Leia Status: Available

ID: 25320

Name: Leia

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 9 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: A minimum donation of £100

Location: In Foster in
Cefneithin, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

23-05-19 - Leia is an extremely sweet lady. She is happy to approach to be handled and have a fuss, She is on the slower side but is happy to have a good play every so often. Leia will need another dog in her new home to help get rid of her shyness and to show her all about housetraining and other home skills. She sat there very patiently while being health checked and we have all taken a great liking to her kind nature. She has some hair loss but this should return fine once she is spayed and being loved in a home

06-06-19 UPDATE

What a sweetie! Leia is one of the most sweet natured, kindest dogs you’ll meet. When the others are yapping at a stranger passing, she’ll walk through them all to come and say ‘hi’ and make her own judgement. As she is so good with people, we went to meet some other animals; the donkey liked her and she didn’t want to bother the cat during mealtime. She’s the kind of dog that is difficult to get a good photo of, because the second you get to her level for a photo she likes to come in for a cuddle. Leia is my favorite Bichon at the rescue (shh don’t tell the others) and that’s saying something, because there are a lot too choose from!

06-07-19 UPDATE

Leia came into rescue at the end of May and very quickly showed everyone what a sweetheart she was. In June she went off to foster but sadly about 2 weeks into being fostered she suddenly started losing weight and drinking excessively and was ravenously hungry all the time, a visit to the vet brought back a diagnoses of Diabetes.
Unfortunately this meant that she needed to be moved to a fosterer who had diabetes experience so she has now come to stay with me whilst we look for the perfect home.
Lottie as she is known with me has settled in incredibly quickly, she is amazing with all my other dogs and also my cats so she can definitely live with cats.
She is a quiet, delicate little girl who is very respectful and gentle but is still a little on the nervous side in new situations. I am slowly getting her diabetes under control and each week I perform what is called a curve which is basically a series of blood glucose tests done over a 12 hour period that tells us how her body is responding to the Insulin and if it needs to increase or decrease.
When she first came to me her blood glucose was running very high all the time as is the norm with newly diagnosed dogs but over the last 2 weeks it has started to come down although is still a little in the higher range so she will likely be having a slight increase in her insulin dose. I also do spot checks at varying times.
With regards to food Lottie does not need special diabetic food and has settled well on Chappie with a boiled or roast chicken topper or lambs liver topper and she gets a dehydrated liver treat at the time of her twice daily insulin shot. It is important that she gets exactly the same amount of food twice daily at 12 hour intervals and no treats in between as this is what will help to stabilise her and keep her stable and keep her appetite in check.
Over the last 2 weeks her appetite has started to even out and she is no longer ravenously hungry all the time which tells me we are heading in the right direction to getting her stable although we did have a bit of an incident a few days ago involving me putting some left over pizza in its box on a shelf and coming back to find her flat out asleep on her back with a belly full of pizza so you would need to be mindful not to leave any food around that she can reach up to!
With regards to costs for insulin it is often a cheaper option to get a prescription from the vet and purchase online, there are many online pet pharmacies that sell a 10ml bottle of Caninsulin for around £20 (right now she is only on 2 units twice daily and a 10ml bottle contains 400 units, please note her daily insulin needs may increase) or you can purchase a Vetpen for around £70 and use 2.7ml cartridges which are around £6 each online with a vet prescription (a 2.7ml cartridge contains 108 units of insulin). 40iu insulin syringes can be also purchased online at around £12 for 100, they must be 40iu as the human 100iu syringes are not suitable. Many people find Vetpens easier to use than syringes as they do not need to be stored in the fridge and are easy to carry around if you are out for the day or on holiday.
I really hope that her diabetes does not put people off offering a home, diabetes does not need to be a reason for her to not find a family. A family who has experience of diabetes would be a bonus, particularly a family who is able to perform their own curves rather than sending her to the vets for them to keep costs down.
She will need a family who is financially able to cope with paying for her insulin, blood glucose test strips etc as her diabetes means she may not be insurable. A perfect situation would be a family who already has a diabetic dog.
Lottie definitely needs to be in a home where there is a kind resident dog who will guide her and cuddle up to her. There is an amazing diabetic dog support group on Facebook as well and we would urge anyone who is considering offering Lottie a home to join that as the group is full of fantastic people with many years of experience with diabetic dogs, the group can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/UKDiabeticDogs/
Lottie is slowly learning to enjoy her daily walks, she loves sleeping on the bed and she has adapted well to routine. She is not a huge fan of having her twice daily insulin shots but she will settle in time as she gets used it it. She is clean in the house for the vast majority of the time and will happily go out into the garden of her own accord if she needs to go, there have been some accidents overnight but this will settle once her diabetes is fully stable as she will not be drinking as much. She knows the words 'it's bedtime' and 'breakfast' and 'dinner'. Lottie will happily seek out human attention and will jump up on the sofa for a cuddle.

24-07-19 UPDATE

Leia has now been with me almost a month, she has come on in leaps and bounds in the time she has been with me and is just the most amazing little girl. Her diabetes is coming under control nicely and she is now gaining weight and the hair on her back is starting to grow back. Leia gets on well with dogs of all sizes and cats as well. She enjoys a slow leisurely stroll through the woods in the morning and a few days ago she saw swans on a lake for the first time and was completely mesmerised by them but was respectful of them and kept her distance and most of all she loves making her self comfy on the settee and cuddling up to my other dogs. She has found her voice and will let you know she is happy and she loves rolling round on the floor having a good old bark at fresh air. She adores food and has caught me out a few times with her food thievery skills but I am wising up to that now!
Leia is looking for a nice laid back home where she can do her own thing and chill out as much as she wants. She is clean in the house almost all of the time and understands 'bedtime' 'breakfast' and 'Dinner'. She is super intelligent and a very fast learner, particularly when it comes to getting what she wants!
Although she is diabetic she does not need expensive special diabetic food , she is thriving on her current diet of Chappie and chopped up lambs liver/chopped up chicken. Leia is looking for a home with another laid back dog to help guide her and cuddle up to her and will need a family who are able to financially support her diabetes.

