Monday, May 4, 2009

Sasha the Shih Tzu

We love dogs and especially shih tzu's. Our first shih tzu was Holly, we had her for 8 years and she had a heart condition and passed away in my arms. She was the best little doggie in the world. We got her from a breader so we decided after missing Holly so much to try a rescue dog. We found one on line , our little Sasha. She is the sassiest dog there could ever be. She was about a year old when we got her, she had been left at the humane society. The first few weeks with Sasha were a nightmare. She bit us, went potty all over the house even though we were told she was housebroken. We couldn't have guests over for fear she would bite them, she growled at everyone. The vet said she was very healthy and just needed patience. She wasn't kidding. But after about 2 months we discovered the miracle of the squirt bottle filled with water. Suddenly we had a defense and she started to listen to us after a few squirts. We didn't hurt her honestly just a little squirt of water or just a shake of the bottle was enough. It had been 4 years now, Sasha is still sassy as can be, but our scars have healed and we love her with all of our hearts. It took a lot of patience and still does. A friend of ours asked us once why we didn't give her back and I realized it never even crossed our minds, we don't give up. But I still have trouble getting her groomed that is one area that has not improved. Any suggestions??


1 comment:

Unknown said...

First off, let me say it is wonderful that you took this dog in and kept it even with all the "interesting" initial behavior. I also have a dog with a similar temperament. When we adopted him, he was so bad that the woman at the rescue made me swear I would bring him back to her if we didn't want to keep him because she knew if we brought him to a regular shelter they would put him to sleep. That was five years ago. We still have the little punk and he is a wonderful, albeit strange, member of our family.

As far as grooming goes, the best I can do with my little handful is to do it only when absolutely necessary. It also took me a while to find a groomer with the right attitude to deal with my dog's issues. Call everyone in the phone book. Be honest. Tell them what Sasha is like and ask them if they can handle it. My groomer takes my dog in at 9 a.m. and I don't get him back until she closes at 5p! They work on him a little at a time throughout the day.

Sasha is lucky to have a great family like yours!