Millie Anne came into Old Dog Haven care after she was found running loose in a field. In her vetting, it was determined that she had advanced kidney disease and could possibly be a hospice case–she also had a mouthful of rotten teeth and putrid breath. The first few months in her ODH Final Refuge home were filled with multiple vet appointments and lab tests in order to get her medically stabilized and on the appropriate food and medications before she could receive needed dental surgery. Her ODH family tells us that, “through all this Millie Anne has been sweet and loving and cooperative! She slept through the night from the beginning, and was clearly housebroken.”
Millie Anne still favors her left front paw and she takes medications for joint pain. But she now runs like a little pony and barks like a duck with a head cold! Her person tells us, “People always turn to see where the duck is, and are surprised to see a 7 pound Maltese!” Millie Anne loves people and has excellent manners. She loves her mealtimes and can even tell time: Millie Anne lets her person know she is ready to eat by performing a ‘play bow stretch’ with her front paws on her person’s leg. When asked if she is ready to eat, she barks in the affirmative. “She will almost always come and find me if I leave the room. When she is satisfied that she knows where I am she will make an abrupt about-face. She enjoys sitting on my lap outside on the porch in the sunshine. When I sit on the sofa, Millie Anne will come up her puppy stairs and touch my thigh with her paw, before lying next to me with her bum against me. She also loves belly rubs!”
Millie Anne’s ODH person became involved with ODH several years ago after having some health issues and arranging for an ODH home for her beloved dog, Matthew, if she died. As it turns out, she recovered and became an ODH Final Refuge home in memory of Matthew, committing to caring for ODH dogs the way she would have wanted someone to care for him. “Millie Anne is my second ODH dog. I had Cassie first, for four wonderful years. ODH and all the wonderful supporters make this possible. I am very pleased to be a part of this!”
Update: Little Millie Anne was very old and she lived with her Final Refuge mom for two years and six weeks. When she came it was unclear if she would make it for six weeks, let alone over two years. She was sweet and loving and loved to snuggle. She is greatly missed.