Dixie is another gentle giant. She is super calm, sits on command and loves to be near her people. She's great around our other dogs, even the tiny toy dogs. Dixie goes to the door to let us know when she needs to go out for potty breaks. She loves to sleep on the sofa, but when it is bedtime, we walk up to her crate, open the door and in she goes! What a wonderful treat to have such a well-behaved dog. Her former finder/owner kept her outside, so did not know anything about Dixie's housebreaking or indoor skill set.
This poor girl was found by a citizen in the Savannah area several months ago. Her former owners were never located, and the citizen already had two kids and three dogs, and although they recognized what a wonderful dog she is, Dixie just couldn't stay with them any longer. We learned about Dixie through the email postings and brought her to Atlanta to find a forever home. The nice folks who kept Dixie for those months reported that she was good with their children ages 2 through 13.
We don't know what Dixie has been through in the past, but we suspect she has been hit by a car, breaking her jaw. If you look closely at her photo, you will see that her nose is twisted slightly to her left and down. This is because her fractured jaw healed in poor alignment. It does not appear to cause Dixie any discomfort in general, and she eats her dry kibble without any hesitation.
If you look even closer, you will see that Dixie also has a "cherry eye" bulge in the corner of her left eye. She will need surgery to repair that. She's probably lived with it for more than a year. Besides looking painful and making her ear tear, it partly blocks her vision. It must be very uncomfortable, to say the least.
As if that is not enough pain and suffering for poor Dixie, the end of her left ear has been cut off in a straight line. Mother Nature did not do that to her. Some human did it.
Once her cherry eye has been fixed she will be much better looking and feel better, too. Dr. Whittle, at Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic has once again offered his services to help fix what's fixable on poor Dixie. We thank him and all the wonderful staff at Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic for helping Dixie. We expect her to come through it all with her tail held high and ready for her forever home.
If you can help pay for Dixie's medical treatment, please click on the "Sponsor Me" link. Your tax deductible donation in any amount will be greatly appreciated: http://www.atlantapetrescue.org/animal/dixie/