GWENNY ~ If you're looking for senior sassiness mixed with a bit of spit & vinegar, all wrapped up inside an adorable package, Gwenny is your girl. Short for Gwennifer (or is it Gwennifur?!) and weighing just 7 lbs, this Dachshund-Yorkie mix, better known as a Dorkie, is just the cutest thing you've ever seen. Upon first glance, you see the sweet tiny Yorkie face with the orange hair. Then you begin to notice she has the Dachshund ears, body length and tail.
Approximately 11 years old, although Gwenny neither looks nor acts it, this little girl must have gone through a lot before she ended up in the Bonita Shelter. Due to numerous clues, her foster mom believes she was most likely used by a backyard breeder, who then dumped her because she got too old. Upon entering DRLA, it was discovered Gwenny had numerous mammary tumors and a mouthful of rotten teeth. It took two operations to get rid of her mammary tumors. After the first operation and while waiting to do Gwenny's dental, her foster discovered 3 more tumor bumps had popped up. Gwenny's vet was amazing and along with 10 very bad teeth, he took out those 3 tumors plus an additional half dozen more he discovered after he searched & shaved her. For the next couple of weeks, she was known as 'FrankenGwenny' because she had staples everywhere.
Gwenny LOVES to sleep right near by. Snuggling next to her person is expected. Gwenny gives tiny kisses to your nose once she's comfortable with you. She'll also follow her person everywhere, anytime they move. Understand, her cuteness is a tool to get you off guard. She came in somewhat underfed, so she used her feisty nature to push other dogs out of their bowls if the human wasn't paying enough attention. Gwenny has learned some manners since those early days. Now she sits still until her food is served, and then checks everyone else's bowls at least once (if not two or three more times) after they're done. As for potty training...well, there's the breeder dog syndrome. She more or less pee marks, then moves on. In her case, having stock in a potty pad company might be helpful.
Just so you know, her foster mom would really love it if Gwenny's new family would be willing to keep in touch. She really loves this little senior, but already has a pack and wouldn't be able to keep saving others if she kept this tiny sprite.
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