Medical Hold

  • Murphy
  • Dog ID: 16-062
  • Surrender Date:  12/29/2016
  • Gender: Male
  • Adoption Fee: $400
  • Age: 6 months
  • Energy Level: Low-Medium
  • Interactions with dogs: Good
  • Interactions with kids: Good
  • Interactions with cats: Unknown
  • Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes: heart murmur


October 17th, 2017:

Murphy gets along great with our dog Remington. Murphy has had some health issues one of them being hip dysplasia. He will be having a total hip replacement in October. Murphy's foster family will be adopting him.

May 23rd, 2017:

Murphy will be eight months on the 24th. He continues to grow. We haven’t been to the vet for a while so I’m not sure how much he weighs. We do have an appointment with the cardiologist for June 15.

Murphy started puppy classes this week and was the star pupil. We had been working with him at home so the first class was a lot of review. He is already signed up for the next three classes in the series until he is tested to become a service or therapy dog. We have noticed he is not bending his knees in the back when he does stairs or walks most often. I told my husband it almost looks like he is walking on his toes. Maybe when he is finally neutered the vet can take X-ray's.

Murphy carries his ducky blanket everywhere. When I put him in his kennel prior to leaving I always put it in with him. It was once 2x larger. I cut the fleece blanket in half when I couldn't get it away from him to wash. By cutting it in half it doesn't get as dirty and I can sneak one in the washer while he carries the other everywhere he goes. 

April 4th, 2017:

Murphy has really grown since he came to live with us. He weighs about 40 pounds. At the last vet appointment he was able to get his shots and he is almost caught up. Our vet will be talking to Murphy’s cardiologist to see if he is well enough to be neutered.

With the weather improving we’ve been able to take him for walks. The cardiologist recommended he wear a halter while walking instead of a training collar. He wiggles quite a bit when we put it on but he has handled wearing it quite well. He is very social and loves to meet people and dogs. He has mastered the steep deck stairs and loves to run with our two dogs in our fenced in back yard. We have now added more to his growing list of commands - Sit! Down! Stay! 

March 13th, 2017:

Murphy will be 6 months old on the 24th. He weighs 35 pounds so he is growing but not at the same rate as a healthy puppy. Because of his heart issues he probably won’t be a large dog and his life expectancy will be shorter. He also won’t have the stamina of a healthy dog. He still has a cough which the vet said is probably related to the heart disease. For a few days in a row it was good enough that the vet did give him his puppy shots and we will go back to get the final one at the end of the month. Murphy can go up and down the deck stairs now. He plays so much with our two dogs that sometimes he forgets to go potty and we have to take him out again. We’ve added Come! Drop it! and Leave it! to our list of commands. Now that the weather is better we have started taking him for short walks.

Feb 23rd, 2017:

Murphy is five months old now and weighs 30 pounds. He still has an infection so we are trying a different antibiotic.

He has two behaviors that are driving me nuts. He jumps up on the toilet paper roll till he gets a piece so he can unroll it. There has been a few times where he just unrolls it and then runs down the hall. I have been taking it off the roller so he doesn't get a chance. The second behavior is he plays in the water bowl. This dog loves water!

He has started to learn how to go up and down our deck stairs in attempt to follow our dogs. The basement stairs aren't as steep so he is more adventurous. Coming up the stairs he gets easily out of breath. Murphy loves to play but wears himself out before his buddies.

Feb 7th, 2017:

Our visit to the cardiologist went fine. Murphy had an echocardiogram. His outlook is good. He is on an antibiotic for an infection that is not related to the heart murmur. He is an active puppy. Besides working on his potty training we've also taught him basic commands: sit, lie down, and shake. Murphy will not be available for adoption until we get additional medical clearances in the next few months. 

January 4th, 2017:

We have been to see our vet and Murphy had a good check up. He does have a heart murmur 2-3 out of 6. Our vet made a referral to a cardiologist so we have an appointmet on January 17.

Murphy does have worms still so is on a dewormer. He no longer has an ear infection, yea! And he gained 3 pounds!!! He is now 13 pounds!

Murphy has been doing very well with making himself at home. The hardest area is re-potty training him to our home. Our other two dogs go down a flight of stairs to our fenced in back yard. Eventually I am sure he will want to go out with them. He goes to the front door but doesn't always tell you he is there. I am getting better trained at recognizing his patterns but sometimes there may be a little pile near the door. He has one day left of the deworming medicine which may be contributing to the quantity of them. 

January 1st, 2017:

Murphy is new in foster care. More information will follow.

Murphy is currently available for adoption through our match process only. If you are interested in adopting one of our GRRoW dogs and would like to be added to our list of waiting families, please fill out an application found in the adoption section. Dogs that are available for adoption are then carefully matched with families from the list starting with those who have been waiting the longest. Although we cannot guarantee you will be matched with the dog of your choice, we recommend you mention any dogs you are interested in on your application.