Arrived in NZCR care: 24 July 2020
DOB: Approx 3 years of age (DOB unknown).
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: Yes
Human Sociable: Yes
Dog Sociable: Yes
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Honey is a private surrender from Hamilton, due to change in owners personal circumstances. Honey has lived with small children prior. No other background information is available.
Honey is a real pleasure to have around the home. She seems to enjoy human companionship as she is always happy to be pet or snuggled. The more attention - the better! Honey's former owner states that she is "quiet" and a "love-able wee girl".
Honey lived with a cat and is fine with doggy-confident cats, she has been fostered around maine-coons. Honey has also lived with young children. Honey is not to be re-homed around chickens.
Honey would probably be fine with one other dog (provided it was a larger breed) but not large groups of small dogs as she does like to have her own attention. Would also be fine as an only dog - in fact, it would probably be her preference!
Honey will need some training with regard to on-leash walks as she is not used to being on a lead.
Honey will also need to be closely watched initially to ensure that she keeps up her toilet-training routine.
Honey is crate trained and sleeps in her crate at present. She will also go to her crate if asked.
Honey's owner indicated that she appears to have an aversion to males, she becomes more wary and withdrawn in their presence. Honey prefers to be around females. However, if a male allows her time to come to them, without feeling overwhelmed she will become more comfortable. Honey needs to be approached with patience in this regard.
* More information to be added at a later date - once we get to know Honey better.
Honey has received her preliminary check with our vet and no issues aside from the below have been noted. Honey has been flea and wormed while in Trust care (we do so every 3 months). Honey is also de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped and her details are added to the NZCAR database.
Honey had prior issues with chewing/licking her paw and fur. We placed on a grain-free diet and her fur and skin has completely resolved itself. For this reason, Honey will need to be kept on grain-free foods. We recommend Orijen or ACANA.
Honey requires some t weight-loss - she came in about 3.7kgs and needs to lose 1kg. So far, Honey is doing well! Any Adopter needs to ensure her weight is kept within range as it will be crucial to her joint health. Honey cannot gain extra weight back.
Honey has two unstable luxating patellas - one is a grade 4, the other a grade 3, we have decided that Honey requires surgery which unfortunately means she will not be available to adopt for some time. At this stage, that Honey will receive surgery on both of her luxating patellas (individually). Her first surgery is on 29 September 2020. From there, she will be on two rounds of strict crate rest of 8 weeks for each knee. We will also be working with Animal Physio to manage her recovery.
Help us to Help Honey!
Honey has two unstable patellas which require surgery. Honey will receive surgery on both of her luxating patellas (individually) The first was on 29th September 2020. From there, she will be on two rounds of strict crate rest of 8 weeks. We will also be working with Animal Physio to manage her recovery. Following her first recovery, we will complete the second operation.
If you could help us with the expenses related to the care of Honey by sponsoring her, or donating to the cause of any of our rescue dogs, we would be very appreciative. We need to find the funds for two luxating patella surgeries and the ongoing costs of physio, pain medications and disposables (ie. food, flea and worming treatments etc.) for Honey while she is in care!
Any donation, small or large, all helps and we are SO grateful for each one! We are constantly running low on funds for all of the vet care, medications and disposables the rescue dogs need. Also as we are a volunteer organization, 100% of your donation goes to the dogs in our care!
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
* Please email us for a donation receipt! For all donations over $5.00, you can claim back 33.33% of your tax via the IRD!
*** UNAVAILABLE - Thank you for your interest in Honey. However, she already has an Adopter selected after she has recovered from her surgeries. Please see the "dogs in care" page for our other dogs needing new homes! ***
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.
NOTE ON 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: desexing 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, orthopedic 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 full 100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.
If you are interested in applying to adopt Honey before she becomes available, please go to the below link, scroll down and fill out the form. We do not consider queries via Facebook or email without the form. See also the FAQ for more information and to answer any queries you may have. Full terms and conditions can be found under the "adoptions" page or FAQ. We are accepting early applications for Honey.