Meet adoptable 3.5 month old, deaf Malinois puppy Scout who is looking for a very special home with someone who can work with his physical and medical needs. Please read the entire listing to the end.

From his rescue: Scout is a very special Belgian Malinois puppy born at the end of April. He is currently being fostered in Tampa Bay, FL.

He is a very affectionate dog and loves being around his people and prefers to lounge on a bed in the room you are in; however, he is comfortable being home alone in his crate if we leave the house (we monitor him via camera and he sleeps). He will follow you around, especially out in the yard, just wanting to be a part of what you are doing. If he tumbles and can’t get up, he will bark to let you know he’d like assistance getting back up and will then continue playing in the yard or house.

Considering Scout’s physical limitations, he is behaviorally resilient, well-adjusted, and displays behaviors appropriate for his age suggestive of proper early socialization. Maintaining this positive exposure to new people, places and pets will be essential to Scout’s behavioral health considering his visual and hearing impairments.

Scout is a low-to-medium energy puppy and is just as content lounging as he is playing. This is unique for his breed; however, the fact he physically tires easily when walking/ playing may be a contributing factor.

MEDICAL OVERVIEW
Scout was seen by Dr. Kimura, a neurologist with BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Hospital. Scout’s physical examination was largely unremarkable and cardiothoracic auscultation was normal. His neurological examination revealed decreased hopping reactions in all four limbs, exaggerated (upper motor neuron) gait in the front and hind limbs, a mild left-sided head tilt, bunny hopping when running, and paraphimosis (the inability to completely reduce the penis into the preputial cavity). He is visual to a small degree, and the absence of menace response may be explained by his age. His neurological deficits are suspect for a multifocal problem between the brain and first few cervical spinal cord segments. Since Scout has improved significantly over the past week (he can stand independently in more circumstances, as well as now can climb the four stairs leading up to our house), the neurologist recommended continuing to monitor his progress without treatment or additional diagnostics as of 8/2/21. A urinalysis via cystocentesis due to signs of pollakiuria was unremarkable. Full medical records and bloodwork are available.

PERSONALITY PROFILE Considering Scout’s physical limitations, he is behaviorally resilient, well-adjusted, and displays behaviors appropriate for his age suggestive of proper early socialization. Maintaining this positive exposure to new people, places and pets will be essential to Scout’s behavioral health considering his visual and hearing impairments. A very affectionate dog, Scout loves being around his people and prefers to lounge on a bed in the room you are in; however, he is comfortable being home alone in his crate if we leave the house (we monitor him via camera and he sleeps). He will follow you around, especially out in the yard, just wanting to be a part of what you are doing. If he tumbles and can’t get up, he will bark to let you know he’d like assistance getting back up and will then continue playing in the yard or house. Scout is a low-to-medium energy puppy and is just as content lounging as he is playing. This is unique for his breed; however, the fact he physically tires easily when walking/ playing may be a contributing factor.

BEHAVIORAL OVERVIEW
● Interaction with Adults: Friendly, prosocial, playful, and affectionate (voluntarily offers kisses and prefers to be snuggled next to his human) Despite his impairments, Scout approaches new people readily and enjoys interaction. Favorable bite inhibition and very limited puppy mouthing. Enjoys playing with people, chasing his humans in the yard.

● Interaction with Dogs: Very interested in play, appropriate social interaction, responsive to social cues of others. Being semi-unstable on his feet, Scout looks awkward playing which can be off-putting to some dogs. He also will walk under larger dogs. For these reasons, his playmates should be chosen with care since he cannot see or hear all of their social cues that would suggest the other dog needs space.

● Interaction with Cats: Two indoor observations, one playful/non-predatory, second ambivalent/ indifferent.

● Interaction with Children: Playful, non-fearful.

● Food: Food motivated, but can be challenging for Scout to track food in a person’s hand. Non-aggressive around food or high-value gustatory items. Scout is fed in a slow-feeder to prevent regurgitation, as he gulps his food. Safe, edible chews are only appropriate for Scout if supervised. Scout struggles to keep chews oriented in a way that would prevent choking.

● Toys: Regularly engages with toys; high-contrast toys are easier for Scout to track. Wiffle balls are a favorite!

● Leashes/Collars: Scout is still getting used to collars; harnesses are easier for him and he will now walk comfortably in a back-clip harness. Collars and harnesses should not be left on Scout for long periods of when unattended, as he will chew through them.

● Potty-Training: Scout is not fully potty-trained and will have frequent, daily accidents. It is still unclear if this is attributed to a medical cause, behavioral cause, or combination of both. When I am not actively in a work meeting, I take Scout outside to potty every 15-minutes and will eliminate immediately; however, Scout wears a diaper when inside for longer periods of time. When he originally arrived, he would eliminate on himself when lying down (even after a recent potty-break); however, these instances are less frequent and his diaper is now dry more often than not. Scout will eliminate several times when outside, so allowing him enough time outdoors to urinate 3-4 times is essential to avoiding accidents indoors. Currently, I have not identified any behavioral cues that Scout offers to let me know he has to go potty. Scout wears a disposable overnight diaper, as well as a washable diaper, overnight in his crate and is often dry in the morning; however, there are still some instances in which the diaper is wet. It should be noted Scout does sleep throughout the entire night, so he is eliminating in his sleep.

● Handling: Scout has allowed nail trimming, bathing (with a hose/ shower wand), carrying, brushing, and wiping his paws without discomfort or aggression. Scout does show mild discomfort with diapering; however, this discomfort level has decreased over time. We always pair these experiences with a food reward to maintain his comfort-level

If you are interested in adopting or fostering this pet, please complete an application at this link https://petstablished.com/adoption_form/24689/generic

We are an official 501C3 organization that does not have a physical location. Our home address is in Michigan, however, the majority of our dogs are not located in Michigan. The physical location of each of our dogs is posted with the name of the pet or in the title area. If you are within 4 hours of the pet, please be prepared to pick the pet up. We do provide transport assistance up to 650 miles (325 rescue/325 adopter). Additional miles will need to be covered by the adopter.

The information that we have available is in this posting. If you would like to discuss this animal further please fill out this application. Applicants that have completed the application screening process and being considered as a match may speak to the foster home to gain more information about the adoptable dog.

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