Be sure to read the end which mentions Kevin's medical status
SPUNKY AND SMART.....
These two words can be used to describe the newest member of the MMR family. Meet 'Kev', a Shih Tzu (mix) who is only two years old and weighs about 15 pounds. He was picked up as a stray and taken to a shelter in Maryland. His family never came looking for him. He came to the shelter, and ultimately to MMR extremely underweight. He has a terrific appetite, and is being fed a nutritious balanced diet, in his foster home. His wonderful foster Mom is even supplementing his food with some goats milk, which is rich in calories. He is very food and treat motivated.
In addition to being underweight, his jaw seems a little 'off set', and we suspect he has an old injury that was never attended to by a vet. It is disturbing to think that someone could have hurt this funny little guy in such a way to cause such an injury. Don't worry, MMR will make sure he gets the care he needs for this and any other issues. IF the jaw can be corrected, it will be done, but if not, it is just another thing that makes him adorable and unique. He has no trouble eating his kibble, giving kisses, or drinking water from the jaw injury....He is underweight because someone did not feed him, and he was on the streets for some time before being picked up.
Kevin has not been tested with children, but is fine with the two Shih Tzu foster siblings he has. One of them tries to initiate play, but Kev is not so sure about playing. He has claimed one of the beds as his own, and is content to watch the other dogs. He is brand new to MMR, but right now we believe he would be fine as an only dog, or with a dog that just wants some company, but not a play mate. **This may change in the near future, so stay tuned for updates!! Kev responds well to a confident, experienced handler, and therefore we are requiring his adoptive person or family have experience with Shih Tzu or similar breeds
Kev is happy to go outside to 'do his business' but is also puppy pad trained. He has has a few accidents in the foster home, but that is too be expected as he learns the new routine. When he first came to the shelter, he would walk on a leash, sometimes nipping at it to try and take it from his handler and his foster reports the same...he walks well enough on the leash, and may fine tune that as he enjoys more time outside.
MMR is accepting applications for Kev now, but he will not be ready for several weeks. He has not completed his vetting, other than being brought up to date on his core vaccines. We are waiting to finish is basic vetting until he gains some more weight and strength before moving forward. Any specialized care he may need will be addressed before he is adopted, and any new or ongoing updates on his health will be shared as updates to his bio. At a minimum, he needs to be neutered and may possibly need a dental. Issues that were noted by the shelter will also be addressed by our community of vets. Finally, Kev needs a good professional grooming as his fur had to be shaved because of severe matting....he has no skin issues and his coat will grow back nicely.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Kev has an unusual heart murmur and is having an cardiology consultation next week. it may be nothing, but be sure to check back.
If you think you could be the perfect home for this little guy, and have experience with the breed, please fill out an application and request Kev by name.
PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES ON KEV'S VETTING AND HEALTH, AS WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO UPDATE ANY APPLICANTS INDIVIDUALLY.
My adoption fee is $300, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.
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