Trixie the Dog debut in 2016 and maybe retired that same year.

Trixie the dog's baby girl,  (adopted) can also be seen on our website.
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I loved Regina, who was not one of the three leads of the book but was, indeed, the heart of the book. I wanted to write a novel in which she was more explicitly a lead character, but I didn’t want to write a sequel to HIDEAWAY. A version of her later surfaced as Leilani in ONE DOOR AWAY FROM HEAVEN. They share the same physical disabilities and the same level of intelligence, but they really are not otherwise alike. Regina is absolute innocence, quick on the uptake but fundamentally naive. Leilani is far from naive; she has seen too much, experienced too much, to be naive. She is a more mature and complex character than Regina. As for Trixie…she was a companion dog for a young woman in a wheelchair. After elbow surgery, Trixie had to retire at three. She had two years of training and performed dozens of tasks for her human companion. Because many disabled people have mobility issues, dogs like Trixie are trained to toilet on a schedule related to their feeding times. Because, as you well know, dogs can wander around a lot before deciding on the precise best spot to deposit their “products,” and because disabled people in wheelchairs cannot keep them on a leash and follow them all over a grassy meadow, it is necessary for the dogs to learn to toilet on command. That they are able to do so and are content to do so says a great deal about the amiability and intelligence of dogs–and about the incredible skill of trainers with such organizations as Canine Companions for Independence, which was where Trixie came from.
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The saga that took Trixie from Wausau to an Oshkosh foster home affiliated with Shih Tzu Rescue, a national network of shih tzu lovers, began like most doggie hard luck stories - with a family that no longer wanted her. From what Aggie Wood, Shih Tzu Rescues Neenah-based local representative has learned, Trixie's previous owner gave the dog to an employee in October who was going to give her to a niece in Minnesota. Trixie ran away the same day and was wandering the Wausau area for nearly eight weeks, during which the new owner made no effort to find her. When she was returned her eyes were badly damaged, she was filthy and had lost considerable weight. Then, because the man who gave Trixie away didn't want his wife to learn what had happened to the dog, Trixie was locked in the employee's basement "because they thought she would die soon," Wood said. Nine days later, the woman called a Wausau veterinarian to have Trixie euthanized. The vet instead put her in touch with Shih Tzu Rescue."She's got the will to live. That much was proven by the 7 1/2 weeks," Wood said. "Even with everything she's been through, her tail doesn't stop wagging. She's a spunky little girl." Last week, an Oshkosh veterinarian had to remove Trixie's left eye, which was on the verge of erupting from a long-standing infection, and temporarily sealed the lid on the other eye to allow it to heal."It's just incomprehensible to me that people can do these sorts of things," said Barbara Pressley, the Oshkosh woman who is caring for Trixie and covering her medical bills. "If it (Trixie's eye) had been taken care of when she was returned, or if the dog had been sent to us right away, the eye could have been saved." Instead, Pressley spent the night of Dec. 27 staying up with Trixie, medicating her eye, feeding and comforting her before emergency surgery the next morning. Trixie is one of the worst of nearly 130 shih tzu hard luck stories that Wood and other volunteers have tried to set right since she started the rescue effort in 1999.I would like to say to whomever might read this...if you don't already have a rescue story of your own....please consider adoption. These are the sweetest and most gracious dogs on the planet. If you have time and love....you will reap the benefits of that love ten-fold. Looking for a new companion? Trixie the dog wants you to snuggle with her!
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Like all dogs, Trixie sleeps a lot. During the day, she often slumbers in my office. She also enjoys going to the beaches along California's Mendocino coast, where she lives. She was once a very skilled Frisbee dog, as you can see from the animation below. However, in 1998, she suffered an ACL tear in one of her knees, and now she's in retirement.From what Aggie Wood, Shih Tzu Rescues Neenah-based local representative has learned, Trixie's previous owner gave the dog to an employee in October who was going to give her to a niece in Minnesota.