Isabella ^


Isabella ^ Status: Available

ID: 26688

Name: Isabella ^

Breed: Shih Tzu

Age: 5 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: At Many Tears in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

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.

07-11-2019 - Isabella is a very scared girl who has come to us from a breeder. She does not like to be picked up and she can be easily startled. Isabella will need an experienced home that has at least one onther kind resident dog to be her friend and show her new skills like house training. Her new home will need to be a calm quiet environment t without children o help her her confidence with people.

26-11-19 UPDATE
This poor little baby, I’d hate to think what she has gone through for her to be this shut down and scared. That being said she has given me a little bit of trust which is amazing.
When someone used to go into the kennel she would hide and lunge at people but now she just sits there quietly not making a sound but watching your every move. Eventually I hope she will let me stroke her to show her how kind a human can be but I will have to let that come with time.
I feel so so bad for this little soul it nearly breaks me. Everyday she lets me get a little closer and I’m so glad she is giving me a chance.  She gets on well with her kennel friend and cuddles up to her at night but also hides behind her when she doesn’t feel safe.
I will try my hardest to let her know that I would never hurt her and just want to be her friend but living in a home I think she would really have a head start. Having room to hide if she needs to but also time to adjust to this whole new life for her. I really hope we can find a special quiet home for our little girl, someone who can show her the love and attention she needs to finally let her be herself and happy.

06-02-20 UPDATE

My Queen. I so wish some one special and experienced in extremely scared/fear "aggressive" dogs would come along and adopt my number 1 girlie. She is so very special, and certainly seems to be all for just one person. I am so very privileged she has put her trust in me, her kennel mum.
Isabella became quite depressed when her best friend Glue went into foster but this only lasted a few days, and she did bounce back to her usual self!  She has two new girl friends - a pom and another shih tzu who she sometimes plays with!
I can't imagine how Isabella was treated in the past - and I don't want to - to become so distrusting in everyone, and so so SO terrified of every new thing.  I wish I'd filmed her from the start to show you what she was like in the beginning and show you how far she's come but this with just one person - not so much with everyone in general. Isabella has a very long road to recovery.
I have been carrying Isabella around the centre to get her used to new sights and surroundings etc and I was chatting about her to another member of staff . I'm one of those people who quite often uses my hands t talk and when i moved my right hand, she suddenly panicked and tried to run away.  She realised she couldn't because she was on a harness and lead as well as a slip lead - safety is extremely important with this little lady. Anyway, she immediately rolled on her back and just lay there trembling.  Both Chloe and I were horrified - a glimpse into what she's quite possibly experienced in the past? It was awful... she really thought I was going to hurt her.
Isabella knows me very well but just brushing her fur makes her tremble with fear - this was also difficult to see as she lets me fuss her. This proves our point that every new thing to Isabella is very scary.
We have been brushing Isabella's fur daily to get her used to that feeling, get her used to the grooming room etc, and leading up to us bathing her. I bathed her today and I was so proud - she was amazingly brave. She did not like the hair dryer though. It seems as though Isabella can be brave with her kennel mummy, but her bravery has a time limit. For example - she is scared and very flighty during harness and lead training but she goes into full blown panic mode after a few minutes and today she started to panick after a certain time being bathed and groomed. We call it a day then.
Some of you have probably seen the videos I've taken of her - happy, waggy, licky/kissy - that's when she's comfortable with who she's with, and in safe surroundings she knows well but she is a very scared, worried, flighty girl when she's out of her comfort zone. I haven't worked with a dog quite like this for a long time, and none of my videos do her fear justice - because believe you, you would be very irresponsible if you were filming her say out on a harness and lead or some thing.
Isabella is looking for an adult only home, with another kind resident dog, with a family who has experience of very scared, distrusting, worried dogs who haven't experienced anything in life. Care and Safety in regards to basically everything is crucial for this little lady. She is looking for a quiet home, in a quiet area... can you help?

