Harriette’s story is an inspiring story of second chances through the foster dog care and dedication of rescue volunteers. Here at Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, we just simply could not do what we do without their constant attentions. We believe little Shih Poo Harriette is as grateful as we are, in her own doggy way! Here’s more of her tail!
Harriette was reluctantly surrendered to BCFS when the older couple own were her guardians since puppy-dom were split themselves; she to a pet-less facility for medical care; he to move in with family members who could not also take Harriette and her fur-brother Ozzie. It was a wrenching decision for her owners, and tough on Ozzie and Harriette too.
That’s because Harriette came into foster dog care suffering extreme allergies that had robbed her of much of her fur, and left her skin red and raw and sore all over. Her eyes were swollen and weepy.
She was also carrying an additional 20 pounds on her small frame. The average Shih Tzu or Poodle, of which we guess she is a mix, weighs about 12 pounds; Harriette was 32 pounds at the time of her intake. She was morbidly obese. She was also lethargic and seemingly depressed, likely due to her poor health combined with the constant and unwanted attentions of brother Ozzie.
With diligence, informed medical care, and healthy nutrition, Harriette has blossomed. She has made impressive strides, and happily looks forward to the continued regime. She has a new light in her eyes, loves her 4 foster dog siblings, and dotes on people of all shapes and sizes.
Foster mom Raye has nothing but positive reports, like this one from mid October:
Her exercise program has 2 walks a day and now she actually starts off pulling to go instead of lagging behind! We go until she does start lagging, then slowly walk home for a good cool down for her muscles.
With just a little more of her fur grown in she will be the closest yet to her “cute as a button” real self.
She has been off the small amount of Prednisone steroid originally prescribed for 2 weeks as of this writing, and seems to be doing well. She is biting at her feet just a little but we are sure that will stop as the full effects of her allergy free diet comes full cycle (she is eating Zignature Trout & Salmon).
Harriette’s foster family would ideally like to see her placed in a furever home with another small dog with whom she can play, and continue to be active in that way. Small children tend to slip food to their favorite chums, especially when they are as charming as Harriette, so kids would need to be very much on board Harriette’s regime.
She will need someone who is willing to walk her EVERY DAY and not vary her diet even the slightest bit until she reaches her optimal weight and health. Though we people think dogs get tired of the same meals, in fact they are quite content with the content as long as it comes regularly and on time!
Harriette is house trained, and will get vocal when crated. She is fine riding in cars with a secure harness and seatbelt. She is curious, friendly and sweet, and will only become more so as she builds her confidence, health and stamina for fun!
- Female, Spayed, UTD Vaccines
- Age: 7 Years
- Breed: Mixed Breed, Shih Tzu Poodle cross
- Color & Coat: Black and White, Curly
- Weight: Approximately 27.7 lbs (on regime to lose weight)
- Size: Small
- Temperament: Friendly, sweet, cuddly, curious
- Housebroken: Yes
- Good on Leash: Yes, and getting better
- Good with other dogs: Yes
- Good with Kids: Yes
- Good with Cats: Indifferent
- Good in Car: Yes
- Crate Trained: Reluctantly, does not like closed door
Adopt a Shih Poo with Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary
Harriette is now ready to meet and greet her fans! If you would like to consider adopting this love bug, please do fill in an adoption application right here on our website.
Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary is a safe place for animals who have been abused or neglected to recover and become healthy. Our adoption program matches our rescued and rehabilitated animals to the family best able to continue to give them a fine, healthy and happy quality of life.
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