Forever Foster

  • Zilla

  • Dog ID: 18-014

  • Surrender Date: 4/2/2018

  • Gender: Male/Neutered

  • Age: 8 years

  • Energy Level: Medium

  • Interactions with dogs: Good

  • Interactions with kids: Good

  • Interactions with cats: Good

  • Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes: Squamous cell carcinoma in his nasal passage


August 22, 2019:

Zilla is doing well. He had a physical and other than his stuffiness(from tumor) he is healthy. He has enjoyed playing in his kiddie pool and with the hose. He loves to paw at the hose while the pool is filling. It takes a long time to fill it because so much water goes out. He did get to spend some time with another volunteer and they went to the lake. Zilla loved his vacation there along with another foster Gracie.

July 1, 2019:

Zilla is doing great. He had a couple weeks of bloody noses and I was thinking that we were going to start going down hill but they stopped and he hasn't had one in over a month!!!. He isn't that stuffy any longer and doesn't sneeze as much as he used too either. He seems like a totally healthy dog. He has definitely decided that he was going to stay around as long as he wants. He is happy getting belly rubs, thinking of chasing chickens and playing in his kiddie pool.

April 27, 2019:

Zilla is enjoying life. We have gone on many hikes lately. He gets very excited when he gets to go in the car. He is getting many belly rubs and all the petting he wants. Unfortunately, he has been getting many bloody noses from the cancer. He does not seem to be in any pain so we are going to continue to live life to the fullest. Once it gets a bit warmer he will get to go swimming as often as he wants. He gets to eat whatever he wants at this point.

March 10, 2019:

Zilla is doing great. He loves out long walks and meeting everyone he sees. He definitely is a people lover. He especially loves playing with his seashell dog toy. I am going to have to get some more. They are his absolute favorite. He is becoming progressively stuffier but there have been no bloody noses. He is breathes through his mouth at times at night so we are trying some Benadryl to see if that will help. His cancer has not impacted his life at all and he LOVES life. He is the most loving, gentle and well behaved golden. Very obedient and loves to work on his skills....especially for a treat.

February 3, 2019:

Zilla is in heaven with the snow. The cold weather did not deter him one bit from wanting to be outside. He loves to run and then slide down the snow on his side. He then rolls all around. His health is wonderful. He hardly shows any signs of the cancer he has. He still sneezes often and has had only two bloody noses since his biopsy. My vet is amazed at how well he is doing. Zilla has enjoyed going on home visits with me. He gets spoiled rotten with all the petting and attention. Everyone comments on how much energy he has for his age. He just had a birthday so he is now 8 years.

December 26, 2018:

Zilla is doing fairly well. He still has an appetite and loves his toys. He still has his favorite one: Shelley. We play daily with his toys or ball. He gets very excited when I come home and barks and barks and barks. He has started to have a lot of snoring and hard sneezing attacks. He also has had one bloody nose but nothing seems to be bothering him. He still chases the cat, plays and wants to be loved.

September 26, 2018:

Zilla is totally fine. He has no symptoms of his cancer since his biopsy. He is enjoying his life with lots of toys, treats and walks.

August 22, 2018:

Zilla is now a forever foster. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his nasal passage. He will enjoy living up to his final day. Plus lots of treats....burgers, donuts, cookies..........

July 31, 2018:

Zilla continues to be on a medical hold. He had a repeat Blastomycosis test and it is still positive but barely registered. He has had some additional health issues. He started having sneezing episodes which I contributed to allergies. He then started to have some blood tinged drainage from his right nostril so I took him in on a Thursday. He then started to have blood come out of his right nostril. I took him to VES in Middleton. They ran bloodwork, a urine test and CT Scan/biopsy of his nose. We are waiting for the results.

Otherwise he is absolutely fine. He loves his tennis balls and kiddie swimming pool. We have gone on lots of walks and he loves them. He also likes to swim. He will not bring the ball all the way to the beach so I usually have to have another dog get it or I have to go in.

May 3, 2018:

Well things have been interesting. We got Zilla's previous vet records and he was positive for blastomycosis in November. He never got retested until now. He still has it so he is on fluconazole for three months minimum. Once that gets resolved he will need to have his eye removed. So he will be awhile before he is ready for adoption. He is the sweetest dog. I absolutely adore him. He loves to put his head on my lap for petting and is a licker. He learned the dog door in one day and he loves to just lay outside and watch everything. He is doing very well with all the dogs; intrigued by the chickens and is obsessed with the cat. He is always watching it and following it when possible.

April 15, 2018:

Zilla is bonded to Irie 18-013. They were an owner surrender. Zilla appears to have some allergies and is itchy. RIght now he loves the snow and will roll in it all the time. He loves to be brushed and petted. He is the calmer of the two dogs. He does go on the couch and sleeps there at night. He eats very fast and I have to make sure he doesn't steal Irie's food. They eat at the same raised station (I believe they did that at their previous home). He is obsessed with my cat and will watch her for very long periods of time. He does not do anything just watches and barks. He loves to be petted and likes to please. He is also very overweight so he is on a diet. More to come.