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In shelter Dog

Santa Monica, CA, 90405
Pet name:
Shih Tzu


MEET AUDREY BELLA….and this cute, b/w, 13 lb, 8-9 yr old Shih Tzu Doxie, as best as we can guess, came to us very scared.  If you are a dog person, wanting to adopt a real “rescue” Audrey is your girl!!

After working with our behavioral training team for the past several months, they figured out she likely suffered handling/grooming traumas at a young age.  Because of this, she can be overly defensive towards anything she perceives as grooming or vet examinations.  But, she needs a home!  She does settle down and she does understand love…but it takes time and patience!  She will need special handling when groomed, going to the vet, etc.

Audrey Bella has had a trauma response of biting in the past.  She, like most of us, does not like when things are forced upon her.  She wants to be a good girl, she just needs a human willing to develop trust and have the patience to understand her needs.  It’s incredibly rewarding to see dogs like Audrey Bella blossom and grow!  Her ideal parent(s) will respect her boundaries and understand her traumas.  She loves affection but will still need her own space to decompress and have “me time.”  

With the spunk of a younger pup and having recently gone through extensive obedience training, Audrey Bella proves an older dog can learn new tricks.  She even likes to go for short runs, at her pace of course.  She’s a great listener, loves relaxing (just no massages), and would get along with another well mannered dog (just no kids!).  And, with a cherry on top, she comes with free training support from our behavioral team for the rest of her life!! 

If you’re looking to make a new best friend, Audrey Bella needs a best friend.  Please have patience and experience.   She really wants to be loved.

Our website is updated daily. Please do not apply for this dog unless your home fits the specified criteria. All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, groomed, vet checked, dewormed, deflead and come with a leash, collar and ID

If you are interested in adopting this dog from Lhasa Happy Homes, please complete the adoption application via the link below:

Adoption (Online) Application:

We will contact you once it has been reviewed. 

UPDATE!!!!   Lhasa Happy Homes will be now holding our adoption events most every Sunday at ROVER KENNELS on Main Street in Santa Monica (check calendar for special events and directions).  Rover is located at 2116 Main Street, in Santa Monica, CA.  Here you will have an opportunity to interact with the dogs and see which might be a perfect fit with your household.  Main Street is famous for its innovative shops and is close to the beach!  Make a day of it!!  Metered parking on the street and free parking on 4th and Bicknell Streets!

Here you will have an opportunity to interact with the dogs and see which might be a perfect fit with your household....and do some fantastic shopping at the same time! Please do call us if you are coming to see a particular dog to make sure he/she will be at adoptions (we do not bring sick dogs to our adoption events). Please bring a copy of your application and pictures of your home and yard if we have not done a home check! Most importantly, if you have a dog, make sure you bring him or her to do a compatibility match with the dog you are interested in adopting! 

Thanks for thinking rescue and adoption…and for considering saving a life. It will be the best gift you ever give yourself or your family.


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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