My name is Dirks!

Shih Tzu Mix Dog for adoption in Mississauga, Ontario - Dirks
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Happy Tails Rescue

Facts about Dirks

  • Breed: Shih Tzu Mix
  • Color: White - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
Dirks came to us as a stray and he is a goofy guy and quite loving. He is neutered, immunizations up to date and dentistry has just been done. He is estimated to be about 8-9 years old. Dirks has almost instant rapport with women but with men he's a bit more choosy. . Dirks is a strange little guy but can be very lovable once he knows you. He needs a lot of socialization to show him that he doesn’t have to be afraid of people. He will growl at people he doesn’t know [the mean Dirks face picture] and WILL bite if pushed….but at the same time you can tell he’s afraid as the whites of his eyes turn red meaning his blood pressure is going up – and if he gets anxious or too stressed, he’ll poop! To be groomed, he has to be given some oral sedatives from the vet and THEN he can be groomed. . In the last year he has developed an allergy which comes out in the form of yeast on his skin. He needs frequent baths for it and we are trying him on raw dog food at this time which seems to be helping greatly. He needs someone to be strict with his housetraining which needs a lot of work. He loves rides in the car but doesn’t care much for going for walks. On the positive side of him, he loves and I mean LOVES to be loved. His favourite time is to be held and cuddled after a bath especially or just even told he’s a good boy. He is a clown too and has me laughing quite a bit. His favourite toy is a rubber dog bowling pin that he carries everywhere. When he wants your attention he makes a noise like a gremlin that’s really cute. In a nutshell, this little guy just needs someone that understands him and once he knows he’s trained you, he’ll be the best dog ever.

His adoption fee is $350.
If you want to know more about him please contact Judy at

About Happy Tails Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Happy Tails Rescue is a 100% volunteer organization. When we accept a dog into our rescue, it immediately becomes part of a foster family where it is loved and nurtured back to a stable physical and/or mental state and only then will it be adopted to a fully screened, loving family or individual.
Happy Tails is a small rescue where we get to know and love our dogs individually. Foster homes are always much needed as it's so sad to have to turn down a dog in need due to not having a space for them :(

Our Adoption Process...

We get inquiries about dogs posted on our website at The adoption fees are posted on the individual dog's bio. If the initial inquiry sounds like a possible fit or the family sounds like they might offer a very good home for a specific dog or one as yet to be determined, we send out an application form. The completed application is reviewed to get a sense of whether the desires and life style of the family look like a good match for the dog in question. If they do seem to be a good match at that point, we follow up with a phone conversation and gather more information so that we and share information about the dog in more detail and find out what expectations the adopter may have for the dog that they want to adopt. If it still looks like a match, we check references and set up a home visit where the family meets the dog. If the chemistry is good we arrange to place the dog in the home for a two week trial period . If after the two weeks the dog and the family have connected and both sides feel that the dog is the right one for them , then the adoption is finalized and the adoption fee cheque is cashed so that we have funds to help the next dog in need.