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I am already spayed, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, not good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
PLEASE NOTE: All of the pets at Safe Haven receive basic training when they come to us. Depending on which foster home they are in, they may receive advanced training. All adopters will be given a list of words that your new pet knows at the time of adoption. What each pet learns depends on the foster home they were placed in, how much time that foster has had to work with them, & if that pet has any additional issues that need to be focused on first.
Age/Birthday: 2 yrs.
Weight at last Vet visit: 5 lbs. (She was underweight when she came to me, but she is so tiny, that I'm sure the weight she has gained here to get her to a good weight is only mere ounces, & she is still in the 5 lb. range. Folks, she is super tiny!)
Cats: She has been great with my cats & is very comfortable around them. Previous owner said she chases cats, but I think that that was just to play with them. My cats are so used to new dogs coming in & out of our home, that they just sit there & are not phased by them (so there was nothing for her to chase, LOL). Bitsie was very excited when she saw them & did her little happy dance. She is very interested in them & tries to get them to play. It's very cute! Bitsie is very gentle with my cats, & would do great in a home with cats. I am more worried about a cat hurting Bitsie. She is only about half the size of an average cat, & a cat could easy hurt her.
Small Dogs: She lived with other Chihuahuas in her previous home. Previous owner said that she is selective with what dogs she likes. In my home, Bitsie has been great with all of the other little dogs I have introduced her too. She is friendly with all of them, but some she is more playful with than others. She doesn't like when bigger dogs jump on her (when playing). Which is understandable because she is so small & it probably hurts her.
Previous owner also said that she is food aggressive with other dogs. I have not experienced that either. Bitsie was underweight when she came to me, & the previous owners probably allowed other dogs to get in her food. At my house, everyone eats out of their own bowl, & they are told "No" & guided back to their own bowl if they try to eat someone else's food. After about a week of her being at my house, & learning that no one was going to take her food away, I started moving one of my dogs food bowl closer & closer to hers. Eventually they were eating right next to each other & they each ate in perfect harmony.
Large Dogs: I have 3 large dogs at my house. I don't think Bitsie had been around large dogs before. She was nervous when she met them, but interested to see who they were. She now walks around with them without any fear, but will growl if they sniff her. I wouldn't trust her alone with a large dog at this point. Any interaction with them is supervised. I watch her face & as soon as she starts to lift her lip, I tell Bitsie a firm "No", & she listens very well to that. She is smart. I'm confident that as time goes on & she gets more comfortable with them, there will not be any issues when they get in her face, but for now, I don't want her going to a home with large dogs.
UPDATE: She is now completely comfortable around the big dogs & does not growl at them anymore when they sniff her. Since she is so small, I would only want her to go to a home with a very mellow large dog though. As she can get hurt very easily.
Kids: No kids please. Bitsie had a bad experience with children & growls at the site of them.
Men: Loves men
Women: She is more guarded & afraid of women. When Bitsie first came to my house, she didn't want to come out of the crate for a full day & a half. When she finally came out, she was shaking so bad I thought she was going to knock herself over. She gradually started to trust me, & now we are good buddies. She loves attention & is very affectionate. Previous owner said that she is selective with women. I firmly believe that she was abused by a woman. Bitsie is very sensitive to the tone of my voice, & the first time I raised my voice around her, she ran screaming across the room like I was going to hurt her. It broke my heart to see how afraid she was. Bitsie has since learned that she is safe here, & that I will never ever hurt her. She now follows me around the house, & is very affectionate.
Previous owner also said that she will guard her food from people & will growl if they get to close to it. Again, I have not experienced that. Bitsie was underweight when she came to me, so it was obvious that she was not getting enough food. Bitsie gets 2 meals a day here (breakfast & dinner). The first week she came, I just gave her food & left her alone, to show her that she will always get enough to eat. After a week, & she had learned that she can trust me, I put my hand in her food & messed with it while she was eating. Absolutely no reaction. I also pet her, messed with her ears, basically annoyed her while she was eating, & still, absolutely no reaction whatsoever. I think the combination of not getting enough to eat, & not trusting the people who were supposed to love her & take care of her, is the reason that she acted like that with them.
