My name is Willy!

Miniature Pinscher/Pug Mix Dog for adoption in Rathdrum, Idaho - Willy
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Facts about Willy

  • Breed: Miniature Pinscher/Pug Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10561214
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

3 years old
Good with Dogs
Good with Dog Savvy Cats
Good with Kids
House Trained
Fostered in Post Falls, ID

Single, short furry male ISO family to love: Hi there, I’m Willy. I used to be in a family that had a lot of noisy kids and a mom that had some personal problems. One night she got into a spot of trouble and I was with her. These scary people in dark uniforms were yelling at her and she was very angry. I became scared and wanted to protect my mom; so I showed those scary people how tough I could be by barking and snapping at them. I was so scared of them, but soon learned they were the kindest of people and they kept me safe from harm by taking me to the local pound. I didn’t like it there as I was really scared and howled and cried for my mom to come find me. From time to time, the kind ladies at the pound would let me hang out in their office and snuggle in their laps. After well over a month, I got my freedom ride with my new foster mom.

After being in the slammer, I learned to show other dogs what a tough guy I am by barking and kicking dirt up with my feet. See, that is how we small fellows make ourselves look bigger. At first I really wanted to show them how brave and macho I really felt I could be. But my foster mom, dad, and my new furry sisters knew it was all bravado and saw me for who I really am. I am really a sweet, cuddly little gentleman that just wants to love someone and protect them. After being here for several days, I now feel comfortable enough to play with one of my fur sisters that are bigger than me. I like to run around in the yard with her and we wrestle a little. I even like the big black cat that is almost bigger than me too! I did feel that I had show him who was boss around here first; but I quickly learned that he really runs the show.

Sometimes I try and act like I am the boss by making myself look big and tall and snapping at them – but I have no real bite behind it. My foster mom and dad call my bluff all the time by saying “stop it” or “no” and so that isn’t fun anymore. She taught me to sit and wait my turn for a treat and to slow down when I eat my food. I don’t mind if she sticks her hand in it, but I lose focus quickly and want to see what my sisters have in their bowls. They aren’t fond of that, so my foster mom makes me eat in the kennel (that is my least favorite part of the day). She also has taught me to wait at the door when she goes in and out by asking me to sit and stay. It is so hard to do! I just want to run after her because I don’t want to be without a mom again! My foster dad is a big guy that I just love and he is just as fun to cuddle with and hang out next to. I really loved it when my foster mom had company over and I got to snuggle all evening with a young man. He reminded me of my old family with kids. You see, I like kids, especially quiet and respectful ones and I hope my next family has some kids to snuggle with, play with, and protect.

Even though I can be very brave, there are a couple things that scare me – but I think you should know before I come live with you. I am scared of being locked up and left behind. So, my foster mom is working on short periods of time in the kennel when she leaves. I will cry a little at first--okay well a lot--but after a few minutes I settle down. But if I hear a noise like someone is coming home, I will cry and bark until you let me out – the kennel really is not my favorite thing! My favorite thing at night is snuggling in bed between my foster mom and dad, but they don’t let me for very long. I usually snuggle under a blanket on a dog bed near one of my foster sisters. But I would love a family that I could snuggle with in bed (especially under the covers). I sleep all night without needing a break and I will alert you if I do need one by rolling on the floor to scratch my back. I am a gentleman after all and will not go potty in the house (unless you forget me)! Since I’m making this confession to you, I also have to admit that car rides make my stomach feel queasy and I have been known to lose my lunch. So short rides in town can even be troublesome and I may need some medicine to help with any kind of car ride.

Before you decide to pass on meeting me, you should know I’m a very respectful dog during meal times and I will go lie down away from the table if asked. I don’t beg for your food – it is yours after all and I learned to be a gentleman. However, dog food is fair game and I used to not get it very often (I’m a skinny guy) and so dog treats and snacks will highly motivate me to do what you ask.. I'll even politely wait my turn even though I just want all of it to myself. I am also obedient. I come almost immediately when called, I can be redirected with a simple command or snap. I like to go for walks, and I’m respectful on the leash. So, that’s all about me, Willy, the brave little man searching for his forever home. Are you that home? If so, please go to to fill out an application.

ADOPTION FEE: $200 includes neuter, DAPP, Rabies, Bordetella, Microchip, Deworm and vet check.

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Puppies (up to 6 months)-$200
Dogs (7 months-7 years)-$150
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Kittens (up to 6 months)-$50
Cats (7 months-7 years)-$25
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2. We will call you if we feel you might be a good match for the animal you applied for, for a phone interview.
3. We will proceed with a reference check, both veterinarian and personal.
4. Homecheck is also required for adoption.