Gizmo-SAD-breeder, Dog, Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu
Primary Breed: 
Shih Tzu
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Vaccinations Up to Date: 
This poor boy is already spoken for by a rescue, but I hope many of you will read his story who are consdiering buying from a breeder or pet store. This beautiful boy is Gizmo. Gizmo is completely disabled. 2 vets have recommended euthanizing this boy, but he has such a will to live, we are hoping his new rescue will be able to provide him with some type of advanced vet care and give him hope for the future. Gizmo's legs are severely deformed and he has no use of them at all. He cannot run, play, walk or even stand. This precious boy has to be hand fed and hand watered. He has to be bathed everyday due to the fact he urinates on himself. He weighs 2 lbs and is very underweight. He has no muscle tone in his body due to the fact he cannot move. Dispite his deformity, he has a strong will to live. He loves being craddled and will cry when he is hungry or thirsty. This boy is the result of an unresponsible back-yard breeder. Someone trying to profit at the expense of these poor animals. These back-yard breeders sell these babies to pet stores where the consumers purchase them thinking they are getting a healthy family pet. Back-yard breeders are living well at the expense of these animals who are discarded after they can no longer produce any litters. This is tax-free money to the breeders, so if you are considering purchasing from a breeder or pet store, please remember little Gizmo, and his story. UPDATE 2-10-07: Gizmo went to PA today! He had a wonderful offer from a veteranarian there who is willing to work with this boy. She is going to try some pyhical theropy, and possibly a splint on his front leg in hopes of straightening it up so he can possibly get a wheelchair. It seems this boy has won a lot of hearts without ever meeting anyone. We have had a lot of inquires on this special we will continue to keep everyone updated on his condition. UPDATE: 2-24-07: tragically, little Gizmo lost his battle to live. For those of you who were lucky enough to meet this boy, I know you have tears in your eyes as I do. We have cried for days over his loss. This boy was our 'child' for 2 weeks, and we completely devoted our lives to him. He was very special and won over the hearts of everyone he met! He had done well when he first arrived in pa, but soon thereafter, he started deteriorating, and past away a few days ago. The vet determined that poor gizmo had a lung disease which was likely a birth defect that claimed his life. The wonderful vet who tried to save gizmo buried him on her farm, so he is now in doggie heaven and I am sure he is running and playing (as he always wanted to do) with the other puppies at the rainbow please say a prayer tonight for Gizmo, and all the other souls who do not survive to ever know love or human kindness. This poor boy was a 'throw away' by his breeder because no money could be made on him due to his deformity. They had no reguard for his precious life....but for us, the tragedy of loosing Gizmo has taken a toll on us mentally....and this boy will NEVER be forgotten. We hope the death of Gizmo will make people reconsider when purchasing from a breeder or pet store...PLEASE RESCUE OR ADOPT!! Thanks to those speical people for your devotion to animals like our precious Gizmo.