Kalsang (“Kehl-sang” … Tibetan meaning “good fortune”) is an 8- to 10-year old Lhasa Apso who came to us from the county humane society. He was found urine-soaked and matted to the skin. He had extreme ear infections and an eye infection. The HS, who believed he was about 5 years old, cleaned him up, shaved him to the skin and began medical treatment. After their assessment, they believed he was just too sweet of a dog to wait out a new home there so they contacted our organization.
The first week in foster care was just plain sad. Kalsang didn’t move, had no reactions to anything; paid no attention to his foster home mates. He cried when he walked and cried when he slept. He was a dog with no soul.
By the end of the first week we had him evaluated at our own vet. It was confirmed that he was older than the humane society believed him to be. Although his ear infections were cleared up, we began treating his eye infection and arthritis.
In just a few short days, a new dog began to emerge. First, with his pain under control, he was able to sleep comfortably all night in his crate. Small moments of play were noticed, either with a toy, a nylabone or with his foster home mates. It was brief, but signs of life began to show. Now — several weeks later — his eye infection is cleared up, he’s on daily OTC meds to control his arthritic pain and his activity level has increased exponentially.
Kalsang is house trained and sleeps in a crate at night. Because of his age, his activity level is low and most likely will always be; a true couch potato. He will find a toy to carry around or chew a nylabone for awhile. He also enjoys a Kong with filling to pass his time. Kalsang is a good eater and loves his treats. He gets along with other small, low activity-type dogs and cats. He has shown interest in investigating his yard and surroundings, but never goes too far.
This senior would make a great companion for someone who matches his activity level. Kalsang is very loving and greets everyone as though he’s always known them. Kalsang certainly deserves ‘good fortune’ for the rest of his life and a loving home to see to this old boy’s simple needs. While technically a “senior,” he has many good years left … it is not uncommon for Apsos to live 15-17 happy, healthy years
UPDATE!! Kalsang has literally bloomed in foster care. He’s got more energy, is playing with toys and the other dogs. Just a couple days ago, he emptied the toybox. Not sure what he was looking for but he was a dawg on a mission. Yesterday, he was at the fence — barking at the goats. I’m sure he was telling them that was his yard and they weren’t welcome. Like fine wine, this old boy just keeps getting better and better. A true gentleman, he’d make an excellent companion for someone not interested in daily walks … a few cruises a day around the backyard is sufficient.