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Thread: Update on Missy the Chihuahua/Terrier : )

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    Hi just to let you know that Missy my older Chihuahua/terrier cross has just passed her six months with no sign of any lumps or other symptoms. For those of you who don't know Missy I rescued her from the local pound, she had one huge exterior lump and 6-7 interior mammary gland lumps and had been left for months with a mouth full of infected teeth (vet could only rescue 4 teeth out of the whole mouth) The vet thought she might be 12 years old, BUT given her overall health now and fitness and constant running around like a border collie! (Sorry cant think of any other breed with this much energy!!) we are now thinking that she is probably 8 or 9.
    missy garden 075.jpgmissy garden 065.jpgTo cap it off the vet had to spay her too cos she had been used to breed from all her life. Anyway the upshot of it was, after all her ops our vet said, good luck just enjoy the time she may have left, and now 6 months on she is going from strength to strength. Will try and add couple of photos to this : )

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    PS you can now see that this little darling has a crooked smile due to having virtually no teeth left, but we think she looks cute : )

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    What a sweetie

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    Missy doing her best meerkat impressions lolb n b ebay missy 001.jpgb n b ebay missy 002.jpg

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    Thank you for rescuing this sweet little girl and bringing her back to good health. She certainly is a cutie, love the meerkat impersonation.

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    'Bella44' - fantastic update on Missy !

    Loved the photos and really pleased with the news that she is doing so well with you.

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    Yes we are very lucky, she has passed the dodgy six months and hasn't had to go back to the vets, so fingers and toes crossed. She sure is a high energy dog! and a bit bossy, but that's the Aussie Terrier part of her lol and we love it : )

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    A bit bossy - I think that both Chi and Terrier have that.

    I do love an update, especially with such good news.

    I can recommend trick training (any trick) for wearing out the mind of a high energy dog. Thinking takes a lot of work...

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    Yep funnily enough, Pookie my other Chi/Jack Russell terrier cross is not bossy at all nor is she barky at all. In fact its amazing how different they are from each other, But Missy is certainly coming out of her shell lol : )

    She is 9 or 10 and never been trained, (doesn't even know how to sit), but the difficulty is she has cataracts so there is a fair loss of sight so she cant see commands, and she is almost completely deaf, and cant hear me, so training is a HUGE problem : (
    Its very difficult with a much older dog who has never been trained in her life, without the physical problems too : (
    On the plus side, She has a huge yard to run in and I do other enrichment things, kongs, hunt the biccy etc, (walks obviously), so that helps : )

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    Wow a nearly blind deaf dog... doesn't leave a lot. Helen Keller dog - you have touch and smell left.

    I think I'd pair a fairly neutral touch with a treat and see how that works as a "clicker-reward" pairing. Ie touch on the shoulder, give a treat... repeat five times, then wait to see what she does, then use the touch like a clicker. Shoulder touch- treat for what you like to see, and nothing for what you would like to be different... Five to ten treats per session... The touch would have to be something she's comfortable with. She may be able to hear a clicker too. Who knows. I don't know how you'd signal what you want her to do. Maybe touches in different places for different actions. Would be interesting to find out.

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