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Troy is the shy Shih Tzu. He hangs back and watches while Tina has no problems now approaching for a pat on the head or a treat. Troy is the one who cries when Tina is taken away. Troy is the one who makes grumbling noises when I get close but when I get too close he runs away.

I know he'll come around. He wants to. He just needs some more time. He's only been out of the puppy mill for a little while.

Toronto Animal Services South is going to try adopting Tina and Troy out together as a bonded pair - at least for now. They might also try to slowly start separating them, see how that goes, because adopting out bonded pairs can be a tough call and there are two other bonded pairs up for adoption already at TAS-East and TAS-West.

Sometimes it might be worth a little heartache if good loving homes can be found for each. We shall see. For now, let's keep our fingers crossed for these two together.

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.

10 Comments to “Troy - Shih Tzu”

  1. Love the toothy grin....irresistible! Surely someone will want the pair?

  2. Jill says:

    I wish I could have them. I have a potential for being a dog hoarder. I already have a big lab cross who's 16 years old.

    How old are these darlings? Are they brother and sister? They both look like they've got Maltese/Havanese in them with their darling licorice candy noses and dark eyes.

    Tell Troy I said he's a little sexy beastie. I have yet to meet a dog - male or female - that doesn't love to be called sexy. Don't know why but it works for me every time.

  3. Catherine says:

    Oh I do hope they go together. It's amazing watching how much support they can get from each other. I have a bonded pair and it's the best, the shy one takes the confident one's lead.

  4. Fred says:

    Hi Jill, Tina and Troy are five and six and are a breeding pair - though with many puppy millers and dog breeders in general, that doesn't preclude them from being siblings.

  5. Jill says:

    Fr ed, did you call Troy sexy? How'd he like it? Keep everyone doing it - it's good for his self-esteem. Not kidding or being goofy when I say it works. It's one of those strange but true things. We have an aggressive shepherd in the neighbourhood. I called him sexy and told him how handsome he was - as he growled and snapped about (was abused by previous owner) - and he stopped and calmed right down. His owner renamed him Mr Handsome. He is still a concern but not with me. Dogs love compliments.

    They look like puppies for five and six. How much do they weight? Maybe the pictures are making them look smaller than they are.

  6. Fred says:

    Haven't tried the sexy thing yet. Maybe this weekend if I get a chance.

  7. After reading the horrible story below, I pray 8fervently* that these two get adopted together. Troy deserves that little extra consideration: he's paid the price to be with his Tina forever.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Fred did I see on the TAS site that these two are gone? Did they get adopted together?

  9. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, yup, adopted together!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Have they been adopted yet?

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