Song Status: Available

ID: 24372

Name: Song

Breed: Shih Tzu Cross

Age: 4 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Berkhamsted , Hertforshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

18-1-19 - Song is a 4 year old shi tzu cross who has come to us from a breeder.  She is a very scared girl who needed coaxing to be picked up but does settle once in your arms. Song will need and experienced home who have had scared dogs before and must have another dog or dogs to live with as she does love their company and it will help her confidence with people.  She will also watch and copy what they do which will help her with house training and lead walking. She will make a wonderful companion in time, with love and patience.

04-04-19 UPDATE

Song came to us in January and is still here!! She is quite stressed in kennels so much so that she just runs around circling the play yard.  She really needs someone to fall in love with her and take her into their heart but most importantly their home.
Song gets on well with her kennel friend and has been socialised with dogs her size and slightly bigger.   She will need at least one confident resident dog to help show her the way with things like house training, lead walking and some much needed confidence. She has started harness training but can get spooked easily so she will need a calm environment where she can have the time she needs to grow.
Song's life so far hasn't been a good one.  Before she came here she hadn't had any love shown to her or a kind hand to smooth her, no wonder she is so scared! Song will thrive in a home with a routine and a loving family to show her what life is meant to be like. Can you give Song the forever home she so desperately needs?

18-05-19 UPDATE
Today marks the 5 month anniversary since Song arrived at Many Tears.  Five months is a very long time for any dog to be in kennels, waiting for a foster place to become available, or for her forever family to find her and I feel really, really sorry for her.
Song is an extremely sweet, gentle, harmless little girl, who is trying her very best to be brave, and work out what is going on. She has no idea what life is really about, how to enjoy herself, or what being truly happy and safe feels like. Song will approach people she knows well and will take treats out of their hands but if we approach her, she will run away and will do her best to avoid being handled.
At play time when I open the door to her kennel, Song runs out of her kennel and into the sandschool. She  gets on perfectly well with all dogs she meets and is kennelled with, whether same size/bigger/smaller/fellow females/males.  She shares her beds, food and toys perfectly. However, she is very sensitive to other dogs personalities and behaviours, and is very easily affected by others so in a perfect world, Song would love to be homed with 1 or 2 confident, calm, kind, gentle, playful residents dogs, who will share their toys with her and help settle her into her new home and help her trust her forever family and learn lots of new skills so she can enjoy life to the full!
Song loves her toys!
Song will need an adult only forever home as children would just terrify her. Her forever family will need to have had experience with scared dogs. Given a chance, plenty of time, patience, and understanding, and shown lots of kindness and love, Song will blossom into a very sweet, cute, lovely, devoted, playful, funny, happy, appreciative little lady.

20-05-19 UPDATE

Today Song finally let me hold her!! This is a very big deal for me and her and she settled down in my arms for a while which is amazing. There are a couple of staff members that she trusts who have been working with her and she will let them put a harness on her so it was great that she let me hold her.
Song is coming along she just needs time, patients and someone who is experienced in working with scared dogs and who will go at her pace to make sure she is happy. Today she took some treats out of my hand without backing away so it just goes to show that she is getting more comfortable around people she knows however long it takes I know she will get there in the end and it will be worth every second spent helping her.

23-05-19 UPDATE

Song I think is starting to enjoy having staff spend more time with her recently, even though she is still quite unsure of what our intentions are when we approach her in her kennel at first. After sitting with her in the back and letting her know we mean no harm, she will let you gently stroke and handle her. This is such an improvement from only as far back as March when she would avoid you approaching her at any cost, ducking and weaving past you from all angles. Back then you could only get close to her after she exhausted herself and even then a patient attempt at stroking her, well, you could never be sure if she was contemplating going for you just to escape the terrible ordeal. Once she has got past her initial fear with that first step though, it is pretty amazing to feel how calm she is to hold and she will let other people interact with her once there's that level of comfort with you first.
Song will then let you take her somewhere quiet, pop her down and in her own time explore a little bit, have a sniff and then settle down somewhere she feels safe. As long as there is no attempt at rushing her or any loud noises to alarm her, she will quite happily just relax where she is while watching people and the other dogs go about their business.
She has recently met Cider a male terrier cross and they seem to get on fine after their first encounter. Fingers crossed that if she hasn't found her home already, a friendship between them could lead to some exciting times ahead for her and with a bit of luck bring some much needed confidence out of her to help her on that next stage, walking on a harness. The photo above shows a small snapshot of Song's progress so far with us, from how she was in March (two on the far left) and how she is now (center and far right). This sweet little lady is still very much a work in progress but totally worth every moment of our time! Please consider her if after reading her profile you think you can offer her what she needs in the next chapter of her life.

12-06-19 UPDATE
Song arrived into foster with me 10 days ago. She is surprisingly confident around the house and with my other dogs but is absolutely terrified if I try to touch her or pick her up. She will twist and writhe and do anything to get away from me, including attempts to bite me. But apart from that, she is very easy to have as a foster! She mostly toilets outside now, loves trotting around the garden, she doesn’t bark, she knows to go to her crate for her meals and happily cuddles up with my other small dogs. I showered her today and trimmed her face which was challenging for both of us! But she smells and looks much better as a result. I tried taking her for a walk today but she couldn’t cope with that and refused to walk, so I carried her most of the way. Once she was in my arms she was ok, but actually picking her up was rather tricky! Song is definitely a project dog for someone with endless time, love and patience and who can see the potential in this sweet, damaged little soul. She will need a quiet home with no children and one or two calm resident dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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