Every time his sweet face appears on Facebook, I melt a little.
Dukie needs a home and I am hoping someone reading these words today is the kind soul who will make him part of the family.
Dukie is a resident of the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter right now. He has his own Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dukiethedog?ref=ts) as his loving friends at UPAWS try to find the right place for this 7-year-old American bulldog mix breed.
Because a tree fell on his left front leg a few years ago, Dukie no longer has use of that limb, so he needs special attention. His leg sports a bandage for protection and that needs to be continued by his new family.
And his adopter needs to know that Dukie may require surgery to remove the leg at some point down the road.
However, Dukie is a trooper and can climb stairs really well and likes to go on walks, but on a leash only.
House- and crate-trained, Dukie knows commands like "sit," "stay," "down" and come" and could use some more gentle training from a kind soul. He needs permanency and would be loyal, faithful companion to his new people.
Be aware that because of his situation, Dukie must be placed in a home with no other dogs, no cats and no small animals.
Most of all, like the rest of us, what Dukie needs most is love and the security of a forever home.
His handlers at UPAWS describe Dukie as silly, goofy and loving. They would like anyone interested in adopting this special lad to make an appointment to come to meet him. The number is 475-6661.
Thanks to the kindness of Christine Gervasi, Dukie's adoption fee is 100 percent paid.
Dukie would be a wonderful addition to the right home. My apartment is filled with three cats who I love to the moon and back, so adopting this handsome pup is not in the cards for me.
But as I said, I am hoping the right person is reading these words and finds a place for Dukie in his or her life.
Or if like me you're unable to adopt Dukie, perhaps you can make a donation in his name to UPAWS or the shelter nearest you. There are so many pets waiting to go home with a family. Helping them is a wonderful thing to do.
Dukie deserves his own doggy bed to dream on, a yard to romp in and a family to love, the sooner the better.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.