Alexis

Quick Bio

Age: Young (1-3 years old)
Gender: Female
Breed: Maltese
Size: Small (under 7kg)
Colour: White
  • Up-to-date with vaccinations
  • Good with dogs
  • Walks well on leash
Adoption Status: Adopted
Description: 

UPDATE: 2/15.. Alexis has recieved her health check, with vaccinations and is HEARTWORM NEGATIVE!!!

Update 1/22.. Alexis is continuing to get more timid as the days progress. Shes a wonderful dog who needs someone to give her 1:1 attention and help her feel safe. She gets easily nervous around other dogs and it causes her to "shell up". She likes to stay by herself, but will open up with someone gently petting and talking to her. If you have a quiet home, and want to make a positive impact in a special dogs life.. please consider Alexis; Check out her videos below shes a doll.

Update 1/15.. Come visit!! I want a family to call my own, and a special person that will love my uniqueness. How could anyone resist my charming face and adorable underbite?! I just want a chance.. Close your eyes (imagine me all clean, warm, and snuggled up in your arms!).. good image isnt it? For now, I'll keep dreaming.. wishes do come true :)

Alexis:
Why not come by and meet Alexis? Shes a teeny pup, quiet, and loves to be adored by all her shelter volunteer "fans". This darling little girl caught my eye because of her cute underbite, and lay-low personality. I didnt even know that she was in her pen, until her blanket started moving around.. from that point, it was lots of snuggling and love from this girl.

Shes not the over-engerized puppy, but rather a hang around the house and watch a movie kind of girl. Are you ready for a popcorn and movie companion? Alexis asked that I relay her 2012 resolution to all her friends out there; a good bath, some yummy food, warm bed, and maybe a new toy.. and most importantly; someone that will love her forever and help her start her new life. Please help this girl get out of the shelter.. she doesnt like shelter like too much.

If interested in meeting Alexis for a possible possible foster or adoption; please contact Sofia at [email protected]

Adoption Fee: ₩50,000
Location: Asan - 아산
Living Situation: In a shelter
Adopted From: Asan Shelter

Comments

marlajoy's picture

Alexis playing with her new baby brother.

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allisondyoung's picture

There is NOTHING cuter than dogs and cats who love each other. Nothing! <3

clare_bell's picture

Agreed Allison!

Seeing that little tail wagging is just so heartwarming, for all of us who saw Alexis in the shelter, this is simply a magical transformation.

Hunt's picture

HAHAHA! That is too funny Marla! You are the bestest!

marlajoy's picture

Alexis was stung by a bee last night and had a severe allergic reaction. I really didn't think she was going to make it - it was terrible. She is in the hospital in Mokpo now. The vet said her kidneys are damaged from the bee poisoning and she will have to stay there for at least the rest of the week. Please send positive thoughts her way! :)

Danomano's picture

Oh no! All prayers with her and you! Heal, little one!

Hunt's picture

Oh my gosh! How crazy and scary! Will be keeping you both in our thoughts. Poor baby!!!!

adoptbullies's picture

Oh how terrible! I never even thought about dogs getting stung and being allergic. ARK teaches me something new everyday.

Man oh man, def will be thinking about Alex. <3

Sofia's picture

Hugs to Alexis. I know what she is going through very well unfortunatelly.

linhorobin's picture

Poor little girl!! Thinking of her and her caretakers during this time... thanks so much for helping her get through this!

Hunt's picture

So, do they have a version of the EpiPen for pets? Very interesting stuff here.

marlajoy's picture

Thanks so much for the concern you guys! I will definitely keep you updated. Hunt, yeah, I believe they do. Alexis got an injection when she went into the vet and he mentioned having to give her one myself if she gets stung again. I'll find out more about when I take her home.

marlajoy's picture

Sofia, if you went through anything half as bad as Alexis, I really feel for you! She was vomiting repeatedly, had terrible diarrhea, couldn't breath well, lied down like she had died and wouldn't move a muscle then eventually got up and was scratching and biting her skin incessantly (because of the huge red, hot swollen welts all over her skin) and rolling around on the floor while crying continuously. I think it was one of the worst things I have ever had to watch. Her non-stop crying was the worst!!! What a nightmare!

