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Dozer office 2


Breed: Heeler Cross
Gender: Male
Age: Approx. 1 year old
Size: Medium/ Large



Energy Level: Medium, but increasing as I am starting to feel better!
Training Goals: Basic manners, settling in and adjusting to a more urban environment
House trained? Yes
Kids? Yes, with proper supervision and seperation
Cats? Unknown, potentially with proper supervision and seperation
Dogs? Yes, with safe introductions, proper supervision and seperation
Medical Needs: Wound recovery from recent surgery due to injury, neuter recovery, completing core vaccines, then yearly checkups 

'About Me:

Hi I'm Dozer!

I am the latest recipient of WAG's Critical Care Program, a fund 100% supported by community donors to help injured and sick animals in need. I came into WAG's care after being taken to Coast Mountain Veterinary with a large infected open wound on my neck. I was in a lot of pain and required general anaesthesia in order to be cleaned up and properly checked over. It was really scary as it looked as though a jugular vein had collapsed and the tissue around the wound itself was necrotic alongside deep pyoderma (skin infection). I was a very brave boy and with the help of the experienced Vet team I had extensive surgery and was fitted with a drain and sutures before returning to WAG for a well deserved rest. The next few days were tough. I needed a lot of care, cleaning, medication and supervision. Due to the placement of the wound I couldn't wear a cone or collar - I did really well though and everyone told me I was the bestest boy EVER as they cleaned me and monitored my progress several times a day.

It has now been three weeks since I was injured, I am still on antibiotics to make sure the swelling and infection is really gone and pain meds to keep me comfortable. I am such a sweet little guy and have enjoyed making lots of new human friends - we've bonded over treats, cuddles, naps and lots of short leash walks to get me out and about. I am still on slightly restricted exercise as I was also neutered, so I'm told I need to be as calm as possible. I've been introduced to some of the other 4-legged residents and have even had sleepovers at a friend's house. I also get a lot of 'calm' time which means that I am kept busy with tasty kongs and food puzzles and, I am allowed to spend lots of time being the office assistant (mostly chilling under the desk). I am curious about water, and now that my stitches are out, I am hoping I will get to splash around  and get comfortable with that!  I am a young smart doggo and I am very affectionate with a lot of love to give and lots to learn about the world around me.

Everyone is still getting to know me around here, so keep an eye on my profile for updates on my likes and dislikes, as well as updates on my recovery after my next vet checkup.


I'm looking for......


A family:

-with patience and understanding that I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings and that I am still in recovery

- that loves sweet velcro dogs who enjoy cuddles and adventures

- that will be able to help me in my continued recovery and aftercare

- that will keep me safe and love me always, no matter what!

- that is eager to learn more about dog body language so you can understand what I'm communicating to you

- that will be proactive with my training, using a WAG approved trainer that will help me gain confidence and give my family the tools they will need

- that will be ready for a long term commitment to me

- that will keep me healthy and happy with proper exercise and yearly vet visits

If you're dedicated to providing a safe home using only fear-free, positive reinforcement training methods, please fill out an application below:


My Story:

After an incident left me with life threatening injuries requiring urgent treatment, I came into the care of WAG so that I could get the care I needed and would have a chance of recovery. 

WAG is now fundraising for Dozer's medical costs, medication, aftercare and more. If you are not in a position to adopt Dozer, please consider donating for WAG'S Critical Care Fund!