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SAGAN

SAGAN
** Available For Adoption **
Gender: Male
Color: Black w/Rust
Age: 8 yrs.
WT: 90 lbs.
Ears: Cropped
Tail: Docked
Altered: Neutered
Micro Chipped: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Good with other dogs.
No exposure to cats.
Good with older children.

This big handsome senior Doberboy is way more energetic and engaged than one would expect for his age. He was supposed to have come to us back in December from a lady who was going into a nursing home and suffering with terminal cancer.

On the day we were to take him, he went to a friend’s home instead. Very quickly they learned that with four children, taking on a large dog was more than they could handle. In addition, it was hard on him, going suddenly from a home where he lived with a single older woman to a home with many people and lots of activity.   In the end, the best thing has happened in that he is now with us at Elijah’s House as he awaits a new home.

He’s handsome and playful and loving and active. He loves to go for walks and is friendly with any dog he encounters. But there is a challenge he’s dealing with, all the same.

I’ll let Carol describe it:

    “Our darling Sagan has a type of mouth cancer. This cancer, Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma, is a locally invasive cancer that rarely spreads beyond the area it is affecting. The encouraging news is that as of now, there are no signs that this cancer has spread anywhere beyond Sagan's mouth. In fact, according to his bloodwork, all of his organ function and body vitals are fantastic. In Sagan's case, the front left side of his lower jaw is affected. This growth has expanded around one canine tooth and several of his front incisors, and it is also in the underlying bone and ligament.

    Because a weeks-long regimen of radiation would be too hard on him (five days a week for four weeks, with anesthesia every day!), the specialists at NC State have decided surgery is the best solution.  A small portion of his lower jaw, along with his lower canine teeth, will be removed to get clean margins.

    With your support, Sagan can receive the best treatment to allow him to continue a full and vibrant life with minimal mouth alterations. Please consider contributing to his ongoing medical and oncological care as you are able."


Carol can tell you more about this when you talk with her, but know that DRT is committed to doing what is needed to resolve this problem so he’s able and ready to go to a forever home with the family that connects with him.

The simple truth is, he’s a wonderful, happy Dober, significantly younger than his years, who will "sing along" (howl) if he hears “Chop Sticks” by Liberace (I’ve seen it; it’s hilarious!), loves carrots and broccoli, and will perk right up if you ask, "Want to go for a ride?"

Our volunteers, who work with hundreds of dogs a year, are completely taken with him. Here’s what they are saying:

     “Sagan’s face and body language say to me happy, smart, a good friend. I was caught by the way he studied a potential adopter family as they visited with other Dobies. It looked like he really knew what was going on. He seems wise beyond his canine genes; maybe that’s why he was given the name Sagan (i.e. Carl Sagan). Occasionally I will encounter a dog or horse that seems to have a stronger sense of self, and personally I think they are better at communicating with humans. Mr. Sagan may be one of those. And if not, he sure seems to want to share his large supply of happiness.”

     “Sagan is a sweet guy and likes to be outside doing chores with people. Plenty of pep in him!”

     “Sagan is a true gem! He is spunky, well trained, and loves attention, and treats! Sagan knows sit, shake, down, and speak. He is absolutely as sweet as he can be, and he loves to lean against you and snuggle when relaxing! He will sometimes nestle his little snout in my neck to get as close as possible! It doesn’t get any better than that!”

     “Sagan is a vibrant boy. It seems like his whole purpose in life is to make you smile. He’s happy to see everyone, loves to cuddle with you, and gives kisses.”

     “On paper it says Sagan is 8 years old but, as smart as he is, he can't read. He is 8 going on 3 - full of energy and love!”


One thing is sure, this is a terrific senior Dober who wants and deserves a fitting home as he lives out his retirement-age years. If you think your home may be a match, make an appointment to meet him after your application is approved and see for yourself what a champ he is. Chances are if you do, he’ll be warming your heart for a number of years to come.



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Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma Tumor

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Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma Tumor

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Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma Tumor

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