Bernie, the Miracle Shih Tzu

by Stephanie
(Wilmington, NC, USA)

I lost my Bouvier in April of 2015. My little girl Shih Tzu did not eat for almost two weeks.

I thought about getting another Bouv after the two weeks but could not afford one. I had looked at Shih Tzu's that were up for adoption many states away, all the way to Florida and New York.

I am in North Carolina. I had seen one in South Carolina that was so special that you could see his soul in his eyes. I finally drove down there.

A couple had come to meet him the day before but left him as he was 'too big'. I took my little girl with me. We all went out into the play yard. Beanie Baby, my little girl, would have nothing to do with Bernie. He was sooooo fat that he could hardly run around the yard but was so happy to be out of that pen.

We went into the SPCA kitchen and Beanie still would not even look at Bernie. Finally, he walked over, laid down, wrapped his bent little front legs around her and laid his head on her.

They are married forever. Bernie is the most major rescue of my life. He was 8 pounds overweight, barrel chested, bent legs (when he runs, he looks like a car out of alignment), ears that had not been cleaned for 6 full years (very scarey and unreal), infected eyes, allergies, BLACK teeth (which were cleaned by the vet and one molar had to be pulled, as it was abscessed).

He has lost two pounds in the last two months. It is slow going. He has an absolutely HUGE personality.

At first I thought he was going to bite me but it is his way of playing! He is so funny! When you hold him, he rolls his head over to the side and looks up at you with those huge eyes.

He is the total opposite of my little girl, who is very much the quite little lady.

I highly recommend that you rescue one of these little babies. They are worth every single dollar spent. A rescue of this type will cost much more than buying a new little puppy.


Thank you Lord for sending us this precious little guy, who turns 7 in July. Steph in Wilmington NC.

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Jul 01, 2015
Rescue Dogs
by: Anonymous


You are right there is no other reward then to rescue
a dog. I have rescued three Shih Tzu,s myself. One who died after going through so much with cancer.
But I would do it again in a heart beat, she was my
pal. In our short time together she gave me unconditional love, but it is true they leave their paw prints on our heart. I have since adopted a
Shih Tuz that was in an Amish puppy mill. She was
named Hope and I have kept it, because I found it really did fit her. She has come a long way, we still
have potty issues, but it is alot better then it was.

Jun 24, 2015
Shih Tzu Adoption
by: Liz

This happened to us our Shih Tzu who lost his soul mate to old age. He refused to drink or eat for days so we adopted one. Now they are happy.

Jun 17, 2015
Rescue Joys
by: Janice

What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Many people do not realize that there are rescue organizations all over the U.S. that cater to Shih Tzu dogs and other small breeds.

Unless you have your heart set on a puppy, rescue is the way to go. You may even be able to find a puppy through a rescue organization.

The best part of adopting through a rescue organization is all the extra perks you receive: usually spay or neuter, shots, heartworm checks, and fecal exams. Some will also do extensive dental work for you.

Shih Tzu dogs are so adaptable. Those that have joined our family as adults come into our hearts and by the end of the first week, it seems as though we have had them all their lives. What a blessing

Thanks again for sharing, Steph
Thanks again for sharing.

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