Meet Our own deaf
I got that call last month that no rescuer
likes to get. Tika had to be put down. She developed a serious seizure
issue that progressed rapidly to a point where she was having multiple
seizures daily and was exhibiting other serious neurological issues. She
was not responding to any of the treatments and her owners decided it
was best to let her go. We had her a long time, and she was a wonderful
dog. We will miss her. But we are so grateful that she got to spend her
last few months in a home of her own with her special people, people who
loved her like we did. And that she got to go to her new home with two
of her DDRI friends so she had company.
RIP Sweet TIIIIKAAA.
Tika finally found her home, and she got to bring two of her DDRI buddies with her!
Tika now lives with Grant and Sugar in her new home,
plus she has 2 new friends, Tilly, a Doberman and Mini, a Bichon
- Gender - Female
- Age/DOB - 3/07
- Height at the shoulder -
- Weight -
- Spayed/Neutered - yes
- Taken in on - 3/26/09
- Available as of - 6/26/09
- Housebroken - Yes
- Obedience trained - some
- Good with other dogs - Yes
- with cats - Unk
- with kids - Some
- with the elderly - Some
-Tika is a sweet dog who does not see well at all. For most purposes
she should be considered blind at this point. This makes her a bit
skittish, as she sees enough to know there is something moving in front
of her, but not enough to know what it is. Once she gets a whiff of you
her tail goes into overdrive
were contacted by an AZ rescue who had adopters here in OR that had
asked them for help with Tika. Here is the story we first got.
We heard about Tika through a friend about 2 to 3 months
ago that she was all skin and bones, but the person would not give her
name or address. We made quite a few attempts to get through to this
lady. We finally got a call from our friend that the lady was going to
move, so I jumped in the truck and made a 3 hour drive to pick up Tika.
When the lady open the door and I saw Tika my jaw about hit the ground.
All I could think of was getting Tika in the truck before the lady
changed her mind.
As far as her medical condition I believe she was born deaf, but I have
seen her respond to some noises. As far as her eyes, the lady who had
her said when she was younger they did a procedure on the one eye which
I believe she has the most vision out of. The other eye has a growth in
the corner of the eye, if I understand her correctly the other eye had
the same condition but she stated that she could not afford the $200.00.
I can say the last 4 days that we have had her, she has a very loving
personality. All she wants is a lot of love. We have 4 dogs and she has
not shown any aggression at all - if anything our dogs are tolerating
Tika - but i can tell they are not happy she is here. One thing Terry
and I want to make sure she goes to someone who really cares about her
because she is really sweet. Terry & I will be willing to deliver
Tika were ever she must go. Tika has gone through a lot and she
deserves a good home.
Once we got Tika here, we were able to confirm that she
is deaf, though she may have some minor hearing. Her primary vision
problem is cherry eye, which she has had in both eyes. As noted, the
one eye was fixed surgically, though the inner lid is still positioned
rather high, which is compounded by the fact that her pupils are off
center and low. This means the surgery did not restore a lot of vision
in that eye. The other eye has not been corrected and appears to have
the same issues. We will look into this and see what our options are
with her. If we could improve her vision in either eye, even just a
little bit, this would greatly improve the quality of her life as her
vision issues are her main handicap. Her timidity and skittishness stem
directly from her vision problems and correcting her vision will go a
long ways toward addressing these issues too. She is very underweight,
and we have her on a diet to put some weight back on her.
Tika is a very sweet and very affectionate girl who wants so badly to
have a person to love. There isn't a mean bone in her body. She is
confused by all the changes in her life so far, and this is exacerbated
by her vision issues as well. She holds her tail high and is a world
class tail wagger, so she is at risk for "happy tail" and would not be
the best dog for a family with toddlers or small kids. Tika has a lot
of love to give, and she is looking for someone to share that love
with. She is easy to train, if she can see what it is you want. Again
this will improve if we can improve her eyesight even a little bit.
Once Tika has put on some more weight, we will discuss her eye surgery
issues, and her spay surgery with our vet. Until then, she is not
available for adoption, but we are accepting applications on her.
Update - Tika has been spayed, She is up to full weight and is
strong and healthy. She did not seem to see out of the one eye at all,
and the sight in the other eye was pretty poor too. But then she seemed
to loose the sight in her "good" eye and is now completely blind.
It took her a while, but she has adapted well. She is generally a pretty
mellow even keeled sort of girl. Pretty quiet, though she does play
with the other dogs, but only when she feels like it. She does not like
them bothering her if she doesn't want to play. When that happens, she
tries her best to just find a quiet spot out of the way, where the dogs
won't bother her. If they keep pushing she'll snarl and snap to make
them go away, but she is not trying to fight or hurt them, just make
them understand she doesn't want to be annoyed. She gets a bit wild and
excited when people pay attention to her. But she does calm down after a
bit. She loves to sleep on the bed with you. All in all she's a very
nice girl. She is adapted well to life here and makes the best of
whatever her situation is. As I write this update she is in the living
room playing with Pudin' one of our other deaf and blind dogs. They've
been at it for maybe 15 mins now.
We will post additional photos of Tika as time goes by, so check
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He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" - Unknown