Tag Archives: Shih-Tzu

Maggie X

image Maggie X, because Sophie can’t remember how many Maggies’ she’s had. But I am by far the oldest. I’m a sweet twelve year old Shih-Tzu mix, and after a first home ended up at the SPCA. Seven years ago I was adopted by a gentleman, with whom I was loved and well taken care of. Unfortunately, life happens, and my Dad was placed in a home. Because of my age family members were going to send me to the SPCA where I certainly would have been put on death row.  After some thought they decided to hand me over to Sophie’s Dog Adoption. I’m sweet, healthy, playful, and just love everyone. I still have a lot of good years in front of me and would fit in with pretty much anyone, as I’m easy going.

Ziggy Stardust

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I am Ziggy Stardust, a 6 year old Shih-Tzu mix who is now looking for a new home. My family has given me up due to a move and lack of time to care for me now that the kids are grown up….

I am very sweet, great with everyone, kids, cats, other dogs, but I do have a little anxiety that needs to be worked on.  If  you structure me, I can turn into the perfect little pal. I have lived with kids, so a family would be nice, but a nice older couple or person would be fine too.

I can be active if you would like me to, or I can be mellow and sit by you.  You pick and we’ll do! I’m a people pleaser, that’s what makes me happy!

Kuujjua

You’ll never guess where I came from?  Kuujjuarapik (way way up North)!  Yup, that’s right.  I was an outdoor dog who roamed the cold streets of Kuujjuarapik until someone finally decided to take me off the streets and bring me to Montreal in order to live as a regular house dog.

After all, I’m no Husky like the other dogs Sophie took from my town.  I am a shih-Tzu mix, barely 15 lbs…. and about 2 years old at the most.

Of course I was very matted, so now there’s not a whole lot of hair left on me, but I am still adorable.

I am very sociable, as even though I lived on the streets, I was fed by the whole town.  I love going up to people, I’m affectionate, but I am a bit of a runner.  I have escaped twice from a fenced-in yard, as I want to explore my new surroundings.  I love to go on walks, I could spend my days outside!

I am good with other dogs, not grumpy at all so kids should be fine if they are nice with me, and as far as cats, well… I just think they’re the cutest things!  I love them too.

Gilligan

I’m a Shih-Tzu of about 4 years old that was taking a walk on a beautiful Spring night on the water shore, at the end of the Island road near the Lachine canal. Like a castaway, I was looking to be saved and to finally be reunited with my family. Sadly no one appears to be looking for me.

My new name is Gilligan, and I hope to find a new family soon. I’m nice, I get along well with other dogs and I’m really quiet. However I needed to get a good grooming as I looked like I’ve spent the last 10 years living on an inhabited Island.

I am in a foster home with a family (teenage kids) and I have really taken to the husband, son and his friends.  I seem to be a “dude” kind of guy, I actually tend to be a little afraid of women.  So ideally, a nice retired gentleman would be wonderful for me, or a young active fellow even though I don’t really suit the image!  A gay man would be really cool too, so basically if the main person in my life is a man, I’ll be happy. Oh yeah, and in my foster home, there’s also a shih-tzu, 2 very young puppies and 2 cats.

I’m a quiet guy, not a whole lot of barking if it’s not necessary.  So think about it guys, I can become your very best pal – I just become mush around men!

Clayton

I have been renamed Clayton (you don’t even want to know what I was originally called!!), and I am a 4 year old Shih-Tzu.  My story is kind of unusual, Sophie’s Dog Adoption got a call from a lady who had put an ad online asking for someone to give her a dog.  Some lady e-mailed her and said I was available, and I was super sweet.  I was brought to the new home, and the next day I bit someone as I was very nervous.  She called for me to be taken back , and was pretty much told  they didn’t want me back and to call Sophie’s Dog Adoption to surrender me….

So here I am, new name and new outlook on life.  I am a little skittish and shy, and a typical Shih-Tzu who doesn’t like quick movements nor people in my face.  However, despite my growling and showing teeth, I have not tried to bite anyone since I arrived.

My foster mom says I have a lot of potential to become a secure little fellow, but right now I am confused and nervous around new people and new things.

So I am looking for a calm and relaxed environment, ideally no kids, to be loved and taken care of for the rest of my life.  If you adopt me, I will be forever grateful.

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Janie

I’m one of four Shih-Tzu puppies who where born on November 8th, 2011, three boys and one girl. Our mom is Zsa-Zsa the Shih-Tzu who was found in a state of neglect. Unfortunately we came as a surprise as it was obvious mom had many litters but didn’t look pregnant when found.

