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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!

Tikka came to us directly from the shelter, where she was found as a stray. They believed her to be 13 years old, and she had a mast cell tumor on her leg, among 3 other growths and 2 fractured teeth (all since removed). She arrived extremely anxious, vocal and disoriented, and frantically pulling on leash wherever she went. It became obvious to us that she was once a beloved family pet, so her transition home with us seemed very difficult and confusing for her. We now know she is a dog who bonds very strongly to her people.

After only a few short weeks, Tikka has begun to thrive with her new routine and seems to be enjoying her new titles: the resident couch potato AND fitness coach. Quite the juxtaposition! Though most often you can find Tikka napping in the sunshine or on the couch, she lives to explore. If by chance, she believes we have forgotten to take her on one of her daily walks, she is not shy about letting us know and demands we get moving, NOW! Once she sees us getting her leash, she sits very politely, furiously wagging her tail, waiting for her head collar to be put on before walking for as long as we’ll let her. Thank goodness we have a motivator to help us work off all of our big holiday meals! 🙂 We look forward to surprising her with a beach adventure over Christmas at the Oregon coast.

Tikka has also begun to shed some of her separation anxiety, and we are so proud of her resilience and feel fortunate to have been given her trust. Her true self has begun to shine, as she now cuddles up close with us whenever she can, desperately begs for human food, enjoys car rides with her head out the window, gives endless kisses, constantly wags her tail, requests regular belly rubs, begs to be tucked in with big cozy blankets, and has even started playing with toys (her favorite is a miniature stuffed moose which she fetches, catches, gently nibbles on and uses as a pillow)! She is a deeply sensitive, caring, and curious little girl who just wants to be next to her people whenever possible.

Contrary to the old adage, this old dog has learned so many new “tricks!” Tikka absolutely loves treats and is smitten with clicker training. She knows sit, down, shake, stay, touch, and most importantly, is learning leash manners! She gets lots of compliments on her beautiful heeling throughout the neighborhood; we are in awe of how much progress she’s made and how smart she is! We are absolutely in love with her zesty personality and her deeply affectionate nature. We can’t wait to fill all of her remaining years with love, adventures, and endless couch cuddles.








Update: Here are some updated photos of Tikka, now settled in. She no longer has debilitating separation anxiety and she’s got such spirit and energy for her age. She’s an adventure dog through and through and we feel so lucky that she’s now healthy enough to join us exploring. She leads us on hikes every week, and I get tired before she does!  I’ve also attached the ‘after’ photos of her lounging 🙂





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