| I received an email alert for Boss who is the shih-tzu maltese mix....having a fond love of the Shih-Tzu breed and wanting to add another to our family, we thought we'd throw our name in the hat for the current owners. She responded to let me know that I was second on her list and I thanked her and shared the story of how I fell in love with this breed....She asked for a day to consider her options. Here is the response and my story!
Please take your time as I understand this must be a tough decision. My husband is a stay at home father and we home school our children 8 & 5, one of which is autistic. We always wanted to get a smaller inside dog that my oldest (autistic), could help with. We have seen and researched a lot on the subject as we have seen so many reports where dogs help these kids come out of their 'shells.' The problem was that I have always been allergic to dogs. A year and a half ago my mother died, two week afterward a black and white shih tzu showed up on our front door. My oldest kept telling me that there was a puppy on the porch, he insisted so I opened the door and in walked this adorable dog. Knowing that we couldn't keep him because of my allergies we searched for weeks for his owners, finally realizing that I was not going to find them we came to terms that he adopted our family and much to my surprise I NEVER had one single allergy problem. This was explained when I researched the breed and found that they have hair and not fur. Rex has now been with us for well over a year, sleeps in my bed every night, follows me around everywhere I go and what is most amazing of all, he will get up with me in the morning and while I am getting ready for work he goes back and lays down with my children. He then won't leave their sides until the last boys wakes up. We decided a few months ago that we would love to add another to our family since this is an amazing breed of dog but decided to adopt one instead of buying one from a breeder. I'm sure that there are far more dogs out there that need a good home and love than spending an excessive amount on one from someone who is going to continue to breed them for profit. Rexi goes everywhere with us and is truly my third child. Thank you for taking the time to respond to me, we look forward to hearing your decision which ever you decide I am sure that you will make the decision that is best for your puppy!
We drove almost two hours today to pick him up, and fell in love. Our Shih-tzu likes him as well as our autistic son who refused to call him Boss since, as he informed us, he was not the boss...so we now call him Ross.
I hope that this helps, he is a great pup that is going to make a wonderful addition to our family.