Pet of the Week: Wishbone a proper lap dog for a willing owner

Wishbone, an 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix, is available for adoption at the Winchester SPCA's Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center. Brad Fauber/Daily

WINCHESTER – Wishbone, an 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix, has spent nearly the last two months at the Winchester SPCA’s Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center after being picked up as a stray, and his previous adoption from the facility was short-lived.

Wishbone suffers from a Grade 2 heart murmur, which frightened his previous adopter, according to Sandy Dennis, client care supervisor at Rockaplenty. Dennis said the condition is “easily taken care of,” adding that the shelter’s supervisory veterinarians declared the heart murmur nothing to be heavily concerned about.

“Sometimes when he gets really, really excited it actually makes him start coughing, but then when he calms down he’s OK,” Dennis said. “And unfortunately, since he’s an old man, sometimes when he starts coughing, he starts peeing.”

According to Dennis, Wishbone’s condition requires little special care outside of monitoring his activity level. Over exertion shouldn’t be much of a problem with Wishbone, however, as Dennis said he prefers a lazy lifestyle anyway.

“He’s just a laid-back dog. He just wants someone to love on him all day and take him out when he needs to go out. But this is what he likes doing,” she said as Wishbone chilled out in her lap. “He just likes to sit around, sit on people’s laps and wag (his) tail and give kisses.”

As tame as Wishbone appears, Dennis did say that the canine does not tolerate small children (anyone younger than 8 years old) and despises having his ears pulled or his tail tugged.

Dennis, as a result, said Wishbone would make a proper fit for an older couple looking for a couch buddy.

“For somebody that just wanted a lap dog, he’d make somebody an excellent lap dog,” she said. “He doesn’t require a whole lot of exercise. He walks good on a leash.”

Wishbone has been neutered since arriving at the shelter, Dennis said, and is up to date on all of his vaccinations. He is micro-chipped.

Adoption fees vary at the Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center based on promotions and sponsorships, according to the Winchester SPCA’s website.

For more information, visit winchesterspca.org or call 540-662-8616. The Winchester SPCA’s Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center is located at 111 Featherbed Lane in Winchester.