Cala’s endearing, gentle ways have won the hearts of her foster family. From morning until dusk her self-appointed duty is to snuggle and declare her great love for her doting foster family. In her most playful moods she will literally plop herself onto her caregiver, rolling and nuzzling in a manner that seems to express “I love you so much I want to become you!”
Cala, and her partner Casey, also on our website, came into rescue care after local Animal Control officers asked our group if we please could take this little pair of dogs. Their human, with whom they had lived happily their entire lives, was sadly no longer able to remain in her home due to health issues.
Kind neighbors were caring for the dogs in the interim, but both dogs had been formally surrendered to Animal Control. Humane officers felt that it would be extremely frightening for the little pair to have to go into the Animal Control facility, and we felt fortunate to have a foster home who could take both dogs immediately.
Cala and Casey handled this profound transition with courage, trust, and faith. In fact, Cala navigated these changes with exceptional grace. Cala has a calm curiosity and a joie de vivre that is very touching; she loves to answer the front door and invite new people to come in and admire her. Her foster mom describes her in this way: “She is the dearest, sweetest thing.”
Cala is a quiet dog, and fairly low key. Her favorite things are to snuggle on one’s lap or lie next to her human, and to get a belly rub. She loves to go on a walk and will almost step into her harness. She does not pull on her leash and walks along happily and willingly with a lively, prancing gait. She enjoys riding in the car, and stands on her little back legs to look out the window. She has been brushing up on her house training skills, and her foster mom reports that her occasional laxity in the house training department was likely the result of the weeks leading up to her surrender into rescue, when her routines were so changed and unpredictable. Her foster mom reports that Cala is entirely predictable as to when she needs to go out - and just needs someone who will pay attention to her and be diligent and consistent.
Cala had some health needs when she came to Hedgesville Hounds - and these have been completely addressed. Cala needed a full dental cleaning that also involved extractions of a few of her teeth. Otherwise a cutting back of very long nails, and the opportunity for turnout in a fenced yard along with walks have done the job, and Cala is a healthy, cheerful, responsive and alert dog. She has trimmed down and revealed a lovely, sturdy figure; she is taller and longer than a typical chihuahua, with beautifully expressive brown eyes and very direct and open eye contact.
We do not understand fully the needs of what are called a “bonded pair” of dogs, and have learned over time that such a bond isn’t always obvious, but is more the quiet, comfortable and comforting knowledge that the other dog is there. Cala and Casey seem to have established this kind of relationship, and at times they grump and grumble at one another like an old married couple. Cala’s foster mom wondered if Casey needs Cala more than Cala needs him, Casey was extremely stressed and worried when Cala was hospitalized for her dental work.
We are not requiring that the two dogs be adopted together, but would be very happy to entertain an application that included both dogs.
We do know that Cala will bring a devout and caring nature to a an adoptive home, and a brave and loving heart.
We are recommending Cala (and Casey) for an adult home or a home with older children (10 years of age or older). Cala has done well with the two existing dogs in her foster home - one quite large and one quite small - but she was quite rattled by meeting foster kittens. We do not know how she would do with a fully grown cat.
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