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In shelter Dog

The Arlington Condominiums, Fort Barn...
Pet name:
Shih Tzu, Mixed
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Meet Doodle! This adorable little Shih Tzu was surrendered to the rescue after his owner’s work schedule changed and he had to travel frequently. It was very difficult for his dad to part with him, as he loved Doodle and took good care of him. However, he knew that long hours away from home and having to board him was not the proper lifestyle for Doodle, and he wanted a better life for he reached out to the rescue.

Doodle’s dad shared some insight on Doodle to help us find him the right home…
“He loves frosty paws, and loves to cuddle in bed with you at night. He is good with kids and really likes to go for rides in the car. He lives to play fetch, but he can only go about 3 times and then he’s tired. He loves playing with toys and having his belly rubbed.
He does have some anxiety being left alone and may bark when you first leave, but he settles in and is not destructive. I would crate him sometimes for short periods if I was going to be gone less than 4 hours. He didn’t love it but I used a pretty big crate and he did better with the larger size. If I leave him free he would usually go sit by a window and wait for me to return. Also, when I left the home I would close the bathroom door because he likes to eat toilet paper”

Doodle is currently fostered in a home with multiple other dogs and has been there for almost a week. He is a little intimidated by larger dogs and may bark, but recently started playing with Mr. T (another WDR pup), who is 10 lbs. Doodle was a frequent flyer at doggie daycare in his prior home, and while he was not a big player, he did enjoy his time there. We think Doodle would do well in a home with another small, laidback pup companion or do find as an only dog getting ALL the attention from his person.

His foster mom, Patti, reports that Doodle has a moderate energy level. He is more active in the morning but takes naps during the day, loves to go on walks, and enjoys being outside. As long as he’s with his person, he’s a happy dog. He’s ideal for a retired couple or an owner who works from home and has time to hang out with him. He’s housetrained but not a fan of the crate, so Patti uses a baby gate to give him his own space when she goes out.

Doodle seems to really like people and gets very connected to his humans. We have not seen him around young kids, but he’s done well with Patti’s teenaged daughter and was great from the start with Patti. Like many dogs, Doodle does have a fear of very loud noises like thunderstorms and fireworks.

This handsome boy is going to make some lucky owner a great companion. We know there are a lot of Shih Tzu-lovers out there, so apply today!

APPROXIMATE AGE: ~  5.5 to 6 years old
COAT TYPE:  Long but low-shed - needs regular grooming
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/microchipped
LOCATION: Alexandria, VA

FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.