Quick Bio

Age: Senior (over 8 years old)
Gender: Female
Breed: Terrier (Yorkshire)
Size: Small (under 7kg)
Colour: Brown & Black
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Good with kids
  • Good with dogs
  • House trained
  • Walks well on leash
Adoption Status: Adopted


My fiancee and I are moving to Canada in August, but won't be taking Fatimah with us. As she is old, we don't want to risk the journey on her health. We are looking for someone to take our little girl, someone who will like her intrepid personality and her love of cuddles!

We found her walking alone on the back streets of Kyunglidan during a monsoon about 2 years ago. We tried to find her owner, but after an exhaustive search, we came to the conclusion that she was abandoned. We intended on finding her a home, but instead she enamoured us.

According to the vet, he was bred, a lot, in her youth. Her hips are not as they were, though to be honest it's hard to tell whenever she zips around.

She does need daily eye drops to keep her eyes free of 'gunk'. For over a month now she has not needed medicine, but the doctor has told us this is more a break than a permanent reprieve. In Korea, when she was on medicine, it was about 4,000 won per day. Her hip and heart trouble have not been an issue lately, but we know that the expense of her medicine in Canada will be more than we can afford.

Adoption Fee: ₩50,000
Location: Seoul - 서울
Living Situation: With owners


adoptbullies's picture

I love yorkies! What is wrong with her health?

niallj's picture

According to the Itaewon Animal Hospital Vet, she has an enlarged heart. We were told not to get her over excited as it can lead to high blood pressure. As for her hips, she is currently on a one month on, one month off cycle of anti-inflammatory medicine.

adoptbullies's picture

Enlarge heart and hip problems are never any fun to deal with at all, but I suppose it is part of the aging process. She looks like an absolute doll and is well loved. I personally favor yorkies myself ;)

If the only reason you are trying to rehome of her is for those two issues, I would recommend getting a second opinion. Many of us on ARK have flown senior dogs to NAmerica without a hitch.

*Cielo/Halmoni: http://www.animalrescuekorea.org/dog/702. She was diagnosed with an enlarged heart/collaspe trachea too, ( http://www.animalrescuekorea.org/forums/showthread.php?t=2726&highlight=... )her's was so bad that she still has a persistent cough that can only be managed. Her mom even said that now that she is in cleaner air in America, she is doing even better. The vet said as long as she flew in cabin there shouldnt be any problems.

In cabin flights are a lot less stressful and given her size she would qualify to fly in cabin.

*Pierre was a french bulldog that was also diagnosed with an enlarge heart after battling heartworms. Not only this but he had a few others things not in his favor.
1. He has a snub nose which makes it harder for these guys to fly because of breathing complications that can result from the compromised snout.
2. He was too big to fly in cabin thus only option was to fly cargo style. This is typically more stressful all the way around but esp for an enlarge heart and snub nose.
But now he is thriving in his forever home in Canada. http://bullmarketfrogs.com/blog/?s=Pierre

As for the hips that shouldnt effect flying at all. It is common for small dogs to develop hip and patella issues.
*Wesito had stage four luxating patellas, and we almost thought we would have to humanely put him down but my vet worked with us on a plan for maintenance care and today he is thriving, he is schedule to go to America within the near future. http://www.animalrescuekorea.org/dog/346

*Maddie was over 13 years old when she flew home and she had no issues either: http://www.animalrescuekorea.org/dog/763

Cielo's mom said this

She still has her cough, but I think due to the clean desert air and overall happiness and improvement of her quality of life, she isn't coughing as much as she was before. I told my seat neighbors on the plane about her before take-off and warned them about her coughing, but they were all really nice about it...

She has shown no trauma due to flying. She was used to her crate before hand, so I think that helped her comfort level and stress level. She was just shy and confused about her new surroundings and new family, but she is doing great now.

I would encourage you to seek out another opinion and others experiences. Lots of us have flown dogs with these sort of problems and the dogs are now thriving in N America. Of course I am not a vet, hence the prompting for a second opinion, I am just sharing experience has a way to offer encouragement. Chungwha vet works with a lot of rescue animals, as does Dr Pet, perhaps you could look them up. :?

Hoping for the best~

niallj's picture

She has had the same diagnosis from two vets. The problem is further compounded by the fact that we will be students in Canada on a (very) fixed income, and veterinary care is much less affordable than in the ROK.

adoptbullies's picture

Sorry I should be more clear, I dont mean a second opinion for diagnosis, I mean for traveling. *^^* One vet might think it is impossible to fly but have never had the experience in knowing, therefore he/she says it as a strict precaution. Whereas, other vets who have experience with dogs who have flown with either condition, has the experience and can offer more correct information concerning flying. There will always be precautions as this is the best way to legally protect oneself, but just as a surgery that is needed has precautions, it doesnt stop us from needing and completing that surgery.

Will she need continual vet care?

niallj's picture

Yes, she has had a second opinion for both.
And yes, she is currently on a one month on/one month off medicine cycle.

Atticus_Peck's picture

Hey, I'm Cielo's mom. I totally understand your situation. I didn't think Cielo was going to live as long as she has, and I'm starting grad school this fall. Though my parents supported me in bringing her over, it was on the condition that I take care of all of her expenses. I have no job still (other than odd small stuff), and Cielo still requires meds for her heart, so I have to think about the finances.

Vet care is more expensive in N. America, so for meds what I did is I stocked up ahead of time on heart meds for Cielo in Korea. They have lasted me so far, so I can try to save up some money from the odd jobs I do to take her to the vet here later on. I also made sure I got all of Cielo's records from the Korean vet (recent blood work, med history, etc), including digital copies via email of x-rays, so that I can give them to my vet here in America and not worry about paying for those tests. Getting all records is super cheap (shouldn't be more than 10,000 to 15,000 won). I don't know if it's too late for you or not, but I also have money I saved up from living in Korea. It's my backup money that I want to go towards future trips, but it's also meant to be emergency money in case I don't have the cash on hand to pay for a vet visit. That has really helped lower the stress of taking care of Cielo here.

Cielo is such an amazing addition to my life, and I'm happy I brought her over, especially since right now my family is mourning a tragedy in our family. It was tough and stressful bringing her over, but she is a member of my family now, and I would personally rather eat once a day (which I have done on a few occasions when Cielo had to go to the emergency room several times and had to be hospitalized) than trust someone else to take care of her with her special needs. That's my own personal view. It sounds like you really love her, and I just don't want you guys to go to Canada and think, "Why didn't we do more to bring her over?" and regret your decision to leave her behind.