I’m Janie, the only girl. We are all very lively, friendly and learning quickly to socialize well with our siblings and our foster “dad”. In fact, since mommy was a puppy-mill dog, by the time we were four weeks old she was starting to turn us down from nursing.

At that point, she decided to take a break and therefore our foster “dad”, Tarzan has been doing all the socialization and teaching that mom should be doing. We are now ready to start going into permanent homes and are looking be adopted by committed people who will love us our entire life.

We had the chance of being born in the care of Sophie’s Dog Adoption which gives us a better chance at a real life then if we had been sold to pet shots. Don’t abandon us and we will be the most faithful friend you will ever have.

James

I’m one of four Shih-Tzu puppies who where born on November 8th, 2011, three boys and one girl. Our mom is Zsa-Zsa the Shih-Tzu who was found in a state of neglect. Unfortunately we came as a surprise as it was obvious mom had many litters but didn’t look pregnant when found.

I’m James, the biggest boy at birth. We are all very lively, friendly and learning quickly to socialize well with our siblings and our foster “dad”. In fact, since mommy was a puppy-mill dog, by the time we were four weeks old she was starting to turn us down from nursing.

At that point, she decided to take a break and therefore our foster “dad”, Tarzan has been doing all the socialization and teaching that mom should be doing. We are now ready to start going into permanent homes and are looking be adopted by committed people who will love us our entire life.

We had the chance of being born in the care of Sophie’s Dog Adoption which gives us a better chance at a real life then if we had been sold to pet shots. Don’t abandon us and we will be the most faithful friend you will ever have.

Jamal

I’m one of four Shih-Tzu puppies who where born on November 8th, 2011, three boys and one girl. Our mom is Zsa-Zsa the Shih-Tzu who was found in a state of neglect. Unfortunately we came as a surprise as it was obvious mom had many litters but didn’t look pregnant when found.

I’m Jamal, the second born and the only black one at birth. However, I’m becoming a beautiful blond, yet I’m a boy. We are all very lively, friendly and learning quickly to socialize well with our siblings and our foster “dad”. In fact, since mommy was a puppy-mill dog, by the time we were four weeks old she was starting to turn us down from nursing.

At that point, she decided to take a break and therefore our foster “dad”, Tarzan has been doing all the socialization and teaching that mom should be doing. We are now ready to start going into permanent homes and are looking be adopted by committed people who will love us our entire life.

We had the chance of being born in the care of Sophie’s Dog Adoption which gives us a better chance at a real life then if we had been sold to pet shots. Don’t abandon us and we will be the most faithful friend you will ever have.

Jacob

I’m one of four Shih-Tzu puppies who where born on November 8th, 2011, three boys and one girl. Our mom is Zsa-Zsa the Shih-Tzu who was found in a state of neglect. Unfortunately we came as a surprise as it was obvious mom had many litters but didn’t look pregnant when found.

I’m Jacob, I’m the smallest boy with the less spots. We are all very lively, friendly and learning quickly to socialize well with our siblings and our foster “dad”. In fact, since mommy was a puppy-mill dog, by the time we were four weeks old she was starting to turn us down from nursing.

At that point, she decided to take a break and therefore our foster “dad”, Tarzan has been doing all the socialization and teaching that mom should be doing. We are now ready to start going into permanent homes and are looking be adopted by committed people who will love us our entire life.

We had the chance of being born in the care of Sophie’s Dog Adoption which gives us a better chance at a real life then if we had been sold to pet shots. Don’t abandon us and we will be the most faithful friend you will ever have.

Zsa-Zsa

I’m Zsa-Zsa and I am a total love bug. Around 6 yrs old, or so. In great shape aside from my teeth needing a good brushing once in a while. I was not fed the best food in the past but my breath is fine….no worries. Looks like I was used as a breeding female and once I was too old to give out regular lucrative litters, I was tossed aside.Can you imagine that? Still so young but not for somebody looking to make a buck off of me.

I was found near Honore-Beaugrand metro wandering all on my own. My body shows I have given birth many times. My state at the time was awful. I was covered in fleas, all matted and had bad ear infections. I’m all better now thanks to Sophie taking me in and getting me all the care I needed. I’m in foster care now living with several dogs and cats and I am getting along famously with everyone. I love people, walks and cuddling. I truly am the perfect dog. No issues, no attitude, no special needs. I never bark. I had my hair shaved because of my previous neglect but once it grows back, I will be even more gorgeous that I already am. I have very pretty colors I’m told.

Shaggy

I am named Shaggy and I arrived at Sophie’s Dog Adoption last year, very shaggy looking and already 8 years old.

