Breed: Female Maltese x Bichon Frise
Ivy is a special needs dog and came to us as her owner passed away. Ivy loves human company and doesn’t like being on her own for long. She loves attention and cuddles, but will go to her bed when she wants her own space.
Ivy has diabetes and has insulin shots twice a day, at 12 hr intervals. Due to the diabetes and Cushing’s disease she drinks a lot of water and thus wees a lot. She knows how to use a doggy door and does need access to outside for her frequent toileting requirements. There may be the occasional accident. Her hair is also very patchy, she has a pot tummy and otherwise is quite skinny – it’s part of the Cushing’s. Be prepared that many people are going to want to chat and pat her. She accepts stranger’s pats very graciously.
She travels very well in the car and requires being picked up to get in and out of the car. On a recent car trip they went to Bunnings and she stood nicely in the trolley the whole time, making no attempts to jump out.
Ivy walks very well, ambling along by your side. No pulling, stops when you stop. She doesn’t walk long distances. Recently she tired out on a walk and was carried the last bit which was up an incline. She understands the commands to sit and stay and is receptive to training – treats are a great motivator.
Due to the Cushing’s disease she feels ravenously hungry a lot. As such she does do food resource guarding both with humans and other dogs at present although once her Cushings is stablised we are confident this will not be an issue. She has some chase drive, so no cats thank you, although we are going to test her further on this.. Generally speaking Ivy is fine to meet other dogs and then move on. She’s not good with overly eager high energy dogs. However she is a little princess (if not in the best princess state at present) and would like to be the only spoilt dog in her home, although she will be fine with she is walked with your friends’ quiet dogs.
Ivy is a sweet little dog, she has low energy and low exercise needs. She’s needing a caring and understanding owner with her health issues. She builds up a rapport with people very quickly and enjoys human company.
Once we have her settled in a home situation we will be working with her to stabilise the diabetes and Cushings and there is no reason she cannot have a long and happy life.
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Microchip Number: 956000003648623
Source Number: RE120211
Medical Notes: Ivy’s Cushings and diabetes are being controlled.
All our dogs are desexed, C5 vaccinated with intranasal, microchipped, wormed, and flea treated. All necessary vetwork such as dentals, surgery, eye treatment are also carried out. We are no longer heartworm testing as we have not had one positive test since we began in 2006. If a dog comes to us on heartworm treatment this is continued.