Elvira Hill – adopted by Katherine Moore
December 1, 2007
Elvira now lives in Duncanville, Texas.
Zi Burke – adopted by Dorothy McDaniel
December 1, 2007
Clancy Davis – adopted by Peter and Elizabeth Wright
December 2, 2007
Tank Davis – adopted by Kim and Randy Ackman
December 4, 2007
Tank and his new family live in Glendale, AZ.
Special “thanks” go to our volunteers: Emily and Bea. Great job girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Audi Harris – adopted by Vic and Julie DeMaria
December 8, 2007
Audi will have one brother, two sisters and two foster siblings. Audi has wanted to live in this house FOREVER. Congratulations to all…….
Toby Ranger –adopted by Jackie and Gary Lindmark
December 8, 2007
Toby will have a black lab fur-brother, named Carl and a Lhasa fur-brother, named Bear.
Toby will live in Phoenix, AZ. GO TOBY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kamie Harris – adopted by Jenifer Hulfish
December 8, 2007
Kamie and her new mommy live in Phoenix, AZ. Way to go little Kamie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Flavia Davis – adopted by Don and Mavis Sargent
December 8, 2007
Flavia’s new name is Gidget.
Smiley Davis – adopted by Christine Schaefer
December 9, 2007
Augustus Davis – adopted by Eileen and Howard Coleman
December 9, 2007
Augustus’ new name is Gus.
Margo Mills North – adopted by Harold and Linda Krueger
December 10, 2007
Margo will be the only dog for now. She will live with her new family in Austin, Texas.Here is a little note from Margo’s new mommy and daddy: Well we have Margo in Austin. YES, we are going to keep her name, it suits her. She is doing great and adjusting to her new home. We love this little girl and are grateful to you and the Shih Tzu Rescue for giving us the opportunity to adopt her. We will send pictures occasionally to you and her foster mom Shannon. Right now she is in the middle of our living room thoroughly enjoying a chew toy. It is wonderful to watch.
Dale & Linda
Milla Mills North – adopted by Doug and Sandie Curb
December 11, 2007
Milla’s new name is Laela. Jazzy Oaks – adopted by Amanda Bermea
December 13, 2007
Jazzy will live in Austin with her new mommy.
Kelsey Davis – adopted by Teresa Behm
December 15, 2007
Kelsey will live in Arizona with his new mommy.
Harrison Ford Christi – adopted by Nina Lamb
December 12, 2007
Ryson Ranger – adopted by Mike and Joyce Tate December 16, 2007
Caleb Grand – adopted by Doyle and Peggy Streeter
December 16, 2007
Hooray for Caleb. I am sure he will continue to be a spoiled little man.
Barkley Turner – adopted by Amanda Lawson
December 19, 2007
Chevy and Beamer Grand – adopted by Brian Cline
December 28, 2007
Thumper Montgomery – adopted by Deanna and Beau Hinnant
December 29, 2007
Thumper will have a fur-brother named Peanut and two little boys to keep her happy.
Julius Davis – adopted by Hieu Lu
December 30, 2007
He will be the only child and I bet a little rotten too. Congratulations, sweet boy. You deserve the best.
Evan Allen Bexar – adopted by Julie Hendrix
December 31, 2007
Cullen Davis – adopted by Maria Vazquez and Chris Struve
December 31, 2007
Yvonne Burke –adopted by Robert and Patricia Walshe
December 6, 2007
Yvonne will now live in New Mexico with her new family.
Cara, Chantell and Fergie Arkana
Here is the story of Cara, Chantell and Fergie Arkana.
A family in east Texas fell on hard times when their home burned. They moved in with others, but left behind three absolutely charming female Shih Tzu’s. Neither has been spayed and they all need vaccinations at a minimum. They are living outdoors in this extremely hot Texas sun. By being exposed to the elements, including mosquitoes, we are praying they have been able to avoid heartworms.
These girls are YOUNG – ages 5, 3, and 2. If we are able to secure donations for these girls, we will get them. We can get them inside and provide medical care. We can then work on our next hurdle to find a home to foster them to prepare them for adoption. This will be a traumatic event in their little lives, so the earlier we can show them love and a life we will assure them from now on – the better.
