Shih Tzu


Willow was adopted!

About Me

  • Sex Female (spayed)
  • Size Small (14.40)
  • Age 16 years, 9 months old(approx. DOB Jul 25, 2006)
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Good with other dogs? Yes
Good with cats? Yes
Good with children? Unknown


Currently fostered in Long Eddy, New York. (Transport is available)

Health Info

  • Vision Completely Blind(Cause: Chronic infection & neglect)
  • Health Notes
    Believes Willow is at least 10 yrs old. Her teeth are ​surprisingly in good condition​, but her ears ​are ​very bad . Each ear is to have several drops of Mometamax once a day for 10 days. ​Willow also has an infection in both eyes​ and will receive Tobramycin​,​ 1-2 drops in both​ eyes,​ 3 times a day​,​​ and Remend ​Corneal ​Repair drops for​ an​ ulcer in ​her ​right eye​,​ 3 times a day. ​She is heartworm negative.

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Latest Updates

  1. Willow has been quite the study the few weeks she has been here. She adjusted to the other furbabies almost immediately. There seems to be a mutual respect between all of them. She watches and likes to follow them around. She doesn’t like to be alone, she’ll stand at the door untill we return. We all take a evening walk daily that’s about a mile. From day one she came right over with the gang when I announced we were going and to come for their harnesses. I have a harness for her and with her head and tail up high, off we went. So happy and proud to be with the pack but on the way back she had had it! Her top joints on both front legs are extended out. I made note of it with the Vet and his reaction was that it was normal for Shih Tzu’s. I disagree, it is typical due to their fragile joints but definitely not normal. She has good and bad days on top of this with what appears to be arthritis. She takes smaller than usual steps and at times limps. The spirit is willing but the body is weak. Within the next couple of weeks I will video her gate. I do believe she is older than 10, at least 13. So on good days we take a short walk and she seems delighted
    Her appetite is great and drinks enough water. She’s had no problem with elimination. Her left eye has cleared up completely. She still is getting drops for her other eye and a antibiotic ointment for her ears. She’s getting much better with letting me take care of her needs. I don’t think any little one likes getting eye or ear meds but Willow definitely is special. At first she would jerk very quickly, now after many talks and rubs, she is much better. Her hair has grown in beautifully. She has already had a little trim.

    Willow is very intelligent and catches on to routines quickly. She goes to the door when she needs to go out and has never had a accident in the house. She is also a very faithful follower. Whereever I go, there she is. She sleeps all night in her own bed in the bedroom with the rest of us. So far the only treat she will accept are Charlee Bears. She very much enjoys the yard, walks around and lays in the grass. All in all she is a content, sweet old lady. Just watching her it’s easy to come to the conclusion she had a good loving home at some point. She was appreciated, trained and loved. Then at times you can tell from her behavior she has been abused and badly frightened. It’s definitely getting better but at first she would react defensively with any loud sound or close quick movement.

    Willow is a sweetheart that deserves a loving forever home. She has become a wonderful addition to our family and would be the same to any loving home that adopted her.

    Original notes:

    Willow was very good with the female vet tech and for her blood test. She was terribly frightened of the male vet with exam.

    She has no problem with my other three dogs but as of now, shows no interest either.

    So far Willow responds to 3 commands; time to go out, time to eat and time to go in the house.