My name is Patches. I’m a very sweet 13-pound, 8-year-old female Shih Tzu who loves to snuggle. I spent my whole life in a crate until I could no longer have puppies, and then I was dumped at a shelter. SBRET rescued me though, so I’m now able to relax and just take care of me. Though I had a bad start to life, it didn’t affect my personality in a negative way. I’m a happy little girl who loves people of all ages and gets along great with all of my foster mom’s dogs. I’m even learning how to play.
When first rescued, my eyes had issues. Meds helped, but my left eye will probably always need medication for dry eye. Due to aging, I also have some cloudiness in both eyes that affect my vision slightly. My back right knee was not good either when coming to SBRET, so the vet thought it best to repair it. I’m recovering from that surgery now, and restless to explore more of this new world I’m in!
I don’t think I’d ever felt anything like grass before being rescued. It scared me! I also had to learn to walk on a leash. I’ve gotten much better with that, and enjoy taking short walks now, but I still get a little nervous when it is dark. Loud noises scare me too. Because of those anxieties, I need a forever home with a secure fenced yard. When taken outside to potty on a regular basis, I do well, but continued positive reinforcement is necessary because of my years of being only in a crate. Someone retired or with flexible work hours would be best. I might bark initially, but then I do well in a crate for a few hours during the day and sleep like a baby in it all night. If you are a traveler, that works for me. I enjoy car rides too. It’d be nice if my forever home had another small dog to hang with, but it’s not necessary. I’m mostly looking for belly rubs and a forever person to love me. I will do best in an adult home or one with children over 12 years old. If I seem like the perfect girl for you, contact SBRET. I have been spayed and microchpped, and I’m up to date with my vaccinations and on heartworm and flea prevention. My adoption fee is $175.