updated 11/14/2013 AT 10:10 PM ET
•originally published 11/15/2013 AT 11:20 AM ET
In honor of Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, we’ll be introducing you to an adult furball looking for a place to live out its golden years throughout November. Today, we’d like you to meet Fraggle, a cocker spaniel/poodle mix who resembles a grumpy old man – and until recently, had a lot to be grumpy about.
This 8-year-old pooch was found wandering the streets of the Bronx nearly a year ago. According to Dr. Julie Horton, medical director at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, Fraggle was a “medical mess” upon his arrival. He suffered from chronic ear infections that had been unattended for so long they were no longer treatable. As a result, Fraggle have to have both ear canals removed to relieve his pain, leaving him almost completely deaf. An eye condition also prevents him from producing enough tears, so he requires regular medication.
“Fraggle needs someone who is dedicated to maintaining his health,” says Horton, “but luckily many of his conditions have significantly improved since he’s been with us.” That includes a skin condition which completely cleared up thanks to treatment.
But beyond his ailments, Fraggle has a reputation for being a little set in his ways, which has lovingly earned him the nickname “grandpa dog” at the shelter. “He needs a family who can love him for the dog that he is – stubborn but at the same time a great walking and relaxing companion,” says Arthur Hazlewood, senior director of the adoption center.
Hazlewood believes Fraggle – who is more of a couch potato than a snuggler – would do best in a home without other canines. The shelter would also prefer that the person who adopts him have plenty of experience owning dogs.
“Everyone at the ASPCA hopes that this distinguished little guy finds the special home he deserves,” adds Horton.
If you think Fraggle is the quirky pal you’ve been looking for, contact the ASPCA Adoption Center at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.
Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Precious.
Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.