Violet Status: Available

ID: 21267

Name: Violet

Breed: Shih Tzu

Age: 2 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Portsmouth, Hampshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

30-01-18 Violet is a 1 year old Shih Tzu who has come from a breeder. She is an extremely nervous little girl who is completely shut down. She is going to need a lot of kindness and gentle encouragement to help her shed the fear that envelops her. She has never walked on a lead before and will need  kind dog in her new home to lend her some much needed confidence as well as show her new skills such as housetraining. Violet is a project, a real commitment who will take time and patience. When she relaxes she will start to enjoy her new life and you will burst with pride.

13-02-2018 UPDATE

A few days ago we were all given project dogs. Project dogs are dogs who are really really scared... My project dog is an extremely pretty 1 year old shih tzu called Violet. Everyone knows about Violet. She is absolutely petrified and has no idea what is going on right now. She lives in a constant state of fear, upset and worry. At the moment Violet messes herself in fear if we go anywhere near her. She buries her face behind her doggy friends (see the sencond picture above) or behind beds - she doesn't want to see what she thinks is going to happen - she thinks if she can't see us, we can't see her and therefore she won't get hurt.
Violet will growl at us in fear, she may go to bite us if we ignore her pleas of not wanting to be picked up or touched. She is just that scared :( and if we do touch her - she flinches, jumps, and throws herself to the other side of the kennel - sometimes screaming - as if we are electrocuting her. It is horrific. She has seen the vet and is in no pain. Her reaction to us is all because she is petrified because she was badly abused by humans before she was rescued by Many Tears. I haven't worked with a dog this scared for a while and I'm hoping to see some progress by the end of the week - even if it's something small and I hope you all follow this baby girls progress.
Violet will need to be homed with another more confident resident dog, and will need a calm, quiet, loving home, with people who are experienced with ex-breeders and have plenty of time, patience and understanding to help this little lady discover herself, her personality, before she can start to enjoy life.

02-03-18 UPDATE
Little Violet has been in a foster home for nearly 2

Weeks. She is petrified and so progress will take time but she has made some steps in the right direction. She likes to choose where she sleeps choosing the bed in front of the fire or by the radiator. She isn’t keen on a crate. At night she sleeps in the lounge with the other dogs. She likes to sit and watch what’s going on and trot around the house. She plays with toys and will come in from the garden when asked. She will let me stroke her and this has been achieved with treats. She eats well and will eat a treat if it’s put down in front of her. She still has a long way to go but for such a scared little girl it’s a good start. She will need a small friendly similar breed companion and someone who is home most of the time and has experience with very scared dogs.

11-04-18 UPDATE
Violet is getting used to living in a home. She is more comfortable around us but is very very scared of any human interaction and will still wet and mess herself if we handle her and try to bolt away but we are working on this. It’s going to be a very long process for her learning to trust humans but she is making very small steps and in her own little world seems quite happy with her doggy friends. She was groomed and is looking very pretty.

14-05-18 UPDATE

So Violet has been on a weekend/bank holiday break with us at our static caravan by the sea for the first time. She has very quickly mastered the art of running in and out to the puppy pen to toilet - probably because she has her friend to follow (so important for very scared dogs) she is also bravely wearing a harness to make it easier for us to handle her as she still hates being handled and will wee and poo in fright. She is still hand shy and this will take time but the little girly who hated to be anywhere near humans and lived in a total state of panic screaming if she was touched has bravely made a lot of progress in the last 10 weeks. She sits with the others for her treat although won’t take it from your hand. She has a best friend to play with and will definitely need a very playful dog in her new home. She would also be better without a large pack as she is very submissive and easily bullied. Right now she is snoring her head off probably dreaming of chicken treats.

24-06-18 UPDATE
Violet has now spent a week at the caravan (which she loves) and I do believe that the close living there has helped her to worry less about being near us humans.
She has been groomed and really enjoyed being pampered forgetting all about her fears for a time and looks so pretty. She almost certainly has been helped by the close bond she has struck up with one of the resident dogs whom she loves to play with.
She is still handshy and her biggest problem is being approached and handled and she still messes and wees. She needs a very quiet adult only home with someone home most of the time. She also is very submissive and would not cope with a large pack so I think just one very playful best friend of similar size would be perfect for her.
She now walks on a lead with a soft harness as long as it’s with another dog but can be a little erratic but does enjoy her walk. I am really pleased with her progress.


29-11-18 UPDATE

Violet has been in foster for around 9 months. She has many issues and scars from her short life before rescue. She is also very highly strung and goes from happy to petrified in a heartbeat.
 We soon realised that Violets rehab could not he pushed or hurried and that SHE had to lead the way. She would not let anyone touch her, get near her or take any treat or food even if tossed to her. She would instantly defecate, scream and start to throw herself about and would snap in fear. She has had unlimited space and time to learn and to sort out the type of relationship she wants with us humans.
For Violet she had made much progress but I fear she will always have huge issues - that said “what we can’t put right we work around”. She now she sleeps in the lounge where she chooses - sometimes on the sofa next to me. She walks on a harness and off with a long line. She takes treats from your hand. She is clean indoors. She will tentatively let the groomer clip her here in the house. She loves caravan holidays in our static van and sleeps in a crate there at night. She has bonded with the resident dogs here and plays rough and tumble and bitey face. If I approach in the same way and she is on the sofa or in a bed she will let me stroke her but she remains hand shy and would bite and defecate if pushed. In Violets limited little world she is very happy. For Violet to be adopted we will be very strict on people meeting her specific needs.
Someone must be home most of the time and must have experience of very scared dogs and be prepared to take on board her routines and needs.  There must be at least one similar size very playful and friendly doggy companion. There must be no children or visiting children.  You may need to understand that violet will never be a lap dog and will probably have a limited relationship with us on her terms but the most important thing is she is happy.

11-01-19 UPDATE

Violet has had a lovely first Christmas in a home. She had a warm bed with doggy friends to play with and Christmas dinner and new toys from Santa. She isn’t ready to wear a Christmas jumper yet but she is happy in Violets world.


PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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