My story is a very common one, I’m a high maintenance dog and my family finally decided “We have no time for him”.

My first family had always done the grooming themselves, which led to many skin problems when I arrived, as well as bad fungus on my feet. But after a good shave, treatments and good care, it all went away.

I was adopted by a senior lady last year, but she decided to move to Thailand and thought I may not be able to make such a long trip. So here I am now at 9, again looking for a home. I don’t require a lot of attention, I have no anxiety problems but will need professional grooming at least twice a year. I’m not at all barky, I get along well with other dogs, no problems with cats and no aggression whatsoever.

Unfortunately I am no spring chicken, and I do have an enlarged heart, which in the last year has caused me to cough somewhat more and more. So I am what one would now consider a “special needs” dog, I have lost most of my hearing, and my eyesight is not all that great. Because of my age and mellow attitude, I would definitely see myself in a quiet and mellow home, and obviously someone who could care for my medical needs financially. I may not be in the best of shapes, but I am still full of life and pep, and if I find someone to love me for the rest of my life, I will give it back a thousand times!

Please give me the chance to get out of foster and into my own, wonderful and final home.

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Ivory Miller

I am Ivory Miller, one of the 5 Miller Family dogs. If you hadn’t heard about us, we were 5 dogs rescued from a Puppymill who were in a terrible state of neglect. We had no clue we were dogs, and had to overcome a lot of things in order to become normal dogs.

Well I have a sister named Viviane, and both of us had been adopted together, but because we are ‘special’ dogs, our education was very different and slow, and it didn’t work out for the family to continue the education with 2 of us.

So I am back looking for a home, ideally with someone who will take my past into consideration and treat me in accordance with that and my needs, but not ‘baby’ me or feel sorry for me. I need to feel strong, secure, stable and it is with someone Alpha who will set rules that I will flourish and become a wonderful little dog.

I already am the best little thing, having no ‘baggage’, everything was to be learned. So with lots of love, positive reinforcement, structure, I can be the best friend. I prefer no little kids, as I am a mellow little girl, but I have recently learned to bark, play with other dogs like real dogs play, and I can learn some more. How to play with toys, how to enjoy a happy dog’s life!

Please give me that chance to find that forever home, I am about 2 years old and really look forward to having a permanent home like the other 4 members of my ‘family’ who are all doing wonderfully. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being in my foster home, but a forever home is what I feel I’m ready for (oh and that other picture, well that’s how I arrived from the mill!).

Brigitte

My name is Brigitte, and I have a sad story despite my young age of barely 18 months. I somehow ended up at the vet to be euthanized, just ‘because’. It seems I lived with 2 senior ladies (very senior), one with Alzheimer, one affected with Senility, and the older one was hurting me. So the younger sister, brought me to the vet to have me euthanized, in order to save me from being hurt.

So….. here I am, at Sophie’s Dog Adoption. I am very sweet, even though a little skittish, have taken a liking to her adult son, so guys are more my thing. I am very stressed around senior ladies (no offense to anyone), but I can certainly learn to come around and be trusting with time, patience and love.

I am a little anxious still, so a bit whiny at times, but not a barky dog. I am getting along with all the dogs here, small, big, pitbull, dominant, submissive, I just walk away from the ones I don’t care to be around.

I am clean, don’t chew stuff up, bark at the door, but not at everything I hear, and am learning to be crate-trained as I feel safe and secure in my little space.

Chico 5

My name is Chico 5, and this is my story.  I am a little over 4 years old, and was given up because I was pretty much running the house.   I lived with teens, and had even started biting them when things didn’t go my way.  My game was showing my teeth, growling, and trying to bite (sometimes succeeding) everyone who even looked at me, let alone touch me.

So the only rescue who agreed to take a little devil like me was Sophie’s Dog Adoption. She already knew I would need some serious ‘boot camp’ restructuring, and she was right.  I am a truly charming, wonderful, loving little dude, but I will test my limits.

I also came to Sophie in such a state of neglect, that was reason alone to bite.  It took her 5 hours of grooming spread over 2 days.  I had a thickness of matted undercoat at least 2 inches.  She literally had to shave me down with a surgical blade as nothing would go through that.  My ears were sticking out to the side they were so thick from matted hair.

Now that I am shaved like a rat (she left me some bangs and somewhat of a tail), I am a whole new dude.  I didn’t even know I had ears, now that they ‘flop’, they actually bug me and I’ve tried to shake them off.  Sophie says it is sad to see this, she sees it way too often.

