Is there someone out there that will love me, please? My owner gave me to a family member and after a week, the family member abandoned me in a parking lot. A nice lady fed me for a week while I lived in the parking lot and then finally I was convinced to get in her car and take a ride. We went to the Petsmart where Loving Arms agreed to help me find a home, but right now there are no foster homes that are open and I’m having to stay in boarding. The people at boarding LOVE ME!!!!. I am comfortable around small dogs. My size is kind of deceptive – to look at me you would not realize that I weigh 90 pounds. The people caring for me give me as much attention as they can and I am friendly and easy going thanks to them. My confidence level has increased and now I'm comfortable in new situations and with new people.

But, now, I have a problem. My knees are shot even though I’m a young dog . . . . 3-4 years old and I need surgery which is called TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy. It is a surgery performed on dogs to stabilize the stifle joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligament (analogous to the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in humans, and sometimes colloquially called the same).

Sounds pretty scary, but the doctor that will do the surgery says he has done this many, many times and I will come through it like a champ. Here’s the catch – only one knee can be done at a time and there is about 10-12 weeks of healing time. I have to be in a kennel all the time to let the knee heal and can only go out to potty. That may sound bad to you, but to me it doesn’t. You see, I’m a pretty low energy guy who likes to lay around and look pretty. So, for both knees to be done, I need a quiet place to recover and I won’t be able to climb stairs and with both knees being done, I will need a place to stay for 6-7 months.

I won’t cause you any trouble because I’m such an easy going guy, plus I’ll be crated all the time. Loving Arms will give you a crate to keep me in and all you will have to do is feed me, give me water and take me out to potty. Of course, if you want to love on me, that’s okay with me.

Also, each knee is going to cost about $3,500, so a total of about $7,000. If you can’t foster me, will you make a donation to help pay for the surgery? No amount is too small.

I would really love to be adopted (and Loving Arms will still pay for the knee surgery) but if you aren’t ready to adopt, maybe you will foster me. How about it??? Think you could do that??????

UPDATE: I had surgery on my right knee on Valentine's Day and the doctor was extremely please with the results. Now I am starting my 3 month rehab in a nice home. When this knee heals I will have the other one operated on and after another 3 month rehab I will be ready for adoption. Keep watching for more updates as they become available.