24-02-20 UPDATE

Isabella's confidence is slowly but surely growing. She has now started to interact with a couple of other members of staff in a more positive and happy way.  Care is still taken to handle her by these other staff members though, especially those who she doesn't know very well. Her kennel mummy who she trusts a great deal has been taking her to the grooming room every few days to have a little brush & bath. Bless her, she trembled every time, her eyes so big and  scared, looking around the room at everything in it so worriedly but, all this, lead to Steve - another vey experienced staff member giving her a full groom! So little Isabella has had all her hair shaved off ready for the Spring! She was very brave, but did try to bolt any time she wasn't held by Steve. This is a pattern with Isabella - when she is unsure or scared - she will bolt - in any situation.
Isabella now wears a little coat to keep her warm! She models it very well, although she isn't quite sure why she has this thing on her, bless her! Isabellas harness and lead training has come to a bit of a stand still due to the wet Welsh weather, but she's been getting used to wearing a harness in the kennel environment.
Isabella will need an adult only home with owners who have experience of frightened, flighty doggies. Dogs who really haven't much trust in humans and haven't seen much of the World and are very scared in new situations and surroundings. When you have earnt Isabella's full trust, she is a very happy, fun, waggy, loving, licky, kissy girl. My little pocket rocket! But a lot of care is still needed even by people she knows well when in new situations and surroundings e.g. training her on a harness and lead, or carrying her about. You really do have to earn her trust!
Whoever adopts this little lady will need to have plenty of experience, as well as plenty of time, patience and understanding. A lot of care will be needed in showing Isabella the World and everything in it. I would love to see little Isabella in a home soon, but it must be the right one.

10-03-20 UPDATE

Isabellas most recent achievement is that of being relatively calm, when out and about on a harness and lead, in front of the rescue centre. She was with her kennel mum who she trusts completely, and this was the very first time Isabella did not tremble in absolute fear, and did not panic the second she was placed on the pavement or grass... This was the first time, she did not have fear in her eyes...
Instead, Isabella remained quite calm, and regularly looked up to her kennel mum for reassurance. A short while later, a fellow staff member bought out Fifi - one of Sylvia's shihtzus for Isabella to have some doggy company and moral support. Having another dog around helped Isabella to feel a little more comfortable. She sat infront of her kennel mum, and looked around at the goings on with a fairly calm and interested demeanour... However she did panic when people, or other dogs came within a few feet of her.... This is where it is so important that the person whose holding Isabellas harness and lead, has already gained a great deal of Isabella's trust, because she could so easily freak out and react when she becomes frightened if she is with someone she doesn't know and therefore doesn't trust as much...
Isabella has been taken out and about on a harness and lead for a number of weeks now... Not every day though - because she has found the ordeal quite stressful and very scary. If I'm honest, it seemed to leave her sad and upset... almost a little traumatized afterwards... So this was the first time Isabella seemed a little more comfy and interested in what we were doing, and what we were seeing... This was the first time she didn't go into full blown panic mode... We sat and took in the surroundings for about 15 minutes. Although it might not seem like a big deal - the fact she didn't tremble on this outing - is a huge step in the right direction for our little lady! When she was back in her kennel, she was happy and waggy, which was really great to see! A step in the right direction for sure.
Isabella has always loved playing with toys! Her favourites are little teddy bears! She has also just started to love playing with other dogs! She has a few shihtzu friends, and she and another girl love to play wrestle! Boy do they go for it! ... And it is fun to watch!
Isabellas future adopters and forever family will need to have had experience of very frightened ex breeders, who have been very badly treated and seen nothing of the World. They will need to have plenty of patience and understanding, and safety is of utmost importance... If I was to foster or adopt Isabella, i would create a little routine in her day so she will hopefully become as comfortable in a home environment with people she doesn't know, as quickly as is possible for a girl like her. A routine will instill trust and confidence in Isabella, and this will in turn help Isabella's progress. Given plenty of time, patience and understanding, Isabella will blossom into the bubbly, fun, affectionate, licky little lady who is always so happy to see people she knows really well! She throws her whole body in the air - she is overjoyed to see her favourite people! And she adores a facial massage! However, she remains very frightened of staff she doesn't know, and will keep her distance, and will not allow them to handle her. Staff she sort of knows, continue to use a towel wrapped around their hands if they need to handle her.
It would be brilliant if one of our experienced fosterers could take Isabella into their home... I currently have a foster dog, but Isabella is next on my list. Safety with handling and transporting Isabella is extremely important. Also being aware that in time, she will become very easy for her family to handle, but she will revert back to how she was a few months ago with people she doesn't know. An adult only home is a must. It would be so great for Isabella to start her next chapter in life. This girl is very special.

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.
Large breed dogs over 25kg cost us considerably more  to spay and neuter so if you are adopting a large breed dog we would be very grateful of an extra suggested donation of £50 towards this increased cost to help us keep running.
 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.

* Many Tears uses Vanguard to vaccinate their dogs.  However, this can sometimes be difficult to source at local vets so if you are adopting a dog or puppy that has only had one vaccination please be aware your vets may require you to start the course from the beginning.


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