Vinny is looking for his forever home!
Vinny is a 7-year-old Shih tzu/Yorkie. His birthday is 8/16/2014. He weighs about 17 pounds and is black with thick curly hair.
Vinny lived with his original guardians until he was 5 when they turned him in to a rescue in San Francisco. He was adopted by an elderly couple in Santa Cruz two years ago. At that time he was in poor condition and very fearful, hiding under their dining room table for days in the beginning.
The husband took him for walks and, not understanding Vinny’s insecurities, would insist people come try and pet him. This was very scary for Vinny, and he would bark and snap. A dog trainer/behaviorist was brought in to explain how to not scare Vinny. Now the couple, dealing with health issues, can no longer care for Vinny.
Vinny is very food motivated and has been getting positive training on his walks. He is still learning about walking on a leash and is now a very active, much happier pup. He loves running on a long lead and playing with toys. It’s important to let Vinny take his time to know you.
Because his first home was frightening to him, he is wary of new people, but he warms up after a couple of treats. He will jump up and snuggle next to you, but he is not a cuddly lap dog at this point. The more support and fun times he gets the more he will attach himself to a new owner.
Looking for his forever home! If interested, please contact Joanie email@example.com or (831) 332-9777
Vinny has two minor, manageable health issues. Some hip arthritis doesn’t slow him down; occasional anti-inflammatories work if it looks like he's hurting. He also can have some skin allergies. He is allergic to chicken so no food or treats with chicken in them.
Mr. V is a sweet loving dog that has lacked the support to be the happy, fun pup he really is! He is already starting to show off his playful, happy self and he'll blossom in somewhat quiet environment with people that like to walk and play with him. It would help if they would continue the positive training. He is okay with dogs if introduced appropriately. We don’t know about cats and, while a home with young kids might be too stressful, a respectful teenager would be okay.
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