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Tri-County Animal Rescue Pets Of The Week
(Rows 1-2) Dachshund/Chihuahua Mixes(Row 3 L-R) Willow and Bear
(Photos Courtesy Tri-County Animal Rescue)

(Rows 1-2) Dachshund/
Chihuahua Mixes

(Row 3 L-R) Willow and Bear

(Photos Courtesy Tri-County Animal Rescue)

Joann M. Hager
Tri-County Animal Rescue

ALEXIS, N.C. – Help! Tri-County Animal Rescue has taken in a family of Dachshund and Dachshund/Chihuahua mixes this week due to owner passing away.  We have a 7-year-old neutered male named Ozzie. Then we have 4-year-old spayed female named Shorty and 2-year-old spayed female named Little Bit. Ozzie, Shorty and Little Bit are all full Dachshund and are black and rust.  Then we have two Dachshund/Chihuahua mixed boys named Lanny and Manny.  The are 12-weeks-old and have a tan coat.  They all have short hair so a bath and brushing will keep them looking fresh all the time.  They are all spayed/neutered, current on vaccines and micro-chipped.  Come see them this weekend!

Dachshunds are wonderful dogs and make terrific companions, but they are not for everyone. As with all dog breeds, individual dogs have their own personalities, but there some traits that are very common throughout the breed. Many have a stubborn, independent nature. Effective training is a must for all dogs, including dachshunds.

Dachshunds love to burrow - they like to tunnel under bed covers and pillows. They love the company of other dachshunds, which is why you see so many dachshund pairs. They like to curl up and sleep together, with their heads on each other’s backs. They are usually very physically

affectionate dogs - they like to snuggle and kiss and be scratched and have their bellies rubbed.

Dachshunds may not be the best dogs for families with young children. The dachshund courage, which serves the breed so well in the field, can be a problem for city dogs. Dachshunds may bark at and even charge other dogs when they are being walked; this trait is especially obvious if two or more dachshunds are walking together (the pack mentality) and if the other dog is a large breed. For this reason, as well as general common sense, dachshunds should always be walked on a leash in cities and towns, and they should always be confined to a securely fenced yard at home. Even the best-trained and most obedient dachshund can bolt into the street suddenly to chase a squirrel or an Akita.

SMALL Pet Of The Week --- Our featured small pet for this week is this tiny Shih Tzu / Chihuahua (Shichi) puppy.  This is Willow and she is looking for a loving forever family.  Willow is 4-months-old and will stay small in size.  She has beautiful wiry hair which will need some grooming as it grows longer.  Willow plays well with other pets.  She will steal your heart when you meet her.  Willow is current on vaccines, has had multiple de-wormings, spayed, and micro-chipped.

The Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix has long been a popular designer breed. Known for its adorable roundish face, this hybrid originated in the United States and is known to be quietly affectionate. Some of you might have a preference for certain colors when it comes to dogs and you’d be glad to know that the Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix does come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, cream or white, or a combination of those. Many dog lovers have a weakness for its adorable pop-up ears that resemble that of a fox’s (that is if it resembles it Chihuahua parent). Alternatively, you might come across a Shichi with cute, floppy ears if it takes after its Shih Tzu parent more.  Combining the temperaments of both breeds, you’ll get the energetic Shichi, which will be both loving and protective. In addition, because of their adaptability and size, they also make good apartment dogs. Just remember though, some owners describe the Shichi as a shy character if not properly given the chance to socialize and mingle with other humans or dogs. So take a walk in the park, and this way you’ll both get the exercise and interaction you need.

Another important aspect to take into consideration is that you do need to give adequate supervision around children. Due to their gentle and fragile nature, the Shichi may be easily hurt by children. As with any animal that feels threatened, the Shichi might lash out and try to defend itself. So do bear this in mind and always supervise young children around dogs and teach your children to be gentle with your Shichi.

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RESCUE BIG DOG Pet Of The Week --- Tri-County Animal Rescue BIG DOG Pet of the Week is this Australian Shepherd named Bear.  He is 8-years-old and is starting to get around much better than when he first came into our program.  Bear’s owner passed away about 8 months ago leaving Bear homeless.  His owner loved him with food!  Bear weighs about 90 pounds and should weigh about 60 pounds.  He is already working on his exercise/diet routine and has lost about 40 pounds.  He is good with everyone including other pets. Bear is looking for a walking partner.  So, if you need a man to walk around with…come on out Saturday and get Bear.  Bear is neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm negative and micro-chipped.  He will be looking for you this weekend!

The Australian shepherd has a great deal of stamina and is loving, bold, alert, confident, independent, smart and responsive. If it doesn't get a chance to exercise and challenge its strongly developed mental and physical activities, it is apt to become frustrated and difficult to live with. With proper exercise and training, it is a loyal, utterly devoted and obedient companion. It is reserved with strangers and has a protective nature. It may try to herd children and small animals by nipping.

Moderate Shedding: The Aussie sheds, but it’s a major event only twice a year, in the spring and fall. Frequent brushing, warm baths and thorough blow drying during that time will help keep the handfuls of hair under control. Outside of shedding season, bathe the Aussie only when he gets dirty.

Please come out to our adoption event this weekend.  If you are looking for an addition to your family, please come out and meet our pets this weekend.  We have many available pets at the Gastonia PetSmart located at 3698 East Franklin Boulevard this Saturday noon to 6 p.m.

About Tri-County Animal Rescue --- Tri-County Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization serving Lincoln, Gaston and other surrounding counties. We are committed to ending pet homelessness in this area and we need your continued support.  If you cannot adopt a pet, then support Tri-County in other ways. We need volunteers and donations to continue our mission of finding homes for these unwanted animals. Please help Tri-County Animal Rescue continue to save pets by adopting your next pet this weekend?  Our “needs” list includes:  towels, Clorox, laundry detergent, paper towels, dry dog food and dry cat food. For more information, call 704.263.2444, send an email to, visit us on the web at or on Facebook at Tri-County Animal Rescue.  Donations can be sent to Tri-County Animal Rescue, PO Box 483, Alexis, NC  28006.

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