Maltese Mix Puppies - Arizona Poodle Rescue

by Lora
(Tucson, AZ)


I was looking thru pet finders.com on the chance they might have a small, non-shedding dog in the
Tucson area. I found a real little cutie that is probably a Poodle Maltese mix puppy. He looks all Maltese, but I've been spending my money on getting him healthy instead of genetic testing. Based on his teeth, he is about 5 months old. I know nothing else about his background, except that he was surrendered to animal control in Phoenix and rescued by Az Poodle Rescue. Blood tests were normal. The fee was $200 and included shots and neutering. They told me about his medical problem.

He was having seizures that were poorly managed on phenobarbital, so I've added several Azmira holistic remedies. As he improves, I've been able to cut back the phenobarbital. It made him very lethargic. Feeding him several small meals a day to balance his blood sugar has also helped. He has very definite ideas about what food he likes. He seems to be doing well on Orijen puppy kibbles and rotating flavors of grain free canned food.

I've only had him a week and a half, but he is gaining weight and getting stronger. The seizures are less frequent and less severe. He is running and playing like a normal puppy. He's very sweet, though not a big lap dog. Maybe after he is clipped and cooler. Calling him Sparky.

UPDATE: He's doing very well, by the way. 48 hours since his last seizure. Huge improvement from 1-3 severe seizures a day, even with phenobarb.

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Dec 20, 2014
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Follow up
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the comment about the the possible ill effects of improper thyroid levels. I've found that Sparky is very food sensitive and has responded very well to a diet of chicken and sweet potatoes. He's been on Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet over three years now and has been healthy and seizure-free since I started him on it. Good as a miracle cure. I swear by it.

Dec 19, 2014
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seizures and low thyroid levels
by: Anonymous

sometimes dogs have seizures because their thyroid is low. Make sure the vet checked the dogs thyroid level.
our poodle had horrible seizures. the vet wanted to put her on phenobarbital but the side effects made us nervous and made her sleep all day. We asked for her thyroid to be checked and started her on thyroid medicine and she never had another seizure. We reduced her phenobarbital slowly because if you stop it suddenly, it will cause seizures.
Hope this helps.

Jun 21, 2011
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Update
by: Lora

Sparky has had no seizures in the last 48 hours. I don't want to jinx it, but this is a huge improvement from one to three severe seizures everyday. And very small dose of phenobarb yesterday.

Still unable to post picture. I'll keep trying.

Jun 21, 2011
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first time it's ok not to post pic
by: Misabellasmommy

I look forward to seeing pics of the puppies that folks love and adore and when I open a post and there is no pic it is so disappointing but this story of this young lady taking such time to care for an Arizona rescue was so heartwarming that I now realize that a person that does good for an animal and writes to tell about it hopefully will encourage others to do the same - a picture does tell a t housand words but words were necessary to paint this bright and s hiny picture of a happy future of this little Sparky....thanks for sharing!

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Willows Bend Rescue Center

by Tabatha Hartsell
(Concord, NC, USA)

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I was looking on Craigslist and I had actually seen an add about a Shih Tzu, that's why I was calling. The lady informed me of the conditions in which she found the 11 month old Shih Tzu (kenneled all its life...) and playing in its own feces.

So she was taking the little girl to a trainer. She then told me of the six week old Maltese and Shih Tzu mix puppies she has rescued. It was all over right there for me. I always thought Maltese dogs were the cutest, and I thought to myself, mixed with a Shih Tzu, she has to be gorgeous. I drove 1 hour and a half from my home in Concord, NC to Lancaster, SC; to get her. It was love at first sight with me and my daughter (2 years old) when we seen her.

Now here we are, we've had her for 3 days now and I am in love with her even more. She goes with us everywhere and even managed to make her way into my bed. Who would of thought you could love an animal this much. She's part of the family and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Dec 09, 2009
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Reply to ALL
by: Anonymous

Hello guys, we wanna thank you so much, for commenting on my page. I do believe that I found the right family for myself. I'm quite a handful and so hyper these days but I make for, good, funny entertainment for the family. LOL

My mommy says I have quite a personality, and she laughs at me a lot. Oh and I have 2 new sisters, Ones 5 years old and her name is Hailey, she holds me a lot and snuggles with me. Then there's Destiny, she'll be 3 in February, she isn't so fun, she tries to make me dress up in her doll clothes and ride in her stroller. Ughh.. I'm gonna have to teach her something. Doggies can wear clothes, just not ones meant for baby dolls.
it was nice talking to you all, I will keep you updated!!

Merry Christmas, and be sure to go and see Santa Paws....

Dec 08, 2009
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PLEASE CONTACT ME
by: STACY

i WOULD LOVE TO RECEIVE ONE OF THESE AS WELL IF SHE STILL HAS THEM IM ABOUT 10 MIN FIRM MT AIREY ON THE VA SIDE BUT MY KIDS ARE JUST DYEING TO GET A DOG SINCE OUR WAS STOLEN 3 DAYS AFTER RELOCATING AND HAVEING NO FRIENDS HERE. THERE TEENS SO ITS REALLY HARD AND I JUST CANT AFFORD THE HIGH COST OF ONE AT THIS TIME.....MY EMAIL IS SEESTAYSEE@MSN.COM THANKS SO MUCH

Dec 08, 2009
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Two Paws UP! for the rescue puppy!
by: LuLu and LoLLy

Hi, we are 2 Maltese dogs LuLu and LoLLy! We want to thank you for rescuing this wonderful puppy! LoLLy is a rescue and she is AWESUM! Also, we love rescue so much, we created the world's first doggy rock video called "Rescue Dog Rock!" Check it our at http://www.luluandlolly.com
Your Maltese paLs, LuLu and LoLLy!

Dec 01, 2009
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Thank You
by: Anonymous

Thank you for rescuing a puppy and a beautiful one at that. My puppy is 1/2 Maltese and 1/2 Yorkie and I fell in love with her right away too. Your lives will be full of fun and unconditional love for a long time. Please teach your little girl to be gentle, the puppy will love heer even more then. Enjoy your baby.
Sue

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