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Norma Chihuahua & Terrier Mix Natick, MA

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
  • Black

About

Coat length
Short
House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Children.
Adoption fee
$200.00

Meet Norma

Norma: From Blind to Full Vision! This sweet 8 to 10 year old 12 pound Chihuahua Terrier Mix was surrendered in early April to a shelter. While there, the vet found her to be totally blind due to cataracts in both eyes. She was also unspayed with all indications she had had numerous litters of puppies. An ear infection, infected uterus and numerous bad teeth further compromised her comfort.

Fully recovered from her spay, ear infection, and tooth extraction, Norma was determined to be an excellent candidate for cataract surgery, which she underwent successfully on both eyes in June. She went from an inactive hesitant dog who bumped into everything, to a dog who now loves to follow her foster family anywhere and everywhere. Though she is still adjusting to depth perception and hesitant to go up a full flight of stairs, Norma does beautifully with 3 or 4 steps and even runs up and down them when feeling frisky. Her eye surgeon says it takes up to 6 months for a dog to make the adjustment from total blindness to sight. Norma is moving through these various stages like a trooper and it is truly amazing to watch the milestones. She walks now like a Tennessee Walking Horse; head up and her steps high and confident.

She does startle with sudden and unexpected movement or noise close to her so she will do best in a quiet household with a dog-experienced owner who will pick up on her cues. She loves to ride in the car and settles down right away. She is fully housebroken, and loves her designated places in the house to settle down and chew her bone. She loves her crate as well (most of the time the door is left open), and she happily goes in when activity in the house becomes too stimulating. She sleeps soundly through the night in a small dog bed that is on her foster mom’s bed.

She barks appropriately and briefly, and only when she hears someone arriving. She comes when called and is focused on staying close to her foster mom, inside and outside. She does not like small children rushing at her or trying to touch her but she does give appropriate signals that she is uncomfortable. Her foster mom has 3 small grandsons (2, 4 and 7) who come in and out of the house daily; they have learned to ignore her and she now follows them around like they were her best friends. She just wants to be where the action is, young or old. Though she is fine on a leash, she prefers a lap to long walks. She is most content curled up on a chair next to her foster mom who works from her computer during the day. Though she will need regular 6 month checkups for her vision and an owner who will be vigilant about her eyes, Norma has been given a clean bill of health in all other ways. Until her next checkup with the opthomologist in mid-September Norma needs drops in each eye 3 times a week. Whether this will be a regular routine will be determined then. Her easygoing nature, sweet demeanor and playful antics will endear her to anyone who wishes to bring her into their heart and lives. She is being fostered in Sudbury, MA and her adoption fee will be $200.
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  • Chihuahua
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Small
  • Black

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