For any of you reading this, I would suggest having pet benadryl on hand just in case your pet comes into contact with something he/she is allergic to. It is easy to have on hand and it could keep your pet going long enough to get to the vet.

MichelleBrook's picture

That is all SO scary. I am so sorry Marla! I am so glad Alexis has you. omg. :( poor girl! Sending healing thoughts.

clare_bell's picture

Marla, you poor thing!! You have been through so much lately with your two!! Poor little Alexis, I can't believe it :( Please keep us updated - hoping she gets to go home with you asap!

marlajoy's picture

Wonderful news: Alexis is doing far better than anticipated and I can actually pick her up tomorrow morning!!!! I can't wait to get her home. Her brother Gray has been wandering the house crying and looking for her. I played a video of Alexis for him on my computer and he was glued to the screen. Poor little guy will be so happy to have her back! :) Having both my furry children in the hospital in the last week has been hard but it has made me realize even more how much I love them and love having them in my life! :)

marlajoy's picture

Thanks for all your positive thoughts! Alexis is home!! and VERY excited!

Hunt, you were asking about Epipens for dogs - I wish it were that simple! I have 4 injections that I have to give her in the event of another allergic reaction. I have to give two right away, then wait 8 hours and give the other two. I've never used needles before but the vet showed me how to do it so hopefully I'll do it right!

adoptbullies's picture

So glad she is home! Do you know if all dogs are allergic to bees or just some?

marlajoy's picture

Most dogs aren't. They will have a normal reaction (swelling and itching around the bite) but nothing severe or life threatening.

clare_bell's picture

Marla those two sweethearts are so blessed to have found you!! Thanks for doing such a good job with them! SO glad Alexis will be OK, and thanks for keeping us updated on her progress.

marlajoy's picture

buddies

marlajoy's picture

Alexis has a new sister, Chloe! See Chloe's page for updates! :) http://www.animalrescuekorea.org/dog/491

marlajoy's picture

Alexis is doing well and is enjoying having Chloe as a sister. But, she has a dental surgery and spay coming up. Alexis' jaw is not properly formed and, as a result, she has overlapping teeth as well as a very significant underbite. Because of this, some of her teeth are in bad shape and have to be removed and some serious scaling done. I hate to get teeth removed but, if I don't, she could end up with a mouth like poor Nobu (rotting teeth). I scheduled her appointment a couple times in the past but had to cancel the first time due to her being in heat and then cancelled again because of her hospitalization from the bee sting. Let's hope this one goes through and everything turns out well!! :)

marlajoy's picture

I was reading Alexis' profile from when she was living in the shelter and can't believe how much she has changed. When I got her she was the only animal in the house and it gave her time to gain confidence and feel comfortable. When I brought in another animal, I was concerned how she'd be but I quickly realized that she LOVED the company. Now, she is the leader of my 5 animal household. And, I have to say, the leaders of some countries could take a few lessons from her! :) She is so loving and kind and everyone goes to her for comfort. If anyone is sick or hurt, she is the first one there with cuddles with kisses. At the same time, she knows the house rules better than any of the others and she is quick to scold the kittens when they get out of line. I'm so proud of all that she has accomplished! Such a success story :) Here are some pictures of my crew!

annemariew's picture

What fun to read. Thank you! Amazing happy ending.

MichelleBrook's picture

OMG Marla! it's just wonderful! A place for animals to heal and grow. SO beautiful! and you don't know how uplifting and amazing your updates are to hear. thank you SO much :)

marlajoy's picture

Thank YOU! It's wonderful to be part of a community of people who love animals as much as I do and who can appreciate hearing my updates as much as I appreciate seeing them in person! I feel really fortunate to be able to help these beautiful beings! :)

marlajoy's picture

Alexis is FINALLY getting spayed on Friday and while she is under, she will also have her dental surgery! Fingers crossed, everything goes well. I am also getting my foster kitten, Brody, spayed at the same time. When I pick the girls up, I'll drop off my two male kittens and get them neutered. A ton of surgeries but I want to get them all out of the way before I move at the end of the month (and before I have baby kittens on my hands!!) Then, I'll just have Chloe left to spay and her teeth cleaned up (she has to wait because of her recent heartworm treatment).

