Dora Status: Available

ID: 25056

Name: Dora

Breed: Shih Tzu Cross

Age: 5 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Taunton, Somerset

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.

09-04-2019 - Dora is a 4 year old ex breeding Shih Tzu Cross. She is a lovely sweet girl who is a tad nervous to pick up but will come up for a nose. She doesn't walk on a lead just yet but hopefully this won't take long. Dora would like another resident dog to live with so that she can learn about housetraining and other home skills and build her confidence. She is a little sweetie who really needs a chance.

20-05-19 UPDATE
Dora has been with me in foster for just over a week. When she first arrived she would run away as soon as I even looked at her but now if she is approached slowly and gently and with some words of encouragement she will let me stroke her. I can now even pick her up for a short cuddle whilst stroking her and I am gradually building up the time I hold her every day.
Dora eats well, she does a lovely little dance on her back legs whilst I am preparing her food and will let out a deep bark, one which is too deep for such a little dog it is quite funny.
During the day the back door is left open and she will follow the resident dogs outside to do her business. Dora is still getting the hang of toileting before bedtime so she has had a few accidents but she does manage to get to the puppy pads so that is something. She sleeps downstairs with the resident dogs and settles nicely, I don't hear anything from her all night.
Dora is gaining in confidence every day. She has started to chase my Shih Tzu around the garden and play with toys so she certainly needs a resident dog in her forever home to help her improve her doggy ways. She does wear a harness while the resident dogs are out on their walk so that she gets to understand what it's for and what it feels like. In the next few days I will start lead training although I am confident it won't take her long.
This lovely little girl has a beautiful temperament and will be a great addition to any family. At the moment any children need to be 7 and over as she would find younger ones too loud and scary. However this may change in time. Please come and meet her you won't be disappointed.

18-06-19 UPDATE

The beautiful Dora (aka Flora) is progressing well. She is getting used to being touched by me but still runs away if I am too quick and her beautiful brown eyes open wide as if to say 'please don't hurt me'.
Dora has been brave enough to go out for walks and will happily trot beside me as we walk. She is starting to take an interest in sights and smells around her and has met a few dogs when out and about which she has greeted very politely and ladylike.
Dora was also brave enough to be groomed yesterday and she did really well considering her coat was thick and matted. It was like shearing a sheep, it came off in thick chunks. What a beauty she has turned out to be though. She runs around the garden with a new lease of life as though a great weight has been taken off her. My groomer and I have decided that she looks more like a Dandie Dinmont than a shih Tzu as her body is much longer and her eyes are bigger. Whatever her breed she is a lovely dog to foster and her new family won't be disappointed.

13-07-19 UPDATE

Dora continues to make progress, even if it is very slow, which is absolutely fine as we have all the time she needs. She absolutely loves her walks and although a bit apprehensive as I go to put the harness on her, once it is on and the lead attached, she is away. She is attached to a long line when we go in the fields and she is happy to run around enjoying her freedom. If there are noises she is not sure of, or people approaching us when we are out walking, Dora will stop right where she is. With gentle encouragement she will continue walking but will still be wary until the 'threat' has passed. House training is still ongoing. At night time she is now crated and will sleep through the night until about 6am when she will cry to be let out.
During the day I am home most of the time, but when I do have to go out Dora is not crated and sleeps on a bed with my cavalier. Although put outside to do her business and told to 'go wee wees' which she does most of the time she does still have the occasional accident in the house. There are various dog beds around the house but Dora prefers to curl up just behind my sofa on the floor. If I move, she will follow so she is beginning to trust me, probably the first human that she has ever trusted in her life.
I can also give her treats and gentle cuddles. At the moment she is not comfortable to sit on my lap as you can feel her tense up so again this will take time. Currently Dora is living with three other dogs so she will need a resident dog in her new home as she takes her lead from them. Her new owners need to be aware that she is not a ready made dog and will need lots of time and patience to overcome her fears. However I am sure she will be well worth the wait.

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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