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Isabella - Female Shih Tzu

£220 estimated adoption fee

  • Centre:Many Tears Rescue
  • Sex:Female
  • Breed:Shih Tzu
07-11-2019 - Isabella is a very scared girl who has come to us from a breeder. She does not like to be picked up and she can be easily startled. Isabella will need an experienced home that has at least one onther kind resident dog to be her friend and show her new skills like house training. Her new home will need to be a calm quiet environment t without children o help her her confidence with people. 26-11-19 UPDATE This poor little baby, I'd hate to think what she has gone through for her to be this shut down and scared. That being said she has given me a little bit of trust which is amazing. When someone used to go into the kennel she would hide and lunge at people but now she just sits there quietly not making a sound but watching your every move. Eventually I hope she will let me stroke her to show her how kind a human can be but I will have to let that come with time. I feel so so bad for this little soul it nearly breaks me. Everyday she lets me get a little closer and I'm so glad she is giving me a chance. She gets on well with her kennel friend and cuddles up to her at night but also hides behind her when she doesn't feel safe. I will try my hardest to let her know that I would never hurt her and just want to be her friend but living in a home I think she would really have a head start. Having room to hide if she needs to but also time to adjust to this whole new life for her. I really hope we can find a special quiet home for our little girl, someone who can show her the love and attention she needs to finally let her be herself and happy. 06-02-20 UPDATE My Queen. I so wish some one special and experienced in extremely scared/fear "aggressive" dogs would come along and adopt my number 1 girlie. She is so very special, and certainly seems to be all for just one person. I am so very privileged she has put her trust in me, her kennel mum. Isabella became quite depressed when her best friend Glue went into foster but this only lasted a few days, and she did bounce back to her usual self! She has two new girl friends - a pom and another shih tzu who she sometimes plays with! I can't imagine how Isabella was treated in the past - and I don't want to - to become so distrusting in everyone, and so so SO terrified of every new thing. I wish I'd filmed her from the start to show you what she was like in the beginning and show you how far she's come but this with just one person - not so much with everyone in general. Isabella has a very long road to recovery. I have been carrying Isabella around the centre to get her used to new sights and surroundings etc and I was chatting about her to another member of staff . I'm one of those people who quite often uses my hands t talk and when i moved my right hand, she suddenly panicked and tried to run away. She realised she couldn't because she was on a harness and lead as well as a slip lead - safety is extremely important with this little lady. Anyway, she immediately rolled on her back and just lay there trembling. Both Chloe and I were horrified - a glimpse into what she's quite possibly experienced in the past? It was awful... she really thought I was going to hurt her. Isabella knows me very well but just brushing her fur makes her tremble with fear - this was also difficult to see as she lets me fuss her. This proves our point that every new thing to Isabella is very scary. We have been brushing Isabella's fur daily to get her used to that feeling, get her used to the grooming room etc, and leading up to us bathing her. I bathed her today and I was so proud - she was amazingly brave. She did not like the hair dryer though. It seems as though Isabella can be brave with her kennel mummy, but her bravery has a time limit. For example - she is scared and very flighty during harness and lead training but she goes into full blown panic mode after a few minutes and today she started to panick after a certain time being bathed and groomed. We call it a day then. Some of you have probably seen the videos I've taken of her - happy, waggy, licky/kissy - that's when she's comfortable with who she's with, and in safe surroundings she knows well but she is a very scared, worried, flighty girl when she's out of her comfort zone. I haven't worked with a dog quite like this for a long time, and none of my videos do her fear justice - because believe you, you would be very irresponsible if you were filming her say out on a harness and lead or some thing. Isabella is looking for an adult only home, with another kind resident dog, with a family who has experience of very scared, distrusting, worried dogs who haven't experienced anything in life. Care and Safety in regards to basically everything is crucial for this little lady. She is looking for a quiet home, in a quiet area... can you help?

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