Shao has been well cared for by his family since the age of 1 but they have both lost their jobs due to the COVID crisis and with a toddler at home in a small apartment, and twins on the way, they feel Shao deserves more attention and playtime than they can offer in these trying times. Shao is small, 35 lb., fully house trained, healthy (up to date shots and microchipped), and energetic. His owners describe him as “half human” loving to cuddle and lounge at home next to his owner’s feet. He is always super happy and ready to go for a walk.
Shao is very smart and knows lots of fun tricks: sit, lay, stay, wait, dance, yoga, and bang-bang; he can hold a treat on his nose then catch on the count of 3! He is good with children approx. 4 and older but would also make a great companion for a single person or couple and he’s used to smaller quarters if he gets walks and companionship; he is ok being left alone for 4 – 5 hrs. per day. In the first puppy year before he was adopted, he was abused by large dogs and he remains anxious when approached by large, pushy dogs, or groups of dogs though he enjoys some trusted dog friends. He has never bitten a person or a dog, but he is uncomfortable when charged or sniffed so his owners wisely muzzle trained him with special treats only when he goes to dog parks. At dog parks, Shao actually prefers cuddling and playing with all the people but he plays with dog friends too. Daycare would make him too anxious so he would need an in-home sitter or trusted friend to care for him during times his owner is on vacation. Shao will not do well in the commotion of a shelter with many dogs so please, please can you offer Shao a home for his active, positive years ahead rather than a bad end he doesn’t deserve.