Open your heart wide to embrace the sweetest, silliest, most wonderful dog you will ever have the delight to know. Forrest’s entire being is about being with and loving his people. He gives kisses all day long and is a champion snuggle-bunny. Cold wind blowing? Never fear, Forrest will be right there to chase that chill right away.

Found as a stray in need of medical care, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder which means he has a low tolerance for dealing with stress. Forrest’s foster mom has been working with a behaviorist to help him refine his manners, accept other dogs, and better identify and manage his stress responses and he has made AMAZING progress. One stress trigger that they are working to manage is his response to other dogs — a dog with the right size and attitude (no larger breeds) could be acceptable to Forrest, if an extremely slow introduction was done in the right manner.

Forrest’s autoimmune disorder has attacked his cervical spine – in the neck area. When he first came to rescue, he was disoriented, had zero balance, no strength in his rear limbs, and a general lack of coordination. After a rigorous treatment regimen with steroids, Forrest is full of life, love and happiness. Hi autoimmune disorder is easily managed if it should flare up, but a certified veterinary neurologist would need to administer additional treatment if that should occur.

A home familiar with special needs dogs would be best for Forrest. The current cost for his medical needs, including food, is $100 bimonthly. His food is easily ordered online and can be placed on autoship at a discounted price.

Forrest is housebroken and is predictable about needing to potty immediately after waking up or eating. The quicker and more frequently he can be given potty break the better. Forrest does use a belly wrap when he gets excited and can’t contain his “happy peepees”. He is comfortable in an exercise pen or crate for short periods, but would fit best in a family where someone is home most of the day for his frequent potty needs.

The joy this little guy will bring to your life is over the moon! He gives sneaky little ninja kisses when you least expect it, wants to either play or snuggle with you, and stays in constant motion except for cuddle time.

Forrest is great with kids of ALL ages, but requires a family that does not include small animals like cats, birds, guinea pigs, etc. He can be taken for short walks, but has to wear booties on his front paws to avoid scraping his toes — so he does require a fenced in yard to be able exercise safely.

Here’s what his foster Mom has to say about Forrest: “This dog is an amazing, special boy who deserves all the love in the world because that’s what he gives with every ounce of his being. It’s nearly impossible to describe what is special about him because every bit of him is special. He just gets into your heart the second you meet him and will never leave.”

While Forrest has very specific wishes for his forever home, the family lucky enough to adopt him is out there. He is currently being fostered near Poughkeepsie, NY.  Be sure to fill out an adoption application!