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Shih Tzu :: Female :: Adult

Location:Mukwonago, WI

Additional Info:
  • Up-to-date with vaccines

  • Organization Contact Info:
    Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue
    828 Perkins Dr
    Mukwonago, WI 53149
    About this Dog:
    Name: Collier
    Breed: Shih Tzu
    Approximate Age:  6 yr 
    Gender:  Female
    Weight:  13 lb
    Adoption Fee:  $400
    Why in Rescue:  from a commercial breeder
    General Personality:  Friendly but shy and undersocialized

    General Profile:  Please fill out the adoption application at if you are interested in meeting one of our dogs. 

    Collier came from a commercial breeder who was no longer going to use her for breeding.  Dogs from commercial breeders are generally undersocialized, and probably never lived in a house.  They need to learn things like how to walk on a leash, go up stairs, and what things like television is.  She will need a patient adopter who will give her the time she needs to adjust and learn to trust people.  Every baby step forward needs to be celebrated, and the dog needs to be accepted for who they are at each step.  Some dogs can adjust quickly and learn how to be a loved pet pretty easily.  Others take a long time to even be comfortable with things like walking through the house.  No matter how far and how fast the breeder dogs progress, they are wonderful dogs and deserve a great home after being used the first part of their lives for making puppies.  A fence (or at least a fenced in potty area) is highly recommended and may be required for certain dogs.  Another small dog in the house can also help many former breeders adjust faster to life in a home.

    We do our best to evaluate the dogs while they are with us, but they sometimes act different in the shelter environment than they do in a home.  If you are interested in any of our dogs, please fill out the pre-adoption application and we will set up a time for you to come and meet them.

    If considering adopting a former breeding dog, the following article is good to read to help you understand the special needs these dogs may have.
    Adoption Procedures:
    1.  Completely fill out the pre-adoption application at  We will be checking with your vet if you have had pets, calling your landlord (if any) and checking a personal reference, before we contact you about visiting the adoptables.  Any missing information may have us moving onto another application.
    2.  If you application is approved, we will contact you to come meet the adoptables that you are interested in.  
    3.  If it is a match, you will complete the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee.  Please be prepared to take your adopted pet home when you come meet him/her.  In most cases, you will be able to take the pet home the same day.  If all the vetting hasn't been done yet, we will hold the pet for you until the vet work is completed. 
    4.  If you have filled out an application and we haven't contacted you within a week, we may have missed your application, the pet may have been adopted by another applicant, or you may have been missing information on your application.  You may contact us to find out the status of your application at this time.  Please give us a week to process your application before contacting us!
    The adoption fee through Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue is $200 - $475 depending on the age of the dog, which includes Wi State Sales Tax.  Included in this fee is your new companion who will be spayed/neutered, have a current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (as required by state law), current on age appropriate vaccinations, heartworm tested and started on preventative, microchipped, and dewormed.  Other medical needs will also have been taken care of, such as dentals and treating ear infections. 

    To assist you and your new pet in adjusting to life together, you will also receive an 8 week age appropriate obedience training course at For Pet's Sake Dog Training for $50 (up to $200 value).  You may opt to take Puppy Kindergarten, Adult Beginners, Small Dogs Big Hearts, or Shy & Reactive Dog Class.  You must start the class within 90 days of adoption for the reduced fee.  For more information on the classes visit

    All dogs are seen BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Many are in various foster homes getting extra one on one attention getting them ready for their new homes.  The first step in adoption is filling out the pre-adoption application.  Bichon and Little Buddies is run by volunteers who have full time jobs in addition to the hours they spend with the rescue dogs.  Having an application on file assures us that the potential adopter is really interested in adopting a dog.  It also assists us in placing dogs in homes where both the dog and new owners are happy.  The application puts you under no obligation to adopt a dog from Bichon and Little Buddies.

    The Dog Pre-Adoption Application can be found at

    Thanks for thinking about adopting your new pet!

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