SH Ozaki

Category: Rainbow Bridge
Adoption Status: Adopted by the Sykes Evans Family of Greenville SC 8/20/21
Pet/Kennel Name: Ozaki
Age: 7
Color/Gender: Brindle Male
Cat Tolerance: Yes
Small Dog Trainable: Yes
Good w/ Children: No
Fostered by (location): Bowden, Greenville SC
Additional Details:

 Hi my name is Ozaki and I am special because I have 3 legs! Ozaki came in to us initially from the Mardi Gras Race Track in Florida. He was a good racer and also raced at Dubuque and was a finalist in the 2016 Iowa Breeders Cup Stakes Race. He only raced 36 races though. He broke his leg at the end of December 2016. His racing owner had an expensive surgery done to fix the leg before we got him. He was rehabbed at the track in the kennel there for months. When he was sent to us, he still had swelling and infection in the leg and was not healing up well. Our vet did a biopsy on his leg to find out what was going on. It turns out he had an infection that was resistant to common antibiotics, and we had to change his treatment to daily antibiotic injections.  After 2 weeks of daily injections the leg continued to get worse and the daily antibiotic injections caused a huge open spot between his shoulders and a lot of pain. Our vet felt the infected leg was beginning to poison his body and needed to be removed. Ozaki came through the amputation great and did fantastic on 3 legs. His trainer had told us about his great friendly, goofy personality and said he was one of his favorites in the kennel. The staff that worked with him at our vet clinic agreed. One of them fell in love with him and adopted him once he was released by the vet. Ozaki raced at 79lbs. His sire is the very famous SH Avatar and his dam is Money Maid. Ozaki turned 7 on June 11th. When Ozaki first arrived he seemed like a sensitive guy that was a little stressed about the haul and everything new. When we were loading him in the van he had to be lifted in, then wouldn't put his legs down. We had to slide him in on his side on the dog beds. That one step up just made him literally freeze. He was OK a second later, up on his feet sniffing around. Sweet, goofy, guy! He is very friendly guy but may have just a bit of a dramatic side.

Ozaki was adopted in June of 2017 and was happily living on a farm with cats, other dogs and farm animals. He never has had any trouble getting around on 3 legs and runs nearly as fast as a 4 legged greyhound. Recently his family reported that he was being destructive and chewing things and returned him to us to be re-homed. So far he has not had any bad behaviors in foster care and has settled right in without any trouble. He seems like he is a very well behaved guy with great house manners. He could resort to chewing again if he gets bored, but just using a crate or a kennel muzzle when he isn't supervised would easily prevent any damage. He gets along well with his foster mom's other dogs, small and large. He and one of his foster mom's other males sleep cuddled up together on a dog bed. Although he loves kids when he meets them, we don't think he should live in a home with small children. His former family reported that he could be protective with his space when he was laying down on a couch or bed - they didn't allow him on furniture for that reason. 

Ozaki was adopted in August of 2021 and called Zaki. He only got a year and a half with his new family. He crossed the bridge at the end of 2022, due to paralysis from a tumor and degenerative disc in his spine. He will be missed. 

His Pedigree

Tag: Adoption Pending
Picture: SHOzaki7779.jpeg
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