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|Address||R.R. #4, Lindsay, K9V 5B2
Breed: Great Dane
For those who have not followed Monty's story from the beginning, here's a quick recap. BTW, we use masculine "he, his" pronouns because it's difficult to say he/she or some other variation all the time.
Monty came into GDRI in November 2014 as a 8-month-or-so mystery. His bladder leaked regularly and he seemed to have little control over his urination. He had ambiguous genitalia. His first surgery was stopped by the vet, who was a generalist and recognized that Monty's unique physiology was above his ability level.
He was taken for extensive testing at the University Vet teaching and specialist program nearby. It was determined that Monty was a hermaphrodite, exhibiting both male and female organs. He had a 'bladder void' that acted as a second bladder. The recommendation was that specialists would spay and neuter him and try to fix the leaking problem.
Monty recovered very well from the surgery. Keeping him 'inactive' for 4 weeks proved difficult, but everyone managed. Soon, Monty was an active 1-year-old who loved playing with his two Dane brothers at the foster home.
Sadly, it was clear soon after the surgery that Monty still leaked. It wasn't as much, or as often, but certainly when he rested and/or slept. Every drug and drug combination was tested and nothing helped. The specialists at the university were consulted for options to stop the leaking. There were three options. Surgery 1, that could result in complete bladder incontinence AND would have to be repeated every 2-3 years. Surgery 2, a series of 2-3 surgeries, that could result in both complete bladder and bowel incontinence. Option 3 was to do nothing. The operations were deemed too risky and would likely affect his quality of life in a negative way. It was decided that Option 3, with management through doggie diapers was in Monty's best interests.
So Monty became a diaper-dog indoors. He knows when he needs to pee, and asks to go out (he's well-trained) and pees like a normal dog. However, he still leaks. Mostly evenings and at night, so we try to keep him diaper-free during the morning. If he's left alone, he always wears a diaper, no matter what time it is. When we have company he wears a diaper, as the excitement seems to make him leak more.
Monty is a high-energy Dane and plays daily with his foster-brothers. He will require a home with other dogs to keep him engaged, especially when left alone. Monty lunges and jumps at children (and teens) 'in movement'. If they are standing still, he is learning to manage, but he gets too excited if the kids are moving and he's been known to "mouth" arms if he makes contact. Monty will not be placed in a home with children under 18.
Most of all, Monty is a happy-go-lucky snuggle-bug who loves attention from people. He gets along with dogs big and small, and tolerates cats (only tested at a distance). He will chatter his teeth in excitement when he sees you in the morning and will follow you around the house all day long. Monty will be a diaper-dog for the rest of his life but that doesn't take away from his personality or happiness.
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