Here's a video of Alexis, after her bath. She is a princess and hates being wet or dirty and you can see in the video that she is a little disgruntled (but super sweet at the same time!)

clare_bell's picture

Aaawwww!! Life is so unfair Alexis!! You've landed with your bum in the butter with Marla as a mom :)

Marla, again - WEIRD - today I spoke to my vet about Nobu's dental surgery. I also asked him if she can be spayed at the same time. He said no, because dental surgery has a lot of bacteria going on, and it can affect the heart and cause all sorts of problems. He said it can be very dangerous. I know all doctors have their own opinions, but might be worth just mentioning to your vet?

Great to have them all fixed in one go! Yay little family!!

marlajoy's picture

Did he say that because Nobu recently had heartworm treatment and her heart can't handle any extra stress? My vet said Chloe definitely can't be spayed for another few months but because Alexis' heart has always been just fine he said she can be spayed and have the dental surgery at the same time. I will definitely bring it up again before surgery though! I love Alexis so much and would be perfectly fine waiting if that meant even a little less risk. Thanks!

clare_bell's picture

You've got me wondering about the heartworm thing now...hmmm...I'll ask him. Good for us both to share our tips and experiences :) Good luck little Alexis!

marlajoy's picture

My sweet, sweet girl went in to be spayed today and there were problems during the surgery with her breathing. He had to end it early to wake her up. She is in the hospital now on oxygen. He said she is a senior and maybe was a little older than he thought. This came as a huge shock to me because her profile on ARK said she is 1-3 years old. If I had known her age, I might have thought twice about getting her spayed and putting her through that risk. She was crying so loudly and desperately after the surgery I felt like the worst dog mom in the world. I realize I was only doing what I thought was right but hearing someone you love so much cry like that has got to be the worst feeling in the world! Please send some positive thoughts/prayers her way! :)

annemariew's picture

Oh my God, that was so hard to hear. I hope that she gets better soon.
Do you feel that he's giving her enough pain killers? Why is she crying :(

marlajoy's picture

He said he's giving her as much pain medication as he can with her breathing problems - he said she's just sensitive and that's why she's crying so much.

red dog's picture

Poor dog, I really hope she'll be OK.

linhorobin's picture

I'm so sorry to hear this, Marla! You two have had your share of surprise hospital visits in the relatively short time you've been together! Please don't start doubting yourself!! You have done nothing but good for all the animals in your family, but unfortunately, things can still happen that are beyond our control. I'm definitely sending positive energy to you and Alexis, and I look forward to hearing some good news very soon!

clare_bell's picture

Oh this is horrible news :( I'm so sorry for you and for Alexis. Don't feel like a bad mom - it was up to the vet to make the decision whether she was or was not able to have surgery and even he couldn't get it right. There was no way you could've known this would happen! Anyway, all that matters is that she is alive and she WILL recover. Sending loads of love to you both. I can only imagine what you're going through right now :( BIG HUGS.

eveliens's picture

Oh no, I know that noise. So awful! Unfortunately there's always a risk with surgery. You didn't do anything wrong and now you know how to avoid future problems. Sending healing vibes to the little one.

marlajoy's picture

Excellent news!! My sweet Alexis is the most gentle, loving spirit you could ever meet but when it comes to recovery, she's got a real fighter within her! Yesterday, the vet called me in immediately after surgery to help wake her up and get her breathing normally on her own. He told me to spend time with her because he didn't know if she would be ok. Now, less than 24 hours later, she is at home, tail wagging, jumping up on the bed on her own and she doesn't appear to have any pain!! The vet said when he checked in on her this morning he was shocked how well she was doing! If he hadn't known, he would have no clue what she had been through the day before! She made a complete turn-around over night!! She must have some angels watching over her!! :) Thanks for the kind words and healing thoughts!!

