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Old 05-11-2010, 06:55 PM
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I just contacted a local rescue about adopting a little girl that is 6 months old. The coordinator at the center basically told me that I could never be considered becasue I have children. I completely understand their concerns about children being to rough with her but we currently have a 5 year old chi who is 4.5 lbs. My kids who are 5 & 7 understand that he is very fragile and they never pick him up or are never rough with him. They let him come to them and they hold him on their lap. It is just sad tht we have so much love to give another chi and would love to rescue one but are not able to be considered.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:02 PM
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That's crazy. Maybe this particular chi was bad around children? Or did they mean you couldn't be considered for any of them? If that's the case, they are being way too strict. The rescue I adopted my 2 chi's from took it on a dog to dog basis, depending on the dogs personality and the family etc. They match each dog to the home they feel is best, homes with children are still considered. They would test the chis around children, other animals.. cats and dogs. Maybe you could try another rescue?
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:13 PM
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No...It's not because the puppy is bad with kids. Here is our conversation.

I have a male Chihuahua at home currently who is 7 years old. I do have small children..5 & 7 year old who do excellent with our other dog. My question is why no children to adopt elly? Is it because elly is not good with children or is it that Elly is not good with children?

Her reply ~~ The reason is that Elly is well under five lbs and is very fragile. A child could easily step on her, trip over her, drop her, or otherwise injure her by accident and we are not willing to take that risk. We have spent literally thousands and thousands of dollars on front leg breaks on dogs who were dropped/tripped over by younger children. It is a very common occurrence

My response ~~ Oh I completely understand that. So are your rules that I could never adopt a Chihuahua ever because of my children? I live in Springfield, IL and love our current Chihuahua and would love to get another sometime. Our current dog, bean, is also 4.5 lbs.

Her response ~~ We sometimes have dogs who are sturdier and good with children, but not often. Our dogs, like all rescued dogs, come with baggage, and because we take primarily owner surrenders, that usually involves problems with children. Right now we don't have any who would be good with children -- usually the best we have is dogs who will tolerate them -- if the children leave them alone, the dogs are fine. However, most people with children want a dog the children can play with, carry around, etc., and Chihuahuas are just not children's dogs. A few are good with them when they have been brought up with them, but we also get many from families who begin to experience trouble with the Chi once it reaches the age of about three and the children have friends over.



It's sad that they will not even consider us.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:39 PM
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I can see both sides of this. Truly I can.

Just on THIS board, in the past year or so, there have been two dogs that were dropped by children and broke their legs. One of them had to have his leg amputated at the shoulder. They ARE fragile. Children ARE children and don't have the judgement that adults do.

Even a small child who is used to little dogs can hurt a small Chihuahua.

Having said that, I understand that your children are used to little dogs and they could have possibly made an exception in your case. But if it is their policy not to adopt to homes with little kids, that is their right. And their comment about seeing many front legs broken is ... unfortunately... true.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:13 PM
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I'm with Tracy. I see both sides, as I am a mother who raised children with my Chis and I also do rescue work for over 20 years. The number of injuries caused by children in extremely high. It, unfortunately, happens all the time. If there's another rescue near you, you might try contacting them. I place Chis based on the individual dog and family. It has to be a good match. Some families with children are good, some are not. I require that the children come to the meet and greet to see how the interaction goes. That's a huge indicator to me on how the dog..and the children... will be in the home. Honestly, it's the exception to the rule that the children who come are well behaved, have manners, listen to the parent and adults in the room, and have any dog training at all, even though they currently have a family pet. However, just like I don't have breed specific bans at my boarding kennel, I don't immediately rule out a family with kids. I always give them a fair chance. It's up to the family to show me they can properly interact with the Chi. Sadly, many rescues have been left to pick up the pieces when a dog is injured by a child and then the parents refuse to pay for veterinary care to fix the dog. It makes it hard for the good families to be able to adopt. Keep looking. If it's meant to be, the right one will be waiting for your family.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:50 PM
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It is unfair not to be considered for a chi because you have children. But its how they do it because they CAN and DO get hurt.
One of the dogs Tracy is talking about is my chi Willy. It was not MY children who dropped him but my cousins daughter during a visit to my family. They were not supposed to be there, but they were, and despite my precautions, rules and constant watching, all it took was literally 10 seconds of looking away and she had him up in her arms and she dropped him
I get ticked off to hear of people with kids not allowed to have chi's because I know my own are good with ours, but they just want to avoid bad situations with a tiny dog. I am sure alot of people wouldn't take care of the dog once it was injured. In my case I did have it taken care of (aside from an expensive 3 to $4000 surgery) and I love Willy to bits. I was told over and over to have him put to sleep and alot of people think its cruel to have him have only 3 legs. BUT he does really good.
But thats the kind of stuff they think of when they look at a home with kids

Edited to add, it WAS expensive to take care of Willy and alot of people wouldn't have done it. It cost us thousands by the time all was said and done. Not only in a medical stand point (castings, surgery, meds, appointments, travel costs etc) but also with things he needed to make him more comfortable and safe. We had hardwood floors and we had to go out and buy carpeting (3 large carpets, 2 for the main level and one for the basement) so he would not slip on the floors and hurt himself.
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