Maisey is a adorable 9-year-old Lhasa Apso x Shih Tzu who came into the Oldies Club rescue after being signed over to a dog pound.
Doing well in foster: Maisey settled into her foster home within 2-3 weeks. She has a nature typical of a Shih Tzu in that she likes things to be on her terms. She loves to sit on your lap and have her belly rubbed, but only when she wants it. She can be quite vocal if you try to get her to do something she doesn’t want!
Fine to be left: Maisey is very good about being left while you go out, but if she has been left on her own for quite a while she then enjoys company and can be a little yappy if she doesn’t get it. Her foster carer thinks she would be fine in a home with a part-time worker.
Might prefer to be your only dog: Maisey can be quite grumpy with her foster carer’s two dogs. If there is another dog in her new home, it would be best if it isn’t too elderly, too young or too large. There is a blind, elderly dog in her foster home and Maisey tells him off quite regularly, although she gets on quite well with the 2-year-old dog.
Unknown with cats: Her foster carer hasn’t seen how Maisey is with cats.
Kind, older children only: Maisey isn’t suitable to live with young children but she should be fine with older children who will understand and respect Maisey’s temperament.
Getting used to going for walks: Maisey enjoys a walk but she doesn’t seem to have had much experience of them, so this is still a work in progress. She is great off the lead in the park or on the beach. She comes to her name, albeit in her own time, but she is very stubborn on the lead and likes to walk in the direction she wants. Her lead walking has improved and she doesn’t seem so unsure of herself. Maisey enjoys being off the lead, walking at her own pace for up to an hour, but long walks on the lead are not suitable for her.
Getting used to car journeys: Although improving, Maisey can be a little nervous when first going out and is very unsure of getting in the car, but once she’s in she is quite happy. Her foster carer says: “I don’t think she had been out very much when we first fostered her, but this has improved greatly over the time Maisey has been with us and I see no reason why this should not continue to improve. She seems happiest sitting on her blanket on the back seat.”
Maisey’s favourite pastimes: “She likes to have a little game in the house with us where if we clap our hands, she gets excited and does a little run round the house. She has just started to interact with our Labradoodle, but the size difference makes her a little reserved. If she lived with another dog, not too much bigger than Maisey, it might allow her to interact more. She loves to sit on your lap and have her belly rubbed. Certainly her favourite pastime is eating, she is very food orientated.”
Maisey’s dislikes: She doesn’t like reflections in glass – they cause her to be a bit yappy. She is unsure if you go to her bed to stroke her when you first meet her as she seems to find it threatening. She is absolutely fine with her foster carer now and so would be with her new person once used to you.
Maisey’s ideal home: She enjoys companionship and would like a quieter home with lots of home comforts. An older couple or individual would be perfect for her, preferably someone with previous experience of Shih Tzu type dogs as they are stubborn and can be a bit grouchy. Someone who doesn’t have much experience of dogs might find her temperament unnerving as she can be quite growly, but it’s all a front. She is not at all aggressive but can sound like she might be. Someone who appreciates these traits and lets Maisey do her own thing but be there to give her cuddles as and when required would be perfect.
Health notes: Maisey is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and has been wormed and flea treated. She has hypothyroidism for which she needs medication for life, ¼ of a tablet twice a day. She needs to be bathed about once every 3 to 4 weeks, with prescription shampoo, as she is prone to oily skin. She has had a short course of Metacam and might need it at some point in the future, depending on how comfortable she continues to be.
Maisey’s foster carer says: “Maisey is sweet, funny, cheeky and stubborn. She is a lovely little dog who deserves a loving home. She is very popular when you take her out with all ages, and she responds well to people. She seems a little unsure of other dogs, but I think that she hasn’t had much socialising in that field. She doesn’t ask for much, just nice food, cuddles and she loves her bed. As long as she has those things she is a very content little soul.”
If you would like to offer Maisey a permanent home, please read our Adoption Procedures for information about the adoption process. You can then contact an Oldies Club rehoming co-ordinator as follows:
Telephone: 0844 586 8656
Maisey can be rehomed anywhere on the UK mainland, subject to a satisfactory home visit, but note that you will be required to travel to the foster home to meet her.
If you would love to offer a home to an oldie but your circumstances aren’t suitable, perhaps you would be kind enough to sponsor one of the special oldies we are caring for that, due to health problems, are unlikely to be offered a permanent home.