Bishop

MEET BISHOP!! This handsome 9 year old chocolate lab is such a sweet, loving boy. He has a wonderful personality and is so friendly! He will need some brushing up on basic manners because he can get distracted when excited, but we think he’ll be a quick learner! He appears to be housebroken and crate trained. Bishop was previously diagnosed and treated for heartworms at the shelter and is now heartworm free! He still has a fair amount of energy and you’d never be able to tell his age! 

 

Foster update 05/07/2020:Bishop has been doing well since his diagnosis with pulmonary hypertension. He is doing well on the medication and has been in great spirits. He still enjoys playing and fetching a ball, though he gets tired easily, so mild exercise is best. We let him limit himself at this point, and he’s been doing a good job of that. Bishop loves being around people and enjoys hanging out in the sunshine when the weather is nice. If you would like to add a loving, loyal, sunshine-loving labrador to your home, look no further! 

 
Bishop is looking for a foster home where he can enjoy the good life until he finds a forever home. He gets along with other dogs but must be fed separately due to food aggression with other canines. TO FOSTER: Go to larbadorfriends.com/how-to-foster or email labfriendinfo@gmail.com if you’re already approved to foster.
 

TO ADOPT: Go to labradorfriends.com/how-to-adopt or email labfriendinfo@gmail.com if you’re already an approved adopter. 

 


BISHOP UPDATE (5/18/20): Hey Everyone!! I’m Bishop and I’m 9 years old. I am a chocolate Labrador that loves to play and be around humans. I really enjoy playing fetch and chewing on my stuffed animals. After about ten minutes of that I get tired, so i drink some water. I love exploring new lands and meeting new people to pet me. I cannot be active because of my heart problems but I try to keep up with everyone. I will be right by your side when you need a friend which I believe is my best
quality. I just love my life with kids and adults to keep me company and vice versa. I can promise that I’ll make your life 100 timesbetter with me by your side.


BISHOP UPDATE (4/26/20): We have some news to report. About a week ago, Bishop really scared us after he collapsed at home. He was able to get back up again and was taken to our vet for evaluation, at which time it was suspected that he may have experienced syncope (fainting) due to a heart condition. We immediately got him scheduled to see a cardiologist, and unfortunately Bishop has been diagnosed with moderate pulmonary hypertension secondary to chronic lung disease. This chronic lung disease was more than likely caused by extensive heartworm disease (which Bishop was previously treated for prior to being rescued). Due to the moderate pulmonary hypertension, the right side of Bishop‘s heart is also enlarged. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) refers to an abnormally high pulmonary artery pressure. Unfortunately, this disease is progressive, and the goal of therapy is to slow down the progression of clinical signs. Clinical signs associated with pulmonary hypertension include cough, increased respiratory rate, exercise intolerance/fatigue with exercise, and syncope (fainting). Bishop has been started on medication to help decrease the pressure in his pulmonary arteries and reduce clinical signs. Therapy is life long and excessive exercise should be avoided. While prognosis is variable and case-by-case dependent, dogs with PH can live for several years, so we are hopeful that Bishop continues to respond well to the medication and can continue to be his normal happy self for as long as possible. At only 9 years old, he still has plenty of love left to give and deserves to be spoiled in his “golden years”.

Bishop gets along with other dogs but has shown significant food aggression with them, so he would do best either in a home where dogs are separated completely for feedings or in a home without other dogs. We have learned that he does not do well with cats.
 
If you would be interested in giving Bishop a warm place to enjoy his golden years and have any questions about him or his condition, please email labfriendrachel@gmail.com
 
P.S. This is why heartworm prevention is SO SO SO important!! If your pets are not currently on heartworm prevention, please talk to your vet about getting them started on it! Heartworm disease is extremely prevalent in the southeastern US, and all it takes is one bite from a mosquito for your dog to become infected! 
 

Foster update 04/20/2020:  Bishop is awesome so far. He is settling in great. He is sitting on the deck with us while we cook on the grill.  He follows us everywhere with a wagging tail and a smile on his face. Here are a couple of pictures.