Nicknames: Angel girl, Sugar Ann, Suggy, Sug, Diva, Baby girl, Dancing girl, Momma's angel, Wee one, Sugmeister, Fuzz Face
Birthday: April 16th 1999
Likes: Loves to snuggle in a lap and snooze, daily walks, rides in her look-out carseat in the van, run off lead and blitz
Pet-Peeves: I have some separation anxiety. I'm a bit shy around other dogs, a bit fearful of getting coat brushed and teeth brushed
Favorite Toy: Anything fleecy, small stuffed animals
Favorite Food: Hill's KD Prescription Dog Food, greenies and marrobones
Favorite Walk: In the neighborhood and at the park
Best Tricks: Loves to do the "Bichon wave" by standing on her back legs and waving her front paws. Sadly Sugar's hip dysplasia now prevents her from doing this too often :( She still tries though!
Arrival Story: Sugar was adopted at the age of two from Lily's Hope Bichon Rescue (Pittsburgh, PA) nka Bichon Frise Club of America Rescue. She came into rescue as a very fearful and shy girl with a long tear-stained coat. We don't think Sugar was abused, but was noticeably not well cared for. It took quite some time for her to gain our trust and that of her Bichon brother. Today she has transformed into a lovely little dog that is very gentle, sweet and loving. As human sisters living together and loving the Bichon breed we have become Bichon rescue volunteers. We've "almost" failed Fostering 101 several times. For now we'll be a 2 dog family, but know that someday there will be another to join our pack.
Bio: Sugar came into rescue with a male littermate. (Sadly we learned in September 2008 that Everett passed on to the Rainbow Bridge from a malignant brain tumor.) Sugar's tattoo number on the inside of her back leg, makes us think that she was from a puppymill or ready to be bred at one time in her young life. We already had a rescued Bichon for a year and wanted him to have a companion,so we adopted Sugar through rescue as well.
Sugar is not a certified therapy dog but has been to nursing homes and hospitals for visits. Her calm nature lets anyone pet and love her. Sugar does have her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate, which is something we're very proud of!
Candle #11 has now been added to my birthday cake;) It seems like yesterday I was just a young pup. I was humbled to be remembered by lots of old and new Dogster pals. They sent p-mails and rosettes throughout the day in my honor. I have some of the best friends and they never forget me. It's been an interesting year with my medical issues, but I'm feeling good and hoping to stay that way for a lot longer....
It's been 2 years since I was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and I thought my days of running and jumping were over. Well let me tell you about the day I had yesterday. We've had beautiful weather and yesterday was a bit cooler, so we've been back to daily walking again. Last night we went to the school yard where Chester and I can walk in the fenced in tennis courts. Mom took off my lead and did I get excited. I actually ran and ran and tried to chase Chester and ran some more..... On seeing my back profile when I walk, it's noticeable how much more bow legged I've become. I bunny hop if I have to but I can still walk - and boy do I love those walks. I'll never be able to jump on or off the beds, but that's ok. Mom still picks me up to sit on the couch and once in awhile I manage to get up there myself. Last night was like magic to me and my moms were so delighted to see how good I felt. They thought I might be hurting more today but I'm not. Life is good and that's the way I hope it stays for me!!
Several weeks ago my groomer Jennifer noticed a small blood clot on the iris of my left eye. Mom is surprised that she didn't see it (especially since she cleans my eyes every day). The clot was small but just the way the light in the grooming van was shining on it, it was more visible. We made a trip the next day to our vet and he checked all my pressures, etc. Everything looked ok, so he was stumped. He recommended the eye specialist, so that's where we went this afternoon. The diagnosis is a "corneal stromal hemorrhage". It's probably been there for awhile but will clear up in a few months on its own, and the help of an antibiotic ointment. It could have come from a scratch or abrasion. The really good news is that my cataracts are very minimal and my eyes are better than we thought! *Sugar does a mini Bichon blitz in excitment* Since I'm turning 11 years old in a few weeks, I'm not a "spring pup" - bol! Most of the eye problems are coming with age, but that's ok with me. As long as I age gracefully I'm happy. Thanks to all my pals for your love and concern. I wish all of you a Happy Easter!!!