My name is PHOENIX!

Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso Mix Dog for adoption in Mission Viejo, California - PHOENIX
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PHOENIX's Info...

I am already neutered, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.

PHOENIX's Story...
In the dog dictionary next to the word ‘PHOENIX’ you will find only one definition and that is COMPANION!

PHOENIX is estimated to be about 5+ years old, almost 13 pounds, up to date on his shots, microchipped and neutered.

This handsome fellow comes with a heart-wrenching back story. PHOENIX was named because we hoped he could ‘rise from the ashes’ – and he has done just that! PHOENIX literally came into the shelter as a rag doll, beaten up so badly he went directly to the vet clinic. He couldn’t stand up or lift his head. At first, they were told he may have been hit by a car. Upon exam, it was very apparent he was the victim of a viscous dog attack; at least 17 bite wounds to be exact. On day #3, he had made a little progress but was still too weak and injured to be able to move to the shelter side and sadly was listed to be put to sleep. Volunteers at the shelter felt this guy deserved a chance and networked his story out to rescues. BFF K9 heard his story and quickly answered the call, believing this little man deserved more time to heal.

On his rescue day, he could hold his head up, although his neck was still very, very painful, and his gait was very wobbly. He was matted and shaggy, but still had a tail wag and a quick lick for his foster mom. He enjoyed the next weeks in peace and quiet, healing his wounds and recovering from his ordeal.

PHOENIX is now fully recovered and ready for the full-time love in a forever home that he deserves. He is definitely a “people person” and a companion dog. There truly is only one word to describe him and that is COMPANION. He is good with older children and has had very good manners. PHOENIX is a confident dog and doesn’t feel he needs an invitation to be with you. He can sneak past your feet without you even knowing it -- like a whisper -- he wants to be your shadow. He has a favorite bone that he loves to carry around and loves playing fetch [see video]! But truly, he needs only one thing: YOU.

Sadly, life hasn’t been so kind to PHOENIX. In addition to being attacked, it was discovered he actually endured a broken right front leg at some point in his past which was never treated! Don’t tell him though – he wouldn’t let it stop him! He actually loves playing fetch so much that we have to stop him or else he plays too hard and gets a little pain in his leg. He has a prescription of pain medicine for days like that, but it doesn’t get him down. He will actually still run for his ball. He is just so playful.

He is very good on a leash and enjoys rides in the car. He lays right down and is just happy to be with you. He will scratch at the bedroom door if you leave him behind and won’t stand to be ignored. He isn’t a reckless barker and uses a doggie door with good potty habits. He really only barks when he is denied being by your side or at crows! Yes, crows. They have no business being in our yard according to him! Even though he loves being with his people, he does not suffer from separation anxiety and just chills when you are not at home. He lives in a foster home with several other dogs and while he is pretty tolerant and can do well with another dog, PHOENIX would not mind being the only dog in the home and would love to suck up ALL of the attention and be the king of his domain. He just thinks he’s THAT special … and HE IS! He has been exposed to cats and doesn’t seem interested in them at all so a home with a cat should not be an issue.

So if you are looking for a true friend -- someone to watch TV with, go on a walk with, have a snack with, take a drive, snuggle with, and somebody to dote on, PHOENIX is your guy!

An application, home check, contract, and adoption donation will be required. PHOENIX’S adoption donation is $300.00. To meet PHOENIX, please go to our website,,to the adopt page to learn more about our adoption process, policies and to download or complete an online application. Please complete online application (make sure you answer all questions and get sent confirmation on screen) or email to

We make every effort to contact you ASAP. Emails will get the quickest response.
Applications are not first-come; they are based on best fit for the household and our BFF pup.

Facts about PHOENIX

  • Breed: Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

PHOENIX, a Mission Viejo Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso for sale in Mission Viejo, or seeking a Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso dog from a breeder in Mission Viejo.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Mission Viejo already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Mission Viejo breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso breeders who help with Cairn Terrier/Lhasa Apso rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Mission Viejo paves the way for another one to be saved.