Nicknames: NeeNee, Diva Dog, DiBa, Lil Bit, Lil Shi***
Gotcha Date: September 26th 2009
Birthday: December 20th 2003
Likes: Cuddling with mom! Traveling, riding on a bike with mom.
Favorite Toy: Flappy toy that Dixie's mom gave her!
Favorite Food: Chicken!!!
Favorite Walk: On our street
Arrival Story: Nisha was adopted from Sheree's Dog Rescue outside of Dallas, Texas. She arrived in California after her flight with her new mom on 9/09. She and her sister shih tzu were raised with miniature schnauzers, who were all released to rescue.
Nisha was a frightened dog who had just been spayed at age 5. It is unknown how many litters she may have had in the past. She was a puppy mill dog who had not been socialized with people. She was unable to follow commands, walk on a leash, was not housebroken and is afraid to have people touch her, other than her new adoptive mother. She is completely comfortable with any dog so she probably was raised in a kennel. On her arrival in her new home, she went for an examination at the vet's who determined that she had a fractured lower jaw. During her first dental procedure, she had a CT scan to view what was going on with her jaw. She lost several teeth, one tooth was abscessed with infection into the bone. The CT scan verified that a section of the jaw was floating due to 2 fractures. We have delayed her surgery until she reaches a calmer demeanor. At this time, she runs away if any one but mom tries to touch her. She'll panic and jump off of anything to try to get away. Due to the facial construction of a shih tzu and their short legs, it is common for them to impact their jaws when they land from a jump. In order to not further damage her jaw, she will have surgery in the future. She was on antibiotics for 3 weeks for the infection. At the end of this course of meds, she was a changed dog. As time goes by, she is in less pain. She has even progressed from all wet food to kibble. Brushing her teeth is impossible as she doesn't like any pressure on her mouth. It's really unfortunate that neglect and abuse can lead to such damage to such a cute little dog.
Her progress will be updated in her diary. She's coming along nicely with learning the basics of life in a home. It's going to take time and patience and a lot of love for her to feel comfortable. But that is what we have for her.
Bio: UPDATE: 7/12/11 Jaw surgery completed successfully. The wonderful vets at UC Davis Dental/Oral Surgery clinic used bone morphogenic protein (bone growth stimulator) and a plate. We're hoping for a pain free, strong, stable jaw!
CURRENT UPDATE: 9/27/2013 NeeNee is more than 2 years out from surgery. We've had checkups, xrays and CT scans and all is well! The jaw bone has regrown, is strong, and has no complications!
Forums Motto: Diva Dog...but somebody has to do it!
It is NeeNee's Gotcha Day!!! She was adopted from Sheree's Dog Rescue near Dallas Texas in 2009. I flew there to meet her and stayed with Linda & Sabrina for a couple of nights. At the same time, Carol flew down from British Columbia and adopted her adorable schnauzer, Dixie! We all "knew" each other from Dogster, but it was our first actual meet up.
Since then NeeNee had major surgery to repair a fractured jaw, and our family has moved from California to Oregon. What a busy girl! Glad we gotcha, NeeNee! Thank you Linda and Sabrina for all that you do.
My pal Zaidie let me know that Bark Magazine has an article on a dog who had the same type of surgery I had!!! Last time I was at the UCD Vet hospital, Dr. Verstraete told mom that a total of 8 dogs have had the surgery - 4 with injured jaws and 4 with cancer in the jaw. Everyone of us has had 100% success!
We love our vets for taking such good care of us, and especially the UCD oral surgery team with Drs. Verstraete, Arzi and Farkus!!! THANK YOU for letting me have a normal life.
Happy Birthday, sweet girl. You have been through so much in the last few years, and now you are such a happy girl. You have no more jaw pain after your surgery. You play more and trust more. You're such a mama's girl, and that's ok with me. It's all about making you feel safe in the world. You've come such a long way with that. When we first got you, you were afraid to walk through doorways and ran from everyone. Now you go outside and sun on the deck. You explore the garden on your own or with your brothers and sister. You take rides to town and visit others with me. And you chew on my hands, and sometimes bite down with that big solid jaw!!! Earlier this week, I had surgery out of town, so you had to stay with a new male house sitter!!! I never could've done that to you in the past. You've come so far at letting others near you, and we'll keep working on it.
I love you, sweet girl. Happy Birthday and many more to come!