Arrived in NZCR care: 18th May 2021
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes..
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Unknown.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: With support, see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed or completed"
Lacey is a private surrender. Lacey's former owner has a series of personal health and family issues to deal with and feels she cannot offer Lacey the time she deserves. She will also be travelling between Australia and New Zealand and this would be unsettling for Lacey.
Although Lacey is wary of strangers, once she is comfortable, her Adopter will see what a little gem and sweet companion she can be!
Lacey's former owner says: “Lacey is shy at first until she feels comfortable with someone. Once she is comfortable around someone however, she is a very happy and playful little dog. Her favorite thing is running and digging at the beach and being out and about with her owner."
Lacey's foster mum adds: "Lacey loves cuddles, lying on your lap, sleeping in comfy warm places, walks, and loves riding in the car. Lacey needs about a month to relax, gain trust and love - but then she is one very loyal dog and tries very hard to please."
Lacey needs some work with regard to introduction to strangers and fearful of new people initially. For this reason, Lacey will need an Adopter who is either doggy-knowledgeable and experienced or willing to learn and commit to ensuring that this behavior is prevented (and not reinforced!) Lacey and her foster mum are currently working on this behavior with our dog trainer, Mindpro. We suggest that any Adopter should continue this training (we provide a discount voucher for the same in our adopter pack).
Lacey doesn’t like young children and she is said to be ok with cats but has not been cat-tested.
Lacey is being fostered with one other dog at present (another Chihuahua) she mostly ignores the other dog and isn’t really interested in doggy company. Lacey is more human-orientated. She would not be a suitable match for someone looking for a companion to an existing dog.
Lacey will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Lacey will be adopted out de-sexed, vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped (with the chip registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register and the local Council) as all of our dogs are.
Lacey arrived in care with red-raw swollen, inflamed patches of skin and was rushed to our Vet on 18/05/2021, Our vet confirmed Lacey had presented with severely inflamed skin, generalized over her whole body, particularly around her hind quarters, vulva and inside of her back legs. Lacey had been chewing at herself for some time, due to being chronically itchy. The cause of this is not obvious at present, although our vet suspects that it is most likely due to either flea allergy, food allergy or atopy. There appears to be a mild secondary bacterial infection on some areas where she has been chewing. Our main priority at this stage is to address the skin issues, so her treatment for now is as follows: Prednisone Tablets over the next 2-3 weeks to stop the itching; Neosoothe ointment on the lesions; Malaseb shampoo - to help in clearing the mild secondary bacterial infection. RC Anallergenic food – as there is a fair chance of there being a food allergy component so it is best to feed her on the Anallergenic diet. As of 14/06/2021 Lacey's skin has vastly improved and she is much more comfortable. There are still patches of fur that will need to regrow.
Lacey also has a pronounced sinus arrhythmia, however the implications of this are not exactly clear yet. She has no signs of heart disease and no murmur was detectable.
Lacey is booked in for her dental on 24/06/2021. Lacey’s patellas will also be assessed under anaesthetic and her vaccinations completed once she is no longer on steroids. Following this, Lacey will be ready for her loving new home!
Help us to Help Lacey!
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 behavioural assistance!
If you could help by donating to Lacey'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 for Lacey will go towards her vet care - preliminary check up, vaccines, microchip and NZCAR registration, Council registration and blood test and dental costs. Plus the costs of her medications and vet-diet food.
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
- Lacey is to be adopted within the Canterbury area, as per the above, she can be fearful of strangers and will need careful integration into her new home with our team's assistance.
- Lacey would be best suited to a home with no other dogs. As noted above, she tolerates other dogs OK but would probably prefer to be the solo dog in the home (as she is used to). Lacey would not be suitable for someone primarily interested in a companion for an existing dog.
- Lacey will need an Adopter who is home a lot of the time. No full time workers need apply please. Lacey would suit someone who is retired, working from home (permanently) or part time. Lacey would not enjoy being taken to a workplace of strangers.
- Adopter must have a fully fenced property with no holes or gaps.
- Adopter must be willing to keep her on the hypoallergenic food and meet the costs associated with this. Her skin is so much better when fed a quality, hypoallergenic food (note the above health information on Lacey)
- Lacey does not like young children. She will need a home where the only kids around are 6-8 years and older. They must be doggy-knowledgeable also and adhere to her signals.
- We will need an adopter who has doggy-knowledge and can assist Lacey with her fear of strangers. We have an dog trainer we recommend and use who can meet with you to discuss and advise. But any adopter will already need to be fairly doggy knowledgeable to deal with this behavior correctly (and not reinforce it!).
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: $400.00 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.