Cara Arkana, 5 year old female, full Shih Tzu
Mama Cara is white with tan and a gorgeous crystal blue eye. She is reported to be house trained.
Chantell Arkana, 3 year old female, half Shih Tzu (Cara is her mommy)
Chantell is mostly white and can be good in the house, just doesn’t let you know if she needs out. She is very timid and working through trust issues after surviving a pit bull attack at an early age.
Fergie Arkana, 2 year old female, half Shih Tzu (Cara is her mommy too)
Fergie is personable, but has never been kept inside.
The owner also indicates all the girls are intimidated by children since they have tormented the girls through the fence in the past.
Stormy is an 8 or 9 years old female shih tzu. She was heading for the animal shelter when we were asked to take her in. Heaven knows we don’t need any more dogs and are barely keeping our heads above water with the ones we have, but we couldn’t see letting her head toward a shelter.
Here is her foster mom’s initial impression:
Based on her initial medical exam and my interaction with her, the vet and I agree those years must have been very long and painful for her. She touched my heart with her needs. No animal should spend a lifetime in a state of neglect. I cannot change what took place in her past, but I want to assure Stormy a happy and healthy future. She has some medical issues that we must address before she can move on to the good part of her life. Her little teeth have a thick build up of plaque, her gums are inflamed and tender. The vet said they must be cleaned and she will likely lose several teeth during her dental cleaning.
Stormy needs to be spayed, so she will never be forced to have puppies again. I truly believe that she has spent her life as a breeder, locked in a cage with minimal human contact and little socialization with other dogs. She is very timid and unsure of what’s up with me and all the attention I want to give her. This sweet little lady gets so excited when I spend time with her, she jumps and wags and barks; but she is too timid to come any closer than the tips of my fingers. Each day, she is more delighted to have love and attention. With a little more time and patience, she should become a perfect, calm and quiet little companion for a very lucky family.
Apparently, Stormy had an eye injury in the past that went untreated As a result, her left eye will barely open and the eyeball is shrunken and useless. In this untreated condition, I have to clean the opening to prevent irritation and infection.
This little sweetie has been waiting at the shelter for us to have a spot open for weeks. We finally were able to pick her up last week. The day we got her in, we were doing a fundraising photo shoot at our vet’s office, Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital, so took this cute picture of her. We noticed that she had a lot of eye discharge caked underneath both eyes, but really didn’t think anything of it. A lot of these shelter dogs come in eye infections so we just thought that when she was groomed and got some eye ointment, she would be fine.
Imagine my surprise when Dr. Parker called Monday to tell me that Yvonne had two teeth so badly infected that the abscess had erupted through the top of her jaw.
In addition to that, she had a huge (2.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide) lipoma (benign fatty tumor), that had to be removed from her neck.
Clint and Sheena East
Clint – ADOPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Late Friday evening, we were able to secure 2 of the 3 Longview Trio. It was utter chaos with the number of dogs, rescues and authorities involved, so we lost track of the third dog, but we are working with the Humane Society and will pull any Lhasa or Shih Tzu they feel will not be adopted through their facility. The two we did get are extreme opposites of each other. Here is the initial report from our volunteer, Janet:
“As I told you earlier, both dogs are extremely covered w/fleas and, although I didn’t mention it, stunk to high heaven when I got them. They went straight to the back yard, did their business, and then started exploring, although Little Bit wouldn’t come out of her carrier and I had to get her out. Neither dog has expressed any kind of aggression to me at all, even during the baths. Clint East, nicknamed RUSTY: I brought them in one by one for a bath, starting with Rusty, as I’m calling him because of his hair color (fyi, he looks like a “Benji” dog). I think he’s a Lhasa or at least part Lhasa, although he’s a good 20 lbs. He seemed to enjoy his bath – at least he was still and didn’t shake. The amount of dirt on him was horrible – I shampooed him 3 times, the last with a flea shampoo I bought, and still didn’t get all the dirt out. I left the flea shampoo on about 5 minutes and rubbed his ears while we waited (he was shaking by the 3rd shampoo). He was so sweet – not a whimper). I had to keep running clean water because of all the filth coming off of him – and fleas and fleas and fleas. I bought a Hartz 4 in 1 flea & tick drops Plus and put on him. Lynda: He had some kind of weird clots on both his hind quarters; I don’t think all of them came off during the bath. The vet should check this please, especially his right side (when you’re looking at him), as it seemed a sensitive to him when I was washing it. His feet also need to be checked; I noticed some his toes / toenails were funky but I didn’t examine them real close. Sheena East, nicknamed LITTLE BIT: Little Bit’s got a definite skin problem. She doesn’t have alot of hair on her back and it’s sparse on her tail; her skin seems pinkish; please be sure she’s checked to see if she has anything contagious The back of her front legs are very raw; same with the back legs. Her front feet are almost turned backwards (not that there’s anything to be done). She also feels hot, almost feverish – but she ate good! She makes kind of a choking sound when she breathes, but I’m aware that some Shih Tzu’s do. And I figured out what the black spots were on her – hugh fleas!! While drying her off, I started rubbing them and they started moving! I got as many off as if could and then put the Hartz flea ointment on her also.”
