Hello, my name is Figgy. I got that name because I was rescued on Christmas Day. I am about 7 or 8 years old, weigh 11 pounds, and am a female Shih Tzu mix with a beautiful blonde coat. Unfortunately when I came into rescue, I was covered in mats to the skin and full of fleas so I had to be shaved down. I had been hit by a car in October and my hip was dislocated, so when I came to SBRET I had Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) surgery on January 4, 2018 to help me have a pain-free life. There is a lot of information on the Internet about FHO surgery for dogs and this is one link that gives a good description of what it is: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/femoral-head-ostectomy-fho-in-dogs.
I was very lucky that Small Breed Rescue agreed to take me and they had the funds to give me that surgery! I am pain-free now but because I lost so much muscle in that leg and perhaps there might be some nerve damage, I have so far not been putting any weight on it at all. I do put it down on the ground occasionally and my foster mom has been working with me to help me regain use of that leg. She has me swim in her big deep bathtub and she did see that I was moving the leg, but only time will tell if I’ll regain full use of it. I have adapted very well to not having use of that leg and I can run like the wind on three legs. So the vet thinks that it’s not a problem should I never regain full use of that leg because the whole point of the surgery was to make sure that I was pain-free. I do need continued efforts to encourage me to use my leg again. Here’s a short video so you can see how I get around and you can see I have no trouble: https://youtu.be/SQsV-vFsop0.
So just a little bit about me and my personality. I’m a pretty laid-back little girl. I have not had any potty accidents and I get along great with the other little dogs and the cats here in my foster home. I don’t mind the cats at all - I don’t bother them and we greet each other by sniffing noses. The cats here in my foster home are all dog-friendly cats. I love my foster mom and I don’t like it when she’s out of my sight or I’m separated from her. My ideal home would have somebody who’s home part of the time because I have a LOUD voice and I know how to use it when I am unhappy because I have a bit of separation anxiety! But when my foster mom is home and nearby I am a happy little girl. I’m perfectly content to go lie on a bed or my foster mom will lift me up on the sofa and I just nap. She doesn’t let me jump down off the sofa again and she’s always careful to make sure she puts me down on the floor when she leaves the room. I haven’t played with toys and I haven’t tried to play with the other dogs here but I have been spending most my time recovering from my surgery since coming to my foster home. So time will tell - perhaps I might be a little playful girl or maybe just a little lazy girl that loves to nap on the sofa! I walk great on the leash and at night I do sleep in a crate very quietly. I love my food and have been eating dry kibble. I do well riding in the car and I don’t get carsick.
I will require daily brushing to keep my coat mat-free and about every six weeks I will need professional grooming. I am up-to-date on my vaccinations and I’ve been microchipped and am spayed. I am on monthly flea and heartworm prevention. My adoption fee is $175.
I hope there’s somebody out there who will love me just the way I am because I’m gonna love you unconditionally!