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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

From Missy’s Final Refuge Family:

Missy came to us with Old Dog Haven’s help from a shelter that was housing her after she had been picked up for neglect. Our first picture of her was of matted hair and an enormous growth in and out of the ear of a very small little dog. Missy (her former name of Pugsley just doesn’t suit her even if she is Shih Tzu/Pug) is 16 years old and weighs less than 10 pounds.  She is very shy and reserved but always polite. The growth in her ear has been removed and was benign but it turns out that is her good ear! The other ear either has a scarred ear drum or no ear drum at all! She has some arthritis in her spine which the vets assure us will cause her pain.  Administering the pain medicine is still a challenge.

Someone must have cared for Missy because at 16 she still has her teeth!  Don’t you wish they could tell their stories? Or maybe not. She may need some dental work but first she needs to gain some weight. She is a picky eater and medications were making her sicker. Her preference seems to be to eat enough for a week about every third day and give food a wide birth for the other two. We are working on a better schedule.

Missy does not want to cuddle or be held or petted but she also does not want to be alone. This little dog who spent her first 10 days with us with her tail firmly between her legs, now waits for us at the top of the stairs if we take out the trash and we get a little wag of her tail. Once even a happy hop. Who thought such things could mean so much?

Missy loves her beds. She chooses whichever one is closer to us. She loves walks and definitely loves to sniff. She loves poking around in the yard and being held up to smell the breezes on a sunny day. And she sleeps a lot.

Even with her quiet and her reticence, Missy gives us more than she takes. Her quiet appreciation of being alive and safe and cared for is good for our hearts.

Missy is sponsored by:

  • Mary Wagner of Seattle, WA in memory of Sal - Lifetime sponsor