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Trixie D201199

Rat Terrier (short coat) / Female / Senior

Details about Trixie D201199

  • ID D201199
  • Available for Adoption
  • Dog
  • Black with White
  • Coatlength: Short
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Cats: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All
  • Reaction to New People: Cautious

More about Trixie D201199

  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only

Name: Trixie
Age: 10 years
Gender: Female
Breed: Rat Terrier
Weight: 13 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Older considerate children only
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: No, does fine not crated
Energy level: Moderate
History: Stray
Adoption Fee: $300


From the Foster:

Trixie comes with a number of medical issues, be sure to read below her bio!!!
Trixie is a very sweet, calm, quiet dog. She needs a home without small children that’s calm and quiet. Not a lot of activity as she’s easily scared and stressed out.

She likes to be in the same room her human is in, but she also likes her space. She’s not very cuddly, and is not much of a lap dog. She’s come a long way in the 6 months I’ve had her and she’ll usually greet new people fairly soon after meeting them. But she’s still pretty timid and wary of new situations and people. Her forever family needs to be prepared for it to take a long time for her to feel comfortable with them and to trust them.

Trixie is an older gal, so she’s not too active and sleeps most of the day, but loves her walks! She walks really well on a leash but likes to take her time to sniff all the smells. She rarely barks at or even notices when we pass other dogs. She’s potty trained and even goes to the door to ring the bell when she wants to go out. The only times she’s had accidents in the house is when I was too slow to notice she wanted out. She also rides well in the car.

Trixie is not crate trained, but she doesn’t need to be. She’s very good when left alone to roam free. She also likes to sleep with her human at night.

Trixie does great with other dogs. I think she likes having a friend to snuggle with on occasion and will even sometimes play with them. But she’s not a big player, doesn’t play with toys or chew on bones, and if the other dog is too young and playful, she will let them know she’s had enough with a snap and a bark. Trixie would also be content to be an only dog.

She’s very food motivated, loves carrots, and is super smart. She loves and looks forward to training time.

If you’re looking for an easy going, quiet dog that likes to be near you but not on top of you, and is somewhat aloof, then Trixie is your girl.


Through the course of my care at Secondhand Hounds, it was discovered I have a Grade 5 (out of 6) heart murmur. I have Chronic Degenerative Valve Disease (stage B2, stable) and a lesion/mass on my tricuspid valve. I do have dental disease, as is expected with my age, but it has been decided by a veterinary cardiologist that the risk of anesthesia is too great for a dental cleaning with extractions. To keep any potential dental infections at bay, I have antibiotics every 3 months or so (pulse therapy). 
My adopter should plan to promptly establish a relationship with a veterinarian post-adoption. The ongoing care to manage my heart condition is lab work every 3 months ( blood work, urine check, blood pressure check) and an echocardiogram every 6 months with a veterinary cardiologist. I have a recheck echocardiogram scheduled in May 2021 and it is possible that with the results of this, my recommendations may move to annual echos only. I also have medications daily to help support my heart. 
I do also have some protein losing nephropathy (PLN), which essentially means I'm losing some protein through my urine. My urine protein-creatinine ratios have been decreasing (a good thing!) with medication and prescription food. I do have some immature cataracts and aging eyes, as well as a few benign lumps and bumps, but nothing unexpected as far as those things go for a senior lady. The approximate costs for my care are listed below, keeping in mind these can vary between vet clinics, doctors, and pharmacies. 
- The cardiology specialist, for a recheck exam/echocardiogram is approximately $520 - 600
- Blood work (depending on what the doctor runs) is approximately $100-155
- Urine protein creatinine ratio lab work is $60-70
- Blood pressure check $30-40
- 100 tablets of Benazepril approximately $15 (for PLN)
- 1 case Royal Canin Renal D case of 24 cans of wet dog food approx $80. Renal support dry dog food approx $64 for a 17.6# bag
- 50 tablets of the VetMedin approx $60-70
- Aspirin and Clopidogrel medications - nominal, inexpensive/generic medications