Our delightful dowager, Trixie, had a real shock to her system, when her owner died last year, and a concerned neighbor sent her to us, along with her beloved housemate, Akiak. Akiak was adopted right away, and left Trixie behind. Ten years old, this lovely Border Collie was really thrown for a loop. Trixie, we discovered, is deaf, making the transition even more difficult for her.

Over the course of the last couple of months, Trixie has mellowed out, and has proven to be a complete love. She is experiencing some stress from adjusting to our multi-dog Rescue, so we would love to see her in a quiet, relaxed environment with folks who are willing to open their hearts to a deaf senior. Trixie would be an ideal companion dog: she loves people, loves to be stroked and brushed, and greatly appreciates human touch.

Trixie is a Border Collie, who has lived her life as a pampered pet. Trixie arrived with a summer "puppy cut" that did little to flatter her zaftig figure. Over the past few months, Trixie's lush, black and white coat has regrown to its former glory, and she is a vision of soft, curly waves with elegant white tuxedo markings and spotted white socks. She is easy to groom, and enjoys daily brushing.

At the age of 10, Trixie is well past that maddening, hyperactive Border Collie youngster phase. Her ideal situation would be a home in which she could shine as Superstar. We would like to see her lavished with attention and love. She is the ideal companion dog, and prefers to relax in the company of her special person. She would do well with either an active single or couple, or retiree who enjoys a couple of brisk leash walk daily. Her needs are very minimal, but she definitely needs a loving environment for her golden years.

As a spritely senior, Trixie is way past the puppy destructive years, and would be a good choice for apartment living. She's not overly reactive to sounds, and doesn't seem to bark much. Although Trixie has lived her life with another dog, she seems to feel that Akiak is tough to replace, and hasn't accepted the many other fosters in her orbit. We believe that she could grow fond of one other well-behaved dog, that is willing to give her space. She may well be the ideal companion to another senior dog who recently lost their beloved housemate. She could do well in a family with older children, but toddlers would not be the best fit, as their overzealous attentions can spook laid-back dogs.

Trixie has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during her transition to a new home. Trixie is in good health and has recently been spayed, and has had a full dental. Her pre-op bloodwork was normal, and she has many great quality of life years left. Trixie can be a chow hound and is still on the chubby side at 63 pounds. Adopters should watch her weight, and make sure she gets exercise each day.

Trixie has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), and Canine Flu. She has been boostered as needed. She has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick. If you are interested in Trixie, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.