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MAGIC! Shih Tzu Philadelphia, PA

  • Senior
  • Male
  • Small
  • White / Cream, Gray / Blue / Silver


Smart, Independent, Funny, Quiet, Dignified, Couch potato, Friendly
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.
Prefers a home without

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Magic is a charming little 15 year old Shih Tzu. Magic had a rough holiday season and found himself abandoned at an emergency vet because he was experiencing lethargy and pain. The hospital staff reached out to us when they couldn't find anything medically wrong with Magic, hoping we could find him the perfect home. He landed in foster care and has spent the time since bouncing back from the neglect he experienced.

Magic absolutely adores his humans and loves to take long naps like any little old man. Magic likes other animals and would do well with another low-key dog or friendly cat. Magic enjoys walks but won't necessarily want to be your new hiking buddy. He'll let you know when he’s done and ready to go home, especially when it’s inclement weather! Magic isn’t a fan of being picked up or having his harness taken on and off, mainly because he is an older dog with older joints and age-related arthritis. Magic would do best in a home without children as he does have a tendency to nip when picked up or when frightened. Magic will need a human who will be patient with him and go slow and get to know his quirks. Once he is settled in, Magic is truly magical!

Magic is potty trained but uses belly bands just to be safe when he needs to spend prolonged time alone. He takes daily gabapentin for his arthritis which has greatly improved his quality of life and which he should remain on to keep feeling good. He has slightly high kidney function levels but not to the degree that he needs medical intervention at this time. It's something that should be kept an eye on as he continues to age. He may eventually need a prescription kidney diet. Magic came to us with chronic dry eye (KCS) which was never addressed and caused an ulcer in one eye. After trying to heal the ulcer, his doctors decided the most effective way to relieve the pain he was experiencing in that eye would be to remove the no-good eye altogether. He's since had enucleation surgery and has healed well! That eye wasn't doing him any favors anyway so now he just looks adorably wonky and is no longer in pain!

Magic is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. He is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Interested in adopting him? Visit to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

City of Elderly Love

Philadelphia, PA
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  • Shih Tzu
  • Senior
  • Male