Meet Aron!

aron1Hi there! My name is Aron and I’m an 8 year old Shih Tzu who is searching for a loving home and a second chance in life. I was rescued from a puppy mill, so my life up to this point has been challenging to say the least. Luckily, I ended up here at Wayside where they have been taking good care of me and where, hopefully, I’ll find a home of my own and someone who will lavish me with the love and attention I’ve never really had. I was pretty fearful and shy when I first arrived here, which is typical of puppy mill survivors as we haven’t had much positive human contact or socialization. However, the folks here at Wayside have been so kind and patient that I’ve begun blossom into the friendly, affectionate little guy that I truly am. In fact, the staff and volunteers have noticed that I’m starting to exhibit all the wonderful traits that my breed is known for: friendly, upbeat personality, gentle and playful. I love hanging out in the volunteers’ room and prancing from one person to the next to get some pets and ear scratching. After all those lonely years at the puppy mill, I just love all the attention! I also like playing with soft toys (shaking them frantically to the amusement of those who are watching me) and love going on walks. So while I’m small in stature (13 lbs.) and destined (hopefully!) to become someone’s little lap dog, I’m no couch potato! While I’ve come a long way in the short time I’ve been at Wayside, the folks here think I’d do best in a home that is accepting of my special needs and that will continue to provide positive, patient and routine training to help in my development. Also, it would be better if there were no kids in the home under the age of 12. It’s just that children can be noisy, loud and unpredictable – and therefore somewhat scary — to puppy mill survivors like me. I’m okay with most other dogs. In fact, puppy mill survivors are often more comfortable and adjust faster in their adoptive homes if there are other dogs around; that’s not surprising given that they often have more contact and socialization with other dogs than with humans. However, it would be best if I meet all canine members of my adoptive family, just to make sure we all get along. If you think we might be a good match, I hope you come to Wayside soon so we can meet. I’ve got a lot of loving and living yet to do (we Shih Tzus live, on average, 13 years), and I can’t wait to begin the next chapter in my life as a beloved member of someone’s family. Maybe that “someone” will be you?

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