GIZMO – A1109730
Safe - 4-26-2017 Manhattan
GIZMO – A1109730
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK / GRAY, SHIH TZU MIX, 11 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason OWN EVICT
Intake condition GERIATRIC Intake Date 04/22/2017, From NY 11368, DueOut Date 04/22/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary BARH scan negative neutered male 11 yrs old as per owner tense, nervous geriatric severe dental tartar cloudy eyes mild ear infection clean coat overweight BCS 7/9 AMB x 4 NOSF
A volunteer wrote: Gizmo is an 11 years young Shih Tzu mix who has a whole lot of spunk and love packed into his 16 lbs. As soon as I got to his cage, Gizmo came right to the front so I can pet him and love on and take him for a walk. This guy walks wonderfully on a leash—he basically took me for a walk, he was so focused on exploring the big world outside the shelter! As long as he has his fresh air and his human, this little dude was happy as could be. In conclusion, I did not feed Gizmo after midnight nor did I shine any bright lights in his face, but I did get him wet, as it was raining when we took our walk. But unlike the movie, Gizmo remained cute, furry, and lovable through it all! Please consider helping Gizmo find his forever home. Come down and meet him today!
Gizmo is said to be an eleven year old Shih Tzu mix that was originally a gift for his previous owner from a family member. Unfortunately, due to the owner being evicted they can no longer care for him at this time. He was with them for nine years. He is said to have gingivitis but no other health problems. He hasn’t been seen by a veterinarian in the past three years.
Around strangers, Gizmo is said to be shy for a few minutes but then allows petting. He has spent time with a five year old but wasn’t interested, just sniffed. He played gently with his owner but wasn’t interested in others. He has not spent time with any other dogs or cats. He has never bitten anyone or any other animal.
Gizmo is said to not have any behavioral issues. During storms/fireworks, he tends to bark. He isn’t bothered when his food or bowl is touched while he is eating. He does bark when his toy or bone is taken away. He has never been pushed off of furniture or restrained. He is afraid but will allow being bathed, having his coat brushed and his nails trimmed. He isn’t bothered when someone unfamiliar approaches the home or family member.
For a New Family to Know
Gizmo is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and independent. His activity level is described as high. His favorite activities are to play with his owner and to randomly run around the home. At home, he tends to follow his owner around. He likes to play with balls; stuffed animals, chew/bones and his favorite are squeaky toys. He likes to play chase and tug. He has free choice to go in and out of the home with a pet door. He has slept in his dog bed by the owner’s bed. Gizmo is used to eating Iams dry food, two cups twice a day. He is said to be house trained and to never have an accident. He usually goes potty in the grass. When left alone in the home, he tends to whine a little. He has never been in a crate. He knows how to sit on command. He has never been off leash but pulls lightly.
Behavior during Intake
Gizmo jumped on his owner throughout intake. He allowed to be scanned for a microchip(-). Once owner left, he allowed counselor to collar, pick him up and take a photograph.
KNOWN HISTORY: Full Profile
Neutered, Owner Surrender (In previous home for nine years)
Previously lived with: Adults
Behavior toward strangers: Shy at first
Behavior toward children: Ignores them
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: Barks when his toy or bone is taken away.
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Gizmo is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and independent with a high activity level.
Other notes: Owner reports Gizmo has never been in a crate, and is used to going in and out with a doggie door.
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. His body is tense, his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body a bit tense, mouth closed
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched, focused on exit door
Squeeze 1/2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog sniffs, then turns away.
Summary: Gizmo was timid throughout the assessment and did not readily approach or maintain any proximity to the assessor. He was tolerant of handling but needed considerable coaxing to position, and did not seem to warm up to the assessor during the assessment.
During his initial medical exam, Gizmo was tense but allowed handling.
His owner describes Gizmo as having a high activity level. In the care center, Gizmo is trembling and displaying a low level of activity.
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