My old housemate had a little shih tzu called Doogle and I’ve wanted a little gremlin lookalike of my own ever since. I think they are adorable, and their under bites and googly eyes only add to their personality! But we are away too much to give a dog all of the care and attention that they need at the moment.
So, I started to browse around on pet share/borrow my doggy sites and along came Mabel! A gorgeous little shih tzu with bags of character.
Usually with sites like this, busy pet owners who travel a lot or have something holding them back from walking their dog reularly (such as work or an illness) will reach out and find people to help out. In my case Mabel has loving owners that work from home so she gets lots of love and attention. They travel a fair bit and so she’s been hanging out with me when they are away- or whenever I can persuade them to let me borrow her!
It’s been so much fun so far. Mabel is really animated, loves attention, never barks and is super easy going. Her owners have trained her so well. My friend shared this with me and it totally describes Mabel:
Composer James Mumsford described the Shih Tzu as “… a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, (and) a dash of teddy bear.”
So if you are dreaming of having a pet pooch but can’t commit full time, I’d highly recommend setting something like this up. Lots of pet shelters also need voulenterts for people to walk their dogs, so there are lots of options out there.