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Nemo Shih Tzu ST JACOBS, ON

  • Puppy
  • Male
  • Small
  • Tricolor (Brown, Black, & White)


Friendly, Affectionate, Loyal, Playful, Smart, Curious, Funny, Loves kisses
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, children.
Adoption fee

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Meet Nemo

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NEMO -born Sept 29/22, Male Shih Tzu puppy

We are seeking a very special forever family for Nemo , who will be devoted to keeping his environment controlled and keeping him safe as his specialist/vets have determined that any future vaccinations should not be done due to the damage caused by the first vaccine he received. He now has a medical exclusion from future vaccinations for life.

Nemo joined our rescue on an urgent basis due to neurological damage caused by inappropriate vaccination at the commercial breeder he was surrendered by.
He has come SOOO far since then, now running and playing and being a typical puppy in so many ways! He does still have one rear leg that is stiff and will not flex the same but this does not slow him down with regular puppy antics, he just won't have as much endurance or agility as a puppy without this challenge.

Notes from Nemo's foster mom
Nemo is a busy boy!

Nemo's physical exercise is increasing everyday. He likes to run around the yard now that the snow is melting and has started enjoying short walks while we build his stamina. Nemo is teething so he has lots of toys at his disposal with the chewies such as tendons or patella to chew on.

Nemo knows how to play fetch and where to sit/stand when it's treat time. He hasn't had proper training yet due to his initial limitations. Now that he is moving and doing much better he needs some time dedicated to this.

Nemo is very food motivated.

Nemo loves everyone but since he was immobile when he arrived he missed learning boundaries/manners from other dogs. He is learning but needs a patient doggy friend to guide him and teach him.

He is excited to meet everyone on walks including other dogs.
He wants to be everyone's friend - he would probably roll over and ask for a belly rub. Friendly, may get excited and bark but always happy.

Indoors-Happy, excited, may bark and go get a toy to show them.

Good with cats?
Unsure - I suspect he would want to chase and play with them.

Nemo doesn't like other animals near his food bowl so he is fed separately with no issues. He allows humans to take any food or treat or toy away without any issues.

Crate trained?
Yes Nemo is 'crate trained' with hard plastic carriers and soft crates -
traditional wire crates pose a risk in getting his legs stuck and injuring himself. He gets a treat for going in his 'house' and settles
quickly for a rest or sleep.

I leave my foster dog alone for ___h per day.

Is your foster dog destructive? No because we have him either crated or in an expen to keep him safe, as all puppies should be when no one is home

Walking on a leash is a brand new skill that he is working on and will need someone to continue working with him. He's doing great so far! He can just get excited.

Okay with being handled? Yes
One of Nemo's exercises is brushing so he is used to it. He's not a fan of getting his nails cut but he tolerates it. Other than trying to play with you he is fine with head-to-toe touch.

Nemo is a HAPPY boy. He is a determined little guy who always wants to know what's going on, who's there, and are there any treats involved .
If he wants your attention he will tell you! Now that he can move that may involve stealing a shoe and running through the house with it to get your attention but he doesn't destroy them. We are working on this since everything is so new to him.

Nemo needs someone who can complete his exercises a few times a day (mostly stretching, brushing and sensory) and who can help a 7 month old puppy learn the ropes since he spent the last few months in one spot. He's learning that pant legs are exciting! Occasionally that means he'll try and grab them as you walk by. Everything is brand new, exciting and overwhelming - he's learning how to navigate these new experiences but it will take some time.

Medical concerns?
Nemo has an underlying neurological condition that held him back in the beginning of his life but he is defying all the odds. He is resilient
and a determined little guy who doesn't let that slow him down. His back leg might not ever be 100%, so we are working on building some muscle , it will take some time. His weight, joints and movement will need to be monitored to ensure he is in the best physical shape to support this back legs especially.

Feeding routines:
Nemo can get excited when his food is being prepared, but he knows that he needs to sit and wait at his feeder for his bowl.

Potty habits:
Nemo is pee pad trained, but we are currently working on going outside now that the snow is melting and he can navigate the ground easier. His housetraining was delayed due to his initial inability to go outside

Nemo typically comes when called and is getting better at going to his bed at snack time. When he's rested and wants to play he will paly fetch and retrieve the toy/ball thrown for him.

Bed time habits?
Nemo sleeps roughly 10pm - 6pm in his house/ hard carrier and knows soon as he goes in that it's bed time. He prefers to have his bedtime crate in your room with you nearby, but settles fine when crated with the other foster dogs on the main floor when his people are away for a few hours

Other habits/routines that will help the dog settle into their new home:
Being patient and providing lots of love and structure!

Quirks/Challenges/Areas needing improvement:
Learning how to be a puppy, not getting overstimulated and training (ie not grabbing pants, hands when playing etc)

Strengths/areas they have improved on:
Coming when called, learning how to settle himself/rest, sitting and waiting for food, potty training

*Children must be over 8yrs, respectful and dog savvy with previous experience with dogs in the home.
* Home often due to his puppy needs
*Must be located within Ontario Canada
*Inground/ground level Pools and ponds must be separately fenced from yard
* Dog doors are not permitted
* His adoption is conditional on mandatory registration with an approved trainer to set him up for success

Hobo Haven is located in St Jacobs Ontario.
For approved families, we require in person meetings in St Jacobs ON after all adoption screening is completed/approved.
If you are not willing to drive to this location to meet our dogs after you are approved, please do not apply.
We do not meet elsewhere nor deliver dogs. Adoptions within Ontario only

If you are interested in applying to adopt a dog from Hobo Haven Rescue, please use this link to submit an application

Neemo's adoption fee is a minimum donation of $450
Adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, and all vet care, food and supplies during their time with us. Nemo's vetting also included extensive rehab/physio and specialist appts for his recovery. This adoption fee does not cover all of our expenses

For anyone possibly interested in adopting from Hobo Haven, here are a few, but not all, criteria to be aware of:

We require all serious applicants to watched "Petfooled" which is a free documentary at this link
, or on Amazon prime or also a variety of other free video sites.
Our motto is "know better/do better" and we ask all adoptive families to be as committed to providing our dogs with quality nutrition as they are to providing love. This documentary is not advertising, purely just educational.

An adoption application must be completed and approved, including vet references as well as a home visit (Zoom during COVID), prior to meeting available dogs.
All dogs are placed in loving foster homes during their time with us, we do not have a shelter to visit.
We do not allow applicants to visit until pre-approved for adoptions. Our dogs are in private foster family homes, not in a shelter.
Any questions may be emailed to

Due to the high volume of applications received for our dogs, priority of replies will be given to applicants who meet the criteria mentioned in the pet's profile.

Please do not ask us to make exceptions, we set these protocols and policies for the dog's best interests which are always our highest priority.

Emails are best, our volunteers work full time and are often not able to answer or return phone calls in a timely manner.

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