Heartly is an adorable grey and white Shih Tzu mix who is now seven years old and looking for his forever home. He has been living the good life with a wonderful older couple who had him bathed and his teeth brushed every two weeks and his coat trimmed every six weeks. Heartly has come a long way from the fearful, aggressive little dog who could not be touched by strangers. Unfortunately he would not stop growling at the grandkids who came to visit, so he has been returned to Healing Hearts.
Update on Heartly
This fluffy cutie is 26 lbs right now, but he is working on losing the extra weight through daily walks and plenty of active play with his best doggie pal, Blessing, the mini Aussie. He should be down to a healthy 21 lbs soon. To help him keep the weight off, Heartly would enjoy a home where he has a doggie friend to play with. He is dominant with other dogs and possessive about bones, so he would need a submissive dog for his friend. Heartly is currently sporting a lion cut with his body fur about a half inch long and fluffy longer fur on his tail and face.
He is used to being with someone who is home during the day. In his last home, he had his Mom home all day with him. Right now he has a foster mom who works from home. So he would be happiest in a home where someone would be with him most of the time. He loves to cuddle up in laps or beside you on the sofa. Heartly loves his daily walks and walks very nicely on a leash.
Heartly is very attentive and follows directions well. When he was told that his new friend, Blessing, has food aggression, Heartly decided on his own to never eat dry food unless she was not in the room, to avoid conflict. He wants to please and craves companionship. What he needs most is someone who can be loving and authoritative with him. If told “No” in a confident tone, Heartly will stop whatever he is doing and obey. When a dog tries to assume the alpha role with his people, it is very stressful and unhealthy for the dog. Heartly needs a human who can confidently assume the alpha role and be directive with him when necessary.
To ensure that Heartly is provided with a safe, loving forever home, there is a behavioral contract required. This contract states that you are aware that you are adopting a dog with a bite history, that you assume all responsibility for his behavior after adoption, and that if you can no longer care for him, you will return him to Healing Hearts, not Animal Control. The adopter must also promise to maintain his behavioral interventions, which include all of the following:
- No jumping up on people. If it occurs, ignore it until all paws are on the ground.
- No jumping up on the furniture without permission. If it occurs, command him down and make him wait until he is asked to come up.
- No jumping in laps without permission. He must be invited first.
- No verbal or physical interaction if growling occurs. Whenever possible redirect attention and affection to other dogs who are behaving appropriately.
- Treats must be earned. At minimum he must “sit” for a treat.
Heartly’s adoption fee is $150 which includes updated veterinary care, a bed, blankets, harness, grooming brush, bottle of waterless shampoo and bottle of doggie cologne. Because he is a long-haired dog, Heartly will require regular grooming, at least every several months to keep the fur out of his eyes. He enjoys being brushed and groomed. See the attached pictures for how Heartly looks with different haircuts. A discounted adoption fee is available to senior or disabled adopters.
If you are interested in adopting Heartly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call or text (615) 290-2454. His adoption does require completing an adoption application, and agreeing to both an adoption contract and a behavior contract. A home visit is also required to make sure he is not going to a hoarder or animal abuser. Heartly is scared of small children so he needs a home with no small children or grandchildren. A fenced yard is preferred but not required since he walks so well on a leash.