Pearl is a courageous, 5lb. survivor of abuse who's required extra time with her foster family to overcome medical issues and extreme fear. She spent 2 months recovering from bordetella and a nasty flea infestation and the last 3 months learning to engage more confidently in daily household activities. She's progressed to accepting treats politely -- even sitting when asked sometimes! -- instead of snatching them and running to hide, relaxing into gentle neck and back massages and waiting her turn to be fed.
She lives with a foster pack of 2 older male chis and an elderly female cattle dog. They have helped her gain confidence in various doggie activities new to her, but due to her fearful background, she keeps them at a physical and emotional distance, growling and snapping if they enter her "bubble" of space. Therefore, for everyone's peace of mind, she would do best in a quiet household where she is the only dog.
She's afraid of strangers. Visitors, even regular ones, must be patient because it takes time for her to warm up to them, and the acquaintance process can't be rushed. Humans need to have enough patience to follow her lead. Her tolerance of cats and other types of pets is unknown.
An important note about children: she should not be around them at any time. Their quick movements and high energy and just too overwhelming and scary to her.
As her fear retreats, her playfulness has increased. Sometimes, she gets the morning zoomies or wrestles with a stray sock whe her people are starting their day. Occasionally, she'll pull a floppy toy out of the toy basket, shake it, toss it and growl delightedly. She does have an inordinate fear of squeaky toys and will quickly disappear if she hears the noise, but socks and floppy toys are very fun! She thoroughly enjoys car rides, especially if she can sit in a booster seat to see out the windows. She'll slip out the house door to prance around a car outside or in a garage, even if it's cold, if she knows her people are leaving.
Her fave activity in the whole world is snuggling any time of day or night. The physical contact helps her feel secure. She'll gaze at her people adoringly and is an excellent listener, accepting everything said with deep interest and no judgment. She's always on her people's team!
At night, she likes to be bundled in her crate full of warm, soft, comfy blankies. If she has a night terror or sometimes even if she doesn't, she may ask to get in bed with her people. There, she sleeps without moving in the crook of a knee or touching a warm back.
She is housetrained, but hasn't learned to ask to go out, so it's best if she stays on a regular schedule for potty breaks. She would prefer not to go outside when it's freezy, but she will if placed outside the door and told to "go pee." If it's absolutely frigid outside or she must be at home alone for more than a couple of hours, she's very good about using pee pads where ever they're placed.
She does exhibit some separation anxiety, vocalizing her dismay, when one of her people leaves, but can be distracted with snuggles, so it's not a serious issue.
If you have experience with chihuahuas and you're willing to help continue Pearl's recovery while dealing patiently with her eccentricities, you'll be rewarded with intense and lifelong love and loyalty. Please fill out our adoption application at http://www.rezdawgrescue.org/adopt-a-rescue-animal/adoption-form/ to schedule a meet-n-greet.
Our adoption fees cover transport from a reservation or high-intake shelter, vaccinations, deworming, food, alteration, any needed treatments and microchipping for identification. We foster our animals in homes around Colorado instead of one central facility, so your adoption payment goes further toward helping more animals find safe homes filled with love.... More >