My name is Rika!

Shih Tzu/Jack Russell Terrier Mix Puppy for adoption in Upper Marlboro, Maryland - Rika
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Doggie Orphans Great and Small

Facts about Rika

  • Breed: Shih Tzu/Jack Russell Terrier Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Puppy
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
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Important Note

Rika is best friends with Bindi. Please adopt both of them so they can stay together!

TWICE THE FUN!!! Bindi and Rika would make wonderful family members :) We will not separate them - they are bonded.

Application form here:

PLEASE NOTE: Bindi and Rika are bonded and we are looking for a home for them together.
We are not interested in separating them. Adoption fee is $750 for the pair. We are looking for a home for Rika and Bindi together. While Bindi is fairly independent and could go to a home without Rika, Rika is very attached to Bindi and would not do well being separated from her. They are easy puppies - they play together, eat together, sleep together and are always close. By easy I mean that while they will entertain each other, they still need plenty of exercise...because they are puppies and are high energy terrier mixes. They are currently getting 3 to 4 miles of walks/day plus play time with each other and other dogs in our large fenced yard. Once they are on a routine, they have "down time" after walks and play sessions. Because they both chase critters (rabbits, squirrels, birds, etc.), it is likely best that they go to a home with a physical fenced yard that they can "patrol". Bindi is has the personality while Rika has the "looks". Together they make a great team!

Looking for a home within a 2.5 hour radius of Washington, DC but can consider other areas IF we have someone that can do a home visit. We will not send dogs anywhere that we cannot accomplish a home visit. (Pittsburgh, southeastern PA, Delaware, southern NJ, some parts of North Carolina, some parts of South Carolina, eastern WV, Denver, Colorado, LAX and San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Portland are all areas where we have volunteers that can do home visits.

Application is above ^^^^. Please fill it out completely and provide name AND CONTACT INFORMATION of the vet that any current or previous pets have seen.

Bindi and Rika are being fostered in the Washington, DC area. They are 10 months old and weigh in the 19 to 20 pound range. They will not get any bigger. Bindi is the more confident of the two pups and loves to play and she doesn't have much fear. She is a big dog in a small dog's body. Rika is a bit more hesitant to play with larger dogs and tends to be a bit standoffish if Bindi is playing with a dog other than her. Both puppies have longer bodies and short legs. They have longish, wirey hair - Rika's being a bit more wavy and softer than Bindi's. They are both house-broken and crate trained and are pretty good about only chewing on appropriate things. Both puppies are jumpers (they will jump up on you) but take correction well. They have only mastered a couple of basic commands. My fault...just don't have time to work more with them. If they are not competing for treats, they take them quite gently but if all of the dogs are around waiting for treats, they can be a bit rough. We feel it's best they go to a home with older children (6+) because of the jumping and potential nipping when taking treats. Neither puppy has been cat tested and based on how they chase rabbits and birds in our yard, I would think they would probably chase a cat.

Vetting accomplished already: 2 combination vaccines, rabies vaccine, heart worm test, bordatella vaccine, spay. Heart worm negative and current on monthly preventatives.

Vetting needed after adoption: monthly preventatives for heart worm and flea/tick

About Doggie Orphans Great and Small

About Our Rescue Group...

D.O.G.S. (Doggie Orphans Great & Small or for short Doggies Inc) is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to making a difference for neglected, abused and unwanted animals. We rescue animals from “death row” at various shelters, get all vetting done and help them to find forever homes.

Doggies Inc has three branches. One in Okinawa, Japan where most of our animals are rescued, one in Southern Maryland, and one in southern California.

Okinawa Branch

Many animals are abandoned due to family situations, the economy, and military permanent change of stations.
Our main goal is to help the dogs and cats that find their way to the Okinawa Prefecture Animal Protection & Control Center (Ozato). Over 2000 dogs and double the number of cats were gassed at this facility in 2012. Since then, due to the efforts of education and rescue groups being allowed into the facility to pull adoptable animals, vet them and then find them good homes, those numbers have steadily declined. We not only rescue animals from the facility ourselves but we also are working hard to get the word out about this facility so that people will choose to adopt an animal in need as opposed to buying a pet from a pet store or breeder.

Our secondary goal is to provide people, especially military families, with information on how to leave the island with their pet when they leave Japan for their next duty station. No one really wants to leave their pet behind but it can be very frustrating if accurate information is not easily accessible. We want to guide people in the right directions and answer basic questions about taking their pets with them when they leave Japan.

Our third goal is to help reunite people with pets that have been lost. We provide people with the steps they need to take to claim their pet if it ends up at the Okinawa Prefecture Animal Control Center (Ozato) in the event he/she gets picked up off base by animal control.

California Branch

In 2007 there were 391,457 dogs and cats euthanized in CA public shelters. Doggies Inc California's main goal is the rescue these dogs and cats out of the local shelters, get them fully vetted and adopt them out to forever homes. We pull out of many shelters in Southern California.

Maryland Branch - mostly handles dogs that have been rescued in Okinawa and are transported to the states to find their "fur-ever" people.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Currently all of our work is done out our homes and the homes of our foster families. Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our animals.

Our Adoption Process...

We require you fill out a pet application, so that we can match you with the perfect dog. We also have a contract you must sign to ensure that the dog never ends up in a situation like this again. All of our dogs come already fixed, vet checked, and shots up to date.