Saving a Purebred Shih-Tzu

Posted by Pia

On a recent trip to the East Coast from California, I had the pleasure of escorting Ms. Rosie, an adorable little shih-tzu, to her new home. Rosie had only hours left at the shelter when an adopter across the country offered her a second chance. In turn Rosie, has offered Julia, her new mom, a second chance of sorts as well. Julia recently lost her beloved shih-tzu companion, whom she had purchased years ago. Julie was unaware that she could easily find a purebred dog at a shelter, and she was skeptical about getting a dog through adoption. But in the same way that Rosie the Riveter became the icon of change and shifting paradigms during the war effort, Rosie the pooch did something similar for Julia!

Back
1 of 15
Rosie, a 1 1/2 year old Shih-tzu ,was calm and happy even in all the confusion she had experienced in the weeks prior the journey to her new home.

1 Rosie, a 1 1/2 year old Shih-tzu ,was calm and happy even in all the confusion she had experienced in the weeks prior the journey to her new home.

The Los Angeles shelter was unsure if Rosie had come in as a stray or if her owners had relinquished her.  Either way, she was sweet and patient and simply wanted someone to love her again.

2 The Los Angeles shelter was unsure if Rosie had come in as a stray or if her owners had relinquished her. Either way, she was sweet and patient and simply wanted someone to love her again.

Once an adopter stepped up for her, she was taken to be spayed and accessorized for her trip east!

3 Once an adopter stepped up for her, she was taken to be spayed and accessorized for her trip east!

We took her for a nice long walk before the flight, and she truly skipped and hopped as if she knew she was headed for a happy and secure future.

4 We took her for a nice long walk before the flight, and she truly skipped and hopped as if she knew she was headed for a happy and secure future.

The airport was full of new exciting sounds and smells.

5 The airport was full of new exciting sounds and smells.

6 "Hurry up guys, our flight is boarding!"

7 "Do you think I can get a martini or some champagne to celebrate on the flight?"

8 "Hurray! that was a quick trip! And look how much my new mommy loves me already!!!"Julie and her daughter meet Rosie for the first time at Newark airport.

WIth tears in her eyes, Julie said to me,

9 WIth tears in her eyes, Julie said to me, "I'm gonna love her a lot." I replied, "You already do! Thank you for saving her life."

After a full meal, some grooming, and lots of kisses,  Rosie is catching up on some much needed R and R.

10 After a full meal, some grooming, and lots of kisses, Rosie is catching up on some much needed R and R.

Julie and Rosie are inseparable already and really enjoying getting to know one another.

11 Julie and Rosie are inseparable already and really enjoying getting to know one another.

Julie shows grandchildren Theresa and John how to gently pet Rosie

12 Julie shows grandchildren Theresa and John how to gently pet Rosie

Julie has been telling her grandkids about her rewarding experience with adoption.  Here are Theresa, Julie, Rosie, John and Luke

13 Julie has been telling her grandkids about her rewarding experience with adoption. Here are Theresa, Julie, Rosie, John and Luke

Rosie and her mama -- 2 peas in a pod!

14 Rosie and her mama -- 2 peas in a pod!

Rosie and Julie appreciate each other more than words can express! They are a family now!

15 Rosie and Julie appreciate each other more than words can express! They are a family now!

Here's what Julia has to say about the experience:

The most impressive thing in being a part of saving Rosie's life were the efforts of all the wonderful people who helped make it happen. Meeting Rosie at Newark airport at 7AM, it was love at first sight. She responded quickly to us, and sat at my feet on the ride home to Upstate New York. Rosie was going to be put down, and when we got the call, it was a quick yes. Be open to adoption, because you save the animal and they respond with love. It is very gratifying.

I have had purebreds and adoptions. There is no difference in the love you feel. When I purchased a dog from a breeder and saw how she was living, it felt like I was rescuing her from something, as the conditions where she and the other dogs were kept were terrible. I would not buy again, because adopting is so important -- so many need homes.

I do think Rosie knows she has been saved. She has become very attached and now shares my bed with me, and my food. She was very thin when we got her but is gaining nicely. She is Italian now and food is important. I think with a rescue it takes a little time to figure out their habits. She is very playful now and loves children. I have had four shih-tzu's -- I love the breed. The last one we had, Frobie, was incredibly gentle and loving.

Rosie is a love. I am so glad we got her. Again, thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (9)

  • Ahhh what a nice story about Rosie I'm glad she found a loving home.

    Mom has a friend who's dog died recently and she always had a purebred but I think mom convinced her to adopt from a local shelter.

    Thanks for the happy ending :)

    Zoe

  • July 2009 we too rescued a ShihTzu. She was turned over to a local rescue society from a puppy mill. She would have been destroyed by the mill. But the local rescue has talked them into surrendering dogs that are not of "sale quality" She was in horrid conditions but she is the sweetest little love bug.

    Rescue is the vehcile to slow down puppy mills, if they have no market they will slow their production.

    The love from a rescued dog is a bit sweeter.

  • Good morning Dr. Pia and Rosie: Rosie looks like she is enjoying her new "forever" home and all the attention and love. My momma told me that this is how she went to the pound on a base in Georgia 32 years ago and immediately found a puppy she named Heidi. Heidi was not at all fed well and had distemper too. She was 4 months old at the time. Momma saved her and she lived for a very long time. No longer scared and no longer sick, starving or unloved. What a wonderful thing - adoption!

    I must say hello to Tasha and Basil. These are my friends on the blog. Tasha, my momma and daddy and I hope you are feeling good today. Basil - keep up your good work looking after Tasha.

    Everyone have a great 4th of July. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • one of our grandogs is a Shih-Tzu and I can see the sweetness in Rosie.
    what a lovely story and what a wonderful pairing...a great ending indeed...God Bless Julie and Rosie!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Hello to you too Dr. Pia. It’s such a shame that people buy dogs just to make money off of them while there are so many dogs just waiting for adoption in shelters around the US. Most of the time, the little money made from this is hardly worth the effort. One of my mommy’s friends has some puppies she can’t sell. She has always wanted to be sure that “her puppies” are going to a good home, but now that she can’t sell some she will be letting them go to anyone with the cash. So much for being a responsible dog owner. By the way, she has wasted a lot of money just taking them to shopping centers on the weekends. My question is this: why would anyone pay her 250 dollars for a “pure bred” puppy when they can just go to a shelter and get the same dog for little or nothing?
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Yes, I feel it is very important to adopt. Our Tasha girl was adopted from a nearby animal shelter. Why someone ever gave her up is something we won't understand, but we were so happy to be able to adopt her. Our family has experienced so much happiness and joy from her. It was meant to be.

    I hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend. We are staying at home, and I have seen some good food coming in, so it should be nice.

    Also, I love you all so much for all your support and love through this difficult time with Tasha. You are all the greatest.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • What a beautiful story about Rosie and Julie. They look like they've been together forever.

    Hope everyone has a fun, safe, and happy 4th of July with lots of yummy treats. :smile:

  • Pia

    Another happy ending thanks to you!!!

    Thanks for saving us and finding us new homes.

    \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
    (me wagging my tail)

    Big Wet Dog Smooches,
    Pepper

  • Hi Dr. Pia, OMG,what a wonderful blog, again! With tears in my eyes, I can't help but relate to this type of experience with sweet little Rosie. What a doll and her new Mom is a doll, also!! I have had 6 fantastic dogs in the past 40+ years and only one did I buy. Everyone has been a Godsend and I've been so happy to have saved and enjoyed everyone of them. Thanks again for another superior blog and I'm so happy to see that more people are caring about animals. Happy 4th of July to everyone. Love, Jan

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.