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Hi! My Name Is Itsy

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Hello! My name is Itsy, and I am 2-year Shih Tzu. I have a sad rescue story so pull up a chair so I can tell you about me.

I was given the name Cousin Itsy because when I was found I was ALL hair. There was a shelter in IN that found me in a very, very small cat carrier. They just thought it was dog hair but when I started to move around, they realized there's a dog in there.

Sad to say but I was a hot mess when they let me out of the carrier. Thankfully, they found me and brought me inside. I had to be shaved down to my skin because I was SO matted.

I sat in the shelter for a few months but shelter workers said I needed more than what a shelter could provide so they searched for rescues to help me. Treasured Animal Rescue drove out to IN and picked me up.

It took me a couple days to get used to being in a home. I don't think I was ever in a home or anyone every petted me or showed me love. How is that possible that a sweet girl like me - nobody loved me? TAR loves me and they said we are going to help you find your forever family.

My foster Mom is looking for that right family for me and if I could have a few wishes; I wish for this.

I wish I have a new home that is quiet. Loud noises scare me. No children. I have been around them when people come visit but they are told don't try to touch me. Maybe one day I will be really comfortable with kids coming around but I wish a home with no small kids.

I wish my new family is patient and will give me time for me to get to know you. I know my foster Mom & foster Grandma so I will come up on their laps and I let them pet me, but I get very scared if they just go to pick me up.

I like to spend my days hanging out with my foster Grandma. That's the quiet room. There are other little dogs that hang out. There are doggie beds but my favorite spot is on her lap or we share her chair. We watch TV together. When my foster Grandma goes into her office I like to hang out under her chair.

My potty training is a work in progress. I use a pee pad but I don't know how to tell you that I got to go outside. I am led out on a leash to the backyard and oh boy, that makes me nervous being outside. I know outside is so good for doggies but I get overwhelmed. When I get overwhelmed I do these little circles. I might make you dizzy.

My foster Mom knows how to stop me and I listen to her voice. I wish I could tell people why I am the way I am. But my foster Mom thinks in my 2 short years of life nobody cared about me. I was never groomed. I was emaciated when I came so I had limited food. I never felt a kind touch or loving until I came into my foster home. I am hesitant of being petted because I'm afraid of being hurt but my foster Mom tells me nobody will ever hurt me again.

I wish for so many things but a little girl like me just asks for these simple things: a quiet family that will love me and be patient with me. A warm lap that I can watch TV with you. I definitely need a fenced yard because I get nervous on a leash and I hope I never get matted like that again. Boy, I felt so much freedom having that hair go away.

My foster Mom can tell you more about me. She tells me there is a family waiting for me and her job is to find the right one.

Are you my family?



Itsy is located in our foster home in Aurora. To meet Itsy, please complete an adoption application at: https://treasuredanimalrescueinc.org/application-dog-adoption/

Sorry, Treasured Animal Rescue does not adopt out of the State of Illinois

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