Photo Comments Age: 13 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
Leave a bone for Tillie (Mathilda)
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Beautiful Lady, Tillie Bean, Sweet Pea, Silly Tillie, Tilster
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November 1st 2003
chow time, lap time, rides in the van
going outside when it's cold, getting her feet wet or dirty
socks, anything that she can play tug-of-war with Elika
Iams dog chow with canned food mixed in
to Quindaro Park, about a mile from home where she gets to go off leash & run in big circles
she gives hugs -- she stands up and puts her paws on each side of my waist and then I bend over and she puts her face against my cheek
I found Tillie in my front yard 11/1/07 in a "compromising" position with a stray male dog... I ran outside with a leash and when they were "uncompromised" I chirped at her and she lay down and rolled over on her side, wagging what little tail she had. She has shown no inclination to leave and I think she may have been dumped off. She had no collar.
From what I can discover about her by looking at her, she has had puppies before, she has been an outdoor dog, probably kept in a kennel or allowed to run loose, she has scars on her from fighting, though she's sweet as a lamb. Her tail is cropped too short for a boxer. There's only about an inch of tail with a bad scar at the end rather than the typical three inches, so it may have been a home job or an uninformed vet who did it. Her ears are uncropped and her dewclaws have been removed. She fit immediately in to our little pack, plays like a puppy with Elika (my boxer pup, 8 mos. old in November '07), is sweet with the cats, great with my friend's small children, and is the biggest lap dog. She's small for a boxer, originally about 45 pounds, but with regular feedings of quality food she picked up weight and her coat got a shine to it. As of January 2010 she's overweight at about 60 pounds. The last photo, which I couldn't seem to get to show up (but now have 2 of), shows Tillie and Elika surrounded on the floor by 2 pounds of pinto beans, was a misadventure I discovered on returning home one afternoon. The beans were supposed to be part of a church dinner I was going to cook for about 60 people. The dogs seem to be saying, "What did we do, Mommy?" Two pounds of pinto beans spreads out to about 200 square feet on a wood floor. Yep. Mommy was unhappy, but she went back to the store and got more beans -- this time safely put away from puppies! Tillie is afraid of white men, but seems to like people of other ethnic groups, women and men both. I suspect her previous owner might have been a white man who maybe didn't treat her too well. She likes children just fine, I am white, my best friend is black, and my neighbors are black & Latino -- she barks at them when she's outside but has only shown fear of my insurance adjuster who was a white male. If only she could talk... Tillie had a false pregnancy after I found her mating with strays, which turned into a serious uterine infection. She recovered and is now spayed and feeling much better. Her next health issue is going to be getting treated for heartworm, which she tested positive for. It's so sad, how someone could have such a beautiful dog and not take care of her, not even basic care. She is so loving and sweet, and her little stubby tail just goes as fast as she can make it go!
Update November 2008 Tillie is fine and sleek. I am planning to teach her and her companion boxer Elika to pull a wagon (Rosie the Boston will ride in it, being the little queen). :: Rosie passed away in January 2010 without ever getting a wagon ride. Tillie is fat and we go to the park whenever possible for exercise (we both need it). I still have the dog harnesses, so I may still teach the boxers to pull the wagon.
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