This sweet little guy was found running free near an area that is known for backyard breeders. Based on his coat and skin condition, he was an outdoor dog probably kept penned in a backyard and used for breeding. He was very thin and matted, and when our vet shaved and bathed him, they found twigs and thorns embedded in his skin. The poor little guy must have been in a lot of pain.
He's currently being fostered with 3 other small dogs and a cat, and has had no issues settling in. He seems to enjoy the company of other dogs, and now that he's been groomed, he has a healthy appetite and is starting to put on weight and we are seeing his playful side emerge. His foster home has a large fenced yard, and Hansi loves to chase his tennis ball. He won't always bring it back but he likes to play chase with the other dogs.
Hansi is on a healthy diet now and is being fed throughout the day to help him gain weight. He has great house manners, and has already learned to use the doggy door. He walks well on a leash, and has a good nature. He's staring to warm up more and more each day, and has now started to greet his foster mom with warm and enthusiasm when she comes home. He's still leery of men, but is learning what it's like to be a loved, cared for pup, and is blossoming. With a little TLC, Hansi is going to make a wonderful companion.
Hansi needs a calm, quiet home and a patient owner to help him come out of his shell. No young kids.
FOSTER UPDATE - 6/15/17 - Hansi is housebroken, and sleeps with us in bed at night. He has warmed up to my husband,but still barks at men. Hansi will make someone a great family pet after the initial get to know period is over. He loves cats in the house, but chases them outside.
FOSTER UPDATE 6/21/17 - Wow! This is a different dog. Hansi has settled into foster home and we've discovered he loves to play and is a goofy, fun dog. He's very affectionate with his foster family, but still takes a little more time to warm up to men. He's being fostered with cats and dogs, and likes to chase the cats, so he will need a slow or gradual introduciton to kitties. He's great with house training, walks well on leash, and knows to sit before going outside. He loves to meet other dogs, and just wants to play with everyone.
BREED ESTIMATE: Toy Poodle/Shih Tzu mix
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 9lbs - Should be about 12 - 14 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 2 years old
COAT TYPE: Long - Needs regular grooming
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: UTD on shots/neutered/microchipped/on monthly preventatives
LOCATION: Arlington, VA
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
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