Born in the Spring of 2016 Turbo has all of the wonderful features of a Boston Terrier puppy – looks that could melt any heart, energy that seems never ending, and love to spread all around. In addition to all these wonderful qualities, Turbo suffers from a condition that is not so common and requires special care so that he can live a relatively normal life. Turbo has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida.
This is Turbo’s story – as told by Turbo himself.
My Mom says I am a typical Boston terrier puppy, but I am also “special.” One of my special things is sometimes I wear a boot on one foot. It’s the foot that I can’t feel very well, and sometimes it gets scraped and has to be covered so it won’t get infected. My foster family loves me and I’m having a great time, but I sure would like to find my forever home. Are you that home?
The evaluation and recommendations from NC State University Veterinary Hospital can be found below. Please read before you complete an application. Evaluation and Recommendations for Turbo NC State Veterinary hospital performed an MRI and confirmed Spina Bifida. The area in which the spinal cord is protruding out of the spine is not surrounded by sufficient spinal material to allow for a closure of any sort. Therefore, surgery will not provide any relief or restoration. The specialist says that barring anything unforeseen, Turbo is quite capable of living a normal life span. It was also pointed out that his inability to fully empty his bladder will put him at higher risk for UTI/bladder infections - all treatable by antibiotics. It is also beneficial to consider learning how to express his bladder, so that you can help him fully empty it and protect from UTIs. He may also need his belly wiped more often to prevent urine scald, which bladder expression will also help with Turbo's hind-end anatomy -- with his rectum upturned -- is causing stool to collect in his colon.
The specialist recommends feeding him a low-residue diet to allow easy digestion and passage of stool, as well as giving him a cranadin supplement to help protect him from urinary tract infections. The lack of sensation in his rear paws leaves him vulnerable to abrasions. Keeping boots on his back feet to protect him from abrasions will be helpful. Turbo is a great candidate for a wheelchair, which will help support his back end. Overall, the vet specialist thinks that it is possible for this little man to live a happy life.
Turbo will give the “right” family love, devotion, and challenges. If you think you can provide this sweet boy with love and care for the rest of his life, please fill out the adoption application and let us hear from you.
Adoption Fee – Will be discussed with families that can show that they are willing and able to meet the challenge of giving this boy the life he deserves.
In Nov 2011 with your help we rescued our first foster dog Caroline. Since then we have stayed very busy rescuing, fostering, and finding forever homes for the dogs we love so much.
We will now cease taking in foster dogs and accepting donations. However, we will continue to work diligently as a rescue to ensure our remaining foster dogs are adopted. We plan to keep our Facebook page and our website up so that we can serve in support of other rescues and act as a venue in which to share critical information on animal welfare.
We are so very proud of our achievements, and grateful for having the opportunity to help so many dogs and families. We know that CCBTR's success is a result of the dedication of our volunteers and the support of our adopters, friends and fans. We thank you all very much and we plan to stay connected on social media so we can each continue to help the animals that need us!
Thank you for all YOU do for animals in need.
Roberta, Laura, Kathy and Rhonda.
The American Veterinary Medical Association uses the chart below to calculate age and we thought we would share it in hope that you would consider a mature dog for adoption.
So many senior dogs are overlooked because of their age. Many people still use that “old” calculation to translate a dog’s age in human years – 7 years of each actual year. Well, let’s recalculate!
Since smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds, it’s important to calculate your dog’s age according to the right category: small (20 pounds or less), medium (21 – 50 pounds).
Age of Dog Small Breed Medium Breed
(Human Years) (Age In Dog Years) (Age In Dog Years)
6 40 42
7 44 47
8 48 51
9 52 56
10 56 60
11 60 65
12 64 69
13 68 74
So let’s look a little closer at our “senior” or “older” dogs. “60 IS THE NEW 40” ISN’T IT??
Dutch 7 years old (in human years) 47 years old (in dog years)
Louie 7 years old (in human years) 47 years old (in dog years)
Stella 8 years old (in human years) 48 years old (in dog years)
Bryce 9 years old (in human years) 56 years old (in dog years)
Holly 8 years old (in human years) 48 years old (in dog years)
ALL OF THESE DOGS HAVE LOTS OF LIFE TO LIVE AND LOTS OF LOVE TO GIVE. CAN YOU GIVE AN OLDER DOG A HOME? YOU WON’T REGRET IT. YOU WILL GET MORE LOVE THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED.
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SEE THE POEM "SIREN'S CALL" BY GRETCHEN CRIDER UNDER OUR HOME TAB.
An important Message from CCBTR
CCBTR asks that you strongly encourage everyone you know to spay or neuter their pets. Even in spite of the best rescue efforts, it is impossible to ensure that all the homeless animals are rescued and adopted. PLEASE help the agencies in your local community raise awareness and provide low cost spay/neuter programs.
We are a Humane Society of the United States Emergency Placement Partner
We are a Best Friends Animal Society No More Homeless Pets Network (NMHPN) Partner.
We are a Petsmart Adoption Partner.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.