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Milo *Special Needs* D170414

Border Collie / Mixed (short coat) / Male / Baby

Details about Milo *Special Needs* D170414

  • ID D170414
  • Adopted for Adoption
  • Dog
  • Black with White
  • Coatlength: Short
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

More about Milo *Special Needs* D170414

Name: Milo 
Age: Approximate DOB 12/1/16
Gender: Male
Breed: Border Collie mix
Weight: 25 pounds
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: Unknown
Kid friendly: Yes
House trained: Puppy!
Crate trained: Puppy!
Energy level: Puppy!
History: From MO
Adoption Fee: $400

From the Foster:

Milo is a sweet, lovable, spunky, curious, goofy normal little dog who would love to be someone's sidekick.  He's growing into his ears and paws and looks adorable when he comes running to you.  He can answer to a whistle, use the doggie door, knows "sit" and is learning to "go potty" outside very well!  We're working on crate training and leash manners, but he loves his daily walks and is pretty easy to handle on the leash.  He uses the dog door to go outside and do potty on his own - Progress!

Milo loves to be outside, plays well with other dogs, shares chew toys nicely, and isn't a huge barker.  He's still a puppy so he's a little mouthy, but responds to commands to leave it or stop.   He loves to chew on his chew bones.

Milo will quickly melt your heart with his scruffy good looks and head tilts.  His little scruffy beard is to die for!  He's eager for attention and approval and just wants to be part of the family action.
Milo is listed as border collie mix - he definitely has some terrier in him, but he might be part Ewok, too!  It doesn't appear that he'll get more than 40 pounds or so.

Milo came into rescue diagnosed with mega-esophagus (Mega-e or ME).  Mega-e means that he has to eat in a sitting or upright position, then sit or stand for 5-10 minutes to let gravity aid in moving the food down to the belly.  He was later determined via x-ray that his ME was caused by PRAA, which is a vessel that pinched his esophagus causing the blockage and ME.  He had surgery on May 31st to remove the vessel and open his esophagus.  This is a common defect in puppies and he is recovering wonderfully.  He's full of energy and eating well.

I've been feeding him his "Milo Mush", which is nothing more than a combination of soft dog foods.  Dogs with Mega-e can also use a Baily Chair to keep them sitting while eating.  His foster Grandpa made him a chair from an old bookshelf and cabinet door.  He does very well in it, and he's been thriving!  As soon as I start to mix his food, he goes over and sits in it -- totally adorable!!
He seems to know that he has to sit or stand to eat, and with his mush it goes down so well that it's no big deal for him.  He doesn't need the chair, sometimes he eats with his paws on a chair and we prop him on the couch, or better yet, snuggle with him!!  Now that he's had surgery, his condition and eat requirements are very manageable!

Milo is a normal puppy in every way, with the exception of his feeding style.  He loves people and other dogs.

He would make an absolutely wonderful sidekick and member to your family.  His ideal family would be a home where he isn't crated all day and one that wants to pamper him with his daily meals.  He'd make a great second dog or could be an only dog if he wasn't alone for long periods of time.