Pets of the Month

Tommy and Danny are 2 male Shar-Pei/Pug mixes that arrived at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter from a puppy mill through H.E.A.R.T (a dog rescue group) on March 23rd. Tommy is 11 years old and Danny is about 4 years old. Two female Shar-Pei/Pug mixes (Bridget and Carilla) were also brought to Rivers and Bluffs from H.E.A.R.T. Bridget and Carilla were recently adopted to the same loving home.

All four dogs were very shy and timid upon arrival to the animal shelter. But, due to the loving care and attention these dogs received from shelter volunteers and staff, Tommy and Danny learned to trust people. In less than a week, they allowed shelter volunteers to pet them and shortly after both males were walking on a leash, ready to explore their new surroundings. Bridget and Carilla did not warm up as quickly as Danny and Tommy, but they are doing very well in their new home.

Danny and Tommy are now ready for the next step in their journey – a loving, forever home where they can continue to be loved and cared for and experience all that life has to offer. Both dogs have been neutered and vaccinated, are free of internal and external parasites and are on heartworm and flea and tick preventative. They are also micro-chipped. Both dogs are on a regular schedule and shelter volunteers feel that they are house-broken if kept to a schedule. Danny loves to run and play with toys. Tommy is less playful, possibly due to his age, but recently he showed interest in toys and Kongs stuffed with treats.

Tommy and Danny get along very well together. It would be great if they could go to the same home, but, Talisa, Rivers and Bluffs Shelter Manager feels confident that they will also do well in 2 separate homes.

The Shar-Pei Breed lives comfortably in the city or country. This breed does well in a limited space, such as an apartment or condo, as long as he gets daily exercise. A backyard is not required, but he does appreciate getting out and stretching his legs. In general, the Shar-Pei is fairly happy just hanging out with his owner, wherever he may be. The Shar-Pei is classified as a short-nosed, or brachycephalic breed, similar to the Bulldog, Boxer or Pug. Their short noses make them highly sensitive to heat, which means they make lousy jogging companions. To prevent heat stroke, these dogs should be kept inside with fans or air conditioning in hot weather