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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!

Missy came into Old Dog Haven care after she had been picked up for neglect and brought to a shelter. Her soon-to-be ODH Final Refuge family’s first picture of her was of a very small dog with terribly matted hair and an enormous growth in and out of one ear. Missy is about 16 years old and weighs less than 10 pounds. Thanks to your support of ODH, the growth in her ear was removed. It was benign, but it turns out that that is her good ear–the other ear has a very scarred ear drum. Missy also has arthritis in her spine which is being managed with pain medicine.

Despite the neglect, someone at sometime must have cared for Missy somewhat because at 16 she still has her teeth. At some point, she may need some dental work done but first she needs to gain some weight. She’s a picky eater and her ODH family is working on getting her pain medications and food intake balanced and on a better schedule.

They tell us that Missy is very shy and reserved but she is always polite. She 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 her family and like many a rescued senior who is finally safe, Missy sleeps a lot. She has also discovered a love of walks and sniffing…she loves poking around in the yard and now even enjoys being held up to smell the breezes on a sunny day.

“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.”

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Missy is sponsored by:

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