Jack is a Shidoodle ~ a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. We're not sure what his life was like before he came to us six years ago. He was ill-tempered and snappy. It took us a long time and a lot of patience before we were able to get him to trust us. He got along very well with other dogs, but he was always wary around strangers. It was lucky for him that he found a wonderful owner who was able to work with him on this.
Unfortunately, she contacted us recently to say she was no longer able to care for Jack. So we are once again looking for a special home for our little guy. Jack is fearful of men. Sometimes, he's good with the male staff, but other times, he growls and snaps at them. With the female staff and volunteers, he has been very friendly. So it's probably best if he goes to a home with no men. He likes other dogs and he would probably like to have another small dog for a friend. When he first meets you, he tries to jump on you and then proceeds to run around in a circle like a loon. I waited until he stood still again, and then I was able to pet him and put the leash on him. We had a lovely walk. He has excellent leash manners. Actually, he didn't want to come back in. even though it was pouring down rain!
If Jack knows he is loved and that his owner can be trusted and relied on, he will relax and become the loving dog he is meant to be!
Jack qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors program! If adopted by a person 55 or older, his fee will be discounted.
Are you unfamiliar with the Shih Tzu breed? Pronounced SHEET-sue, they are known as alert, spunky, happy and hardy. They are bred with an underbite which gives them a constant "smile." Traditionally, their coat is kept long, with ears blending into the body, distinct mustache, and a top knot secured with a bow. However, in our Florida climate, many are clipped short to relieve them of the heat. An alert watch dog, Shih Tzus like to bark but are usually quiet in the house. Originally from China, they were a favorite of the Imperial Chinese court and so revered that for many years after the Chinese began trading with the West, they refused to sell, or even give away, any of the little dogs. It was not until 1930 that the first pair was imported to England. The life expectancy of Shih Tzus in 16 years.
More about Jack the Senior Shidoodle
Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Is Not Good with Kids
Our dogs and cats love to sleep on Kuranda beds. We love them, too - sturdy and long lasting, they provide comfort to our pets for years! But we do not have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed or tower at discounted price, please click here!
Other Pictures of Jack the Senior Shidoodle (click to see larger version):
Currently we do not know if Jack the Senior Shidoodle will be able to attend the event, WEEKLY ADOPTION EVENT on Saturday, April 26th, 2014.