Maisey is a adorable 9-year-old Lhasa Apso cross Shih Tzu who came is an Oldies Club foster home in Cardiff awaiting her new home. Fine to be left: Maisey is very good about being left while you go out, but if she has been left on her own for quite a while she then enjoys company and can be a little yappy if she doesn’t get it. Her foster carer thinks she would be fine in a home with a part-time worker. Maisey can be quite grumpy with her foster carer’s two dogs.
If there is another dog in her new home, it would be best if it isn’t too elderly, too young or too large. There is a blind, elderly dog in her foster home and Maisey tells him off quite regularly, although she gets on quite well with the 2-year-old dog. Her foster carer hasn’t seen how Maisey is with cats. Maisey isn’t suitable to live with young children but she should be fine with older children who will understand and respect Maisey’s temperament.
Maisey’s favourite pastimes: “She likes to have a little game in the house with us where if we clap our hands, she gets excited and does a little run round the house. She has just started to interact with our Labradoodle, but the size difference makes her a little reserved. If she lived with another dog, not too much bigger than Maisey, it might allow her to interact more. She loves to sit on your lap and have her belly rubbed. Certainly her favourite pastime is eating, she is very food orientated.”
Maisey’s dislikes: She doesn’t like reflections in glass – they cause her to be a bit yappy. She is unsure if you go to her bed to stroke her when you first meet her as she seems to find it threatening. She is absolutely fine with her foster carer now and so would be with her new person once used to you.
Maisey’s ideal home: She enjoys companionship and would like a quieter home with lots of home comforts. An older couple or individual would be perfect for her, preferably someone with previous experience of Shih Tzu type dogs as they are stubborn and can be a bit grouchy. Someone who doesn’t have much experience of dogs might find her temperament unnerving as she can be quite growly, but it’s all a front. She is not at all aggressive but can sound like she might be. Someone who appreciates these traits and lets Maisey do her own thing but be there to give her cuddles as and when required would be perfect.
Health notes: Maisey is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. She has hypothyroidism for which she needs medication for life. She needs to be bathed about once every 3 to 4 weeks, with prescription shampoo, as she is prone to oily skin. She has had a short course of Metacam and might need it at some point in the future, depending on how comfortable she continues to be.