And now for the challenges. While he follows his foster family around the house (and so shows he DOES want and love human companionship) he is very scared. We do not think he is an aloof dog or disinterested in humans but he is scared. This means when you try to pick him up, you will be met with a growl and he can snap if you move too fast. He is very sensitive to being touched or pet while held. Cue another growl, even a Chihuahua tantrum of snapping. We know he really is just afraid – he may have some minor vision issues that make that movement scary or he may have a history of being abused or neglected that traumatized him.
We think for someone, Kicks will be an amazing companion. He is fine with children, although he will not likely be a playmate FOR children. With that in mind he could be a great dog for those that have kids over on occasion (like a grandparent or aunt/uncle) but will not likely be a great match as a playmate for kids. He is incredibly sweet around kids though so not a really worry for visiting kids The few times we have seen tag wags have actually be in response to a child.
What to expect.....Kicks will need time. Love. Patience. He will need someone that understands that they will need to earn his trust. He is not a “plug and play” little pet – but he is so deserving. We know deep down (and maybe not even that deep down!!) he is a wonderful little dog that has just had a rough go. He may not be easiest at first but he will be so rewarding. Watching him bloom will be awesome!
He is fairly new to foster care so we will definitely update as we learn more and see how he progresses. At THIS TIME we are recommending only a committed, Chihuahua savvy home for this little Prince. Despite his challenges we know whoever he claims as his human is going to be very special to this little dog and will be mightily rewarded for giving him a chance at love again
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**Please note that our dogs may be located in foster homes around NJ and the NYC area. It would be a great help to us if you can pick up your dog from transport, which is centrally located from Northern NJ and NYC, or foster home.**
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Our adoption fee is $475. This includes their spay/neuter surgery, full (age appropriate) vaccinations, microchip insertion and registration, deworming, heartworm testing and prevention, flea and tick prevention and travel expenses.
All of our dogs are rescued from local shelters and the general public. Each dog is then placed in a foster home where it is kept for a minimum of 2 weeks for quarantine, to ensure if the dog gets sick it can receive proper treatment. After the 2 week quarantine time they are spayed/neutered and fully vetted. They are then placed on the website. We have foster homes in the NJ/NY area waiting to receive their fosters. Once an animal has received an application or there's an adopter interested in it, we make arrangements with the waiting foster to pick the animal up from the airport to then meet with the potential adopter. Thank you in advance for your patience with our process and for making adoption YOUR option!
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