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Lhasa Apso

An adotable dog in Homer Glen, IL

  • Adult
  • Small
  • Female

Malibu is a beautiful, vibrant Lhasa Apso, animated and friendly with a luxurious non-shedding white coat. She was born 11/15/2008 and weighs 17 pounds. When she meets you, she immediately wants to be near you, love you and have you love her. Her magnificent big, brown, trusting eyes lure you right in. A gentle, loving pet, she will instantly capture your heart, as she did ours, and you will find yourself falling for her adorable charms. Generally quiet and independent, she can also be very playful and will tear around the house chasing a companion dog or tossing a fuzzy squeak toy. Malibu has no problem with confinement but prefers to be around people or another small dog. She is house trained to a doggy door so will need time and patience learning to adjust to your home and schedule. An amazing pet, a true delight that can light up the room merely by entering it. Although her start in life may have been sad (her story appears below), Malibu is now a normal, healthy, well adjusted youngster looking forward to a long life in the loving arms and comfortable home of a caring and tender family. Malibu requires a prescription veterinary diet ($40 monthly) and daily medication ($12 monthly); she is spayed, has a microchip, is current on all vaccines, heartworm and flea/tick preventative, and has had a complete physical and dental. The adoption fee for Malibu is $200.

Malibu’s story: Five days after arriving at the Safehouse in 2010, Malibu was diagnosed with steroid respondent (non-contagious) canine meningitis and spent 4 days in the ICU fighting for her life. Canine meningitis can be deadly, but it is treatable and “Boo” responded remarkable well to medication and a follow-up spinal tap came back normal. We thought the worst was over!! Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be. Over the years Malibu has been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, multi-drug resistant urinary tract infections, meningoencephalitis, ammonium urate urolithes, 2 portosystemic shunts and myasthenia gravis. This precious dog has exhibited a huge will to live and her determination has definitely seen her through some difficult times. Many patients can be treated with medical management alone but these patients tend to not do as well as those that undergo surgery. This risky surgery was the best option for return to normal for Malibu. On 01/16/2013 she had surgery to correct the shunt, during the surgery a second shunt was discovered and also corrected. We can’t always make miracles happen, but we can try and Malibu is one of those miracles!!!

Contact Info


Shih Tzu Rescue Adoption & Educ. Safehouse

Homer Glen, IL


Email: [email protected]

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