Age: 14 years old
Breed: Shihtzu X
Medical: Blind in one eye and deaf. Marley has a heart murmur which could indicate congestive heart failure. She is not coughing, so this is considered mild. Early signs of dementia.
ADOPTION STATUS: No Longer Accepting Applications
Hi, Marley here! No doubt you’re gazing into my big doe eyes. Did you notice that my left eye is a bit cloudy? I’m blind in that eye. Sure, sometimes I bump into things and I’m not great with stairs, but my navigational instincts are sharp and once I get my bearings you’ll see that I can soon burn a path to my dog dish, the back door and my cherished bed. I’m also deaf. Together with my poor sight, I startle easily when approached as I simply can’t hear you come. This can make for some uncomfortable moments, especially with little kids who love to reach out to cute little old me. The good news is I’m a very friendly and gracious lady, who loves the attention, so I never get upset when the initial meet-and-greetings get a bit awkward. Once you get to know me, you won’t even notice these short-comings (though I consider them character builders) and will only see my endearing personality shine through.
So what are my endearing qualities? First I’m super cute, fluffy and just the right size – a little bigger than a lap dog. I’m also low maintenance and won’t pester you for silly dog throwing sessions at the park or long walks. A slow meander around the block to smell the roses is about my speed. As an elderly pup I can while away the hours sleeping in my bed or sitting on the patio watching the world go by. So I’m not demanding and don’t mind being left alone for several hours. You also won’t have to rack your brain trying to figure out what I’d like to eat – I’ll eat anything. In fact, my foster mom calls me the “clean-up crew” as I grab the leftovers and lick the bowls of my foster dog and cat. By-the-way, I get along fine with dogs and cats.
Being a lady, I prefer to not discuss my powder room activities, but here it is. My foster mom puts me in the back yard every several hours to do my business. So, it’s best if my forever home had a backyard or quick access to green space. In the evenings and when she’s gone for long periods of time she places plastic pads around my kennel, just in case. It’s more a precaution as sometimes we elderly dogs have the odd slip-up.
If you’re searching for a quiet and cuddly elderly pooch, who demands little, except your love and care, look no further and apply here to adopt me today! Can’t wait to meet you!