New foster: Ricky

My latest foster is a male Standard Poodle named Ricky.

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He was one of twelve Standard Poodles that a local breeder surrendered to the Arizona Poodle Rescue group. Although weighing 47.8lb, he is painfully thin. He also moved very slowly, as if he were struggling with joint pain. I began fostering him a week ago today.

Within a few minutes of coming into the house, he climbed up on the couch in the family room and essentially made it his space.

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Since then, he has become more likely to lie on the tile or carpeting somewhere, but the couch is still his favorite spot.

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Within the last couple of days, he has been jumping up on the couch, which is great to see, because originally he had been dragging himself onto the couch as if it hurt to do so.

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His energy level is higher than it was when I first began fostering him, but he still moves slowly at times, so I have started him on Cosequin to see if that will help. I also checked his weight at the vet office this afternoon, and his weight was 47.9lb, which is discouraging because he is eating three meals a day and has been for several days now. He won’t eat hard kibble, so he is eating soft food such as canned dog food and Freshpet.

He is very even-tempered, and clearly enjoys being petting.

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