Layka The Little Spitfire

Mar 28, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Layka, a little mixed-breed Terrier, came into Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network after spending time as a stray on the mean streets of a poor section of Nashville, Tennessee. Very scrawny and obviously ill, Layka had chronic, severe ear infections and a coat in very poor condition. She was also blind and deaf. In addition, she had an obvious limp.

At first, the Col. Potter volunteers in charge of in-takes, thought she could possibly have a torn ACL. However, when she was taken to the vet, he discovered that it was a less serious injury, possibly a sprain. The vet also discovered a fourth-degree heart murmur. This older girl had a long road to recovery.


Layka went to Teri, an experienced CP foster parent. She takes two medicines daily for her heart murmur, which Teri estimates cost about $35.00 per month. Her ear infections have been cleared up, and she is now, thanks to Teri’s care, walking on all fours. Although Layka is blind and deaf, she gets along fine. In fact, Teri says you would never know this ten-year-old has any health problems.

According to Teri, Layka has lots of Terrier-tude and is always on the prowl. She thinks she is a big dog even though she only weighs about twelve pounds. “She is a real spitfire; loves walks and rides in the car.”

Teri thinks that Layka was loved at one time because she likes people, shows no fear, and follows Terri around. In fact, Teri suspects that Layka may have lived with a doting older person who died, and the little dog was then turned out by a family that didn’t want her.

Layka especially loves to spend time in Teri’s lap. She is the second blind dog that Teri is currently fostering so she is a foster parent used to handling special needs dogs.

Layka is not interested in playing with the other dogs, preferring her person instead. She is not aggressive and will follow the others down the steps to the outside. Though she is not a barker on her own, she does bark when the other dogs bark. However, as Teri says, she doesn’t really know what she’s barking at. She is also not interested in playing with toys.

Although Layka gets along with other dogs, she doesn’t seem to like cats. Teri has a cat, and Layka will chase after her if given the chance. However, because of her blindness, the cat can easily avoid the mighty, little Terrier.

Layka, a spunky little character but most certainly a lover, deserves her own forever home. She would be happiest in a home with no other pets so she can have her very own person all to herself. But, another dog that does not badger Layka and is not too active, would not be a deal breaker. Layka’s forever home would be one that is calm and without children, unless older. She would like an older person or older couple, who are home most of the time with ready laps. In Teri’s home, she must wait her turn for Teri’s lap. She is housebroken, and she does not need a fenced-in yard because she enjoys a walk and does well on a leash. Someone looking for a loving companion to share quiet moments with, would get a real treasure in Layka.

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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.


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