My name is Sidney - seeking female only home!

Maltese/Shih Tzu Mix Dog for adoption in Spartanburg, South Carolina - Sidney - seeking female only home
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Facts about Sidney - seeking female only home

  • Breed: Maltese/Shih Tzu Mix
  • Color: White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 4276882-$I am special

Meet Sidney!

Breed: Maltese/Shih Tzu mix        Gender:    female      Adoption Fee:  $ I'm special

Date into Rescue:  02/2/2012
Reason for being in rescue: Read description
Foster location: near Waxhaw, NC
Special Needs?  YES - Read below
Weight: Est 12 lbs
Height: Est 11"


April, 2016 update from foster family - please make sure you read the original information regarding Sidney.  

Sidney has been with us since May, 2015.  During this time, we have lovingly addressed any aggressive behavior and Sidney is settling down in our home. As her description explains, she has gotten very attached to the me, but she is also doing well with my husband.  She has learned that he is not going to harm her and she can trust him, but after almost a year, she still fears his touch.  To get to this point has taken time and a lot of patience.  We do have some male visitors in the home that Sidney will aggressively approach and will nip at their legs/ankles. Our visitors are always made aware of Sidney and her past.  We continue to address each of these situations as they occur.

We have a very structured routine in our home and Sidney has adapted well to it and it has helped for her to know a very consistent routine.

Sidney continues to be fearful of me holding her, but she is getting better.  I have learned she gets very fearful if both hands are not on her body while I hold her, and she definitely trembles with fear if I raise my hand to wave at a neighbor, or reach to open a door while holding her. She has just started to allow me to "cuddle" with her while I hold her.  She will even jump up on my legs, asking to be picked up!  While holding Sidney, she does not like for you to rub or cradle her head.

In our home, we have noticed how Sidney normally does not like to go outside, especially in the dark.  We have a pee pad down for her and Sidney does not have accidents in our home.  There are times Sidney will go outside to explore and will take off to an area of our yard by herself, but for the most part, Sidney is a little homebody and would be perfect for someone in an apartment, etc.  

Sidney continues to be a dream to walk on a leash.  She seems to get very excited about going for a walk, but this is AFTER you establish a solid routine and Sidney knows what to expect. Anything out of the routine and Sidney will get very nervous.  While walking, if you pass a male walking or jogging, Sidney may exhibit her aggressive behavior.  Not with all men, so it can catch you off guard.  Sidney rides perfectly in a car, sitting very still.

Sidney is doing better with our groomer and our vet but they are aware of her behavior and work with her each time they interact with her.

Once you get past Sidney's behavior, she is an incredible girl.  Her coat is beautiful, but very high maintenance.  I have heard folks refer to it as a cotton coat...fluffy.  We chose to keep it cut short. Sidney loves to be with us and can be very playful with me, but would love to have a family of her own and be showered with all the attention.  She would love to be the only pet of the family.  However, due to her behavior, you need to be very, very committed and you have to be willing to help Sidney to continue to improve.

Sidney has all her vaccination updated, blood work done and had a dental.

We look forward to continuing to work with Sidney and help her find her perfect forever home! 


ORIGINAL INFORMATION - The West Tennessee Drug Task Force pulled over a U-Haul towing a minivan on I-40 near mile marker 42 around 11:00am on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Instead of finding drugs, they found 141 dogs and 1 cat in the minivan and cargo area of the U-Haul without food or water.

Members of the Fayette County Animal Rescue were called to the scene, and determined that the dogs were "being held in conditions that violate Tennessee law." According to reports at the scene, the animals were tied into cages with zip ties, appeared underweight, and their fur was matted with their own waste. Several animals were not caged, running loose in the U-Haul cargo space. The animals had been on the road since Saturday.

This is where Sidney came from. This is the only information of her past that is known, and it is obviously not a positive piece of her history. Sidney's behavior more than reflects a trouble past and it will take a very special person to adopt her.

Sidney can be the most wonderful, sweet and loving dog that you have ever met. She will follow you off leash, ride well in your car and keep her crate clean for a few hours at a time. Sidney will ONLY bond with a female, and this is not debatable. She must be adopted to a home who has females living in it only. She will run up to a male (and some women, too) and nip at their ankles, while constantly barking and growling. If she is spooked enough, she will bite and make contact. She is not going to bond with ANYONE immediately, it is going to take some time. Sidney has bitten several people in her time here, but never anyone that she trusts. If you can gain Sid's trust, you will have an awesome little shadow dog.

There is a video of her meeting a male and him luring her with treats - when the treats were all gone, she proceeded to bark, growl and back away from him.

Her house training is quite frankly pretty terrible. She WILL use the bathroom outside if you keep her on a very strict routine and take her out multiple times a day. If you turn your head, however, and she has to go... she will! Sidney walks perfectly on a leash and even better off leash (in a safe fenced in environment only). Once she bonds with you, she thinks you are the ruler of the world and will give you her entire heart.

Sidney is familiar with being in a home as she was adopted once before and it did not work out, through no fault of her own. She knows what it's like to curl up on a nice cozy bed, or in her favorite spot on the couch. She likes to be in a home.

Sid gets along wonderfully with other dogs and would be a great companion to your current pet. She would also be fine as an only dog, as she would love to absorb all of the attention, all the time. Sidney does not know any commands but is an intelligent girl who could learn with some training.

Who I am seeking:     A very, very experienced, patient female. You must be committed to taking things very slow and giving her a minimum of 30 days to get to know you. Absolutely no children in Sidney's life - no exceptions.

Age: est birthdate 02/02/2010

Please note - we will not place Sidney in a home with children under 16.

Please note - we do not ship dogs.  If you are interested in adopting, please take a look at the distance between the foster home location and your location and make sure you are willing to make that trip.

To apply, please visit our webpage at and visit the tab on the left that directions you to the online application.

Please note that when screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home.   You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, color, age, etc.  Others here may be a better fit for you.  It is very difficult to get to know a living animal from a picture and a short description.  Since we are constantly getting in new dogs, this may be a  dog not in our listings yet.  We want you to be very happy with your new companion and will make suggestions based on what you tell us about you.

You can also read our adoption tips page for hints and helps on adopting a rescued dog. or for general information on Carolina Poodle Rescue, please visit our FAQs -

About Carolina Poodle Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a no-kill/limited entry private rescue group; we believe and support the No More Homeless Pets and spay/neuter initiatives. We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Our ein is: 20-3192287

All animals adopted from Carolina Poodle are spayed or neutered before being placed. We provide sanctuary and rehabilitation and, when the right home comes along, rehome poodles and other needy small dogs. We maintain a waiting list of homes and most of our animals are placed from this list.

Our efforts are funded solely through adoption fees and donations.

Our Mission

To rescue, rehabilitate, offer permanent sanctuary and, when appropriate, rehome needy poodles and small dogs.

To encourage the human-animal bond by promoting activities that serve to bring animals and their people closer together

To support the efforts of those in the animal rescue community seeking to end euthanasia as a means of population control.

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