Pet of the Week: Royal Ann looking for some help and a home

Royal Ann, a Chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – When the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter recently received a stray 18-month-old Chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix from local animal control, employees at the facility needed to give her a name.

Noticing the dog was suffering from “cherry eye,” a disorder characterized by the protrusion and inflammation of a third eyelid present in dogs and cats, members of the shelter settled on the name Royal Ann, in reference to a variety of cherry.

The next step for Royal Ann is finding a new owner willing to be proactive in funding the necessary surgery to alleviate her condition.

“She came to us as a stray so we don’t know what happened or if the owner ever attempted to get her done because she’s a young dog,” said Cheryl Wakeman, an animal caretaker at Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. “That’s something that should be taken care of because it can hurt.”

Wakeman said the surgical procedure will cost about $150 per eye – Royal Ann suffers from cherry eye in both eyes – and she added that the shelter would like to have Royal Ann spayed at the same time as the procedure in order to avoid putting her under anesthesia twice.

Even those who aren’t in the market for a new pet can help fund the procedure as a sponsor by sending donations to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Wakeman said. The facility is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg  22824.

Wakeman noted that prospective owners should be aware that Royal Ann seems to be “a little leery” of men and should be given time to warm up to them. And like most small dogs, 11-pound Royal Ann tends to act bigger than her size when in the presence of her fellow canines.

“She’s very sweet. She’s a lap dog. She loves to be petted. But when she gets with the other dogs she just has the big-dog syndrome, which is typical of little dogs,” Wakeman said. “… When she walks past the other dogs she gets all big and bad, thinks that she’s in charge. She could probably fit in their mouth in one bite.”

Wakeman suggested that Royal Ann’s new home be a single-pet household, or at least have some smaller dogs that Royal Ann could easily bond with. Wakeman also cautioned against adopting Royal Ann into a home with small children unless the parents are very attentive to play sessions between pet and child.

“Maybe not young children because young children usually don’t know how to control themselves with dogs and they don’t understand that squeaking noises and sudden movements will scare small dogs,” Wakeman said. “… That’s usually why young children get bit because they make sudden movements and … the dogs bite out of being scared.”

Wakeman said Royal Ann is up to date on her rabies and distemper vaccinations, although her shots will need to be updated in a year.

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter will hold a rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m Oct. 10 ., during which time owners can vaccinate their pets for $12.50 per vaccination. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to receive a three-year vaccine.

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter can be reached by calling (540) 984-8955.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com