Mischa is an adorable tiny Shih Tzu mix older dog who was recently abandoned at a shelter. She’s looking for a home, but it has to have an ever ready lap to go with it.
All her life Mischa was so deprived of love that nowadays she simply cannot get enough affection.
Mischa’s puppy mill owners dropped her off at a New Jersey shelter once it became clear that she could no longer provide them with puppies for their business. She was in such poor shape that the shelter was unable to provide for her medical needs.
Mischa was in danger of being put down before rescue intervened. Anyone who has met Mischa will tell you the same thing: “She just wants to be loved.” One can only assume that she experienced very little affection in her past.
When the NJ shelter could do nothing for her, Mischa was taken to another shelter, Road To Home Rescue, where they don’t even know her age.
Co-founder Elyse Giurco said Mischa’s teeth were in such poor shape (a hallmark of puppy mill dogs) that not even the veterinarian could tell how old she was.
Worse still, the dog’s sexual organs were ravaged. Clearly she’d had litter upon litter of puppies. Her entire life had been a breeding machine.
Once 3 mammary tumors had been removed (all benign) followed by extensive dental work, Mischa waited patiently for a permanent home with her foster mommy Melissa. Mischa is definitely quite old (probably about 10) but she has energy and fun in her – she loves to play!
Melissa says she’s a fan of “running and walks and having her belly rubbed.” But most of all, Mischa is a lap dog. Elyse thinks she would do well with an older or retired person who spends a good amount of time at home so that Mischa can be lavished with all of the attention she missed in her former life.
Foster mom Melissa says: She is an angel. I don’t think she ever saw real grass before. She was scared in the dog park. It took her so long to understand what to do I cried. She kept walking up to the rocks and the real grass and running away scared, and would slowly walk back… several times before she walked on it.
Since Mischa needs so much love and attention, it would probably be best if she were an only pet. Lately she has become more accustomed to Melissa’s other dog, a male, so she may even adjust to other dogs. The main requirement for any permanent home will be a dog parent who can give lots of snuggles.
Featured Image via: Melissa DePaula