Trixie .. The Dog Who Wouldn't Die!


Trixie's friends call her the dog that wouldn't die

Some details of the 4-year-old shih tzu's life prior to her arrival in Oshkosh last week are hazy, but this much is clear: as a result of neglect by Trixie's former owners in Wausau, the dog is a furry packet of skin and bones and may be permanently blind

The saga that took Trixie from Wausau to an Oshkosh foster home affiliated with Shih Tzu Rescue, a national network of shih tzu lovers, began like most doggie hard luck stories - with a family that no longer wanted her.

From what Aggie Wood, Shih Tzu Rescues Neenah-based local representative has learned, Trixie's previous owner gave the dog to an employee in October who was going to give her to a niece in Minnesota.

Trixie ran away the same day and was wandering the Wausau area for nearly eight weeks, during which the new owner made no effort to find her. When she was returned her eyes were badly damaged, she was filthy and had lost considerable weight. Then, because the man who gave Trixie away didn't want his wife to learn what had happened to the dog, Trixie was locked in the employee's basement "because they thought she would die soon," Wood said.

Nine days later, the woman called a Wausau veterinarian to have Trixie euthanized. The vet instead put her in touch with Shih Tzu Rescue.

"She's got the will to live. That much was proven by the 7 1/2 weeks," Wood said. "Even with everything she's been through, her tail doesn't stop wagging. She's a spunky little girl." Last week, an Oshkosh veterinarian had to remove Trixie's left eye, which was on the verge of erupting from a long-standing infection, and temporarily sealed the lid on the other eye to allow it to heal.

"It's just incomprehensible to me that people can do these sorts of things," said Barbara Pressley, the Oshkosh woman who is caring for Trixie and covering her medical bills. "If it (Trixie's eye) had been taken care of when she was returned, or if the dog had been sent to us right away, the eye could have been saved."

Instead, Pressley spent the night of Dec. 27 staying up with Trixie, medicating her eye, feeding and comforting her before emergency surgery the next morning. Trixie is one of the worst of nearly 130 shih tzu hard luck stories that Wood and other volunteers have tried to set right since she started the rescue effort in 1999.

I would like to say to whomever might read this...if you don't already have a rescue story of your own....please consider adoption. These are the sweetest and most gracious dogs on the planet. If you have time and will reap the benefits of that love ten-fold.

UPDATE! Trixie can see out of her one remaining eye thanks to the wonderful efforts of an eye specialist and her new Mom!

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