When Jimmy came in he was a very frightened ex-breeding Shih Tzu of about 4 years of age who was very afraid of everything. He has been in foster for 6 months now, in Bicester, Oxon, and although he still still wary, he is now coming out of his shell. His foster mum says that Jimmy is a funny little chap – a real character! When his foster mum comes down stairs in the morning, Jimmy’s tail is wagging and he’s doing round in circles. He loves to be on the grass and loves stretching. He’s a proper little thief – he’ll steal the children’s shoes at the first opportunity – right in front of your eyes! All of his “loot” is then taken back to his bed. He makes his foster family giggle as his trophies can be anything at all that he finds. Jimmy enjoys a good snooze – he will grunt and snore in his sleep, which is very cute.
Jimmy had no training when he came in to foster. His family are still working with him on lead training, toilet training and confidence building. These will need to continue in his forever home. Initially Jimmy was so fearful that he did show some aggression but this has settled as he has become more confident. Housetraining is going well – although there are puppy pads by the back door, Jimmy rarely uses them now. In the home, Jimmy hates the vacuum cleaner, but is used to other noises now. Jimmy is wary of all humans, although is interested in and inquisitive about small children – at arm’s length. He still freezes when touched, but his foster mum can stroke him now with nothing more than the occasional grumble. Jimmy is lead trained. Although he lives with cats, Jimmy is still trying to figure them out. He is wary around dogs so slow introductions will be needed with his new family’s dogs – although he is much happier around female dogs.
Jimmy enjoys travelling in the car and is fine at the vets. As he is a small dog he will need a secure garden – fences without any gaps. He does like to take things and hide them in his bed. He will go in his crate quite happily and settle down eventually. He can be left alone for reasonable periods. Jimmy will need a home with experience of ex-breeding dogs and someone who is prepared to work with him to overcome his past. Due to his fear aggression he would not be suitable to be rehomed with children. Jimmy would like a home with a calm resident female dog to help build his confidence and teach him how to be a beloved family pet. He needs a home where he can live life at his pace so that his personality can shine through. At the moment he is not a dog that looks for, or enjoys cuddles, although this may change with time – so it essential that his new family do not push him. He must be allowed to settle in at his own pace. Jimmy would like a home with teenagers or no children.
This little lad needs a very special home but will provide his forever family with hours of entertainment and the prospect of giving this special boy the loving home that he deserves. Jimmy is neutered, vaccinated, up to date with his flea and worming treatment and has been micro-chipped. Prospective adopters will be expected to travel to meet him in his foster home in Bicester, Oxon.
If you are interested in adopting Jimmy please read about our rehoming process and complete a Pre-Adoption form ( link here ) and one of our adoption coordinators will contact you for a chat.