To most owners, dogs are akin to a family member.
However, not all dogs are so lucky to meet equally loyal and committed human beings.
Old-aged Shih Tzu abandoned
In a video shared by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Sep. 27, a senior male Shih Tzu was found tied to the SPCA's fence at Sungei Tengah Road.
This case of dog abandonment happened in April 2019 and the poor dog was left alone under the hot sun.
According to SPCA, the Shih Tzu was probably over 10 years old and had some skin problems and infections.
SPCA took the dog in, and fortunately, one of SPCA staff, Lawrence, decided to adopt this Shih Tzu, which was later given the name "Sunshine".
After receiving treatment and grooming at SPCA, Sunshine is back looking immaculate again.
Adopted and well-loved now
Fortunately, Sunshine is now very well taken care of by Lawrence, who definitely does not mind showering it with love.
Lawrence bought various thin shirts to protect Sunshine's sensitive skin from the sun and other accessories.
He also got different types of cloth to clean Sunshine up, taking into consideration of its skin conditions and dry eyes.
While many people are drawn to the cute appearance of Shih Tzu, it is important to be aware of the dog breed's potential health risks and not buying or adopting them by impulse.
Because taking care of the dogs is a lifelong commitment.
In its new home, Sunshine now has its own bed and even a pram that it sits in when Lawrence brings him out.
While older dogs might not be as energetic, they can be a good and calm companion too.
Here's the full video by SPCA:
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Top photo collage from SPCA's video screenshots