Janet is a long time supporter of Lone Star. To avoid emergency care and to contribute her share to their recovery, she was able to squeeze Sheena in to her vet for some initial care and diagnosis. He was able to confirm Sheena is heartworm negative – yippee, and Sheena has a full blown case of sarcoptic mange – bummer. At least she does not have to wait until after the holiday to start her mange treatment, plus both she and Clint are finally rid of the flea infestation they came with. Though they are survivors of a puppy-mill with deplorable conditions, Clint and Sheena appear to be socialized.
Yes, you may notice Sheena looks a little different. Well, she is probably primarily Peke. We often get breed surprises in rescue. She is a 9 lb package of love. Once her sarcoptic mange is cleared up, she will make a great companion for some lucky adopter.
Clint, on the other hand, has definite Tzu or Lhasa in him. His tongue is always out and he is as sweet as he can be. He seems to be a quick learner and wants to please his person. He comes in a larger package of 20lbs, with gorgeous red hair and black tips.
Isla is a darling little girl weighing about 12 lbs. She is the perfect example of how a haircut can disguise your true breed identity. She is another survivor of the Longview Puppy Mill Bust and could be Shih Tzu, could be Powder Puff Chinese Crested, or a combination of both. Whatever she is, she is CUTE!!! We are so happy that she appears to be a good weight and decent health. She is in the process of medically evaluated, but we feel sure she will make a great dog for someone.
Beamer and Chevy Grand
Beamer and his brother Chevy were abandoned in an apartment. It looked like they had cast on all four legs. Their nails were almost an inch long and they were covered in fleas. Beamer had nasty flea bites and hair loss all over him. In spite of this when I went to free them of the mess they both gave hugs and kisses the entire time. They are about 2 or 3 years old and very playful and loving. They have totally captivated their foster family. They are so affectionate, loving and playful and they so deserve a loving family to give it to them.
Liv Grand is a young, petite red and white Tzu with green eyes. She was rescued from the shelter on 9/7/7. She had been there since 8/22/7 and no one claimed her. She was available for public adoption but in the mess of mats and tangles no one could see what a cutie pie underneath. The shelter estimated her age to be 3 but after picking her up and gaining some professional opinions we are guessing she is no more than one year old. She is a happy little girl and gets on her belly to wriggle and entertain. She LOVES treats and is VERY affectionate. It is troubling to imagine what her family was thinking not taking care of her or looking for her. We gave up trying to figure people out moons ago!! Liv was just groomed yesterday. We will get updated pictures to reveal the cute puppy under that mess of hair in the next couple of days.
This one is so special too. He is also heartworm negative and will be ready for adoption very soon.
Tiny Tim Harris
This little sweetie was neutered today. His blood work looks great and NO HEARTWORMS!!! Oh, how will we deal with a dog without heartworms? The shelter thought he was older – like ten – our vet said no way. He’s perhaps 2-3 years old. Clean teeth! He should be ready for adoption in about three weeks.
