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Vernon and Poppy are the sweetest little Chihuahua’s with the biggest hearts. Through absolutely no fault of their own, they found themselves abandoned at a local rural shelter. As Vernon is 10 years old and Poppy is 3 years old, you can just imagine the upset and shock this would have caused them. Luckily, they were placed into foster care almost immediately and integrated very quickly into their new surroundings. They would love a forever home together, where they will never be abandoned again. They will be your most devoted little buddies. We will not separate Vernon and Poppy as they are a bonded pair of dogs.
These are very tiny Chihuahua’s. Vernon weighs 5.5lbs while Poppy tips the scales at 4lbs. While their personalities are pretty unique, they are quite bonded, so they tend to complement each other well in that regard. Being the younger sister, Poppy still loves to play, and you can often find her instigating fun-time with her brother or foster brother, by biting their ankles playfully to get a rise, and squeaking! She has long and lanky legs, which gives her a little Charlie Chaplin quality to her walk! Along with her captivating doe eyes, and sable-sleek looks, her little gerbil chirps are quite possibly the cutest thing ever! Though she enjoys a good tumble, she tires quickly, and easily settles for a snooze. She really loves to cuddle with her foster mom at night while watching tv, and likes to be the highest up on the “perch” of her parent, being held close to the heart. Vernon, being the stocky and handsome older brother, is pretty laid but can be watchful over his little sister, always making sure she isn’t in harm’s way, whether that’s through her funny antics, or with other dogs. As for Vernon (or Vernie as he is affectionately known), he is not much of a player, however once in a while you will catch him playing with his sister only. He is not interested in playing with other dogs. When he’s not supervising Poppy, his favourite past time is asking for chest scratches and belly rubs. With that adorable apple-shaped face, and come-love me eyes, who could resist? Vernon sure loves to be catered to in the attention department, often head-butting your hand for more lovin’s. He will never turn away a warm touch or soft coo. His most adorable personality trait is when he wakes up in the morning, he likes to stretch and do his downward dog (being older, his calisthenics are important to his daily regime). He will then proceed to downward dog, belly-scratch his way all the way up the bed, all the way to his foster mom’s face, because of course, he needs his good morning kiss and cuddle. Adorable!! When the attention stops, he is quick to curl in a ball and snuggle right up against you, waiting until you finish your morning coffee.
At this time this loveable duo are walked three to four times a day. It is their foster mom’s impression that they weren’t walked much in their previous home. The first week in foster care, both Vernie and Poppy spent their walks on the sidewalk, close to their foster mom. It appeared they felt they were in a whole new world! Along with the help of their foster brother, and regular exposure to the outdoors, Poppy and Vernon have built confidence and now get excited to go for their walks! They are now able to walk with their tails up and wagging, sniffing as they go, taking greater interest in trees and birds, rather than being overwhelmed by the big wide world.
In typical Chi fashion, they bond very strongly to their owner so it’s important that their new Mom or Dad is confident and willing to place boundaries. While they are definitely cute dogs, they are not to be coddled or babied. While for safety reasons there are times in which they would need to be picked up or carried, they should not be carried around constantly or used as a fashion accessory. They have four paws, and Vernon and Poppy are very happy to use them. Carrying them around too much would actually act to their detriment, causing dependency, vocalization and social behavioural issues. Anyone interested in these two cuties will need to understand the importance of treating them like dogs and having an expectation of proper behaviour and training and meeting their exercise needs. They are lovely natured Chihuahua’s and we intend to keep them that way rather than ruin their good natures with spoiling them. Attendance at obedience classes will be mandatory with Poppy; being tiny does not detract from the need of proper training. She will gain confidence and bond strongly with her person through training. Vernon can certainly go as well and would only benefit from it. Please research training facilities in your area and ensure that you are capable of committing to a basic obedience course should you be interested in adotpting.
Due to their small size, Poppy and Vernon are looking for an adult-only home. Children would need to be older teens. Ideal future paw-rents would have some previous Chihuahua experience and/or willingness to do some research on the breed and familiarize themselves with common medical issues. There have been some past issues which are no longer a concern for these two, but there are some things to be aware of. Serious adoption inquiries will be provided the medical background information at the time of application. Both Vernon and Poppy have been reported very healthy by our amazing team of vets and have been given a clean bill of health. As Chi’s have a long expected lifespan, any future owners would need to be aware of the time commitment. Many healthy Chi’s can live upwards of 20 years!
Although Chihuahua's are smart little dogs, they may be slightly difficult to train, but when they want to learn they will do it quickly and efficiently. Both Poppy and Vernon get excited when things happen such as your arrival home, and unless trained they will continue to bark much to the dismay of your neighbors. They respond well to proper training that includes positive reinforcement and affection. Outside of that they are quiet as a mouse.
Though they are being fostered in a home with another dog and cats, it would be safest for Poppy and Vernon to be the only pets. Another little dog would be okay, but they would need to be similar in both size and temperament. A cat would be fine as well as long as it is a calm and good natured cat that won’t attack or torment these. We are looking for a quiet home, preferably with a securely fenced yard where they can spend their time and enjoy their days with their new family.
Poppy and Vernon attach quickly and deeply to their people. We are looking for a forever home where someone is home at least part of the time. They always like to be near you and on you if possible. Their new home would need to be very open and welcoming to this type of constant attention. They are true lap dogs. They would love a home where they can sleep under your bed covers at night, on your lap or chest while you watch movies, and in turn, they will help you with your gardening activities, monitoring those pesky chipmunks. They will pick up after you drop crumbs from dinner, and protect you from the dreaded mailman. But most importantly, they will love you deeply and unconditionally! Their hearts are the biggest parts about them which is why their foster mom fell so easily in love! While she will have a hard time letting them go, she knows the perfect family is out there! You will have a forever friend in Vernon and Poppy. They are truly one of a kind!