“When you think you can make it on your own
You think you're bulletproof
But what you really are
Is a big man in a little suit” – Elton John
Meet Big Man! SF Bay Area of CA
Big Man is a ~ 6 yr old, 6 lb uhhhhhhh Shih Tzu and Terrier Mix? (We are winging it – if anyone wants to send us the $60 to do a Wisdom Panel, please do so through our donation links and we will run one)
He joins us from @Antioch Animal Services
He is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and free of parasites. He has had labwork that shows he is healthy and is scheduled to have a dental cleaning in the next month or so.
He is on one very cheap medication for arthritis (around $2/month total per GoodRx – yes, TWO dollars) and will come with a several month supply and a prescription to take to the pharmacy of your choice with refills good for one year at your cost.
(Many of our senior dogs are on arthritis meds because just like people over the age of 40 often have aches and pains, so do dogs. "Not treating" is not the same as "not needing" for all of the people who constantly ask us why our dogs are on arthritis meds when many other shelter/rescue dogs are not.)
His foster mom says this about him
“Big Man is a sweet little guy but a little apprehensive. I suspect he was someone’s pampered pooch in his previous life and now he is confused and a little scared. He seems like one of those dogs who will really come out of his shell once he is healthy and feels safe and then will be one of those VELCRO dogs.
He does not like being picked up but loves being held. I think being picked up might be a little painful for him right now since he was just recently neutered.
He likes his crate for comfort but does not like sleeping in it. This was the only time he barked. He would rather cuddle in the bed next you but will settle for sleeping on a pillow on the floor next to your bed. He slept through the night just fine.
He has been socialized well around other animals and is completely comfortable around my dog and old, cranky lady cat.
He loves wet food but isn’t the fondest of kibble. He will eat it if it is mixed with some wet food. He takes his medicine very easily with just a small dab of cream cheese. He did not show any interest in my dog’s favorite treats, blueberries and watermelon.
He does not appear to be house trained but that could be due to us not figuring out his signals yet. He is definitely not a fan of the belly bands though.
He did amazing in the car. He does great on a leash and LOVES to go for walks but he is not a distance walker – just short ones.
He went up our stairs like a pro but didn’t know how to get back down. He’s smart though, we guided him down step by step and he did the last few without any coaxing. He hasn’t shown any interest in playing with toys.
He has not been tested around kids but due to his small size, medical issues, and timid nature, he would do better around kids who do not rough house and could give him his space. We do not have hard rules on ages but we will guesstimate that he would do best with kids 8+ who are more ‘tea party’ than ‘superhero’
Big Man is available for local to us foster-to-adopt for the next month (starting 7/10/2021) while he is awaiting his dental and healing from his neuter. After that, he will be available to people willing to come to us to adopt for one more month (through 9/10/2021) and if he is still not adopted at that time, we will consider out of area transports (major US airports and adopters willing to meet standby flights)
If you would like to adopt please send a THOROUGH email that mentions DETAILS FROM THIS BIO to [email protected]
If you cannot adopt, but would like to make a tax-deductible (EIN 45-4103375) towards this pet's care please do so on this post (if this is an option) or by one of these
Zelle [email protected]
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Please spread this dog around in order to help them find a home. We welcome adopter referrals from other rescues and breed clubs