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SOPHIE AD 09-19-15


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ADOPTED ON 09-19-15 – Sophie was a wet, dirty, matted, nearly frozen puppy when she was picked up off the street by one of our loving rescuers who just happened to spot her lying there. She was so sick, covered with snow and sleet, and very near death. After spending several days with the vet she pulled through. Who knew that she would end up an absolutely gorgeous Havanese /Shih Tzu, with a sparkling personality to match?

This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt.


Sophie is a two year old, 30 pound princess and her southern foster mom can’t say enough about her! She loves everyone she meets, is very laid back and is the most happy-go-lucky girl you will ever meet. She loves to take walks, ride in cars, and play in her back yard. She is completely house trained, healthy, and has wonderful manners in the home. Sophie does like to wander, and this may be how she was lost in the first place, so a fenced in yard would be strongly recommended and ideal for her. We would never want this to happen to her again! She is great with children and other dogs.

Sophie is very special, and if she could talk she would tell us that she would love her very own pillow bed for daytime and a special human to sleep with at night. She’d thrive with love and attention, walks and playtime. With her carefree spirit the rest would be a breeze!

His name means little lion, but there’s nothing fierce about this dog breed. The Shih Tzu is a lover, not a hunter. Bred solely to be a companion, the Shih Tzu is an affectionate, happy, outgoing housedog who loves nothing more than to follow his people from room to room. In recent years, however, owners have started taking the Shih Tzu off their laps and into dog sports, training him for obedience, rally, and agility competitions.hih Tzu are lively and energetic companions. Yet, they are also amazingly low-key and satisfied—assuming they get an adequate amount of attention. They like nothing better than to be held, stroked, petted and pampered by their owners, and are perfectly happy sitting on the couch with you for hours while you dote on them. This is a noble breed—but they are never too proud for a roll on the floor with a treasured squeaky toy.

Shith Tzu’s are generally good with other pets. The majority of Shih Tzu behavior problems occur because a dog is not clearly shown that their human family member is the “Alpha Dog” or “leader”. If a dog gets mixed messages or if a dog is inadvertently led to believe that they are the “Alpha Dog”, this will cause a dog to think and act as if they are the head of the household and that is when behavior issues, such as aggression issues, will occur.

When you have a Shih Tzu and you bring another Shih Tzu into the home, or you bring another dog breed into the home, this opens up the question of “Who is Alpha Dog?”. Your Shih Tzu will then need to figure out how this new dog affects the household.

Your Shih Tzu will begin to think “Is this other dog now in charge?” “Am I still in charge” “Do I need to fight to hold my place as Alpha Dog?” For your Shih Tzu to get along with another dog, clear boundaries must be shown and both dogs must be trained to understand how you expect them to behave.

A Shih Tzu will either think of children as his peers or he will consider them to be part of his “Alphas” and therefore he will listen to commands, behave well in order to receive praise, etc. Rarer is for a dog to perceive a child as a “Beta” (ranking lower than the canine and making for a terrible household environment in which the dog tries to rule over the child).

For a happy and peaceful household, we will want to eliminate any chance of children being seen as peers or as betas. If a Shih Tzu, shown in a loving and gentle way, learns that a child of any age is indeed an Alpha, that puppy or dog will then behave as such: He will not nip at, will not bark at, will walk beside and will gently protect, play with and respect the child.

How to Accomplish This – The methods of achieving this are very similar to how adult humans should approach the care of a Shih Tzu. Children who are involved in the care and training of a puppy or dog will be seen with the proper ranking. This is so important, as a Shih Tzu (or any dog) will rarely challenge ranking that has been established AND reinforced.

The Shih-Tzu is a happy, hardy, alert, and spunky little dog. It is dignified, courageous and sometimes arrogant. This dog does well with polite, careful children. It is gentle and affectionate, makes friends easily and can respond well to consistent patient training. This dog makes a very alert watchdog. Some can be difficult to housebreak. It is a naturally active dog but if it is allowed it will lie around in its favorite spots. Daily walks are a good idea.

The Shih Tzu is an alert, lively, little dog. It is happy and hardy, and packed with character. The gentle, loyal Shih Tzu makes friends easily and responds well to consistent, patient training. It makes a very alert watchdog. It is courageous and clever. Playful and spunky, this affectionate little dog likes to be with people and is generally good with other pets. Give this dog rules and limits as to what it is and is not allowed to do. Be its firm, stable, consistent pack leader. Take it for daily pack walks and you will bring out the sweet, trustworthy dog in it.


Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks Worm Every Month Till Six Months Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more After That Dogs should be wormed every three months
1ST DHPP Giardia Snap Test BloodTests Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits
2ND DHPP Heart Worm Snap Test Antibiotics Health Certificate
3RD DHPP Parvo Snap Test Ear & Eye Medication Skin Scraping
Bordetalla Fecal Test Flea & Tick Medication Transport
Rabies Ear Test X-Rays Spay / Neuter
Kennel Cough Booster Eye Test Dewormer Collars
Leptospirosis Corona Booster HW Pills Head Cones


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  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs
  • Always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party.
  • Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog, no matter how friendly, should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • Children need to be taught how to how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
  • No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
  • Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
  • Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
  • Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
  • Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
  • Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.




Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.

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Shih-Tzu Quick Facts

  • weight: 9 – 16 pounds
  • height: 10 – 11 inches

Ideal Human Companions

  • Singles
  • Seniors
  • Families with older children
  • Hair stylists

Trademark Traits

  • Long, elegant coat
  • Cute “chrysanthemum” face
  • Lively
  • Loves to be pampered
  • Playful
  • Dainty and precious
  • Noble and aloof


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  1. Introducing Your Dog to a New Home
  2. Cesar’s House Rules
  3. How to introduce your dog to new people




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RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

Children & Pets

Animal Behavior Guidelines

Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

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Age 2 YearS
Life Average 13-15 Years
Sex Male
Weight 21-30lbs
Location Winnsboro LA
Breed Shih Tzu Mix/ Havanese
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport – 450
RDV # RDV584
Dogs Yes
Children Over 14
House Yes
Energy Medium
Fence Helpful
Crate Yes
Leash Yes
Car Yes
Personality She loves everyone she meets, laid back and is the most happy-go-lucky girl.
Organization Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
Name Kris
Phone 860.940.3350
Location Preston, CT
Email rescuedogvillage@yahoo.com
Facebook Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.
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