Strangers: She is more guarded around new women than men. Previous owner said that she is "scared & aggressive & snaps at strangers". My experience has been a little different. Whenever someone she doesn't know comes up to us, she just stands there. Bitsie is so adorable that everyone wants to immediately pet her, but because of what the previous owner said, I ask them not to. One lady did not listen to me & tried to pet her, & Bitsie growled & then got behind me. I bring treats out with us whenever I take her out now, & have new people give her a treat, but still not pet her. This will help her to associate new people with "good things". As she gets a treat every time someone new comes around. From the reactions I have seen, I think with more socialization, she would eventually be fine with strangers petting her once she learns that no one is going to hurt her.
UPDATE: She is getting more & more used to strangers. She is still cautious around them, but when some of them have held there hand up to her so she could smell them, she gave them kisses!
Crate Trained: Yes, she is smart & has learned to go in it when I ask her to ("Inside"). She will scratch at the door to let you know she needs to go outside.
House Trained: Yes, she was used to using a doggy door at her previous home. I don't have a doggy door at my house, so when I get a new dog, I take them out about every 3-4 hours to see if they have to go potty, & praise them when they do. Bitsie is smart & has since learned what the word "Outside" means. If I ask her "Outside?" & she has to go, her ears will perk up & she will run to the back door. If she doesn't have to go, she won't react. She also learned very quickly to only go potty in a certain corner of the yard. She's such a good girl.
Leash Trained: She is super easy to walk on the leash! She walks calmly beside me & is very tuned in to me. I didn't even have to ask her to "Wait" when I stopped! She just did it automatically when she saw that I stopped. With her little legs, she gets worn out easier than other dogs. She does well with just short walks, or playing around the house. She would be great for someone who is not very active, or wants a little dog to carry around (I would love that for her!).
Car: Great in the car, LOVES car rides & gets really excited when she sees that she gets to go with me :-)
Other issues: She has a healing wound on her left ear.
Adoption fee is only $75 & includes:
- Spay/Neuter surgery
- Up to date on Vaccinations
- Harness *
- Other surprise goodies from Safe Haven
- Free office visit to Vet or 50% off any Optimum Wellness Plan
- Other coupons from Partners
- Available Paperwork: Spay/Neuter records, Vaccs records, Vet records, Micro records, Recommendation list, etc...
- Continued Support: Safe Haven will be there for the lifetime of your new adopted pet. If you ever have questions or concerns, we will always be there to help. Our goal is for you & your pet to live happily ever after!
If you are interested in adopting this pet, you must be willing to come to Phoenix, AZ to meet them.
Please e-mail for an application
After we receive your application, we will contact you so you can meet him/her.
ADOPTING A CAT OR DOG IS UP TO A 20 YEAR COMMITMENT! THEY ARE NOT OBJECTS THAT YOU CAN GET RID OF WHEN THEY BECOME INCONVENIENT. THEY ARE INNOCENT LIVING, BREATHING ANIMALS WITH FEELINGS THAT DEPEND ON YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF, LOVE, & PAY FOR EVERYTHING THIS PET NEEDS FOR UP TO 20 YEARS, THEN PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR AN APPLICATION.
* Safe Haven STRONGLY believes that collars should only be used as decoration. A dog can slip out of collar. Which becomes a problem if your dog gets lost, or you are trying to restrain your dog, & it comes off. Also, attaching a leash to a collar puts pressure on the neck, which is one of the most sensitive areas of the body, & could hurt them. For these reasons, Safe Haven includes a harness with every dog adoption to ensure the safety of the dog, as a harness is more expensive than a collar & some adopters will not buy them for this reason. A harness distributes the weight on the chest & shoulders. It also has a handle on the back that you can grab if need be, without hurting your pet (EX: Dog falls off your boat, just grab the handle & pull your pet back in with no harm done. With a collar, you would have to strangle your dog when pulling your dog in). Also a dog cannot slip out of a harness, so it is much easier to restrain them & they will never loose their ID if they get lost.