An abandoned dog who struggled to find a new home because people thought she was too ugly has finally found a new home.Morissa, a 13-year old hairless Chinese crested dog, was rejected by so many would-be owners because she suffers from a number of health conditions, including bad eyesight. Staff at the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home near Braintree in Essex said they found it almost impossible to find the pooch a new home ‘because potential adopters thought she was ugly’.
However, 28-year-old Rio Maye, from Wilstead in Bedfordshire, visited Morissa it was basically love at first sight. Determined to give her new friend a new lease of life, Rio renamed her adopted dog to Morticia and brought her home to live with her 14-year-old chihuahua called Pea.
‘Morticia settled in straight away. She was so thrilled with her new bed that she dived straight into it and rolled around in joy,’ Rio said.
‘We introduced her to Pea – her new best friend – and our horses. She spends lots of her time pottering through the fields and loves to walk through the hills and woods’.
Many dogs have a condition nicknamed “Frito Feet,” in which their feet smell little bit like corn chips. As Matt Soniak wrote in a Big Question on this site, this has to do with the kind of bacteria found on a pup’s feet, and “could be due to yeast or Proteus bacteria. Both are known for their sweet, corn tortilla–like smell. Or it could be Pseudomonas bacteria, which smell a little fruitier—but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.”
‘She is almost blind but she listens to me talking to her and when I call for her she is incredibly alert’, she added.
With Morticia now living life to the fullest, Rio said she wants to encourage more people to rehome senior dogs and has started an Instagram page, @littleseniormoments, to help spread her message and Morticia’s story.Today, SPCA’s Essex South, Southend and District branch said that it was also trying to rehome a one-eyed dog called “Ugly Betty” and staff feared that potential owners “may be put off by her unusual looks”. If all else fails, you’ll always have a home at Metro.co.uk, Ugly Betty.