Dixie is available for adoption Tuesday through Sunday.
If you are interested in adopting her please see our “How to Adopt” section and come in to meet her.
Dixie is a lovable gentle giant. She enjoys the company of other dogs, but also adores her people and will follow your every move. She is usually calm, but since she is still quite young she will get the urge every now and then to have a good romp in the yard. Dixie is also very smart, she sits on command and will go to the door to let you know when she needs to go out for potty breaks. She loves to sleep on the sofa, but when it is bedtime, we walk up to her crate, open the door and Dixie walks in and lays down! She is definitely a well-behaved young lady.
Now, to give you some background on miss Dixie. She was found by a citizen in the Savannah area several months ago. Her former owners were never located, and the citizen already had two kids and three dogs, and although they recognized what a wonderful dog she is, Dixie just couldn't stay with them any longer. We learned about Dixie through the email postings and brought her to Atlanta to find a forever home. The nice folks who kept Dixie for those months reported that she was good with their children ages 2 through 13.
We don't know what Dixie has been through in the past, but we suspect she has been hit by a car, breaking her jaw. You can see that her nose is twisted slightly to her left and down. This is because her fractured jaw healed in poor alignment. It does not appear to cause Dixie any discomfort, and she eats her dry kibble without hesitation.
Dixie also had a "cherry eye" bulge in the corner of her left eye. She probably lived with it for more than a year. Besides looking painful and making her tear, it partly blocked her vision. It must have been very uncomfortable, because she could not fully close her eye. Thanks to Dr. Whittle, at Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic, Dixie has had her cherry eye condition repaired. In fact it has been repaired three times. The problem is that Dixie had such a large bulge of tissue that it could not be held down with the usual technique, so on the third try, Dr. Whittle removed the tissue entirely. Poor Dixie was miserable after each of her surgeries, and had to wear a big plastic cone around her neck. It was supposed to prevent her from rubbing her eye, but Dixie is a smart dog. She learned that she could push forward with her face, and rub her eye in that way. So rub away she did. On a tree, on the ground, on a fence, on anything vertical. We suspect she was in a great deal of pain, and was trying to rub it out.
Dixie has recovered wonderfully from her surgery and is now cone-free. She is ready for adoption and is very much looking forward to continuing her search for a forever home.
If you can help pay for Dixie's medical treatment, please click on the "Sponsor Me" link. Your tax deductible donation in any amount will be greatly appreciated.