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About Joe and Emmie

  • Joe is a 8 year, 10 mo. old Tibetan Terrier in Austin, TX
  • Emmie is a 2 year, 3 mo. old Tibetan Terrier in Austin, TX


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About Joe

Joe is about 90% blind now. He requires no extra care necessarily, but extra consideration. Don’t go for his face unless he know you and don’t put him in surprising situation. Coach him up and down stairs or curbs and around obstacles. He’s a champ and still loves to go on hikes, it just takes us a bit longer. Both he and Emmie are usually kenneled during the day during work hours, but are ok if left out for an hour or so while you're away. No accidents, but he has learned that taking down the blinds gives him a better view! VERY excited for car rides and walks. I try to make him pay attention/behave while he's getting prepped for either. He's learning "quiet" as a command. He has a no pull harness for walks and walks on the left side. When walking with Emmie he walks on the outside. This helps brace him otherwise he’ll walk all over the place and usually into the back of your leg. He knows "leave it" and will do his best to ignore other dogs with that command - but Emmie is the instigator now and he usually barks up a storm at her reaction to other dogs. I say “quiet” but it doesn’t help since he can’t see what’s going on. Since his vision is deteriorating, be considerate around other dogs and people. No dog parks. Runners also freak him out while we’re on walks because he doesn’t know they are there until they are THERE. ;) Commands: Step Up Step Down Careful (stops/halts) This way (follows your voice) He likes kids, but they should take care and not go for the head to pet as he gets startled. Same for adults. He loves sleeping in the bed, and apparently convinces all his sitters that he belongs there. He does have a dog bed but I have not tested the success of this. He prefers couch and bed pillows. He’ll need a lift getting in the bed.

  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 8 years, 10 mo. old
  • Weight: 18lbs
  • Breed: Tibetan Terrier
  • Tracking Chip: Yes
  • Neutered: Yes
  • House Trained: Yes
  • Gets along with children: Yes
    Take care not to crowd or go for the head pets. Body pets and gentleness.
  • Gets along with other dogs: No
    In general no, since he cannot see. Once he is used to them he is ok. Does not do well around high energy dogs.
  • Gets along with cats: No
    Not sure now that he can't see, but better safe than sorry.

Special Requirements

3x Daily Eyedrops

About Emmie

Emmie is loving and crazy. She’s also bossy and devious, but in the best way! Easy peasy to take care of. Rings the potty bells when she has to go out. Sometimes she’ll ring them just because she’s seen a dog outside and wants to meet them. Or just because. LOVES toys and cuddling in the morning. She is reactive to other dogs on lead and is learning. A strong and repeated “leave it” and walk the other direction. She’s friendly with the neighbor dog but requires a supervised introduction. She pulls a bit on walks, even with the harness. A gentle pull back will correct this. She can bit a bit rough in play, correct her with a “no” or “nah ah”. She knows “ouch” too. She thrives on play and training. She and Joe know: Sit, down, stay, stand, high five, paw, roll over, and come. How well she follows them is up to her. Emmie isn’t a fan of our switch to kibble and will pick at her breakfast and dinner. No reason to worry. I just pick it up and let her have it at her next meal. **She will potty and come back in without doing #2. You’re better off walking around until she does it or she’ll come back in and immediately ring the bells. Usually goes 2x a day. Joe is usually a morning #2’er. Emmie has been very bored lately as things have been crazy at work. She will take all of the exercise she can get. She’s fine to take on walks without Joe too.

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 2 years, 3 mo. old
  • Weight: 15lbs
  • Breed: Tibetan Terrier
  • Tracking Chip: Yes
  • Spayed: Yes
  • House Trained: Yes
    Emmie rings the potty bells - other than that is on a 4-6 hour potty schedule.
  • Gets along with children: No
    In general children approaching her are a no-no. She will tell them to back off until she is comfortable approaching.
  • Gets along with other dogs: Yes
    She will attempt to be the dominate one in most situations, and at minimum she will referee play time.
  • Gets along with cats: No