Malcolm is a puggle-mix who has been with his foster family since this past February 2008. He is a healthy weight (around 20lbs) & has been neutered. He is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Malcolm is still very young. We estimate his age is between 2-4 years old. He's active, but NOT hyper. He settles down easily and enjoys being petted and snuggled. He loves playing with squeaky toys, plush toys, and tennis balls. He's good with other dogs of any size. He is fine with cats as long as they are dog-friendly and do not give chase. Being such a young active dog, his tendency to jump up and play chase could overwhelm children under 10 years old, so we prefer to place him in a home without small children. He can be vocal when he hears a visitor at the door, another dog barking, or sees a squirrel. Malcolm is completely housebroken as long as potty-breaks aren't delayed or missed.Being a mix, Malcolm doesn't have the respiratory issues that 'all-pugs' have and can enjoy long walks and lots of playtime. He's got great stamina and would be the perfect companion for an active lifestyle---someone who likes to jog or go on hikes. Malcolm must-have a secure fenced-in backyard (invisible fences are inadequate) because he has a tendency to 'run at-large'. When the SPCA first picked him up he was running at large and dragging a chain. We assumed his first owner kept him chained up 24-7 and didn't provide Malcolm with the attention, training, or exercise that he required. His second family that adopted him from the SPCA lived in a trailer and had a hard time keeping him at home since he would escape past them through an opened door. They surrendered him to M.A.P.R. because they were threatened with eviction by their landlord if they did not 'get rid of the dog'. So you can see why we are very adamant that Malcolm be adopted by a family that has a secure fenced-in yard to ensure his safety and well-being---there will be no exceptions. Malcolm has one health issue---he is heartworm positive. We fear this is the reason many applicants have shied away from adopting him. Heartworm is not a terminal illness unless the dog is very old and cannot have treatment or is in advanced stages of the disease. Malcolm had an ultrasound and his heart is normal-size--- our vet said he is in the very early stage and probably contracted it last summer. He shows no signs or symptoms and behaves like a normal healthy dog.Since he is so active and outgoing, we feel it would be difficult to keep him quiet and calm for the duration of vet-administered treatment (dogs going through intense vet-administered heartworm treatment must be kept very quiet/ and leash-walked ONLY to do their bathroom business for over a month while the heartworm is killed by a strong pesticide that's injected). The only alternative treatment is to give Ivermectin each month (heartworm preventative). This alternative treatment is NOT an option for older dogs or those in advanced stages of the disease, but since Malcolm is very young and symptom-free with an early case, we felt that treating him with Ivermectin is the best option. Within 3 years his heartworm tests should come back negative as long as he is receiving Ivermectin each month, year-round, and the doses are administered at home on schedule. He's been receiving this treatment for the past 3 months in foster care with no ill-effects.All dogs should receive heartworm preventative, especially during the mosquito months. Heartworm is preventable. When a dog gets bitten by a mosquito carrying the parasite, it is introduced into the bloodstream. When it reaches a certain stage in its lifecycle it settles in the heart to begin reproduction. Giving your dog heartworm preventative (like ivermectin) kills the baby heartworm (known as microfilaria) so that they never get the chance to settle in the heart. When a heartworm test comes back 'positive', it means that the presence of microfilaria has been found. Left untreated, the heart eventually fills with heartworm--- hindering heart function, blood flow, which in turn begins to affect other organs and their functions.By treating Malcolm with Ivermectin, we are killing the baby heartworm so that no further heartworm can infest the heart and sterilizing the adults that are in the heart so they can no longer reproduce. Once the adults have run the course of their lifecycle they die off. This can take up to 3 years to achieve.Since Malcolm is young and healthy, he has plenty of time to achieve this result. Anyone who adopts a dog would still need to give heartworm preventative each month and take them in for annual heartworm tests---and in that respect, Malcolm's medical needs are no different from that of a heartworm-free dog.
Malcolm is truly a great little dog with a charming personality, lots of love to give, and fun to share. He’s guaranteed to bring many smiles and make great memories!
If you are interested in adopting Malcolm, please email his foster-mom at email@example.com You will also be required to fill out an adoption application at www.midatlanticpugrescue.org