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Whiskey is a slow pokey little Shih Tzu Poodle mix who needs some TLC and a good grooming wouldn't hurt either to reveal the sparkle in his eyes. Whiskey's got something called luxating patellas, which sounds like the name of a circus troupe - Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the daredevil, high-flying Luxating Patellas!!! - but which is actually something to do with wonky knees. So Whiskey isn't going to be winning any races, but really, if you want him to go fast, just take him in your car and drive.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

3 Comments to “Whiskey - Shih Tzu Poodle mix”

  1. deva says:

    Depending on the severity of his problem, luxating patellas can (and should) be corrected through surgery, since the problem becomes worse as bone continues to rub on bone. Prospective owners should do some research on the condition which can be painful and can cause early arthritis as well as other undesirables. Little guy probably needs some Xrays and a vet assessment to see what should be done. Good luck to him.

  2. Kit Lang says:

    Tyler (who's doing great by the way!) also has luxating patellas. We took him to the vet (Dr. Munn) who said the opposite of Deva actually - that they rarely need surgery and that it usually corrects itself.

    And as for fast - holy cow - we had him at the off-leash dog park tonight at The Beach and for an hour and 1/2 he had us going full tilt boogie - couldn't keep up with him despite his little hoppy-skippy.

    So I do agree with Deva that a vet assessment is best - but we were totally prepared to fork out a couple thousand to fix him only to be told he didn't need it.
    (Whiskey looks like he could be Tyler's brother!)

  3. Fred says:

    Hi Kit, good to hear Tyler's running up a storm.

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The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

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