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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-02-2010, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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temp. fostering a ShihTzu

I don't post very much but I do read almost daily and have learned so much here. I know this forum as a very valuable resource so even though this isn't HAV rescue I know several of you also own ShihTzu's and many have done rescue so I am coming directly to the experts.

The training facility that I take my two havs to has a small rescue operation and last weekend they were able to save several dogs from a puppy mill that were being auctioned off. They found foster homes for all of them but one of the foster families had a vacation already planned starting on Sunday so we have volunteered to take this ShihTzu for the week while they are gone.

This is our first attempt at fostering and we are very new to dogs in general as we had never had dogs until last year. Is there any thing in particular that I should know about this breed (shihTzu)? Any tips on fostering a mill dog that I should be aware of?

I don't have any specific details yet all I know is that it is a female. I am talking with the owner of the training facility/rescue tomorrow and I am sure that she will have lots of information for me but I thought I'd run this by all of you and get your expert knowledge.

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I don't know anything either but have applied to foster shih tzu from a shelter in Memphis. There are so many of them out there and I understand that they are a sweet breed. Wish you luck with your foster and let us know how it goes.
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Kim, I hope you find it in your heart to foster the Tzu. They were once my breed. My last Tzu Poohkey was a Mill dog. Their are so many Shih Tzu's who need homes. This breed is an example of Breeding gone bad. Most of them have health issues even some of the show dogs are so off. I could go on and on. The breed is still a very sweet breed and yes they snore. They are more independent then our Hav's. They love their people on their time and can be cat like. They get along with most other animals and given the chance will rule the house. Be careful to watch their eyes they lead with those big round eyes and can get injurys. You will be fine and they need to be bathed more or they do get stinky and keep them out of the heat. I still miss my boy here is pic of him and Yogi.
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Cute picture! Thanks so much for the information. I hope that it will be a good experience for all of us! Two years ago I had no idea what a puppy mill was. Now I just want to do something to help these poor babies. This is something I think I can do to help repay the canine world for all the companionship, laughter and joy that my two hav boys have brought to me over the past year.

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My Sir Winston has been the "perfect" dog. Well almost perfect, very sweet and loving life and everything in it. He has the best temperament, gets along well with all the cats, wants them to play with him. Now he does not like the other pets going to his dish but he is okay with whatever I want to pick up or put down in his dish. He absolutely loves his toys and the only noise I hear is almost a growl when he shakes his toys and plays, he almost talks then..He does not have the very short nose, so he does not snore. He is also high on leg. Some say he is all Shih Tzu some say he is mixed with Tibetan Terrier or Lowchen, the rescue said Hav/ShihTzu mix... I could not ask for a better little guy.
When I first got him after he figured out I came with the house, he was not happy when I left and had some Seperation Anxiety..very normal I think.
I can just say you will probably have the biggest problem letting her go! Good Luck and keep us posted. Thank you for doing this! You too Lucille!!

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Kim,
I don't have any experience with fostering but I think the most important component is love (which you have) and I look forward to seeing pictures

My office has a dog friendly policy and a lady that works for us always brings in her ShihTzu, and she's a wonderful, sweet, playful dog and plays well with Gucci, they get along great.
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I talked with the foster mom today and got more information. She was spayed on Wednesday but is doing very well. However, when she was there for the surgery they found that she had a bad ear infection (who knows how long she has had it) so she is on medication for that and on pain meds from the surgery.

Her foster mom says that she is very sweet and has only had two accidents in the house so far. She has been very easy to get to go outside and even though she had never been on a leash before is now taking walks with them twice a day and doing good at it. She likes to be in her crate and is good about going in at night and they haven't heard a peep out of her at night.

The foster mom has detailed instructions written out for me so that is good - she is very detailed and I like that especially since this will be my first time to foster. After talking with her today I feel a little more confident.

We pick her up at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon so I will try to post a picture of her after we get her settled. Thanks everyone for the encouragement!!! I do appreciate it.

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Kim, it sounds like this is going to be a great foster for you to start with. I'm always amazed at the courage and adaptability of these puppy mill survivors. Fostering is a lot of work but worth the effort. It will be interesting to see what Maddux & Jax think. Just enjoy yourself. Looking forward to seeing photos.

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Kim, looking forward to hearing and seeing more about your foster.

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Can't wait to see the pictures!!!! Also I forgot, do not let the Tzu jump off things like our Hav's they are prone to disc problems. You must also guard your heart!

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