Dec 13, 2018

Breed: Maltese Shih Tzu mix Size: Small Age: 10 months  
Contact: Rachael,
Activity: moderate

Thank you for considering an ARF dog. Most dogs receive several enquiries, and we aim to match the right dog to the right home so that they can enjoy a happy life together. If your enquiry is unsuccessful, rest assured that the foster carer has carefully based their decision on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the dog’s needs.

Bowie is assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system.

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Hello my name is Bowie

I am looking for a very special forever home. See I have what’s called a reversed patent ductus arteriosus (or reversed PDA for short) – which is more commonly known as congenital heart disease. During my time with ARF the team have been wonderful and I have seen some of the best doggy heart doctors  around.

Unfortunately it does mean that I am going to have a shortened life span, and will possibly only live until I am 5 years old. I will also need blood tests every six months to see how I’m going.

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Currently I have little to no symptoms and unless you listen to my heart you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with me. I am a happy-go-lucky dog who enjoys being part of the family. My doctor has said it is best if I limit my exercise, however I do walk pretty well on a lead.

I have good manners for a small dog, however due to my long coat I do need a little maintenance to either keep my hair trimmed and a brush to keep the knots out.

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I am looking for a home where I can enjoy my life and be part of the fun – maybe even curl up on your bed with you.

My ongoing medical needs can be discussed further with my foster carer.