Barks and Meows Rescue introduces Zoey, Zoey is a lab/Bouvier mix, currently weighing 85lbs. She will be 5 years old in September. She has long soft wavy fur. Zoey was surrendered to our Rescue when it was discovered that she had torn her second cruciate. The family's dynamics had changed significantly which would make the healing process literally impossible in the home. The cost of the surgery was too costly for them to continue giving her the best care possible. As devastating as it was for her family, they decided on trying to find her the best quality of life they could. We agreed to take her in. The first cruciate tear could not be operated on as arthritis had set in. The other leg that had the cruciate tear was repairable so we had it done in March. The surgery was a success and her weight loss program would need to be addressed as soon as she was mobile. Zoey now can go for a 1/4 mile walk each day and has lost 5 lbs. The vets want her to lose another 20lbs. She is on a strict calorie count diet and it is working. She should always have Metacam or Meloxicam (anti-inflammatories) on hand for when the arthritis is bothering her. She currently gets this when there is heavy rainfall causing dampness in the air. Zoey now can go up and down the 4 stairs in her foster homes. She can do figure 8's on a leash to help with her mobility with ease. She will never be able to walk far and long but she will not be immobile. If she gets tired she sits but the more exercise she gets, the better for her leg. She needs to increase her strength and endurance. Once all the weight is lost she will be even more mobile. This gal loves the outdoors. She has a lab nose and gets very engaged with sniffing while on her walks. Zoey's disposition is amazing. She loves people, children, dogs, cats, bunnies, and birds as she was raised with all of them. I doubt that she is would be a very good watchdog. She just has the Retriever personality. She takes treats gently and loves her doggie bed. She loves to be cuddled and kissed. She is happiest when she is with her family. She is not a barker but will talk if she wants something. Zoey's previous family raised her incredibly well. They socialized her with every living being they could and we had zero training concerns. We can assure you, that is rare and we consider it priceless. If you are looking for the best family pet every, Zoey is your gal. The ideal home for sweet, sweet Zoey is where the family leads a relatively quiet lifestyle but still enjoys walks twice a day. If there are children in the home, they should be older, as much as she loves them, so she doesn't have to worry about rushing to get up out of the child's way. A retired couple would work well too! Her new family must be dedicated to continuing her therapy with a walks and weight loss program. Zoey is spayed, up to date with vaccines, including Bordetella, 4DX tested negative, and heartworm prevention. A fully fenced yard and a Veterinarian History of Compliance are mandatory to apply for our Zoey.