D.J. “Dee Dee”
ID No. A20297741
Male, shih tzu, 4-5 years old, 13 pounds
DJ, better known as Dee Dee to his foster family, is a sweetheart who came from a very sad past; however, he has a huge heart and spirit and is eager to find the family that can give him the home he has always deserved. This sweet boy has been in foster care for almost six months now and is anxious to start his “real” life. Dee Dee is about 4 or 5 years old, and came in as a stray. Staffers at the Humane Society for North Texas think he was a puppy mill dog or similarly abused and neglected, because he exhibits common behaviors for these dogs — no prior crate- or house-training; uncertainty in how to socialize with other pets; spinning in circles when bored, excited or anxious; and being food-aggressive with other dogs. He will need a family with big hearts and patience to help him continue learning how to be a family member. He has come a long way in learning basic commands and some house-training but will really flourish in a home without other dogs (since they stress him out and he can be jealous of them).
In spite of all he has been through, Dee Dee is a sweetie, HSNT staffers say. He hardly notices cats at all and should be just fine with them. He will need a home with the time and patience to potty-train an adult dog — he has some training but needs a schedule and lots of positive reinforcement. He loves snuggling on the couch, car rides, toys and going for walks. His finder also had kids, and said Dee Dee was good with them in passing, but does tend to gnaw or chew on your hand when playful/rambunctious, so for everyone’s safety, he must have a home without young children (teens are fine). He can and will be able to learn not to be so mouthy, but needs adopters with understanding and dedication.
Dee Dee is current on shots, heartworm-negative and current on his prevention, neutered, and microchipped, so he is all ready to join his forever family. He is an amazing boy and will be a great companion for the right family, one able to care for a special-needs dog. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this precious boy or to arrange a meet-and-greet.