If you are looking to adopt a dog, Rosie the Chihuahua is looking for a furever home! This little love bug was surrendered to Furever Pet Care when her original family were no longer able to care for her. She is 9 years young, working on her figure, and just received the attentions of our wonderful vets for a thorough health check.
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Rosie came into care with a few issues we are working out. The first and most obvious was her weight. When she arrived, she weighed 7.4 pounds – her ideal weight is likely about four to five. Her nails were overgrown to the point where walking was painful; not moving much likely added to her weight gain. She has lost many (update – ALL!) her teeth but one upper canine. She does practice coprophagia but will leave when supervised. She is fully housetrained and asks to go potty at the door by means of her cute little seal bark.
Rosie has not been exposed much to people and dog strangers, but does very well with a proper and slow introduction. She is currently living with a number of resident dogs, and is regularly introduced to boarding dogs of all sizes, with whom she does fine. She LOVES to snuggle and have all the petting you can give!
Healthy Lifestyle Chihuahua Rehab
Weaning her off grocery store brand dog food, she is now eating a mix of raw pet food and pureed veggies with supplements fish oil, flaxseed, and omegas for joints. CBD oil helps with inflammation and pain that likely caused her to lick her forelimbs a little too much, which we know because she does so less frequently now than the first few days.
After some dedicated training, she is now choosing to sleep in her soft bed in a larger crate. She had never used a crate previously. We believe it helps her feel safe, get the rest she needs, and prepares her for future travel by means of carrier when needed.
Having frequent crate rest, CBD, hemp calming aids to a bit, plus mental enrichment and regular physical exercise ( now that her feet are more comfortable) is having a beneficial effect in reducing fear-based and nuisance behaviours (lunging, barking, etc). Being more comfortable physically is also making her more calm and tolerant of being apart from a human. Rosie can be stressed absent human company, so it is nice to see her confidence rise. As of this update (she came to us on March 10, 2023) her barking has decreased to appropriate alerts, for instance having to potty, or getting dinner ready!
Next Step to Adopt a Dog Chihuahua
Rosie would do well with a family who appreciates a good snuggle and regular leisurely walks. She is ok with children, but due to her tiny size, we recommend children over twelve. She was surrendered with a sibling Chihuahua whose company she enjoys. However, she seems to be much calmer without his constant attentions and inclination to run interference between her and other dogs. With a proper doggy introduction, she is fine with new friends. She has lived with our pack at Furever Pet Care, and is not being fostered by a home with a young Chihuahua mix and adult Shih Tzu. Rosie would do fine with other resident dogs.
She has been to the vet for a thorough health check and vaccination update. She has some mild issues to keep an eye on that are typical of aging in dogs. Full reports will be provided to pet parents interested in adoption.
If you are interested in knowing more about how to Adopt a Dog Rosie Chihuahua, please send an email (address on our Contact Page) with some details about you, your family and your home. We will send a formal application after a brief telephone interview.
If you are interested in donating to assist in Rosie’s healthy rehabilitation and foster care, Rosie and her foster team thank you for your consideration!