Pet-Peeves: Believing she's done something not as well as she should have done.
Favorite Toy: Tennis ball.
Favorite Food: 'Tripe Sticks'.
Favorite Walk: Farm fields and beach.
Best Tricks: Give paw, and generally working stuff out for herself.
Arrival Story: I got Mishka aged around two years old from a local animal rescue shelter; they weren't sure of her exact age. She'd been given to the shelter just before Christmas; apparently because her owners didn't have any time to spend with her.
Bio: MISHKA passed away on 11th January 2013. Please read her diary entry if you'd like to know more about this. Thanks.
Please get to know me by watching my videos in my video book - there are lots and mum keeps adding to them! MISHKA is a mongrel who has predominantly a Golden Retriever colouring/coat; her name means 'teddy bear' in Russian. She is currently 12-13 years old and we've been together virtually 24/7 since I got her as a companion for my other rescue dog called POPPY - they bonded the instant Mishka came in the door and have been like inseparable sisters ever since. Mishka has a strong compulsion to please and she gets very upset if she feels she hasn't done her best. She is naturally submissive and flat refuses to take the lead in anything, but she's exceptionally clever at working things out for herself when she needs to do something. When she was younger Mishka's nickname was 'Tigger', because she was so bouncy and jolly and full of sunshine; she would bounce across the fields like an African gazelle! These days she's feeling her age and has had arthritis for a few years, so although she sometimes has a spurt of springy energy her bouncing days are unfortunately over. Since the end of 2009 she's lost most of her hearing; the vet says it's old age - with foresight I've always used handsignals with commands for my dogs, and also to indicate "good girl" and "I love you" so she can still appreciate that, because knowing she's done well and that I'm happy with her are extremely important to her. It is sad that she can no longer hear mummy singing to her, because that was her most favourite thing in the world and made her feel totally blissful. Sadly she had a full Grand Mal epileptic fit in March 2010 that was a BIG worry, but to date hasn't had another, so we hope it was a one-off. Otherwise Mishka remains relatively fit and healthy and very much enjoys her daily romps in the field or on the beach - she's always been a dog who needs to get out and about exploring 2-3 times a day. She is a very sweet attractive girl and everybody loves her - plus she snores like a big piggy, which is always hilarious!
MISHKA passed away at 10pm on Friday 11th January 2013. It was a natural death and she died with my arms around her with my voice close to her ear, which I hope was some comfort to her as she passed.
I won't be visiting Dogster again for a long long time. So my very best wishes to you all... and please love and cherish literally every minute you have with your fur babies, because no matter how hard we wish or pray, one day they are always taken away from us and it's a truly unbearable loss/pain.
MISHKA was a perfectly gorgeous golden sunshine girl inside and out - my sunny sunshine - my beautiful girl who was always bouncy "happy joy joy" no matter what, right up to her final day, despite the pain of a huge growth on her ribs that eventually turned septic.
No matter how low I was feeling MISHKA would always make me smile and laugh and lift my heart like no human person ever could (or ever wanted to) and since her loss my heart is broken and empty of the joy she filled it with on a daily basis just by looking at her beautful golden face.
I will love her always and forever and if the 'dream' really is true about us reuniting with our fur babies in the afterlife it will be paradise for me and we will be together until the end of time.
Hello everyone. Yes it's me Mishka... can you believe I'm still going strong at my advanced age? It's amazing isn't it? Mum thinks I'm immortal! Despite my very old age and a touch of arthritis, plus the huge benign lump on my ribs that the vet won't remove I am a very happy girl. In fact I'd say I'm feeling happier now than I did up to around six months ago. I think that after I had that Grand Mal fit two years ago it affected me in subtle ways for a very long time afterwards and it all made me feel depressed and grumpy; but these days it seems to have lifted off me and I'm much more like my younger self full of Tigger sparkle - I even try a tiny bounce sometimes! I even try running a short way on our walks, which is hard, but it makes me smile and wag; then mum says, take it easy girl, you don't need to run at your age - but as long as I can do I will do!
Mum has been so caught up in trying to get through 2011 that she hasn't found any free time to visit Dogster with us, but she says that she'll try to keep in touch with you all this year whenever she's able to. I hope everyone is well; especially all you oldies. We hope to be able to visit you all and send/reply to messages soon.
Mum will be taking new pics/vids of me this week to show you how well I am. I will come back and visit as soon as mum has some free time to spare. Lots of wags and licks to you all. xxxx
Well my goodness, 2011 is on its way and if I live it out I shall be 14 years old! You wouldn't believe how I can still put on a spurt of jolly bouncing like when I was a two year old Tigger long ago... though only for a few seconds these days. I am eating well and doing fine.
We're hoping to move house this year, which is okay with me as I can settle down wherever I am without a fuss as long as mum is there. We've had enough now of the stupid people using the farm lane who don't slow down and try to kill us. I've told you about them before in a previous diary. A few days ago the dumb old man in the giant 4x4 was going to smoosh Toby on the farm lane (which is like a long driveway one vehicle wide) and mum had to put herself in his path to force him to stop - he shouted at her, "I don't know who you think I am, but I don't stop for dogs in the way." - so this shows you the kind of folks these are. Anyway, cus of them we have to be extra super-dooper careful, which is rotten seeing as we live here and they don't. Anyway...
We would like to wish every one of our pup pals (here and in Heaven) plus their wonderful loving pawrents a sensational, happy, healthy and wealthy New Year 2011. With much doggy love from Poppy, Mishka, Toby and their mum Joy xxxx