Webster Hills was rescued from the Animal Shelter with only hours to spare before he was to be euthanized. He is a jet black Tzu with a rather interesting set of teeth. I don’t think any of them are straight but this only adds to his cuteness. He was only available to rescue groups because he had sustained an injury to his neck that required 3″ of stitches. The injury is believed to be the result of a dog bite. Oddly enough, animal control picked him up wondering around in front of a hospital!!
Unfortunately, although the shelter vet stitched his large, gaping wound up, he developed an abscess along his jaw at the top of his injury. He was rushed to a 24hr clinic last night where he was given an antibiotic and pain/anti-inflammatory medication. The vet is hopefully the meds were administered early enough that they will go to work and fight the infection. However, if the area is not considerably better in a few days he will need to return to have the abscess drained.
Despite the attack and infection, Webster is an absolute JOY. He is a happy, playful and obeys very well. He loves to play with his foster siblings and enjoys getting kisses. The only problem is once you start the kisses you are in for the long haul!!
Here’s how it started….
I was hoping you would be able to help me. We are a non-profit 501c3 rescue org for cats located in Lufkin TX. This Monday, we had a shih-tzu and her pup dropped at our thrift store. We called our local shelter and they said they would take them if we had them groomed and vaccinated. We took them to the groomers and the groomers fell in love with the puppy (which was not a purebred) and we took the mama shih-tzu to the vet were she received her distemper, parvo, rabies, bordatella vaccinations. She was also dewormed, had advantage treatment and tested for heartworms. She tested positive for heartworms and our shelter will euthanize heartworm positive dogs. I don’t know what to do with her. I have no experience with dogs. The vet said she is very healthy and very social. She is about a year old and a purebred shih-tzu according to the vet. She stands on her back legs and begs. It is really cute. I am at a loss, any help or advice would greatly be appreciated.
So, on my way home from my niece’s wedding, I picked up this little girl in Lufkin and and she is now awaiting heartworm treatment. We need to raise funds of $350 for her treatment. Is she not a cutie? Please help this little girl we named after the citizen that saved her, Brooke.
Amy Jo Mansfield
Yes, you have it right. This sweetie little tzu girl was passed over for adoptions at the shelter because of a few warts on her side. She is about 5 or 6 years old and a very sweet little girl. She was out of time at the shelter because she has a growth on her side and nobody wanted to adopt her. I got her yesterday and I am so in love with her. She has kennel cough and needs her vetting and I am just hoping there is nothing really wrong with her.
She is such a sweet loving little girl. About 5 years old. She’s active and LOVES to snuggle. She also likes to “be up”. She gets on the back of the couch and snuggles into my neck and licks my ear and stays right with me wherever I am. When it was time for bed the first night she was here she followed me into our room and jumped up on the bed and right up on my pillow. She sat there smiling at me as if to say “I found my spot” and she has been sleeping there every night since. She is absolutely wonderful! Unfortunately, she also has a horrible case of heartworms!!
This little stray boy waited for months to come into our rescue. Ok, the story goes like this…
A good Samaritan found him several months ago. This cute little boy is matted, full of fleas and sores. Then, darn, if he didn’t escape from her yard while we were making arrangements to pick him up. Finally, last week, she found him again – he looked much worse than originally and we took him immediately into the vet. Good news is that he is sweet and a very cute boy. Bad news is that he is very high heartworm positive and has every worm out there. He needs to start his treatment immediately.
Wednesday, I received an email from a lady whose nine year old shih tzu was “very sick.” This little guy has not been to a vet in years and is not on heartworm preventative.
I received a call from the VCA clinic this afternoon – Barkley is responding well to the pain meds and is now sitting up and eating. This is significantly better than Friday night when he was lying on his side crying. But, unfortunately, he is still not attempting to get up on his back legs. Both back legs still have feeling so there is a good prognosis with surgery. He will be transferred to DVS tomorrow morning for a neuro consult and it is likely that he will need back surgery.
