Tilly is a silly, lovable teddy bear of a dog who is finally getting to experience the good things in life! Saved from the dog meat trade in China, she has come a long way since arriving in MN. This one-eyed cutie LOVES to lay on the window sill and look out at the world. We have a storage bench against a window with dog stairs leading up to it so that is her spot to hang out. (She needs dog stairs to get up on the couch, bed, etc.) This is her absolute favorite thing to do, lay on her sill.
Tilly gets free reign with our other dogs during the work day. She doesn't have accidents and is happy to lay in her spot at the window. She will bark if a delivery person brings something to our door or sees someone outside. She sleeps in her kennel next to our bed at night with the door open so she can come and go. She loves having her little den to snuggle in. She doesn't need to be kenneled, but since she likes it for sleeping we have one for her, but we never close the door. She has recently started sleeping in our bed with us some nights.
Tilly is tolerant of other dogs her size that are calm and don't necessarily need a play buddy. She is scared of big dogs and will growl/bark at them. Recently she has become a bit more comfortable with our lab, but she would do best as an only dog or with another small dog who is respectful of her personal space. She will occasionally try to play with our small dog and is sometimes happy to sit by our large dog, but other times growls and snaps at him. Tilly's main love in life is her people. It took her about 3 weeks to get totally comfortable with us, but now she gets so excited when we get home, wants to cuddle, and loves giving kisses. She needs some time to warm up, but then she has so much love and affection to offer.
Tilly is a long-haired dog that will require regular grooming and brushing. She's not a big fan of getting groomed (she has only experienced this once in her life!) or going to the vet yet (she's a biter in these situations), so her family will need to be understanding of this until she gets more used to being poked and prodded.
Tilly had a couple accidents when she first arrived at our house, but now that she is on a schedule she is doing great. She loves to go outside. You need to keep an eye on opening the door and closing it all the way because she will try to dash out to enjoy the outdoors. She loves riding in the car too. Though she likes being outside for short periods, she's not a huge fan of walks when it's warm out. She gets hot so easily. She will lay down in the road in protest sometimes. It's pretty funny. This girl definitely loves her air conditioning.
Due to missing several teeth, Tilly only eats canned dog food. However, she LOVES it and gets super excited at meal times. Even though she doesn't have that many teeth, she loves chewing on small rawhide bones and they last her a long time.
Overall, she is a fluffy pup who is getting more snuggly by the day. She now enjoys being lifted onto the couch to sit on our laps and cuddle. She has also started playing with toys for the first time as well, which is so adorable to watch her try to figure it out. She's a special dog that is going to make a lucky family very happy.
Tilly has a collapsing trachea which restricts her in a couple ways:
-She must only use a harness (no collars connected to the leash)
-She does not like hot, humid weather and her activity should be limited to short walks to go to the bathroom in the summer. She also needs air conditioning.
-She coughs/hacks when she gets excited or has too much activity. Her family will need to limit over stimulation so she doesn't go into a coughing fit.
-There is no treatment for this condition, you just have to manage it. Basically she is more of a couch potato dog and is not up for lots of exercise. She still enjoys walks in appropriate weather, playing with toys, and gets excited for treats.