Hightower is a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix,  born January 17, 2017.  Although he has a heart defect, he is a very happy and energetic dog and is full of spunk!  He is a little guy, weighing less than 10 lbs, but he acts like he owns a the house.

He has been neutered, microchipped, and is up-to-date on shots.

He loves rides and always wants to be with his humans.  He is a total lap dog, so when he is not playing, he wants to be held or laying on a lap.  He enjoys walks and playing tug of war with his rope bone.

When his coat grows out, it is very long (like a maltese), so daily brushing and regular grooming is a necessity.  

He loves to meet new people and has fun going to the groomers and even the vet, even though they do things to him that he doesn't like!

Medical Needs

Hightower was born with a heart defect and murmur.   Fortunately, after his 1st year checkup in Feb 2018, the defect improved and the murmur is gone, so he doesn't not have any health issues as a result.  However, since future health cannot be guaranteed, his adopter will need to be prepared to handle yearly checkups and unforeseen health issues, as with any other dog.


He loves other animals and current lives with other small dogs and cats.  He has also met chickens, goats, sheep, and horses.  

He would enjoy having another dog playmate, but he would also be happy in a human-only household as long as he gets enough one-on-one time with his humans and (when possible) playdates with doggy friends.

Hightower is receptive to training and getting better now that he's getting a little more mature (don't worry, there is still more than enough puppy in him still).  He will need further training to be a well behaved companion.

How to Adopt

If you are interested in adopting Hightower, you can fill out the application below.  His adoption fee is $450.  If your application is approved, we will schedule a home visit/meet and greet with Hightower.  We do have a few applications that we are reviewing, but we continue to accept applications until  being accepted 

We try our best to process applications within 5-7 business days.  However, we ask for your patience as we are 100% volunteer run and there may be times the process may take longer, especially if we receive several for the same pet.  Applicants are always welcome to check up on their status! 

If you have any questions about Hightower that are not answered here, please email us at adopt@critterscompanion.org.