Richmond, VA – Gypsy is an owner surrender (surrendered to us on 2/25). Her previous owners have an Aussie that was starting to intimidate her & they were afraid he would hurt her. They got her as a puppy at 11 months & have had her ever since.
Her birthday is 2/28/2008 and she just turned 9 and weighs in at 8.25 lbs. She is AKC registered, and is a retired certified (TDI) therapy dog. She also has her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) from AKC . We have all her paperwork, Vet history, also a newspaper article featuring her as a therapy dog.
Overall, she is in very good health. She just had a dental in April and her heart and knees are both good (common problem areas for Poms). However, she was attacked by a larger dog who picked her up and shook her in 2009. In addition to traumatizing her, this attack appears to have made her susceptible to some arthritis in the back of her neck that needs to be treated (think “old football injury” and doggie Aleve). She has been prescribed Metacam .25 once a day at a cost of about $35.00 every 4-6 weeks. She will need to take this for the rest of her life as she is in pain without it and becomes very withdrawn and timid.
She has a history of ruptured anal glands and requires that her anal glands be expressed every 6 months. You can do this yourself at home. You can have your vet or groomer show you how.
We took her to the South of the James Farmers Market for the first day of the summer market. The market was very busy with tons of people and dogs of all sizes and breeds, but she wasn’t overly timid and she let people approach her and hold her. She does get nervous around larger dogs.
She uses the doggie door without problems and is housebroken. When we let her out into the large yard, she loves to run around the yard until she is out of breath! Inside, she is content to be curled up next to my legs/feet on the couch.
She has decided that I am her “person” and is very attached. She has her head sticking out the door to greet me before I cross the threshold when I come home. When I’m home, she stays with me wherever I am. She sleeps in bed with us at night, usually pressed against my legs. She also has a habit of walking very close to me and circling. Very easy to trip over her if not careful.
Gypsy needs someone that will be patient with her. She still shies away when you reach out to touch her overhand. The best way is to start by scratching under her chin, after that, it’s all good. She will give kisses, but only if you are laying down at her level after she trusts you.
She needs to be adopted to a no young children home (20 lbs). She loves going with us in the car and is great on the leash. She would be a great travel companion as she is very quiet. If there was a playful dog in the house, I think she would engage with them after a while. Our dogs just aren’t big “players”.
Gypsy’s adoption fee is $300.