Age: 8 years old
Breed: Rough Coated Collie
Medical: Spina Bifita, Ataxia, Micropthalmia, Incontinence
ADOPTION STATUS: Available for Adoption
Hi! I’m Tippy! But my foster family calls me tippy tappy, or tippy toes, or tip tap, tap tip, pointy nose mcsnoopy face…I answer to everything with an adorable head tilt. My profile is a little long but hear me out. You maybe read the details at the top of my profile and said “oh no, that’s too much stuff” but are still curious, or maybe you read about my “stuff” and thought hmm this is a special girl that needs a special person. Either way, I’m happy you’re still reading!
The latter is true, I’m a very special girl with special needs, but the people at ARTS said there are special people out there all the time and that there is someone out there ready to welcome me home - is that true? I’m an incredibly happy girl, who has had a bit of a hard life. I had a family that really loved me and was very well cared for, but life circumstances led me here and it’s no one’s fault.
I am the sweetest girl you will ever meet. Want someone to look at you with big doe eyes and a tilted head? (Okay, little eyes, since I have an eye condition called micropthalmia which means my eyes are very tiny). Want someone to dance the most precise and artful happy dance when you get home? (Okay, maybe by dance I mean flail and stomp and maybe flop over but that’s okay). Sounds like i'm your girl!
I guess I should tell you about my conditions. Well, I have spina bifida. When you have spina Bifida like me, you have a little hole on the back of your neck. It doesn’t bother me much, it has to be kept clean and we can’t put any pressure on it, but otherwise you wouldn’t know it’s there. Spina bifida also causes ataxia, which means I don’t have total control of my limbs. So I’ll often walk like I don’t know where my feet are, but I get around!
When I came in to care I could barely stand but my mom and I would do lots of exercises to build my stamina. My favourite one was “1…2…3…hug plop!” Where I would stand up three times, and get a long hug for as long as I could stand - then plop! It built my strength back up. Because of my ataxia, I need runners on any hard floors to help me walk. I sometimes walk backwards too! But I get where I want to go alright.
I can’t do any stairs but I don’t get upset when my family goes up to bed - I get to sleep in the comfy living room and I don’t mind at all. Another downfall of my condition is that I don’t have the best control of my poops…I try so hard to get to outside but my poop surprises me and I usually drop it out on the way to the door. I always feel badly about it but my family tells me it’s okay and discreetly scoops it away. I really try though! But my mom says that everyone poops themselves once in a while and that I shouldn’t feel bad about it. I’m pretty good at making it to the door when I need to pee - and then I pee in circles! Some say it’s odd, but I’m just making snow art for you. I know humans like art.
I do wear a diaper at night or if I’m alone for a bit during the day because as soon as I get excited I don’t always keep control. I get bathed quite often as I can’t clean myself at all (bonus, no gross dog butt licking noises!!). But I love it. Fill the tub up with warm water and let me soak my worries away! My full body harness will come with me when I’m adopted - it has handles so I can be picked up and given a human-copter ride when needed.
My eye condition causes me no issues other than sometimes my eyes get a little crusty. I see pretty good and I think it makes me even cuter. I’ll eat whatever you put in front of me and I don’t have a special diet! I’m the perfect dinner party guest because I’ll eat all of aunt Sally’s weird mystery casserole and be happy about it.
I haven’t ever been held to any obedience rules so I don’t know much of those “command” things, and I can sometimes be a little demanding with my old lady voice and pointy nose - but I promise to take all of your asks in to consideration in my own way.
I love soft beds, treats, my dinner, dog and cat friends and toys. I try so hard to play by bounding around and throwing toys in the air. I like to chew bully sticks and I have lots of confidence on my feet when I’m outside on the grass or in the snow. Playing in the snow is the best and I’ll even try to catch snowballs! I’m very understanding of the fact that my condition causes me to need some help - so I don’t mind if you help me up or around. I’m calm and collected when you pick me up, and my mom says I feel hollow like a bird and am not too heavy.
My ideal family won’t leave me alone too much during the day. I have no issues with it at all and will sleep the day away, but with limited mobility it’s nice to have someone to help me if I need something. My ideal family will be patient and loving and willing to look past my special needs and just see all the special inside me. I have a big heart and an even bigger personality, and I will make you smile and laugh SO MUCH!! I want to meet you, do you want to meet me? If you do you can apply here.