Our shelter director brought him from that shelter to the League, where a veterinarian examined him and heard a very distinct heart murmur. A blood test was done to find out if the the murmur was an indicator of something worse. Unfortunately, that is what the test confirmed -- debilitating heart disease
Now, I am noticing that my lovable friend isn't as thick in the haunches as he should be, and he doesn't jump up on the furniture -- maybe he doesn't want to exert the energy. His paperwork said that he is at least 9, I'm guessing he is a few years older than that.