Arrived in NZCR care: 20th April 2021
DOB: Estimated to be 8-10 years old, DOB unknown.
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
De-Sexed: Cannot be de-sexed due to health (read below)
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: With support, see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Ivy remained unclaimed at a local Pound - no other or known details / history to provide. Ivy was not registered or micro-chipped.
Due to Ivy's health we have decided to keep her in palliative care as a forever foster dog. This means, she cannot be adopted - but rather, will stay with a foster family for the duration of her life. The cost of her ongoing care will be met by the Trust.
Ivy is happily fostered alongside another Chihuahua and cat.
Thank you very much for the offers but we are not seeking any other foster families for Ivy. She has a very loving forever-foster family already. We are always looking for stable, reliable foster carers to add to our database however - please see our "foster carers" tab and apply there.
Initially Ivy is a quiet, timid wee girl with a bit of a nervy disposition. However, once comfortable Ivy slowly comes out of her shell.
Ivy enjoys being around people she knows and sleeping in the sun. Ivy is fairly happy and content most of the time.
Ivy has a funny, quirky little personality once she becomes comfortable in your presence - Ivy loves to snuggle under a blanket but ends up sprawled out of it when she gets too hot. When she wants you to pick her up she shuffles sideways at you and hutches slightly.
Ivy loves food, she is food orientated. Fine in the car, OK with (short) lead walks.
Ivy is toilet-trained but due to the fact she cannot jump doesn't use the cat-flap so she needs to be taken out side regularly.
Ivy seems to like other dogs and gets along with small breed dogs very well. Ivy has been living at a foster home with other Chihuahuas, cats, fish and chickens, without issue. Ivy does not lke children. Ivy needs a quiet home to enjoy the rest of her days.
Ivy will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care.
Ivy was checked by our vet on 28/04/2021 and bloods were taken to confirm her fitness to undergo an anesthetic. Bloods were returned fine.
Ivy has also been placed on some eye drop medications to clear up her "weeping eyes".
Our vet also located a wound on the back of her leg which has healed. There was a large grass seed in the wound on her leg, which has now been removed, flushed and should heal with a course of antibiotics. Ivy was placed on a course of Clavaseptin for her wound.
On 06/05/2021 Ivy had her dental and her back legs and spine examined as she appeared tender in this region.
During the dental, the vet removed several rotten teeth and cleaned the remaining healthy teeth.
Unfortunately, our Vet discovered that Ivy has ruptured cruciate ligaments in both of her knees. Given the degree of thickening present around each knee, we suspect these are chronic and likely happened some time ago. Due to this injury, Ivy struggles a bit with stairs and isn't able to jump up on things. She won't be able to be walked for excessive periods of time either.
During her anesthetic, Ivy also had 3 episodes of seizure-like activity, although she recovered well once awake. However this makes her an on-going risk for any future anesthetics. For this reason, and taking into account the chronic nature of her injuries, as well as her advanced age, we do not feel that surgery would be in her best interests, and we should also not attempt to spay her.
Due to the above, our Trustees and Vet have come to the decision that Ivy is not fit for adoption and we will provide palliative care until her pain is no longer manageable, at which point we should opt for euthanasia.
Moving forward, we have placed Ivy in a forever foster home and Ivy will be assessed by our Vet on a monthly basis to ensure we are managing her pain adequately. Ivy has been placed on ongoing Metacam for her pain.
SPONSORSHIP OF IVY:
Ivy is to be a forever foster of NZCR. If you are able to assist us with the costs of care for her that would be a huge help!
Ivy's medical costs will include her Metacam (pain relief) and anti-inflamatories, flea and worming, food etc. We will also need to ensure she is registered to the Trust (annually) and able to meet her ongoing living costs as she is in forever foster care.
If you are able to "sponsor" Ivy or even make a small one-off donation, please donate to:
Westpac New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Trust Account:
We are so grateful for the assistance and please do email us for a tax receipt! As we are a registered charity, you can submit this to the IRD and claim back 33.33% of your donation.
If you're looking for other ways to assist us (and/or Ivy) please see below: