ADOPTED ON 04-15-15 – Gadget is a 16 month old, 9 pound Chihuahua mix that came to us from down South. She was found as a scared and hungry stray, heartworm positive, with a large scar on her rear left leg and a turned out right front leg. No one knows for sure what happened to Gadget, but our guess is that she might have experienced some sort of trauma for such a small, young girl. However, that does not stop her from running and getting around like any other dog–it adds to her character and makes her even more special.
Having gone through heartworm treatments, and some good, old-fashioned TLC, Gadget was able to travel up North to come find her fore
ver home. She is heartworm free and, despite her occasional limp, she lets nothing slow her down. While in foster care Gadget’s fears and anxieties have melted away. She is now a healthy, happy, friendly, and very smart little girl.
Now that Gadget has been in CT for several months her personality is really blooming. Her foster family says they have never met a Chihuahua as friendly as she is. Several strangers have also commented on her wonderful manners during a trip to Petco. Gadget is smart. She learned quickly to sit, stay, roll over, and go to bed. Gadget has a little southern bell sensitive side. She walks around like a princess, ears perked up with pride and seems to “take it personally” when her behavior is corrected. She will actually pout for a few minutes. Then her sweet demeanor comes right back. She is house broken, and will even go to the door and scratch, which is uncommon for small breeds. Baths are tolerated. She behaves, but prefers it to be quick. Gadget likes her crate and does wonderfully in it during the day with her favorite toys while her foster family is away, but she has been spoiled and allowed to sleep with her foster mom’s 12 year old daughter at night. This is where she prefers to be at night and will curl up and not make a peep until morning. She does not get along very well with her cat brother and sister, but she knows she is not allowed in the room they stay in and respects that boundary perfectly. She would probably do fine with cats that are willing to put her in her place, but her current feline siblings are skittish and she enjoys chasing them. Gadget is not around other dogs much right now but when she does meet a dog she does just fine.
Gadget enjoys a car ride, but right now she is not enjoying all this cold and snow. She will tolerate it long enough to go out for a bathroom break, but runs right back in to get to her bed by the fireplace. Gadget has a big fleece blanket that she adores, and makes a nest to snuggle in for a nap. She seems to do very well on a leash but, because of the weather, has not been very interested in walks. She is very curious of her yard and surroundings but when she starts to shiver she heads for the door!
If Gadget is not laying in a warm, sunny spot or in someone’s lap, she is chasing her toys or chewing her bone. Gadget has a low energy level/exercise need, but she does get playful often and loves a game of fetch with her favorite toy, a nylon stuffed disk with a squeaker inside it. When she gets excited she runs in big, fast circles. You would never know she suffered injuries to two legs! She also enjoys “wrestling” with all her foster family members and knows to be gentle with her play bites. Gadget is very attached to her 12 year old girl and will cry at the door for a few minutes when she leaves. Gadget’s cry sounds like little squeaks. She is OK after a few minutes but her whole body wags when she comes home!
When Gadget was first rescued it was recommended that her ideal forever home be a quiet, low- commotion house, possibly with an elderly couple or a home with no children. This certainly would be fine, as she is perfectly content with attention from anyone she can call her own, but after Gadget has shown her true colors, we think a normal household with gentle children (ages 8 and up) would be great, too. She would not do well with being left alone for long periods of time though. If you are an active, outdoor family that is always on the go, Gadget may not be for you. But if you are looking for a little lady with lots of love to give, and who wants nothing more than to be with you, Gadget is your girl!
WHAT THE ADOPTION FEE PAYS FOR
|Worm Puppies Every 2 Weeks Till 12 Weeks||Worm Every Month Till Six Months||Pregnant & nursing momma’s wormed more||After That Dogs should be wormed every three months|
|1ST DHPP||Giardia Snap Test||BloodTests||Office Visit Fee – at least five Visits|
|2ND DHPP||Heart Worm Snap Test||Antibiotics||Health Certificate|
|3RD DHPP||Parvo Snap Test||Ear & Eye Medication||Skin Scraping|
|Bordetalla||Fecal Test||Flea & Tick Medication||Transport|
|Rabies||Ear Test||X-Rays||Spay / Neuter|
|Kennel Cough Booster||Eye Test||Dewormer||Collars|
|Leptospirosis||Corona Booster||HW Pills||Head Cones|
DISCLAIMER: THE BREED POSTED ON OUR DOGS’ BIOGRAPHIES ARE OUR BEST GUESS BASED ON SEVERAL YEARS OF DOG RESCUE. ADOPTERS WHO NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT BREED OF A PARTICULAR DOG MUST HAVE THE DOG TESTED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.
Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.
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GADGET has experienced some trauma in her street life. Volunteers noticed that she has a large scar that runs over one back hip and the opposite back foot. She also has a slight turn out of one front paw. This doesn’t slow Gadget down at all; it just adds to her Southern Charm.
Click the expand button in the lower right corner of each video to view full-screen. See Cesar Millan’s tips on dog behavior.
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- Children need to be taught how to how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children.
- No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child because often-young children don’t understand that a cute little dog, or any dog, might not want “love and kisses.”
- Never let young children pick up a puppy or small dog. Instead, make them sit on the floor with the dog in their lap. Pay attention to the dog’s body language, and put him safely in his crate if he appears to be unhappy or uncomfortable with the child’s attention.
- Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs.
- Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
- Be prepared dogs will protect themselves
- Most important, it is your responsibility to make sure that your children and the dog are supervised at all times and safe. You cannot leave it up to the dog, the dog is an animal and will behave like an animal. They rely on us to guide and protect them, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- THIS IS YOUR JOB, NOT THE DOGS
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