Shih Tzu

Foster Location: Omaha, NE
Age: 8 years (DOB: 12-6-2011) 
Sex: Female
Weight: 12lbs
Kids: Yes – Dog savvy 6+ years or older
Cats: Yes!
Dogs: Yes! Easy going dogs
Adoption fee: $350
Fenced Yard: Preferred but not required

Isabella came to SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release.  Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving pet home to be spoiled, loved and cherished for the rest of her life. 

Isabella is a quiet, bashful and reserved little lady!  This shy girl takes a bit of time to open up but with just a little patience and much love she is really beginning to enjoy what pet life is all about.  Isabella does seem to prefer the company, affection, presence and cuddles of women over men however if her foster dad offers to pick her up for a snuggle she will accept!  She follows her foster mom around like a shadow and her most favorite place to be is snuggled up in her foster mom’s loving lap.  She is unsure and uneasy around visiting guests and would prefer a quieter home with visitors that will not immediately approach her by respecting her personal space.  Isabella needs a patient family who is willing to slowly introduce her to new things to build her confidence.  Isabella currently lives with several foster fur siblings. She will occasionally interact in some playtime with similar size friends and she does love a good snuggle with the older resident doglet. She has paid no attention to the dog savvy cat. While Isabella does very well with other pets, there is no doubt she would love to live out her retirement years being a doted on as the only pup princess in the house if there happened to be no other dogs in her adoptive home. Isabella's timid personality would fit best with gentle, respectful, calm, dog savvy children over the age of 6yrs old.  As with all our dogs, slow introductions to other dogs and children in the household is a must and she should always be supervised to make sure she and they are kept safe. 

Isabella has done amazingly well with potty training.  Her foster home notes she has had very few accidents during her transition to pet life. She can be subtle with her signals to go out but will tend to hold it until she is let outside.  As with all of our dogs her adopter must be willing and able to keep her on a regular and consistent schedule in effort to maintain her potty-training success. Isabella is crate trained and often does retreat to her crate when she needs some quiet time or just wants to be alone. She sleeps quietly in her crate if her foster family leaves the home. For her safety, a similar arrangement should be kept when her humans are away from the home and/or when she is left unsupervised, so she is safe and secure. Isabella does love to sleep in bed with her foster family.  She has found her favorite spot is the foot of the bed where she can keep close tabs on everything around.  

Medically, Isabella is in overall good health.  A heart murmur was noted during her wellness exam.  She has had an echocardiogram done on her heart and has been diagnosed with Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD), which is more common in older dogs.  MMVD equates to one of the valves in her heart being weakened, which causes her heart to beat with an irregularity.  We will be happy to provide her echocardiogram report to her potential adopters for review.  She is currently asymptomatic, and she does NOT have any physical restrictions or limitations!  If she were to display any of abnormal symptoms related to her heart condition in the future (fainting, fatigue etc.), her cardiologist should be contacted immediately. It is recommended she have annual echocardiograms to monitor her heart.  Isabella did have two mammary tumors removed after she came to rescue.  Both were removed with clear margins.  Her adopter should continue to monitor her and if others are noticed as she ages they should be removed as well. She has been spayed, updated on vaccinations/dewormings, heartworm tested, microchipped and has been given a go ahead for adoption  by our veterinarian!  Fore more info on MMVD please view the following links:

Isabella does enjoy a good run and romp time in the yard and really seems to open up when she is outside and because of this she would flourish in a home with a fenced-in yard.  She is a very quiet girl and would do well either in a single-family home or home with shared walls (apartment, condo, etc.) as long as there is an easily accessed outdoor space for her to run off some energy.  She does require a quiet house with a family that will be patient and help her overcome her shy nature and help her build confidence in a positive rewarding environment.  Due to Isabella's loyal love for her people, we do think she would love to go to the office, as long as it is a calm, low-key atmosphere.  If her family is unable to take her to work with them, she is completely happy sleeping the day away as long as he has a comfy bed to lay her head on and her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!

If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Isabella, please submit an adoption application for her today!!

NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* a 3-4 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application.  We typically accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog.  After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc.  :-)  Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another.  We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete.   That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-) 

IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter.  In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)

ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply!  While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed. 

If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.