Sara is in rehab – Not accepting applications
Sara is sponsored by Jane & Earl in memory of their beloved schnauzer Sky-Blue and in honour of their new friend and loving companion, Maiya, who is a blessing in their lives every day
My name is Sara, but my foster family calls me Piggy because I sound like a pig when I breathe. I am a 6 year old black Shih-Tzu. I was surrendered to a gassing pound in Quebec, and was very neglected. I had big, red, infected eyes, extremely long nails, flaky skin, hair loss and some wounds. I was a mess! After I had some blood taken for testing, the vet gave me an antibiotic injection, eye drops and a much-needed mani-pedi to help make me feel better. My bloodwork indicates that I have Cushing’s Disease and I have started taking some pills to help control this. I’ve been told that I can live a regular life, once my hormones are under control but I will need to stay on this medication forever.
I am working on house training, but I still have some accidents in the house. I need a family that will be home to let me out frequently, and be patient if I have an accident. I know my name, and have started to understand what the word ‘come’ means and follow it inconsistently.
When my foster family takes me outside, I walk very slowly, and only short distances as I have very tiny legs, but I love being in the car. When I am inside during the day I sleep a lot, unless my foster dad gets up from his desk or sofa. Then I have to follow him wherever he goes. In the mornings and right before bed I have a lot of energy and sometimes even chase my tail. I am not really interested in toys, but I do like bones and love to be petted, especially on my belly! My new family will need to be able to wake up early in the morning to let me out to do my business, but don’t worry, if they take too long I will wake them up by moving around a lot or even sometimes barking quietly.
I am too small to jump up onto furniture, but I can jump down if I want to. I prefer to be on the cold floor, rather than a carpet, sofa or dog bed.
I get along well with the other dogs and cat that are in my foster home.
I am not ready to be adopted yet as I need to have my Cushing’s sorted out and get spayed (I can’t say I am looking forward to that!). But as soon as those things are done, I will be happily searching for my forever home.
** Adoptions within the province of Ontario only