(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Good with dogs,
Not good with cats,
Needs special attention,
Spayed or Neutered,
In addition to the following profile for this dog, please first read the Adoption Information at http://www.shihtzurescuemn.org/adopt.html to understand the process, requirements and timeline for adoption. An adoption application can also be found in the Adoption Info section. If, after reading that information, you have any questions, please submit your question via e-mail and it will be answered. Please do not request a phone call. A personal phone call will only be made when an adoption application has been submitted and the foster parent wishes to consider the application. Thank you!
Petey is an 8-year-old male Shih Tzu mix that weighs 15 pounds. He has beautiful curly black hair with a small white mark on his chest.
Petey came into rescue when we were contacted by a veterinary clinic, where he was taken to be euthanized because his owners didn’t want him anymore. The vet thought Petey was a sweet boy and wouldn’t, in all good conscience, euthanize him, so the owners just gave him to the clinic. Petey had been badly neglected by his owners, was horribly matted and had no previous veterinary care. When he was evaluated by the veterinarian, Petey was found to have chronic kidney disease. He is now on a very specific prescription diet for kidney disease and is doing very well. He cannot have any other food or treats because his kidney disease will return and he will prematurely die. But if maintained on the prescription diet, he can live a long, healthy, happy life. No other medications, other than the diet, are necessary.
Petey is a loving, happy guy. He follows his people and wants to be by you or at least always be able to see you. He likes to spend his evenings sitting with you. He enjoys going outside and loves a fenced in yard. Petey is pretty well house trained, and his foster parents continue to work on that by letting him out every couple hours during the day, and by having piddle pads available for him at night. He sleeps contently in his own bed at night.
He does not enjoy the company of other dogs in the house, so it would be best if Petey is the only dog in the house. An adults only home would suit him perfectly, although older children (older than 12 years), who are quiet and respectful would be okay.
These are the requirements for Petey’s new family:
• An adult, stay at home family, although older children would be okay.
• Must be the only dog in the family.
• Petey does not do stairs so he needs to live in a single story home.
• A fenced yard is a must. He loves to explore the outdoors, but as importantly, he must be let out every 2-3 hours to urinate, and a fenced yard would facilitate that.
• Petey needs a family that can willingly afford his prescription kidney disease diet, and be vigilant about feeding him ONLY the prescribed food, including treats. He must stay on this for the rest of his life in order to remain healthy.
• A family within 60 miles of the Twin Cities.
• Commit to attending the annual Shih Tzu Rescue Reunion every year in September.
Petey is neutered, current on vaccinations, and on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. He needs a dental, but has not been able to have it performed due to his previously untreated kidney disease. But with his prescription diet and improving health, he should be able to have it done within a few months. His lab results must be rechecked at Rice Creek Animal Hospital in December to see if his health has improved enough to have a dental. It may take another blood test three months after that (March) to be certain that it is safe to do the dental. The rescue will pay for the necessary bloodwork and dental if he is adopted before then. However, the tests and dental must be performed at Rice Creek Animal Hospital.
Petey’s adoption fee is $270.00 plus $23.02 sales tax for a total cost of $293.02.
To meet Petey, please complete an adoption application at the website listed in the first paragraph. Or you can also see him and the other dogs available for adoption from Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota by visiting with us from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon the first Saturday of every month at Chuck and Don’s at 6821 York Avenue South, Edina near Southdale.