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2828 River

ID #: 2828 Age: 8 yrs Gender: male Status: adopted

And it goes on and on, watching the river run

Further and further from things that we’ve done

Leaving them one by one

And we have just begun watching the river run

Listening and learning and yearning…Run River Run

Oh…hi everyone!  As you might have guessed by now, my name is River and I’m an eight-year-old boy.  Every time I hear that song, I think they are singing directly to me…Run River Run!  Oh yes, I used to run like the wind but I’ve slowed down a bit with a thing called ‘arthritis’.  I take medication and it is helping and I still have lots of energy and spunk but my ‘running like the wind’ days are over.  I also have a thing called hypothyroidism, which I also take medication for and I also get ear infections.  Boy, this sounds bad, doesn’t it?  Look, I do have some issues but none of them stop me from loving my life.  My fantastic foster mom describes me as a sweet, gentle, friendly, loving, smart boy.  Those are five really good things, right?  Yes, life has knocked me around a bit.  I miss my old family.  I spend too much time at the doc and I don’t love getting into the car anymore but I’m like a Timex watch: “I take a licking and keep on ticking” (haha).  I love everyone I meet ~ people, kids, and other dogs.  Cats not so much but I think they’re weird anyway.  I know my commands and I’m actually really good on the leash ~ now how often do you hear that???  I’m gentle with my treats, loud noises don’t bother me, you can touch me anywhere (except my ears at times), and I understand I have to be left alone as you go about your day.  Stairs are getting a little harder for me.  I can still climb them but I’d rather not.  I love my walks and I love paddling in the water even more. I don’t swim anymore but I do love splashing around.  And to paraphrase the song, in my life I have ’listened, learned, and yearned’ and now I am just happy to sit by the shore ‘watching the river run’.

River is currently being fostered in the Ajax, ON area. If you would like more information about River please call our hot-line toll free at 1-866-712-8444 or email and one of our volunteers will be happy to return your call.

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