Texas Chihuahua Rescue tries to save every dog that comes to the rescue, but Ida Belle was initially thought to be too mean to be adoptable. A 5-pound chi-weenie, Ida came from animal care services looking like a girl who had lost a street brawl. Ida was a low-rider (short legs and long body) and was missing an eye from a dog fight. One of her toenails was torn away. Her snaggle tooth and one bent ear topped off her "bad to the bone" appearance. At ACS, the staff had to roll the biting Ida in a blanket to be handed to her new foster mom, then little Ida morphed into a mini-wolverine at the vet's office. It was impossible for the vet to examine the little dog with 1 white-rimmed eye rolling in her head, lunging to bite anyone who tried to touch her.
At her foster mom's home, Ida stayed in the back of her crate in the laundry room, growling at other dogs or humans who passed by. If anyone came too close, she would lunge and try to bite them. For 5 days, Ida was unresponsive to gentle words or gestures. Ida remained in the back of her crate, growling, emerging only to eat and drink. She even refused to come out of the crate to poop or pee, which is unusual since most dogs keep their sleeping areas clean. Ida's foster mom wore leather gloves to bring food and water and clean up without being bitten.
It appeared that Ida was a feral dog who could never be tamed and would have to be euthanized because she was not safe, but Ida must have understood love or maybe a miracle happened for the little dog. As Ida's foster mom was sitting on the floor near Ida's crate to feed her, Ida crawled out of the crate with her belly on the ground and climbed into her mom's lap. Just like that! As though they had always been friends, a complete change in behavior in a single moment. For the first time, Ida's foster mom could examine her little body, and Ida's history was revealed. She was very young, less than 2 years old, and had nursed puppies. The terrible fight that cost Ida an eye and tore off one of her claws was likely a failed attempt to protect pups.
Since then, Ida's aggressive behavior has changed 180 degrees. She wiggles uncontrollably and leaps up to be petted. She loves to cuddle in Mom's lap. However, like most chihuahuas, Ida is defensive of her territory and her human. Ida needs a forever home with someone who will visit her at her foster mom's home and take time to make friends. She should not be placed in a home with children, but she gets along with dogs of all kinds.
Now Ida is waiting for you to create another "miracle," a home of her own! If you would like to adopt her, please fill out an application at www.TexasChihuahuaRescue.com. Ida's adoption fee, including vetting paperwork and microchip registration to adopter, is $150.
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