(Drimbea Misconduct of Adephagia)
06 March 2007 - 05 September 2019
Height: 25.5"/64.8 cm
Colour: Ash-colour brindle (raiado cinza)
with black mask
Hip-score: 8* (5/3) (at 4.5 years)
Heart test (DCM): Clear as at 20 November 2013
Breeder: Nichola Marshall (Drimbea)
Sire: Asterel Red Rum
Dam: Clerafora Lucena of Drimbea (Luna)
Dam's hip-score: 8* (4/4)
* Breed mean score = 25; Highest Breed Score = 89
Missy was a charm to have in our family, a glass half-full dog. She very much inherited her mother's cheeky personality, being an exceedingly happy dog, mischievous with a good sense of humour, very food driven, highly intelligent, and exceedingly affectionate.
Missy was vocal when guarding her territory and suffered from phantom pregnancies, both of which are common in the breed and understandably so (the latter being natural for livestock guardians who are, as a rule, very nurturing in either gender, but being much relieved by homeopathic remedies). She was a true Estrela in that she took her guarding "job" very seriously and yet was wonderful with children and other dogs. She was always happy to be wherever we took her, so long as she was with us (and there was food!)
When Missy joined our family as a puppy, we had no intention of showing or breeding, but we decided that she was just too good an example of the breed not to. She was also very maternal; to be a mother was something she had wanted for a very long time and she was wonderful at it. We also wanted to ensure that her Mum's line continued and through Missy, being very much her mother's daughter personality-wise, all the while enhancing the breed in the process; we feel that she is a great ambassador for her breed and indeed she has represented the Estrela at Essex Dog Day and the Robin Hood Country Show. She is a real credit to her breeder, Nichola Marshall.
Unfortunately, Missy suffered from a number of immune-related issues in later years (food allergies, hypothyroidism - which we cured within a couple of months with homeopathy alone, and finally diabetes, which caused her to lose most of her sight). We believe that these issues were caused by vaccinations earlier in life from which her health never fully recovered.
Missy suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully passed over at home at the age of 12.5.