Stats: 4 years old, male
Location: Austin, TX
Adoption Fee: $275
Commitment to regular 6 month recheck visits with an ophthalmologist and daily administration of eye drops and joint medications.
When you think of Copper, the words sweet, cuddly, and handsome should immediately come to mind. This dapper 4 year old, 50 lb. standard Aussie boy is the living version of a teddy bear. Since he is blind, he relies heavily on his other senses, one of these being touch. For this reason, he seems to prefer to always be touching his person when they have down time. If you are stationary and somewhere he can be, he will likely come and crawl into your lap (he doesn’t seem to realize he is larger than the average lap dog). While he would prefer to be curled up on your lap or pressed into your back or side, he will settle with the comfort of knowing one of his paws is touching you.
While Copper is very much a “velcro dog,” he does have his bouts of independence. If you are awake later than he prefers, he will gladly escort himself to the bedroom, and he will proceed to curl up in the very spot you intend to sleep in (although he swears he is only warming the spot for you out of the kindness of his heart). He will also venture off to explore the house from time to time, as he knows in his foster home he can investigate to see what the cat is up to or what his foster siblings are doing for play.
Speaking of siblings, Copper has done very well with all animals he has come into contact with. He does not chase the cat, which makes him a great bundle of warmth when she is looking to cuddle. His two Aussie foster siblings are his best friends, and he has demonstrated time and time again that he can get around just as well as them, despite his elbow dysplasia and lack of vision. In fact, he enjoys playing with his siblings so much, he will often give out one loud and enthusiastic bark to let others know he is ready for a game of chase.
His cute looks and sweet demeanor have melted the hearts of everyone he has met, regardless of age. Adults cannot stop talking about how great he is, and kids state they enjoy having him around. For this reason, Copper would do fine in a family with children, so long as they are understanding of his medical conditions that make him (slightly) different than any other dogs they may have interacted with previously. When guests enter the home, he will eagerly run up to greet them before proceeding to give at least five wonderful (yet gentle) hugs. From there, he will follow your guest(s) around to make sure they know he is their new best friend.
Overall, Copper is the angel of Aussies. He is energetic when you are ready to play, but he will gladly lay at your side and relax when you’re ready for some down time. He does not struggle when receiving his eye drops, will take his medicine like it is part of his meal (quite eagerly, if you are wondering — a slow feeder is advised!), and looks forward to his daily supplements as if they were the best treat he had ever received. Though he may bump into a couple items when brought into his new home, he has proven to be a fast learner and will quickly adapt to his new environment. If you are looking for a loyal companion, some extra laughs, and the best hugs of your life, then Copper is just the pup for you.
Copper was born blind due to underdeveloped optic nerves in both eyes. He has a cataract in his right eye which requires lifelong anti-inflammatory drops in his eye every other day and rechecks with any ophthalmologist every 6 months. He is fully adapted with heightened other senses and once he figures out the layout of a home/yard, he can run and play just like any dog with full sight! He was also born with bilateral elbow dysplasia. The orthopedic specialist advised the best course of action for him is to be maintained on high quality joint supplements and a daily dose of an anti-inflammatory medication. He does not have any exercise restrictions and is free to run and play, enjoying life to the fullest! His current medications and supplements have been completely successful in maintaining a pain free life for him at this point. The average monthly cost of his medications and supplement is $32.
Copper is completely housebroken and crate trained, but trustworthy left uncrated if you're not home as well, walks well on leash, and does well on car rides. He is up to date on all vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, Heartworm negative, and current on Heartworm and flea prevention. He is being fostered in the Austin area and is available for adoption in Texas and some areas of Oklahoma only. If chosen for adoption, you must be able to travel to Austin within 7 days of application approval.