is a happy, active girl who loves life and has tons of love to give!

Her story: Surrendered by her former owner.

Her ideal forever home: Scooter would do best with a patient family, with older or no children, who are willing to provide her with the extra love and care she needs. She’s used to being part of a pack, so a family with dogs and cats would be ideal. Although she’s been doing great in her foster home, Scooter can’t wait to find a special family of her very own!

Contact: Email adoption@seattlehumane.org.

Top photo: Courtesy Seattle Humane Society.

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Lisa Plummer Savas

A devoted dog mom, journalist, and animal activist, Lisa uses her writing to spread awareness about animal welfare and cruelty issues. She lives in Atlanta with two spoiled German Shepherds, one entitled Pug, and a very understanding husband. Read more of her work at her blog and website, and follow her on Twitter.

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