I'm really happy to join the community.
My name is Catalina. My husband and I have always been dog people, grew up with dogs and started volunteering at our local shelter right after we got married. A while ago we started fostering, and that's how sweet Pango came into our lives, stole our hearts and we couldn't let go.
They say the best advice when fostering a dog is not to foster "your type" of dog, and for a while, this worked for us. We were big dog people, and grew up with labs, goldens and pitties. Pango, on the other hand, is a white and scruffy shihtzu mix who was surrendered by his owners because they couldn't deal with his matted hair (because they never brushed him in 1.5 yrs) and he was not eating anymore.
After we brought him back to full health and he came out of his shell, we realized he was the perfect dog for us: a sweet, yet spunky, laid-back couch potato. And that's how he became our first fur baby!
Given that we have absolutely no experience with smaller dogs, and this is the first shihtzu that has ever crossed our path, we look forward to getting your input and words of wisdom, and hearing your experiences!
Any shihtzu parents out there? Foster fails? Rescue dog parents?