Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Shih Tzu (medium coat)
Weight: 16 lb
Height: 12 in
Estimated Birthdate: 6/17/2015
Fence Needed: No
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: found as a stray from middle Tennessee and taken to a local shelter, from the shelter, Baker made his way to us
Special Needs: Baker's back right leg was a mess. He was matted and covered in sores and bad hair and when we finally got all the surface problems taken care of, it turned out Baker had a much bigger problem - a dislocated hip. We fixed that and then discovered he had a torn Achilles tendon. We fixed that as much as possible but there is nerve damage in that leg from so much that happened. He uses it for balance and stabilizing when he turns. It is not causing him any problems and is not causing pain.
What kind of home would be best for me? Baker is a sweet, happy dog with a lot of love to give someone. He asks for so little. A warm soft bed, a pat on the head and some good meals a day and he is happy. Other dogs: No problem for Baker. He is a live and let live kind of guy with dogs large and small. Stairs. Yup even with his bum leg he can do them. He won't be your running partner for sure but a leisurely, slow stroll around the block to visit with the neighbors would be nice.
Baker would fit well in so many settings - from someone who works and lives in an apartment to a traditional house with many people coming and going to a retiree looking for companionship to a first time dog owner learning how to care for a dog. He's versatile that way.
What is my personality like: He's easy like Sunday morning. He takes everything in stride and nothing upsets him. He handled the pain I know he was in with a stoic and uncomplaining nature that speaks loudly of his basic temperament. Now that he's out of pain, a sweetly complaint little pup has emerged that wants to belong. Baker likes life. He takes things as they come and he never complains. He wants to be loved and in return, he'll give you his heart.
How do I act when I first meet new people: Curious and affectionate.
Tips and Tidbits: Baker's age is a good guess on our part. Shelter staff originally said he must be about 12 years old but..as we brought him into clean conditions and with good nutrition and when we took the pain away from his dislocated hip, he showed us his true self. We now think Baker is a mature adult around 7 or so years old. We've given him the birthdate of 6/17/2015.
House trained: Baker knows and will use pee pads and he goes outside also. He was sick for long time so the tool of a pee pad was used to help him stay clean and heal. We're confident he will fully house train in a good environment. He prefers to go outside when he can. Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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