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Shih Tzu / Wheaten Terrier / Mixed

Details about Mikey

  • ID D220648
  • Adoption Fee: $425
  • Breed: Shih Tzu / Wheaten Terrier / Mixed
  • Gender: Male
  • Current Weight: 16.0 lb.
  • Estimated Birthdate: 11/20/2019

Mikey's Compatibility Attributes

  • Reaction to New People: Cautious
  • Good with Dogs: No
  • Good with Cats: No
  • Good with Adults: All

Mikey's Personality and Behavioral Qualities

  • Housetrained/Littertrained: No
  • Obedience Trained: Has Basic Training
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Leashtrained: Yes

Hello! My name is Mikey, but I go by Cody.  My foster family picked me up in early June from the Humane Society.  As a stray, you can imagine I have lots to get used to living in a house, especially with a cone on and kennel cough.   Thankfully the cone and cough are done with and I'm working on settling in and slowly learning to trust humans again.
My foster family doesn't know anything about my past life, but are pleased when I respond to "come", "wait", "bed", or "go to Cody's Room".  They also praise me every morning that I've kept my room dry overnight; yes, I get a WHOLE room (aren't I a lucky boy!!)  I'm not kennel trained, but there is one in my room and I've gone in the kennel once or twice for a couple minutes just to ruffle up the towel and make it my space.
I eat good (need to keep up that 16 lb lean frame that I have), do all my chores outside like a good boy (again, I get lots of praise) and enjoy going for a walk while wearing a harness. I'm n ot a fan of cars or other dogs and will bark at both, but have been easing up on my barking with calm coaching from my foster family.  Since I'm kept in a separate room, when I hear the other dog getting HIS meal, I often make some quieter talking/whining sounds just to make sure they know  I'm ready for my meal too.
Chewing my level 5 (for heavy/hard chewers) bone, and other hard rubber toy keep me entertained during the day. I tend to destroy ropey toys and other non-sturdy/flimsy toys.
Health-wise I have luxating patella, but the vet and my Foster Mom think it's a level 2 (out of 4) since I don't act like there's any issue or pain, and again, I enjoy my walks!
Like everyone, I have some challenges.  One challenge is fear/anxiety in a new environment my first day at my foster home which  caused me to bite one of my foster family.  Because of my  fear, slow intros are needed and  I would do best in a house with no kids with one (maybe two) people who could be patient with me. And no other dogs please.  The resident dog (a 30lb quiet/calm terrier mix) and I have been kept apart, and that's worked well for me.  We just started being in the same yard at the same time, and I'm okay with that if we're at opposite ends.  My foster family is working on my fear so that I can learn I am safe and loved.
My Foster Mom can tell I REALLY just want to be loved. I just don't know how to do this yet, but am learning. I like getting pets and scritches on my terms, and am feeling comfortable enough for a belly rub now and then - YES!  When she sits on the floor in my room, I'll sometimes climb into her lap, just to sit or lay there, and s he'll tell me what a sweet, good boy I am. My foster family was told I don't like being picked up, and they haven't tried to do that yet. Again, I'm still slowly learning to trust humans again. I'm fine being alone in my room for a while as long as I get outside for my chores, and also get some calm, human interaction throughout the day.
If you think you could be that calm, confident, patient person to work with me, I would love to sit at your feet while you're reading, lay on your feet while watching TV or listening to music.
Thanks for taking a chance on a little guy!
Mikey is from a local shelter where he was picked up as a stray. If you are interested in getting to know this animal better, please fill out an adoption application. An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.

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