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Shih Tzu

An adotable dog in Homer Glen, IL

  • Senior
  • Small
  • Female

The day before Halloween (2004) we rescued a little 10-pound, black and white female Shih Tzu from an animal shelter where she had been impounded as a stray. Sick, scared beyond belief, matted and smelly we brought her to the Safehouse and gave her a trip to the vet, a bath and shave down, lots of antibiotics and a warm soft bed hoping she would feel safe. Unfortunately, Daisy was afflicted with a severe panic disorder and her fear of the world outside the shelter and everyone except her immediate caregivers continued to cause extreme distress making her an unlikely candidate for adoption. Daisy is a senior citizen now (we guess her year of birth to be 2002) and has come a long way from the terrified, unapproachable, untouchable dog that arrived here so long ago. She is comfortable here at the Safehouse but continues to be terrified of strangers and everything else in the world. In April 2013 Daisy was diagnosed with a meningioma (a mass) compressing her spinal cord and displacing it to the right. Daisy was taken to surgery. Sadly, during the surgery, the mass was noted to encompass several nerve rootlets and, given the size and location of the mass, complete excision (and therefore a cure) was not expected. Daisy recovered from the surgery uneventfully. A post-operative CT revealed that there was residual disease and she began 3.5 weeks of follow-up radiation treatments. Following her radiation therapy, Daisy was started on a chemotherapy drug; this is a drug that she will receive lifelong. After her surgery, Daisy had a moderate weakness to her back legs, with her left more severely affected. Daisy underwent four months of underwater treadmill physical therapy; these sessions were designed to help her strengthen those muscles. Daisy is ambulatory and gets around fairly well now, daily walks are a part of her routine, she can even run like a little bunny when the need for speed arises!! We can’t be entirely sure what Daisy’s future holds; we can only take life one day at a time. Average survival with this combination of treatments is approximately 18-24 months. Daisy is one of several dogs in our care who would be euthanized in any other shelter environment. Fortunately, S.T.R.A.E.S. values every life - young, old, healthy, and ill - and she will always get the love and care she needs to live a happy and fulfilling life here at the Safehouse.

Contact Info


Shih Tzu Rescue Adoption & Educ. Safehouse

Homer Glen, IL

Phone: 708-645-0730

Email: [email protected]

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