Location: CEN TX
Weight: 15 lbs
Kids: Yes, over 12
Fenced Yard: Not required
Adoption Fee: $250
Esther is a little (15 lbs!) senior lady. At nearly 13 years old, she’s slowing down, but she is still wants to be part of a family and be near her favorite people. She’s not as active as she used to be, preferring to cuddle and follow you around and sniff things.
She is easygoing and minds her manners, but Esther is a special-needs dog: deaf, has skin allergies, and has dry eyes. She needs eye drops, a raw diet, and treatment for her allergies (Cytopoint and regular baths). Her legs aren’t as strong as they used to be, and though she can still walk and even run, her hind legs can get wobbly and she isn’t able to use stairs. Because of her advanced age, it has been decided to monitor her immunity through titers rather than continue to vaccinate, so she won’t be able to be boarded.
She is good with kids as long as they are gentle with her, since she is so petite. Little kids find it hard to resist picking up little dogs, so we are saying children over 12. No cats or birds, since she’s allergic to them, but she gets along with dogs. She has never barked, and her manners are very good -- she doesn’t jump, charge at the door, or scratch. Because she’s deaf, you’ll have to pay attention to each other to communicate what you want; for example, she won’t bark, but she’ll stand by the door to let you know she needs to go outside.
Esther would do well in a house or as an apartment dog, since she’s quiet and small enough to carry down the stairs and doesn’t need a yard to run in. Experience in caring for a senior dog is a must, and she needs access to a veterinary opthamologist. She’s calm and patient and would be a good office dog, but if she’s left at home, she would do best with someone to let her have a mid-day pee break. She travels well, and because of her size, she’s easy to tote her around and would even fit under an airplane seat if you need to travel with her.
Mostly, though, she would like a comfortable retirement home for lots of cuddles and treats. It won’t be hard to love her!
“This uber petite gal has a huge and loving heart. She is incredibly sweet and polite. Despite her calm and quiet demeanor, she'll gently let us know that she wants to be included. She'll join us watching movies, cleaning house or folding laundry--she just enjoys being nearby. Her little squeaks let us know she is content.”
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Videos of Esther:
Get well, Esther! I'd love to give you a loving home for the rest of your years. Amanda Pace
Esther, old ladies rock!! Annie Campbell
I lost my sweet Tallulah almost a year ago and she would have been 12 this summer. My heart is wide open for these special seniors these days. Bless this little old girl! Lauren Tyska
for Esther. in honor of my grandmother Joycelynn Williams who passed in Februray at 96 years young. Darkswan Indulgences
We love your spirit Esther - from Me and my "Esther" a. Hope this will buy a few of those treats. Krista Moyes
Esther, you remind me of my beloved porky of the late duo pork and beans. She loved food also. Stephen Fleming
For Esther - love that you are the color of toast! Mmmmm toast! Yum! Get some yummy treats and snacks so you grow stronger. Soon you will have a forever family! Joanne Shepherd
Pretty little Esther hope you are feeling better soon. Debra Nash
For sweet Esther! Much love from Jeter, Renee, and Brennan <3
For Esther, feel better, from CeeCee
To Esther- best of luck to you! You have a great foster family there! Walfred