10-09-19 UPDATE
Over the last 8 weeks Lottie has gone from a scared, timid ex breeding dog to a blossoming flower who has come to love cuddles and in the last week or 2 has found her voice and started to play and found her cheeky side. Overnight her new life was cruelly ripped from her as when we woke this morning she was unable to find her way to the bedroom door and down the stairs, diabetes had robbed her of her sight overnight.
I let Sylvia know that Lottie had lost her sight and then immediately got onto Rowe Referrals to discuss her case. Rowe came back to me within a couple of hours and asked that I take her in immediately. I jumped in the car with Lottie and headed off down to Bristol to see the amazing vets at Rowe and after the examination was told that one of her cataracts had already started to rupture and the other was close so there was no option to delay or she would risk losing her sight forever, they took her straight into surgery there and then.
Seeing this beautiful girl completely regress to being the scared girl she was when she first arrived at Many Tears has broken me, can you imagine a world where one day you can see and are having fun running around and barking and playing to waking up the following day in total darkness and too scared to move? By the time you have read this appeal Lottie will have had her surgery and hopefully it will have gone well but that is only the first hurdle, our beautiful brave girl will now have approx 4 to 6 weeks of intense aftercare and weekly visits to Rowe Referrals.
The gift of sight is a priceless gift and I am truly hoping that our amazing Many Tears family will help us to raise the funds needed to pay for Lottie's surgery. It is a big ask but I am asking you all to pull together and donate just £2 and share Lottie's story with 5 members of your family and friends, my belief is that we can get her surgery funded in no time at all if we work together as a team. Please help.

06-10-19 UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who has donated towards giving Leia the Gif of Sight.  Her sight was restored instantly after the surgery and she was doing really well and had got back to being the cheeky Lottie I had come to know and love.
Unfortunately has this didn't last and she has had to have injections in both eyes to take away the fibrin (inflammation) that was building up.  The injections solved the problem but  when ee tested her eye pressure at MT we found her left eye to be over 70 (it is meant to be under 20).
We took her to Rowe Vets and her pressure at this time was just over 20 so she was allowed to come home with me with a plan to see her again on in a few days and we returned her pressure in one eye was once again up above 70.  Rowe admitted her there and then to decompress her eye with a needle and monitor her.  Despite all the meds they gave her the eye pressure continued to spike through the night so on they took her back into surgery to insert a shunt into the affected eye. 
The shunt has so far worked and her eye pressure is normal.  Normally in cases where the eye pressure is so high by the time it is noticed the eye is beyond saving but thankfully because her foster mum spotted it so quickly her retina was still functional and this made her a good candidate for the shunt.  So as you can see Liea has been through quite a lot and is not out of the woods just yet.

18-10-19 UPDATE

The lovely Leia has been staying with me for her holidays, she is an absolute gem and is no trouble at all, she walks well on the lead and loves to cuddle up on the sofa with me and all the doggies.
She will need a very special home as she has had cataract surgery and is also diabetic. This was the first time looking after a diabetic dog and I was a little nervous at first but she is so good at having her injections and just sits patiently while I do it.
She is such a sweetheart who just is so excited to see you when you come in the door and how can anyone resist that face !! (she’s the one in the red harness)

05-11-19 UPDATE

So it has been a few eventful weeks for Leia (Lottie as I call her). About a month ago Lottie lost her sight to cataracts, she was quickly taken to the eye specialist and had her cataracts removed and her sight was restored and she was happy as can be but this didn't last for long. Glaucoma is a common issue in dogs that have had cataract surgery and 2 weeks after her surgery Leia's eye pressure shot up to really high levels indicating she had developed glaucoma in her left eye. An emergency trip to the eye specialist saw Leia being admitted to see if the eye pressure could be brought down with medication but sadly it was not to be so she had to undergo another surgery to fit a shunt into her left eye to bring the pressure down.
It was a rough week for her, the glaucoma is very painful and the surgery to ease it left her in a lot of pain so she was kept in so that her pain could be controlled. A week later I was able to bring her home and I have never seen a dog so happy to see me! Leia has settled back into her normal routine and so far all is going well with the shunt in her eye. She will need fortnightly visits to the eye specialist for some time to come to ensure her left eye remains stable and she needs a home where the owners will be able to take her for her specialist appointments and manage the multiple eye drops she will need each day.
Leia is going to require eye meds for the rest of her life and there is a chance the shunt could fail and she could lose her left eye in the future so her new family will need to monitor her very closely for any changes to the eye.
Her diabetes has remained fairly stable through her ordeal, there have been a few glitches with spikes in blood glucose but they have been managed. All of her health issues aside Leia is just the loveliest little girl, she gets on well with all other dogs and is fine with cats unless they get up in her face! She loves cuddles but favours the attention of women more than men.
She continues to be a master of food thievery and keeps me on my toes constantly! She is clean in the house except the odd accident when it is raining and she doesn't want to go out and she walks well on the lead. She does prefer not to be left alone and on the odd occasions that I go out without her she is beyond herself with excitement when I return and is very vocal!
Leia needs to go to a home where the family are fully prepared to commit to the lifestyle changes that would be needed to manage her conditions and be able to support her life long medications and medical care as she will not be insurable.

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

Although LEIA is by donation rather than the full adoption fee, we ask for a minimum donation of £100 to help cover the costs that have been incurred. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

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