Mosquito (aka Mozz)

Aug 17, 2018

Breed: Terrier mix Size: Small Age: about 15 years  
Contact: Denise,
Activity: low

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.

Mosquito is assessed as being in the Silver category in our Perfect Match system and is microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and available for $150 (incl GST)

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Do you have a soft spot for senior canines?

Are you worthy of the love, attention and adoration of a wise old dog?
Do you need a special doggie companion to teach you how to slow the pace of life and ensure you smell the roses? (or every single blade of grass? all the poles? and those irresistible odorous garbage bins?)

Mozz could be your boy!

Mozz is a elderly foxie boy in his twilight years. Yes – Mozz is definitely past his ‘best’ and most active years. Mozz is a mellow, quiet and gentle soul … a sweet and adorable oldie dog.

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Symptomatic of his age, Mozz is very hard of hearing (almost deaf) and can’t respond to his name being called. He is blind in one eye, and has reduced vision in the other eye.
Mozz’s teeth resemble stumps, but he still has a healthy appetite, enjoying his tucker and still crunches happily on bones.

The good bits about Mozz:

• friendly to other dogs and cats (but has not met other animals)
• all clear from the vet to go get himself adopted (noting he is not a youngster) and not prescribed medication, other than fish oil capsules
• easy to bathe
• have not heard him bark
• travels well in the car – he slept all the way to and from the south coast tucked up in his travel crate
• sleeps soundly all through the night
• knows how to use a dog door
• doesn’t dig
• appreciates and enjoys going on walkies – he gets very excited when he sees the dog lead
• happy to be reminded/encouraged to go outside for toileting
• loves his family and greets his special people with waggy tail
• has the most adorable big long sighs when he is content.

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The not so perfect (but still endearing) bits about Mozz:

• Clueless with toys (but does occasionally chase his own tail!)
• likes to lick bare human feet and toes
• Has no concept of the more traditional doggy “commands”; sit, stay, lie down or tricks

Until familiar with his surroundings, Mozz will have troubles negotiating the ups and downs of steps.

He came into care with one visible testicle and is now too old for safe de-sexing. If adopted, vet paperwork will be provided so he won’t get into trouble with the dog-laws. No humping or sexual behaviours have been seen and vet advice is that Mozz is unlikely to impregnate a bitch. However, this cannot be guaranteed.

Mozz came into care without much house training – occasionally he toilets inside the house if it is cold outside!

Mozz needs careful walking … a couple of times he has lost his footing near gutters and would have fallen into the drain but for his leash saving the day! (True story!)
He doesn’t need long or fast walks … a gentle meander on ‘Sniffari’ for 15 minutes a day keeps him happy and healthy.

Mozz occasionally utters grumble-noises and if he thinks you need to pay him more attention, will make an old-man-weird yodeling noise.But it’s not loud and not offensive. Just ridiculous!

Mozz’s walking movements can be stop/start and he changes directions. His movement unpredictability, lack of sight and hearing makes him tricky at foot. He is therefore not suitable for busy homes or potential adopters who are unsteady on their own feet.


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Mozz is a special boy requiring a very very special home, understanding he is very likely at the end of his days. Mozz deserves a quiet snoozy life, in the care of a patient and gentle home.

Make no mistake though, Mozz is quite safe to stay with his foster Mum until the most perfect home is offered.

To find out more about Mozz, email his foster Mum (Denise) at