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It's not entirely up to me, since I live with my grandparents, but they love Teddy and I've been trying to convince them to let me foster a Chi with their approval. :) There's a cute little guy who just showed up a few weeks ago at my local humane society. Teddy could really use a buddy, and my grandparents haven't had a dog of their own since their beloved bulldog passed several years ago. I'm crossing my fingers that a goodwill foster could turn into a new pet for them and a buddy for Teddy, but even if that doesn't happen, it'd be nice to bring a dog home for the holidays so he's not stuck in a shelter during Christmas. Here are some pics and information:






Name: "Johnson"
Breed: Chihuahua (Short Coat)/Mix
Age: 2 years
Sex: Male
Size: Small
Color: Black/Tan
Declawed: No
Housetrained: Unknown
Intake Date: 11/19/2011
Adoption Price: $150


Just thought I'd share. :) Do you think he looks full Chi? His profile says "mix" but I don't see it.
 

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It's GREAT that you are taking on the responsibility.
For that, YOU ROCK !
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He's absolutely adorable. :)
Here's hoping everything works out for the best !
 

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What a doll! He looks Chi but perhaps a mix looking in his snout. I am on my phone so pics are smaller.

He is precious. Keep us posted!!
 

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Thanks for the support, guys! I'm going today after 1pm to see him in person before I take any family members to meet him. I want to get a good feel for his personality on my own and see if he'd be a good match for us (and Teddy). I know he probably won't show his true colors for a while since he's probably pretty traumatized from being in a shelter environment, but it'd be nice to know if he has any issues with dog or human aggression, extreme shyness, house training issues, etc. I also can't really tell from the pictures how big he is! I've been so curious! :love2:

I have a friend in town who fosters and transports dachshunds. I helped her once with a mini-doxie who had a bad case of extreme shyness and fear aggression. She wouldn't full-on bite, but she'd leap at your arms and snap at you if you got anywhere near her. Otherwise she'd run into a corner or under furniture and hide while growling viciously. It was horrible to watch because I knew this dog must be really terrified.

My friend called me over because she knew that I have some experience with fear-aggressive dogs (my Jack Russel). We ended up sitting with the dog in her carrier in the bathroom, and I tossed little bits of sausage to her while we talked quietly. After a while I unscrewed the top of the carrier, and kept throwing treats to her, letting my hand get gradually closer and stay there longer until she let me hand-feed and pet her. I told my friend that, for the next week, keep her baby-gated in the bathroom with the door open and go in every 30 minutes (at the very least) to give treats, even if all she had time for was to toss one treat in as she walked by. A few days after I left, my friend told me that the dog was finally coming up to her for attention and cuddling in her lap. It was such a great feeling to know that I had helped make the dog that much more comfortable!

I love rescuing! It's so awesome to see them transform like that.

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Good luck, he is just adorably adorable! Geez, I'm shocked he hasn't been scooped up! As soon as our local pound (That being said we live in a tiny town lol) get a small dog it is gone pretty fast! I hope it all works out!! Keep us updated! <3
 

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Well, I'm disappointed to say that "Johnson" has already been adopted. :( I went to see him today at around 2pm and they told me that he was gone. I'm glad he got adopted, though. The dog room at the shelter was really loud and probably pretty stressful for such a little dog!
 

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I live in the Kansas City area and would like some information on fostering chihuahuas, does anyone know how I can go about to do this.
 

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I would check on Petfinder under Chihuahua breed--that's how I found the local rescue for Chis where I live. You can also Google "Chihuahua Rescue" "Kansas City" and see what comes up. As an alternative, contact the humane society. If the Chi overpopulation problem is even half of what it is in Colorado, then there should be Chis in need of fostering. Generally they do not do well at all in shelters and really need to be in a foster situation. Good luck and let me know how things go.
 

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My family used to run a boarding house for dogs, it was nice have some for a week or two...we had one dog for 4 years we where devastated when she left. Needless to say i fell in the foot steps of my family .I have fostered for a week -4 months . The hardest was when I took in a mini dachshund and we had her for two years. That totally crushed me ,cause she had become a member of the family after no word from the owner and not being able to contact her. *sigh* Its a hard job, bitter sweet but rewarding...good for you girl!!!
 
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