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    SO....

    I'm still looking for a puppy to adopt. There are plenty out there, but I am hesitant to deal with these people. The SPCA and Humane Society (is there a difference?) don't have any real chihuahuas. I'm not demanding purebred, but I do want it to conform in size, ie 6 pounds or less. These other "rescues" appear to be people who are making a living or a supplement by "rescuing" litters and then "rehoming" them for a "rehoming fee" that is between 2 and 5 times as high as the Pound.

    I know that the right dog and moment will come along, as it always does. In fact, I know that if I mention it to enough people around here, someone will show up on my doorstep with an adorable chihuahua baby who wants a daddy. I'm just surprised at how many people look for any crack in a system which they can exploit for a few dollars.
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    We have a neighbor up the street who has one and it goes nuts whenever it sees the greyhounds. And I mean crazy nuts to the point where it's gotten out of its harness. Twice.

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    I have a chihuahua named Chico. He is about 14 year old, is blind and deaf, manages to fall in the pond behind our house once a month and we adore him. We just recently got a Shih Tzu we named Grizzly Gene because he looks like a cross between a baby grizzly and Gene Simmons (top knot and all). He is a fantastic dog with a wonderful personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    I have a chihuahua named Chico. He is about 14 year old, is blind and deaf, manages to fall in the pond behind our house once a month and we adore him. We just recently got a Shih Tzu we named Grizzly Gene because he looks like a cross between a baby grizzly and Gene Simmons (top knot and all). He is a fantastic dog with a wonderful personality.
    My friend Ninny keeps telling me that I will regret getting a chihuahua. She says they are impossible to fully housebreak and that they pee everywhere. I find that difficult to believe, and the breeder website in Pennsylvania says that they are difficult to train, but only because they require a great deal of structure and commitment on the part of the owner. The breeders say that you start by getting up in the morning, take the dog from crate to potty-place (indoor or outdoor) and then take him there two hours later, then four hours, and so on until you have him trained to wait 8-10 hours. Sounds reasonable to me. I just don't want to screw up a dog that might outlive me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    My friend Ninny keeps telling me that I will regret getting a chihuahua. She says they are impossible to fully housebreak and that they pee everywhere. I find that difficult to believe, and the breeder website in Pennsylvania says that they are difficult to train, but only because they require a great deal of structure and commitment on the part of the owner. The breeders say that you start by getting up in the morning, take the dog from crate to potty-place (indoor or outdoor) and then take him there two hours later, then four hours, and so on until you have him trained to wait 8-10 hours. Sounds reasonable to me. I just don't want to screw up a dog that might outlive me.
    They are kind of hard to house break but I think that has to do with the tiny bladder. If you take them out often they are ok. Chico stays outside during the day and comes in at sundown. When the weather is bad and not one is home all the dogs stay in individual kennels. They know instinctively not to poop where they sleep but you can let them stay in the kennels for more than 8 hours.

    The Shih Tzu is a minor problem. He understands that he can't go in the house about 90 percent of the time but about every other day he forgets. He is still young (4 months hold) so I guess he is improving

    The easiest dog I ever had to house break was a Sheltie. Fasha picked it up in about a week and only had an occassion accident during the first year. After that she was good to go to be left alone in the house.

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    Nova...good luck at finding your puppy.

    Our chihuahua's are a mix...Chihuahua/Jack Russell. We got two litter mates. They started out the same size but now, at almost a year old...there is a big difference. The boy looks like a JRT in size (he weighs about 18 lbs) and temperament. The girl is much smaller (about 9 lbs) and acts more like a Chihuahua.

    Training them was time consuming but being retired, actually gave my husband something to do. And both are now housebroken. It did take time and patience but they are very smart puppies.

    We also have a Border Collie/Aussie Shepard mix (also has some water dog in him).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    SO....

    I'm still looking for a puppy to adopt. There are plenty out there, but I am hesitant to deal with these people. The SPCA and Humane Society (is there a difference?) don't have any real chihuahuas. I'm not demanding purebred, but I do want it to conform in size, ie 6 pounds or less. These other "rescues" appear to be people who are making a living or a supplement by "rescuing" litters and then "rehoming" them for a "rehoming fee" that is between 2 and 5 times as high as the Pound.

    I know that the right dog and moment will come along, as it always does. In fact, I know that if I mention it to enough people around here, someone will show up on my doorstep with an adorable chihuahua baby who wants a daddy. I'm just surprised at how many people look for any crack in a system which they can exploit for a few dollars.
    We have 2 Chihuahuas (Max is a Katrina rescue. We live in Michigan. Rico is a local that was dumped because of an injured leg) that I would gladly send you free if not for the fact that my wife adores the little couch rats.

    Since we work with rescues, let me explain why the rehoming fee is higher than the pound in most cases.

    First, most rescues survive only on donations and adoption fees. They do not get any money from local, state or federal entities nor would most reputable rescues accept any money from HSUS or other "humane societies" where more money goes to executive salaries, advertising revenue and legal teams than the animals they pretend to care about.

    Second, most rescues are no-kill and in their at times stupidity will take in animals with zero chance of adoption and pay for the food, care taking and vet bills for the rest of that animals life. Our rescue has had some dogs and cats for years that because of looks, temperment, age or illness will be there forever. The pound is a week and dead.

    Third, even with volunteers for many tasks, the overhead cost of running a rescue is staggering. Code compliance, energy costs, transportation costs for showing adoptable animals, legal fees, liability insurance run even our small rescue thousands per year, again without taxpayer dollars to supplement.

    Fourth, we will not adopt out any dog or cat that has not been spuetered and micro-chipped and most of the ones we get are neither. Even though we have arrangements with local vets, it is still not free for us.

    So yes, getting Fluffy from a rescue will be more than getting him from the pound and in many cases, more than getting one from a breeder (did I mention that many rescue dogs are dumped on rescues after the back yard breeders (or ACK breeders, not that there is a lot of difference) have bred them out and we take them in?) but it is to support the larger goal of saving as many as possible.

    ETA: This is what we take in that the pounds kills without hesitation...



    Paws got a 911 call from the police about a dog that had been hit and laying in a flower bed not moving .

    Paws volunteers responded, after a couple of hours the volunteers were able to get him in a crate and transport him to an emergency vet. Brady has a punctured lung, fractured leg, severe road rash, many bumps and bruises. He was treated with xrays, pain meds, and antibiotics at the emergency vets. 2 days later he was taken to a regular vet for a recheck. His punctured lung did not get worse, Great news! He is on crate rest for several weeks so the lung and fracture can heal. His foster mom says he is a very sweet boy even thru the pain he is enduring. If you would like to donate towards Brady's medical bill and care please use the link below. A big thank you to the police that called us and gave Brady a second chance!
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    Try your local craigslist (with caution of course). May have to spend a couple bucks but dogs are offered for adoption there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Try your local craigslist (with caution of course). May have to spend a couple bucks but dogs are offered for adoption there too.
    While our Border Collie mix is a shelter dog, his "brother and sister" Jack Chi's were adopted from a Craigslist ad....

    I found a lady offering them for free...and she turned down almost 15 offers prior to mine for them...the others just wanted to get them to sell them. We wanted them as companions. Altho she thought they were "Cheagles". She had three, one went to her mom and we took two. Right now they are sound asleep on my husband's lap.

    We would not trade them for the world.

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