But now I am in Heaven.  Being structured, trained, socialized with dogs, cats, and getting to learn that I am no longer King of the Castle, no longer Boss, I am the little Chico who needs to respect humans.  And I am proving to be a great student.

Obviously I could revert to my old ways, so someone very alpha and/or experienced with devils like me is the only way to go.  Ideally no kids, or very experienced one as well, not too young, but other than that pretty much any kind of loving, structured, active family would be great for me.

I have proven to be clean in the house, not destructive, don’t have separation anxiety and we’re working on the barking.  I’m hoping for a home before I have to change foster homes, as I am in a very temporary place right now while doing the major training work!

Cookie 2

I’m Cookie 2, a sweet six year old Shih-Tzu who is looking for a loving home. I’m what Sophie and my foster home call a perfect dog. I have never had accidents in the house, don’t have any behavioral issues, can stay alone during the day, get along great with the family dog and cat, love kids and any human who wants to cuddle with me.

I do have one problem, it’s my left eye. The story on what happened is not very clear, but I may or may not have had surgery at one point which has left me partially blind in that eye. I came with eye drops which the foster home has been putting in regularly, but my eye seems to get very dry and needs cleaning every day. I’m due for a checkup to find out more about the future of this eye, but it is suspected that I will need drops for the rest of my life.

Don’t let that be a setback for you, I’m absolutely charming and once you know me you will not be able to resist. I may be six but I have a good ten years in front of me as I’m healthy and very active and playful.

Pablo

My name is Pablo, like that crazy painter Picasso, but I’m not crazy. More like a Tasmanian Devil, as I’m only a 4 month old little Shih-tzu.

Obviously I’m cute as a button, look like a little stuffy toy and anyone who sees me automatically falls in love. BUT, I’m a puppy, a small breed at that, which means at least one year of a little terror trying to run your house. So if you’re thinking of adopting me, you better be ready for the challenge that raising a puppy like me to become a well balanced and social butterfly entails.

Just like Ace, Sophie knows she will be swapped with requests but again will be very selective on who I actually end up with. Too many people think of us cute little things as toys, which we are not.

Fluffy 2

My name is Fluffy 2 and I’m a 10 and half year old male Shih-tzu. But hey, don’t let my age fool you. I’m still very healthy, very active for my age, barely starting some cataracts, the only thing really is my teeth will probably need a good cleaning within the next year.

I have been living with Tyson 5, a Pug, but now we are both looking for homes. Even though I have lived with him for the last 8 years, we never really bonded closely and were always quite independent of one another. So we are being split up for adoption, which is fine with both of us.

I love toys especially balls and can amuse myself while your at work, I’m fully house trained, hardly ever bark, and love going for my daily walks. When Sophie came to pick us up, I went to greet her right away, brought her my ball, and hopped on her lap to give her kisses and receive some affection. I’m good with other dogs, love people, and don’t have a mean bone in me. Because of my age I would see myself with an older person who wants an easy companion to hug and cuddle with.

Little Rocky

I have finally found a family. I’m Little Rocky, and happy to say that I now have a beautiful house to live in and two human sisters to play with.

I am a loving little guy, always in a good mood, funny and a little fat around the belly and hope that my new sisters will help me trim down in order to be at my desired weight. I want to have a long life and truly enjoy the years to come.

Tinkie Winkie

Remember that nice family who took Idefix & myself in foster care? Well they have decided to officially adopt me. Despite my anxiety, they just couldn’t resist my good looks, charming personality and simply fell in love.

I have finally found a home where I will have all the love I want, tasty meals, lots of toys and most of all any veterinary care that I may require throughout my life.

Simona

I have been named Simona. I was found running in the middle of a busy street at rush hour, and I looked a mess. If you look at my picture, it gives you an idea of what I looked like. The other pictures are me now! Can’t wait till the hair grows back nice and shiny.

I am about 10 years old, have some cataracts in both eyes, and my teeth all had to be removed. I was not yet spayed, my nails were curled around so far it’s a wonder I got as far as I got. I could barely walk as they were digging into my pads.

My hair was one big matted pile, I had to be shaved down like a rat, and pop – my ears popped up! It looks under all that messy hair, like I might have some Schnauzer and Shih-Tzu.

I am very skittish, not yet housetrained to go outside but seem to know paper training to some point, but I am very sweet and gentle. Quiet as can be, mellow, but yet playful and loving.

By the way, I am great with cats, dogs, kids as well as people. The only drawback now is I can only eat soft foods, but I was unable to eat anyway with my rotted teeth. So I don’t mind, it’s better tasting anyway!