Yesterday, Monday, we rushed (thanks Missie) Barkley to the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center for evaluation. This is THE specialty clinic in Dallas and they have surgeons well-versed in back surgeries. The surgeon called me around 1:00 to tell me that Barkley was in bad shape and they were not sure they could help him. Although he had feeling in all four legs, he was totally unable to use any of the legs that morning and was considered a quadriplegic at that point. His condition was worsening. He asked what we wanted to do but didn’t give a very good prognosis.
I got the call back just after 4:00 pm. Barkley had already had the surgery. What?? When they did the CT scan, they saw a HUGE rupture at C4/5 and it was seriously pressing on the spinal column. When the surgeon called, he said they though his only chance to recover was if they did it immediately. So they did. Sometimes you just got to have faith. He said he came through the surgery extremely well. They removed a HUGE amount of disc material that was seriously pinching the spinal column. He said this little boy must have been in excruciating pain for the past few days/weeks. The surgeon also gave him a good prognosis for the future.
I received a call from DVS this morning wanting permission to shave Barkley. Never before has DVS asked to do “grooming” but evidently he was so terribly matted the mats were pulling on his skin and causing a lot of discomfort. Not a professional groom, but hey, gets him by. They had to do the surgery from under the neck because of the specific rupture – I haven’t seen an incision underneath the neck like this. The report from DVS this afternoon is that he is quite a bit more comfortable but still not out of the woods. He has regained some ability to use one of his back legs and both of his front legs but still cannot walk. He’s also unable to urinate by himself so they are manually expressing his bladder.
Little Mr. Barkley Turner continues to make progress. The most recent update is that he continues to use his front legs and one back leg more and more and he is actually urinating on his own now – YEAH!! What a lucky little boy.
This is unbelievable, but this little fluffer that was a quadriplegic on Monday morning IS WALKING!!!!I just about burst out in tears when the clinic called this afternoon to tell me that he was walking and “eliminating” normally. Ok, not walking normally, but still, WALKING!
After laying underneath his owner’s bed for many days, in excruciating pain, unable and/or unwilling to move, he is now on the road to recovery
Here is his foster mom, Jenni’s, most recent report….
Barkley had a sponge bath today and I trimmed some of his hair to start to even him out. His incision is looking good and shows no signs of infection. The vet who shaved of all of Barkley’s mats while he was at the DVSC actually lives in my apt complex. While we were out in the courtyard doing his business a lady with a huge dog kept staring at us and finally she said from across the way “OMG is that dog named Barkley?” She thought he was looking very good. YEAH!!! I have attached some pictures after his sponge bath.
JoJo Turner – ADOPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anthony Valley was turned into a West Phoenix shelter after found wandering around thedesert. He is about 3 – 5 years old and needing to get a little bump under his chin checked out or removed. Other than that he is a happy little guy.
Tyke is truly a Lil’ Tyke. He was a stray in a West Texas Animal Shelter, literally on death row. He is under a year and barely weighs 8 lbs. There is a lot of sweetness in him, but right now, he is a little to shy to show you all he has. We know that in time, this little Maltese/Shih Tzu mix will bloom into the bouncy little puppy he was meant to be. We are excited that he is healthy and happy little boy. Bindie Worth
Bindie Worth was rescued from Animal Control on 9/2/7. She and her sister were picked up 8/20/7. Their owner went to claim them but when he found out he would have to pay to get them out of jail….he turned around and walked out. Bindie’s sister was adopted on 8/27/7. Once her sister was gone Bindie stopped eating and quickly developed a cough which led to a URI. She was scheduled for euthanasia on 9/4/7. I received a phone call from the Shelter on 9/2/7 begging us to take her as her date was moved up due to people turning over “strays” with the same color leash as their collar. They simply did not have room for her and due to her becoming ill she was no longer available for public adoption.
Bindie is a tiny Tzu mix weighing all of 5 lbs and is about 1 yo. She has a tiny head and body and the longest legs you have ever seen on a dog her size. We are calling her the Shih Raffe. She takes full advantage of those long legs but wrapping them around your neck to hold you still for kisses.
On 9/5/7 Bindie was taken to the vet due to her persistent cough and lack of appetite. She received meds to clear up the URI. While she has regained her appetite she still has a horrible cough that will take some time to resolve. But she has been feeling well enough to play with her foster siblings.