Otis 2018 – On Medical Hold

Mr. Otis is a very special boy who has been with Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue since mid July. He just had his fourth surgery, and had not been able to start his heartworm shots yet. He came to us with two hernias and a mass in his ear. The hernias has to be fixed in separate surgeries, with the ear tagged on to the first. Once he had those out of the way, he was ready to start his heartworm treatment. However, when he went to get his first shot the vet noticed that the ear from which the mass was removed was growing more mast cells. So, off he went for surgery number three…an ear amputation. He was healing well from that ( and looking quite spectacular rocking the one ear docked look) when his pathology came back and it wasn’t good. So…back he went to have the entire ear removed in hopes of getting all the cancer. We aren’t sure yet if he will need some canine chemo …but he still has to get rid of those nasty heartworms.

So, why is he so special you ask? Never has this four year old lost his spunk. He loves to be around people and dogs and just wants to hang with the crowd. He is all about love and he hasn’t yet shown any crankiness even through all of these hardships. Please keep this gentle giant in your prayers for healing.

Help us pay Otis’s vet bills please!!


 Sex: Male
 Age: 4 years
 Weight: 50 pounds but needs to gain
 HW Status: positive
 Tail: Nub
 Ears: Natural
 Spay/Neuter: Yes
 Good with male dogs: unknown but is pretty laid back with other dogs.
 Good with female dogs: Yes
 Good with small dogs: unknown but seems unreactive to neighbors small
beagle and cat
 Good with cats: unknown but seems unreactive to neighbors small beagle
and cat
 Good with children: unknown – but my only concern would be his size and
 Energy Level scale 1-9 (sleepy –energetic): 6
 Intelligence scale 1-9 (silly-genius): 5
 Friendliness scale 1-9 (aggressive-affectionate): 9
 Playfulness scale 1-9 (not playful-very playful): 6 (we have to restrict)
 Disposition scale 1-9 (anxious-calm): 6
 Nicknames:
 Favorite food/toy/treats: He loves anything that he can squeeze in his
mouth. He is a strong chewer – so heavy duty toys only
 Must be in a home that has the following: Love
 Is a fence necessary or is leashed exercise sufficient?: We haven’t been
able to let him run do to health, but I think leashed exercise would be
 Medical issues:  Had a tumor in his right ear removed – which came back
as a grade 2 MCT – if it recurs he would need his ear flap removed. He has
had two hernias repaired in his “groin” area (on belly near back legs). He
is heartworm positive
 Needs work on: Continued work on manners – but he is doing very well