marlajoy's picture

I was a little concerned that the other animals (kittens especially) might be too rough with Alexis after her surgery so I've kept a really close eye on them - - but there was NO need to worry! They have all been so sweet and tender with her! Chloe, who normally claims the crate as her own for nap time, saw Alexis, greeted her, sniffed her bandages, and then opened the door of the crate with her paw and allowed Alexis to walk in. I think it was the sweetest, most loving thing I have ever seen!! And the kittens have been so careful around Alexis and haven't jumped on her once (an amazing feat for them!). Gray, who is most often my lone wolf when it comes to naps, has taken to napping with Alexis. It is so clear how much they love her and are aware that she's in need of a little extra love.

annemariew's picture

Awww!!!!! So sweet it made me tear up. Glad that things have calmed down and that Alexis is on the mend.

marlajoy's picture

just a random, adorable picture of Alexis and the kittens. With Chloe in the hospital this past week, Alexis and the kittens have been especially cuddly with each other. :)

marlajoy's picture

The wonders of dental surgery!!!! I realize people on this site have spoken about the importance of good oral hygiene in dogs but I'd like to emphasize the point! Both Alexis and Chloe had a full scaling along with some extractions and after a couple days, they both emerged different dogs! Alexis now tears around outside like she is a puppy. Sometimes she runs so fast I'm almost worried she is going to hurt herself! Chloe too has so much more energy. Also, before the surgery, Chloe had a very 'dirty dog' smell about her - even after a bath. Now she smells so fresh all the time! A minor thing, perhaps, but definitely a nice perk.

Having a clean, healthy mouth has really allowed their personalities to come out and their energy levels to soar! Please everyone, get your dogs' teeth checked and regularly cleaned. Chloe's teeth looked fine before the surgery and even the vet didn't know how bad things were until he got in there.

annemariew's picture

Amazing! I had no idea. Thanks for doing so much for these lucky doggies.

marlajoy's picture

Alexis continues to improve and really blossom into such a wonderful soul! Here are some new things I have discovered about her:
1. Alexis can run, fast, really really fast! She tears around outside with such speed that you'd swear she had some greyhound blood in her - seriously!
2. Alexis loves the thrill of the chase! If there aren't any birds to chase and if Chloe isn't playing along, Alexis will create things to chase. She will sit down while Chloe and I walk ahead and when we are about 30 seconds ahead of her she will take off and overtake us and then look back as if to say, "man, you guys are sooooo slow"
3. Alexis gets a kick out of people who are scared of her. Alexis still doesn't like people who approach her quickly and get in her face without permission but she seems to really love when someone is scared of her. She will boldly walk up to them and circle around them! Normally, I would feel bad for the person who is quite clearly terrified but sadly, I take pleasure in seeing Alexis so strong and confident (I don't let her torment the person for long though!) And, she has become much more confident around people who aren't scared of her! She will walk up to total strangers and sniff them. This might not seem like a big deal to most people with dogs but it's HUGE from Lex - not that long ago she couldn't comfortably be within 12 feet of another person other than myself! Here's a few recent pictures of my sweet, sweet girl! :)

MichelleBrook's picture

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! she is absolutely smiling in that first picture! she has such a light, happy heart! she is SO loved! :) thank you for the update Marla!!!!

marlajoy's picture

Alexis loves playing this game but I'm not exactly sure why! You can see the cats in the background playing with their boxes :) My home is crazy! :)

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clare_bell's picture

Oh my goodness!! Toooooo cute!! Look at that tail GO! She is a different dog Marla. :) Thank you!

Sofia's picture

Lucky girls!

marlajoy's picture

I've had Alexis for almost one full year now! Time flies! I can't even imagine a time that I didn't have her! :) I thought it was about time for an update and thought I'd update on Chloe as well! Both girls are doing great! They've had a few problems here and there but nothing major! They are both so lovely and I am so thankful that I found Asan shelter and was lucky enough to make these dogs part of my family!!!! :) Here are some recent pictures :)

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