River Status: Available

ID: 25055

Name: River

Breed: Shih Tzu

Age: 7 Years

Gender: Male

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Alton, 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.

6-4-19 River is a sweet and quiet boy but nervous.  He has come to us from a breeder and doesn't walk on a lead and will need to learn about house training.  River is easy to handle but runs when approached so he needs a kind quiet home with similair sized dog or dogs to bring him out of his shell. If you have the time, love and patience to help him please put an application form in.  River is waiting for you to find him.

24-05-19 UPDATE

River is such a cheeky little man. He’s only a small dog, but he has a large personality. Although River is still nervous of new people, he has come on a long way since being with us here at Many Tears. He now allows people to approach without backing away, and when they walk passed his kennel, he will even come up to the front to have a look at what’s going on.
River is still not very confident when it comes to being handled, and although he is absolutely fine when he’s in your arms, he’s will run when approached. However, I have been working on this a lot lately and he is making progress. Another area we have been working on is walking on a lead. I have been harnessing River throughout the day so he gets used to it. It was a struggle for him at first, he would just freeze and look uncomfortable, but a couple of days in and he’s running around as if he’s not wearing it.
Today I took him for a walk on the harness, he didn’t walk too much, but even a few steps for a dog that’s never experienced these circumstances before is great, so I am very pleased with this. River also met moving cars, other people and a cat. We also sat in my car with the engine on. To my surprise he took everything in his stride. I did notice though, that when on the walk, he was walking away from me a lot, which is typical from a dogs first walk, however, as soon as some other dogs walked by River tried following them. This must be because he felt more comfortable around them than me, which is an instant indicator that River will need to be housed alongside other dogs to ensure he is at his happiest in his new home. Could you be the right family for River?

06-06-19 UPDATE

River is such a cute boy.  Although still nervous of new people but he does come to check you out before letting off a little bark and backing off. He is improving each week and but he does not let you stroke him and keeps an eye on your hand as he doesn’t trust anyone fully. As mentioned before he will need another dog at home at help him settle and learn how to be a dog in a home. He is not going to be house trained so learning from another would help. He’s also yet to learn to walk on a lead so if you do have time, love and patience for this chap, come down and meet him. With time he will develop into a lovely dog.

20-06-19 UPDATE
River has been with me two weeks and already I can see a change in him.  He no longer runs off when I go to pick him up and heloves being cuddled.  River is almost toilet trained and he is now happy to have a harness on and getting better about the lead. He is a delightful little boy,who just wants to be spoilt and loved.

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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