My name is Shira!

American Eskimo Dog Dog for adoption in Elmhurst, Illinois - Shira
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Chicagoland Eskie Rescue

Facts about Shira

  • Breed: American Eskimo Dog
  • Color: White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
Shira is a 1 year old, female American Eskimo Dog. She was surrendered by her previous owners. The story is something like this.... we believe she was originally bought from a puppy store.....and we believe she was a Christmas present. NOT recommended! They woke up after the "honeymoon" was over and gave the pup to another family member, who then said she was too much for them and gave her to a friend...and yes, who then gave her to another friend. Poor Shira had 4 different homes by the time she was 6 months old .....and then was given up to shelter/CER in CA. No training, no boundaries, and very "spirited" she came to Chicago. She went into a very experienced foster home who has two of their own Eskies and another young mix breed dog. We thought this would be good for Shira to have two well trained dogs to look up to, plus a younger dog to play with. Shira was a very challenging foster pup, so our rescue sent the foster to a professional trainer with her! That foster did not "give up" on Shira, but recently one of their older Eskies has become very ill, so we moved Shira to another experienced foster home, and with a foster mom Shira had already established a relationship with.

Shira has been with CER for over 5 months now. :-( She doesn't greet new people well; too many people in her past have given her reason not to trust. She will bite when scared, anxious, or overwhelmed. She does not make new friends nor trust easily. And Shira is a bit unpredictable too. Once you get to know her and she trusts you, she is a very loving, and extremely energetic dog! Non-stop motion! Shira is NOT fully house trained, and has been a difficult pup to train. She's like a toddler, gets into everything, so some "tough love" going on now with more training. We cannot take her to adoption events, Shira has nipped at people and gets very overwhelmed in that type of setting. She loves to play with young energetic dogs; she plays hard.....and is about 21 lbs. She loves toys and enjoys destroying them! If Shira gets something that she wants, but you have to take it away, it takes a very savvy exchange for success or she gets very protective and even aggressive trying to keep her find. Shira has been in her new foster home for a few weeks now, really likes the foster mom and her 17 yr old daughter now too, but still ...growls, snarls, and barks aggressively at the foster dad. The trainer has indicated for foster dad to just ignore her, so he is not approaching her. Shira loves to take walks, which she really enjoys, but we cannot have people unknown to her walk up to us, she will growl. Shira cannot go to a dog park, she's fine with other dogs, but not good with the people/owners of other dogs that she does not know. Shira also barks excessively at cats.

Shira is UTD on vaccines, she is spayed, microchipped, and on heartworm & flea/tick prevention. Shira will only be adopted to someone who will agree to take her to professional training. NO small children! NO cats!

If you are interested in adopting Shira, please send an email to:

About Chicagoland Eskie Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Chicagoland Eskie Rescue, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization was started in January 2008. We specialize in the rescue and re-homing of the American Eskimo Dog. This came about because of the love of the breed. We feel that we know this breed as well as we can. The Founder of Chicagoland Eskie Rescue has been in rescue for 15 years specializing in this breed.

All of our rescues are fostered in private homes.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We attend various adoption events primarily in the Chicagoland area. There are no set dates.

Our Adoption Process...

Adoption Fees range from $300 to $400, dependent on age. We require an application to be filled out, followed by a home check, reference check, vet check. All pets in the applicant home must be up to date on their shots, on a Heartworm and Flea/Tick preventative and spayed/neutered.

Our rescue are all up to date on their shots, on Heartgard and Frontline Plus (or equivalent) and are fixed. They come with a new leash & collar and our micro-chipped to the rescue.