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Louis - Special Needs

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Size: Medium
Age: Baby
Gender: Male
Breeds: Collie, Great Pyrenees

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Special Angel Boy Louis. Local boy in New England.

This baby is one from a group of 4 pups that were surrendered in Tipton County, Tennessee - their “owners” have the parents but couldn’t handle the puppies so they landed with our friends at Tipton County Paws & Claws who asked us to help!

Louis adores anything with a pulse - he is enamored with children and would make an amazing school therapy dog - he visited his human foster sister’s schoolroom and was such a big hit it was ridiculous. He loved all the kids and kept going back for more and more belly rubs and hugs. He has lived with multiple other dogs and is great with them.

Louis is the most special of his siblings (all of whom are adopted) as he was born with a deformity of his left front paw that will become unable to support when he’s a big dog. After careful consideration and evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon in Memphis, we decided to not amputate the entire leg but instead to work toward having him fitted with a prosthesis. This will require an evaluation by the PT person fitting the prosthesis and more than likely having the lower portion of his leg amputated and the prosthesis fitted. Typically with puppies they will have a temporary prosthesis until they are full grown.

In the end. we hope this is what is best for him. Losing a front leg on a big dog is difficult as they carry so much weight up front.

All of these procedures and prosthetics will be covered by Paws New England.

What we need from his new family will be their time to take him to appointments and help him through the adjustments he will have but with the right people he will sail through.

Louis is almost 5 months old and is a whopping 40 lbs - his adult weight is expected to be over 100 lbs.

The prosthetics will be fitted and adopters will be working with Canine New England in Walpole MA - the orthopedic surgeon will be one of several in the area we love and trust. Again, all costs are our responsibility.

All you have to do is love him.

Breed: Collie/Great Pyrenees
Sex: Male
Age: 18 weeks approx as of 11-21
Weight: 40 lbs as of 11-21
Spayed/Neutered: Too young - Spay/Neuter Contract will be required and strictly enforced
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Too young (testing is done at 6 months of age)
Housetrained:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes

Location of dog currently:  New England

Puppy Adoption Fee:  $550.00 (includes spay/neuter surgery rebate of up to $200.00 to be paid to adopter when proof of spay/neuter is provided to Paws New England.   We can provide a list of low costs SN clinics to adopters when requested. 

Adoption fee also includes transport fee.

ATTENTION PUPPY ADOPTERS:  You will be required to attend training/behavior classes with your new dog unless you are experienced dog owners and your adoption coordinator is comfortable with your experience.  This requirement is for the benefit of you and your puppy so if you experience behavior issues you have a point of contact.  

PLEASE - Think long and hard before adopting a puppy - consider the lifestyle change this puppy will come with - he cannot be crated for more than 3-4 hours at a time until he’s older, puppy proofing your home will be necessary, puppies scratch and nip so if you have small children, can they handle this?? Training will be so important in this puppy’s life, do you have the time??

Please consider purchasing this book before adopting.  Perfect Puppy in 7 Days - How to Start Your Puppy Off Right, Sophia Yin, DVM - it is an amazing book that we recommend very highly and have had amazing feedback on.


Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.  

Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.

Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.