Hi! My name is

Barry

I’m an Animal in Care at AARCS

AARCS ID
A49282131

SEX
Male

BREED
Shih Tzu/Mix

SIZE
Medium

Date of Birth
December 19, 2011

Located In
Calgary

About Barry

This spunky senior dog looking for a loving forever home.

Barry was surrendered by his owner following the passing of the other human members of his family, as she could not manage him on her own. As a result, he likes to keep an eye on his people and would do best in a home with people home more often than not. He will follow you wherever you go and plop himself down to nap at your feet.

Barry still has a lot of spunk for an older guy and enjoys all the usual dog pursuits. He didn’t get the memo that older dogs need to slow down and has a lot of enthusiasm for walks, food, toys, and all the rest. Given his arthritis, he can’t walk for too long, and only needs about 20 or so minutes a day, although he would love to walk longer. He likes to spend the rest of his time napping and just hanging out with his people. He enjoys snuggles and belly rubs and will need to sleep in the same room as his people, ideally on the bed with them. Fortunately, he doesn’t shed at all, so allergies and fur cleanup shouldn’t be an issue.

Barry has a very sweet disposition and has not shown aggression towards other animals or people. He was very interested in the cats in his first foster home, which they didn’t like, so a no cat home would be best. He has two small doggy foster brothers in his current home and gets along with them fine. He greets other dogs nicely on walks and hasn’t shown too much interest in birds, squirrels, or the like. He lets you give him his medication, baths, and pick him up without issue. He’s just a really trusting, kind, older fellow.

Barry’s first love is food, and he will want to keep an eye on all food related happenings in the home. He doesn’t have the best manners with other dogs’ food, so it would be best to feed him separately from other animals. Whomever adopts Barry must be committed to treating his ongoing medical needs. Nothing crazy, just the typical stuff that we all need to deal with when we get old. Specifically, he has arthritis in his back hips and will require a shot once a month to manage this. He also has allergies and must take an Apoquel pill each morning and eat allergy-specific canned food (both of which he does happily). Finally, Barry needs lubricating and tacrolimus eye drops 3 x day to help with his dry eyes.

Barry is housetrained but will use a pee pad when he’s feeling lazy. However, if you notice him sniffing around his pad and call him outside, he will do his business out there. He is a pretty smart guy and will bark to let you know when he wants something, usually to be lifted onto the bed or sofa. He is otherwise a quiet and chill older gentleman who deserves a loving home full of pillows and sunbeams to relax in during his retirement.

Spunky and sweet senior gentleman!

Good with Cats?

NO CATS PLEASE!

Good with Dogs?

Only tested with Smaller Breed Dogs

Good with Kids?

Not tested with Kids

Do I Need Special Care?

Yes, Medical Special Needs - Barry has your standard senior health issues. He has arthritis in his back hips and will require a shot once a month to manage this. He also has allergies and must take a pill each morning and eat allergy-specific canned food (both of which he does happily). Finally, Barry needs lubricating and tacrolimus eye drops 3 x day to help with his dry eyes.

Animal In Care

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
This animal is currently an Animal in Care with AARCs and is not available for adoption at this time.

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