Bailey is a senior Shih Tzu and our most recent addition to the Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary dog foster program. He’s a gracious little dog in many ways, and true to his lap dog Shih Tzu heritage. But like his big brown eyes that see far more than we mere people can imagine, Bailey’s story is a little cloudy. More here …
Bailey lived the first ten years of his life adored by his Dad. A little too well-fed perhaps, but happy. Until one day dad got sick and had to leave. Bailey was now under the care of the woman who lived with Dad. She didn’t quite love Bailey the same way.
Within a day of losing his Dad, Bailey found himself abandoned in a very strange place. The floor was solid concrete and there were bars everywhere. The sound of panic barking filled the air. He had been brought to a shelter. Bailey sat and shook in the corner of what was a shocking change of environment.
People came to poke and prod at him. They looked particularly closely in his mouth – his teeth had not been cared for, several were rotted. They stuck him with needles and took his blood. Afraid and worried, Bailey grumbled every time someone reached out, touched him or even looked at him through the bars.
He bared his teeth and growled as they whisked him away to a cold clean room and knocked him out. When he woke his mouth hurt, but at least it was quiet in the tiny cage.
Bailey was returned to the shelter’s general population. So foreign to what he had known for ten years, he growled more and more. Little did Bailey know he would soon be on his way to someplace different. He only had to hold on for another day.
Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary was called by the shelter to take this little guy into foster care. So he was bundled into a crate and driven a short distance, switched crates, and more driving. Bailey sat confused and sad without a sound in that crate all the way to the farm.
Out of the crate and into a large grassy area Bailey took a few tentative steps when he was bombarded by a pack of more Shih Tzu! Was this Shih Tzu heaven? Everyone was quite friendly; he even found a miniature version of himself in Super Taz.
He waddled around the yard and found his way into the old farm house. He found fresh water, a bowl of food and a soft bed. Bailey drank, ate and fell fast asleep in one of the warm dog beds thinking it was a dream, but a far nicer one than the time he’d just come through!
- Male, Neutered, UTD Vaccines
- Age: 11 years (DOB 12/5/2003)
- Breed: Shih Tzu, possibly crossed with Apricot Toy Poodle
- Color & Coat: Strawberry Blonde, non-shedding
- Weight: Approximately 22 lbs (currently overweight)
- Size: Small
- Temperament: EARLY ASSESSMENT Low key, initially cautious with people; picks his favourites (mostly men)
- Housebroken: Yes
- Good on Leash: Yes
- Good with other dogs: Yes
- Good with Kids: No
- Good with Cats: Yes
- Good in Car: Yes
- Crate Trained: No
Bailey has been in foster care for less than a week at the time of this first posting. We can report that so far he has been cautious in approaching new people, but each day that passes he regains his confidence. We are working on his skills in sharing, giving up chewies that he likes *very* much on command, and getting used to a variety of kind hands. His separation anxiety is diminishing week by week.
Speaking of speaking, Bailey is a talker! And by that we don’t mean unnecessary barking, though he does alert when people arrive. He actually converses with you! Make doggie noises at him, and he’ll give it right back. We’ll get that video up shortly.
In the meantime, please dont hesitate to contact BCFS for more information about adoptable Shih Tzu Bailey.
Thank you for considering a rescue dog!