BRODY is one COOL little dog with loads of personality! He is happy, playful, affectionate, and LOVES his people. A very handsome 9 lb. Chiweenie, Brody is thought to be about 5-years-old. He loves the outdoors, going for walks, and he is housebroken. While he enjoys being active, Brody is just as content to curl up beside you on the sofa. He is quite a little cuddle bug and likes to sleep curled up next to his human(s). Brody gets along well with most other dogs and enjoys playing with them, especially smaller dogs. He is also very gentle with his foster parent's 1- and 2-year-old grandchildren. Brody is crate trained while his foster parents are at work.
Unfortunately, humans were unkind to Brody before he was rescued so he is suspicious toward people he meets for the first time. He has a real fear of strangers and requires time to learn to trust people. We have found that it works best to allow Brody to approach people in his own good time. In the short time he has been in foster care, we have seen his comfort level with meeting people improve dramatically. The good news is that once he is properly introduced and learns to trust, he becomes your best buddy and is über friendly and affectionate bringing you toys and jumping on your lap. When Brody first arrived in foster care, he would let everyone within earshot know if a new person entered or walked by our home or walked by us while on a walk around the neighborhood. He would raise a ruckus and put on a display of excited ferociousness (aka "pitch a fit"!) when he would spot a person or dog that he did not know. Through continued exposure to people and new sights and sounds and consistent correction, we have been working with Brody to put a stop to this behavior and he responds very well to correction. Brody is sensitive, smart, and respectful and he will do what you say and stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." He loves sunbathing on the front porch and enjoys the view from my back deck and I have been using a spray bottle to train him not to "sound the alarm" at every new sight and sound. There is a walking trail that goes through my back yard so he is exposed to a good bit of activity and he has become accustomed to the sights and sounds and is learning to "people watch" quietly.
Brody has been scarred from abuse but he has shown that he can be rehabilitated and demonstrates daily his continued healing and desire to be a beloved family pet. He will need an understanding adopter willing to continue working with him as he recovers from years of abuse. I can't say enough about what an awesome little dog Brody is. If you are looking for an adorable little boy who will love you and entertain you with his quirky antics and can tolerate with some occasional "Chihuahua attitude," apply to adopt Brody at https://www.atailtotell.com/application-to-adopt. Brody is a work-in-progress but there is nothing like the appreciation you receive from a rescued dog, especially one who has endured the mistreatment that this little guy has had. Once Brody trusts, he loves "hard" and will reward a lucky person or family ten-fold with a lifetime of unconditional love!