Shih Tzu


Morocco was a stray in Louisiana and ended up in a shelter in October 2020, and BDRA was contacted. The email to BDRA said: “A little shih tzu came in as a stray. He is blind in the left eye and has KCS (keratoconjunctivitis sicca or dry eye) in the right. He has numerous wounds and necrotic tissue along the left leg. The left leg has been debrided but the damage is so great (down past the muscle) the leg will need to be amputated.” The shelter said they would do the amputation if he could get rescue placement. BDRA offered a foster home, Morocco’s leg was amputated, and he traveled up to Virginia to his foster home in November.

There are so many good things to say about Mo that it is hard to know where to start. He is a very happy, good-natured dog who enjoys people and other dogs. He has never growled or snapped. With the cat in the foster home, he tends to be barky. The cat is old and not in good health and can be cranky, so the cat is kept separated from the dogs, but Mo might be overly interested if adopted into a home with a cat, especially if allowed to share the same space, so he might be better in a home with no cats.

Mo is in good health! The shelter paperwork from Louisiana noted a heart murmur but that has not been detected since he arrived in Virginia. He is heartworm negative. He did have hookworms when he arrived at his foster home, but is completing treatment for those now. He is a perfect weight (15 pounds) for his size, and the vet says it is very important that Mo not be allowed to gain weight since he has only three legs; he will have trouble walking if he gets heavy. He recently had a dental and five teeth were removed. His mouth is in good shape now, and he has an adorable underbite.

Mo is adjusting to life with three legs pretty well. He is still working on gaining strength and stamina and balance, and is not able to walk long distances at this time. He can move along well for short distances in the yard, and enjoys being outside and walks on a leash, but can tire and then will sit down and wait to be carried back into the house! He can go up and down the two steps from the deck to the yard, but he very likely would not be safe on a full flight of steps, so anyone adopting him would need to be prepared to carry him up and down flights of steps, perhaps permanently.

Mo has been referred to an ophthalmologist to get his eyes checked, and this is why he is on medical hold. He has a corneal ulcer on his left eye that does not seem to be healing, so that needs to be checked. Currently, he does not have dry eye and his eye pressures are normal. In addition, Mo is not on any eye medication or any other medication at all. Mo can definitely see (the ophthalmologist will be able to determine how well he sees) and Mo hears well too.

Mo has a great appetite, and is excited about mealtime and snack time. He is housetrained (not one accident yet!) and sleeps in a crate quietly at night. He LOVES toys and, unlike other dogs in his foster home, does not tear up the toys. He enjoys shaking them around instead. He likes lap time, and also likes to relax on the sofa in the evening with his foster mom. When Mo is picked up, he likes to lean in for a snuggle.

Randomly Mo will bark during the day. It sounds like a combination of a yodel and a bark, and is loud. The other dogs in the house join in, and it is quite a chorus! He doesn’t bark for very long, though, and has never done this at night.

Mo has not been around young children so it is not certain how he would be. He does tend to jump on people (the foster home is working on this) and so could possibly knock over a young child. Like all dogs, Mo would need to be continually supervised when around any young child.

Once Mo is off of medical hold, he will be ready to be adopted. He is looking for a home where he will be appreciated and loved for the great dog he is.

Morocco was adopted on January 14, 2021.

About Me

  • Sex Male (neutered)
  • Size Small (15)
  • Age 9 years, 10 months old(approx. DOB Jan 12, 2013)
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Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? No
Good with children? Unknown


Currently fostered in Fairfield, VA. (Transport is available)

Health Info

  • Vision Vision impaired(Cause: blind in the left eye and has dry eye in the right)

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