My name is Cullen!

Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher Mix Dog for adoption in San Diego, California - Cullen
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Facts about Cullen

  • Breed: Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9106953

Sweet, little Cullen is a whole lot of personality (and strength) in one tiny body! Cullen arrived at The Barking Lot in July, 2015 with a small group of dogs from Moreno Valley. Initially, we were told that Cullen was just a shy, scared dog. However, when our transporters picked him up and brought him to us, we realized that Cullen had a curved spine, was not able to walk well, and had cuts and abrasions all over his legs. Cullen went right into a foster home and has made several trips to the vet since he first came to us. From x-rays, it appears that Cullen has some malformed vertebrae in his spine. However, it doesn’t seem to stop him from doing anything and he is not in pain. The most noticeable affect is that Cullen walks a little funny, and his spine is slightly curved. Cullen has drastically improved in his foster home – he has become much stronger and is able to walk on his own (and has an incredibly adorable little walk), plays with his three foster siblings all the time, and loves to chase his own reflection in mirrors. This Chihuahua/Min Pin mix is just over one-year-old and fully-grown at just over 7 pounds. Cullen has a short, black and tan coat that is easy to care for, adorable floppy ears, and big, round eyes that you can’t help but love. Cullen’s foster mom reports that Cullen is relatively scared of new people, but is a total ham for affection with people he knows and is one of the most playful pups you will ever meet. Cullen often throws his entire body into the toy basket in his foster home, and is happy to roll around in his toys while deciding which one to play with. He knows how to walk on a leash, is crate trained (if you pull a bag of treats out, he will run right to his crate), housetrained, and gets along with his cat siblings (although he does like to sneak attack them sometimes when he is in an especially playful mood). Cullen has obviously been through a lot in his short life – when he first got to his foster home, he was incredibly shy, scared, fearful, and not able to move well. After two months in foster, he trots around happily on his own all the time, loves his foster mom and the people he has come to know during his time in foster, and has proven himself to be a very happy guy with a puppy’s zest for life! If you’re looking for a tiny companion that can go anywhere and everywhere with you, and loves to both cuddle and play, then Cullen is the guy for you!

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About The Barking Lot

About Our Rescue Group...

The seed for The Barking Lot was planted a few years back when I took in my first foster dog, Patti Cake, in hopes of making a bigger impact by helping my favorite furry friends. Before I knew it, I was put on some rescue email list and received an email stating, "This dog to be put down on Tuesday at 3pm". I was utterly horrified and jumped into action figuring out how I could save her. Well, I did and I'm glad to report Raspberry (my nephew named her!) is living happily in Encinitas to this day! After getting her adopted, I thought, "That wasn't so tough." And so it goes...over 500 dogs adopted into loving home and 2 1/2 years later...we are now creating The Barking Lot.

As well as being wonderful companions, dogs are amazing teachers and we've learned so much from them...first and foremost that they all deserve a chance at a better life and their behavior will balance beautifully if their needs are meet and good leadership is applied. These pups will be the most grateful creatures you've encountered. We rescue our furry friends from area shelters, humane societies and Mexico as they are at risk of being euthanized and/or abandoned.

We are a small organization with a handful of key volunteers and we are just getting started as a 501c3 non-profit, so we're looking for more volunteers to add to the fun and reward! We need both people and donations to help our furry friends, so we'd be grateful for either. Please contact

Thanks for choosing rescue,
Stacy, The Barking Lot crew and all the rescued recruits!

P.S. Patti Cake, my original foster dog, is among The Barking Lot residents as I couldn't possibly have given her up & I'm fortunate to call her mine! Yes, I'm proud to report I was a failed foster my first go around!!

Come Meet Our Pets...

Please check our website for our upcoming adoption events, or fill out our application at for an appointment.

Our Adoption Process...

Our goal to find the right match for each pooch based on lifestyle, energy level, exercise regime, environment and living situation. To ensure we find a great match for each pup, the process entails an adoption application, a play date with your furry friend, a home check of the potential adopter and an adoption contract.

The adoption fees include spay/neuter, up-to-date shots, rabies vaccination, microchip & microchip registration, de-worming and the benefit of getting a pooch who has been living in a stable and loving environment.