Arrived in NZCR care: 1 July 2021
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
De-Sexed: TBC - read below
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: TBC.
Child Friendly: 5 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes, although timid.
Dog Sociable: Not particularly dog orientated - see below.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Rusty and Bella were surrendered together after their owners were moving overseas and reached out to NZCR for assistance. As both dogs have very different personalities and aspects of their behavior we would like to work on, they have been separated.
Bella's owner describes her as, "very shy and wary of strangers. Bella is a quiet little dog who loves sitting on your lap." It is true that initially, Bella can be unsure of new people, but she is not nasty, just wary. As is the case with most dogs, if ignored and allowed to venture over at her own pace, she is quite happy to come up for a cuddle or will give your hand a lick of approval.
Bella's foster mum describes her as: "A total sweetheart. Bella is just looking for someone to trust who will offer her love. If you're that person, she would be totally devoted to you and an amazing little companion. Bella is a soft, sweet, gentle little girl. She's had a hard life and deserves a loving companion who will treat her as amazingly as she deserves."
When she feels comfortable in your presence, Bella is very sweet, friendly and cuddly. Bella will be your constant companion and follow you around the house, keeping an eye on what you're doing. Bella has also been to her foster mums office, where she learnt to get to know new people.
Bella loves to rest on your lap at night and sleep on your bed if she's allowed. She would make a fantastic companion to someone who is home a lot and would like a little buddy for company.
Bella is great in the car, she enjoys being taken for trips. Bella is also crate and toilet-trained. She is a very good girl, no trouble to have in the home at all.
Bella will sometimes get bursts of energy and do "zoomies". She also quite likes a chew treat or playing with toys on her own.
Bella doesn't like having her nails clipped (common for many dogs) or being brushed with a hair brush. But being a Long Coat Chihuahua, she does require the odd brush through (to remove dead coat) so we are working on this while in care.
Bella is said to have grown up with young children in the home. However we would not adopt to anyone with children younger than 5 years. All children in the home need to be doggy knowledgeable and aware of boundaries when it comes to dogs. Bella would probably prefer a quieter household regardless.
With respect to other dogs, Bella largely ignores them but would be OK with another dog of similar energy. Bella can be a little aloof and doesn't really play with others. But she does eventually gain courage and will certainly stick up for herself if need be. Bella isn't fond of larger dogs at all, she met a standard Dachshund, which scared her. Would not be suitable for a home with medium - big dogs present. We actually feel that Bella would do best as a solo dog in the home, or with one other calm, lower energy dog. Not suitable to be rehomed with young pups, they would annoy her.
Bella had her first vet visit on 06/07/2021 for her preliminary check and to update her vaccines. At her vet check we became aware of the following:
- Bella is very slight (2.3kg) and needs to gain some weight (200-300g), this will be our first focus.
- Bella will also need a dental, which we have gone ahead and booked in for 27/07/21. Her nails will be clipped short and eyes cleaned at the same time (as she’s very wary of being touched!)
- Bella has had a few litters. We understand her uterus has now adhered to some of her insides, including her bladder. It may make spaying her far too risky to undertake. Once she is no longer in heat (as she came in two days after her arrival) and after her dental, our vet is willing to open her abdomen to see whether it’s a possibility. We are hopeful that she can be spayed safely but won’t risk her well-being to do it. If Bella cannot be spayed, regretfully she will NOT be able to be adopted as we can’t risk her going back out and being bred from again. Our back up plan for Bella if un-spayed is to join our forever foster pack. We will need to keep a close eye to ensure she doesn’t develop life threatening pyometra. She will also be at an increased risk of uterine or mammary cancers.
- Aside from the above, Bella also has two luxating patellas - they are of a high grade, although they don’t seem to bother her at present as she is not lame or skipping on either. Our vet is going to consider whether/not she requires the two patella surgeries on each knee, after we deal with the above. We may engage Bella in physio to address this also.
Bella was flea and wormed with Advocate when she came into care - Bella will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Bella will be adopted out once she has been de-sexed. Like all of our dogs, Bella will be adopted de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped (with the chip registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register and the local Council) and any other medical care having been attended to.
Help us to Help Bella!
New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue is a New Zealand Registered Charity run completely by volunteers. Nobody is paid to participate in our Rescue and 100% of the profits go back into the dogs in our care and community dogs needing assistance. We receive no public funding or grants. Our entire income to assist these dogs is derived from kind donations, sponsorship and fundraising projects. We are always short of money and it impacts how many dogs we can assist as each dog that comes into care needs some form of medical and/or behavioral assistance!
If you could help by donating to Bella's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can receive 33.33% of your donation back from the IRD.
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
We need to attend to the above medical issues and determine whether or not Bella can be spayed, before offering her for adoption. If she cannot be spayed, Bella will not be available for adoption (as noted above).
We will keep getting to know Bella during her time in foster care and update this profile accordingly. Keep checking this profile for updates if interested in Bella.
- Bella is to be rehomed in the Canterbury area only, please do not apply from outside of Christchurch/Canterbury.
- Bella would be OK as either a solo dog in the home, or with one other older, calm, lower energy dog. Not suitable to be rehomed with young pups, they would annoy her.
- Bella would not be suitable for a full time (out of the home) worker or someone out of the home often. Definitely not suitable for a "doggy daycare" arrangement. Someone who is part time, working from home or retired would be ideal for Bella.
- Must have a fully fenced backyard with no holes or gaps.
- Bella would probably prefer a quiet household with older children. We would not adopt to anyone with children younger than 5 years. All children in the home need to be doggy knowledgeable and aware of boundaries when it comes to dogs. Bella would be better with older children and a quiet household.
- Must offer lots of drives and cuddles and be looking for a bestfriend!
PLEASE NOTE: Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above adopter requirements and ensure that you meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking. We set the adopter requirements after consultation with the foster carers and consideration of the dogs, needs, welfare and personality. They are strict requirements - no exceptions. Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the above, we will simply respond to confirm the application is declined. Unfortunately, at times this has been the case and we have had to disappoint prospective adopters. This is why we are clear about our requirements prior and note them above.
Adoption Fee: $500.00 to be paid to the NZCR trust account no. 03-0823-0074502-000
PLEASE NOTE - RE: THE ADOPTION FEES AND TRIALS: Our adoption fees are determined by taking into account age of the dog, overall health and funds expended to date on that particular dog. The trust uses these adoption fee funds on: de-sexing surgery, micro-chip and NZCAR registration, vaccines, Council registration, flea and worm treatments, plus any other essentials dogs require such as specialist medications or food, blood-testing, orthopaedic surgeries etc. and any other dog disposables required for dogs in care. Please note: sorry we do not accept payment plans, as we need to be sure adopters are able to financially support dogs prior to adoption - sorry, no exceptions. Please note: the deposit needs to be made to the trust account prior to the changeover date of the dog going on trial. We do not accept cash payments on the date. The full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.