About Me

Name: Dolly
Gender: Female
Breed: Standard Poodle
Estimated Birthdate: 4/18/2004
Height: 22 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 45 lbs
Good with dogs: Yes unless they are pushy and grumpy, she will push back
Good with men: Yes
Good with women: Yes
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: No
Leash trained: Yes
Must have fenced in yard: No, but he would enjoy a fenced in yard or some place to go play off leash a couple of times a week.  Dolly is very attached to people and is doing well with off leash training but since she is hearing impaired she must be able to see you to come back to you.  


Dolly was pulled from an animal shelter in North Carolina. She was surrendered by her owner who never addressed Dolly's many serious medical issues.  When Dolly arrived at the poodle farm, she was leaking from a grapefruit sized mammary tumor about to rupture.  Emergency surgery to remove the tumor worked but Dolly continued to decline.  A few days later, Dolly once again underwent emergency surgery.  She was suffering from pyometra, a serious inflammation of the uterus and ovaries that will kill a dog unless she is spayed.  During the surgery, our vet found that Dolly was filled with ovarian cysts and tumors. One of her ovaries was the size of a softball - it should be the size of a golf ball.  Despite our best efforts, there are still cysts and tumors inside Dolly.  The tragedy here is all of this could have been prevented by a simple spay surgery when Dolly was young.  

Our best assessment now is that Dolly is as healthy as she can get. She still has a cyst on her eye. She has a lot of mucus in her eyes, most likely a reflection of a compromised immune system.  I wipe her eyes out twice a day with a damp paper towel and use a basic antiobiotic eye cream to keep her eyes as clean as possible.  While Dolly's tumors appeared to be benign, this many tumors often means they will eventually turn cancerous.  Dolly is eating well and gaining weight.  She seems to be happy. She could have 6 weeks or she could have several years.  She is s hospice patient now. 

Dolly would love a home where she can spend most of her time hanging out with her people.  She is not a clingy standard.  She wants to be in the same room but is content at your feet, not in your lap. She loves to ride in the car and loves to go for walks.  She just hates baby gates and the one time I hear her bark is if she is on what she considers the wrong side of one - the side I'm not on.  Being at my feet is her favorite thing.  Oh there is one other time when she barks - when it's time for a potty break.  Dolly will let you know when she needs to go out.  She is affectionate, silly, happy and easy to be with.  She lives life fully.   


Can’t have a dog of your own? Have a soft spot for old, sick or hard to place dogs? It only takes a $20 a month donation for me to be your virtual dog! I need at least 10 virtual adopters (sponsors) to help cover my monthly costs.  If I have medical challenges I need even more! r having to leave your home, you can have your very own online dog that will send you update emails, make Facebook posts, and be eternally grateful for your support!  Go to the donate link at the top of the page for instructions as to how to donate. Questions?  Email:

I love my Virtual Adopters! JEFFREY B, DONNA E, KATE S, DOLLY U