Linden – Special Needs

Update on Linden:

Linden is a special needs dog due to having a rare condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  Fortunately for Linden she has a pretty mild case and it only affects her skin. This condition makes her skin very fragile due to a lack of collagen and as a result she has to be careful what she comes into contact with.  Linden will never be a dog park or doggy daycare dog or be able to run free in the bush.  Managing her environment is pretty easy and with ensuring she doesn’t run into sharp things her wounds are small and infrequent.  Linden has had TPLO surgery on both knees and did fantastic through those surgeries.  
She is an active, high energy girl and would do very well with someone who would like to do dog sports with her such as obedience, rally and scent detection and is willing to take her on long on leash walks. Linden still needs some basic training and it would help boost her confidence as well. Linden loves other animals but was not well socialized when she was young so can be shy of stranger people.
She has done great in her foster home living with 2 senior dogs. She loves them to bits and they don’t play with her.  She also loves being with all the cats in her house but does try to play with them sometimes and can be a bit rough at times.
Linden is also a heavy duty chewer and requires access to chew toys or bones at all times.  She is a bit anxious when left alone but does fine crated with a bone to chew.  She is also a very soft dog and once she trusts you she will be your constant shadow.

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Linden has just come into care with us but this is what we know about her prior to coming to us:

Linden isn’t ready yet she needs TPL surgery before she will be ready to go !

Linden grew up spending most of her time in an outdoor pen with her 2 siblings.  She and her sister were surrendered by the owner in November 2020 when they were about 5 months old.  Sadly no one realized that Linden had a congenital syndrome known as Ehlers-Danlos.  She was a mess and was covered in scabs from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail because the syndrome causes her skin to be very fragile.

Arriving in her foster home she was terrified, and it took her 3 days to leave the safety of her crate.  She came out to see one of her senior foster siblings who she just loves.  The next few weeks were spent adjusting to things like the sounds of traffic and people on walks around the neighbourhood. A month later she got a very bad skin tear on her arm and had to go to the vet to be stitched up.  Her foster mom did some research and suspected she had EDS.  She healed up very well and then 2 months later was spayed without any issues.

About a month later Linden got a couple of big tears on her back legs and during the stitching up process the site of the IV line also got a big tear.  The word euthanasia came up but thankfully that did not happen.

Linden’s foster mom got to work researching how to deal with EDS and joined some FB groups for animals with EDS and she learned a lot.  Linden got a lycra body suit from K9 Topcoat and this has resolved about 90% of her issues.  She has gotten a couple of nicks on her head but everything has healed up nicely. The severity of EDS can range widely, and Linden appears to have a milder form of the syndrome. Her skin issues can be well managed with her suit and a safe managed environment. When Linden was feeling great and loving the freedom she got in her suit, she had a serious case of the zoomies, but she slipped and tore her ACL.  She is going to need TPLO surgery to fix her knee.

It was at this point BPR agreed to take her on and make sure she gets a chance at a great life and gets the help she needs.

Through it all Linden has been a happy loving girl, who seeks out love and attention from all the people and animals she meets. She has an exceptional zest for her new life and will be looking for a special home in the future.

Donations GREATLY appreciated to help us cover her leg surgery ! Click here to learn more on how to help Linden! Tax receipts given to every donation

To read more about other dogs with this condition click here
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Published by Broken Promises Rescue

Broken Promises Rescue is a volunteer run, not-for-profit, animal rescue organization located in the lower Vancouver Island. We are a group of long time rescuers that have come together to focus on improving the lives of unwanted, neglected and orphaned animals on Vancouver Island (as well as remote communities and other areas of B.C. if our resources allow us to.) Currently we are seeing many pets overlooked in the shelter system because they have less than desirable qualities. They may have medical or behavioral issues or they may simply be the wrong color, age or breed. At Broken Promise Rescue we believe all animals deserve to experience a life without pain, loneliness or hunger and want them to know what it feels like to be loved and cherished, despite appearance, age or medical condition. We are also dedicated to public education and raising awareness to help end the ongoing abuse, neglect and suffering. Educating children and adults about the responsibilities of animal ownership will go a long way in influencing public opinion on proper animal care, and help mold a more compassionate future. No animal should suffer at the hands of ignorance.

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