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#2004 Kakuna (Hospice)

Small-size, Female, Adult Schipperke,

Hello! I’m Kakuna, just like the Pokemon! I’m a 6 year year old, 9 lb Schipperkee mix looking for my forever family. My foster family has a several dogs ranging from one just my size to a HUGE 100 pound puppy. I love all my foster siblings. I love to play with rope toys and small stuff toys that my foster mom gives me. I’m housetrained and low-medium energy. I love every human I meet and usually greet new friends with small kisses on the hand.

I have a medical condition called Tracheal Collapse. This condition can be typical of smaller dogs like me. My foster family helps me manage it with several medications and by restricting my exercise/activities. It doesn't stop me from wrestling the rope toys away from my foster sister, though! I was recently diagnosed with heart problems which the doctor thinks is because of my tracheal collapse. My foster mom said I'm "hospice" but I'm loving every minute of my life! ("Hospice" means this pup is not expected to fully recover, and may have a shortened lifespan due to health issues.) I also know I’ll need regular follow-ups with a specialist to monitor my health. Sometimes when I'm not feeling so great, I get a bit moody and want to be left alone by other dogs, but I'm always in the mood to snuggle with my favorite humans on the couch!

Click here to see how she takes her medications. Kakuna's medications average around $71 per month and she does have to see a specialist at least once every few months which can average between $75 to several hundred dollars to keep her stable and healthy. Interested adopters should be aware of the possibility of added medical costs involved with having this adorable little girl as a part of their family.

watch me play with the big dogs

This dog tested positive for heartworm disease before arriving to the rescue. The disease was treated while in foster care. Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. Read about heartworm disease here: here

Kakuna (Hospice) is up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been spayed. She has special needs. Kakuna (Hospice) is currently being fostered in Parsonsburg, MD.

All adult dogs, cats, and kittens are altered prior to adoption. Puppies too young to be altered at the time of adoption must be brought to our partner vet in Ashland, VA for spay or neuter paid for by Operation Paws for Homes by 6 months of age. Adopters may choose to have the procedure done at their own vet before 6 months of age and be reimbursed the amount that the rescue would pay our partner vet in Ashland.

This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.