Maria was an owner surrender in March 2014. We were told that she was 13 years old, could not walk and had bladder control issues and hot spots after a groom. We brought her to the house and shaved her down. We discovered matting was the issue causing everything. Maria could walk, run, and even could get to the puppy pad on her own. But she was definitely overweight.
Her visit to the vet brought her up-to-date on shots. She had a dental in which she lost all but 2 teeth.
Since being at the rescue, we have put her on a diet. Her food intake is limited. Maria runs outside to bark with the rest of the dogs. She has lost about a pound. This has helped her when she has an itch; she can scratch it herself! She relieves herself on the puppy pads. Sometimes it is on the edge but it is still the pad. Yeah for Maria!!! She is just a little love.
Maria loves to bark on our walks, even if there is no one there. She has so much life in her for 13 years old. She mostly rides in the stroller because she does not like to walk. But if there is someone walking in front of us, she wants out of the stroller so she can walk and bark at them!
She wears diapers in the house when no one is home because she does not want to get up from her bed to use the pads. But that is just fine because she is one of our seniors.
Maria might be able to adjust to a new home but she will always have a home at our Senior Senter and Sanctuary. If interested in sponsoring Maria, please go to our website and click the donate button. Make sure to put "Maria" in the subject line.
Update April 2015: We have discovered that Maria has a gall bladder issue, a spot on her kidney and thyroid condition. She is taking thyroid medicine twice a day. She is being treated for her gall bladder.
Update August 2016: Maria is still as spunky as ever. She growls and fights with all the dogs at dinner time because she wants to lick all the dishes. Her and Benji are 2 Grumpy Old Seniors, always going at it with each other. She still, will run in the yard and bark with the others. But her activity level has gone down. She prefers to sleep. Of course, it has to be a bed that is newly cleaned. She does not like to sleep on a bed that another dog has already sat in. Getting stomach sick is happening more and more these days. We are not sure why.
Update September 2016: Maria has pancreatitis again. Another medication twice a day. Her gallbladder has changed so that medication is now twice a day. She still is active in her own way. I am just happy that her appetite has come back and she is waiting for dinner and treats.
More info to come. . .
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