Arrived in NZCR care: 23 April 2020
DOB: Jan 2016 (4 years old)
Breed: Chihuahua (Long Coat)
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2019/2020 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Maggie comes to NZCR via the Wellington Animal Control team. Maggie was found roaming some months ago. The team contacted the owner who unfortunately, never came to collect her. After a month or so, in foster care the Wellington Animal Control team reached out to us to see whether we would be able to assist Maggie in finding the perfect new home for her.
Maggie is a very clever and sweet little Chihuahua with a relatively quiet little personality. Maggie loves cuddles, pats and receiving love from her human.
Maggie likes small dogs and other Chihuahuas - although she can be dominant of other small dogs. Maggie dislikes bigger breed dogs (this is common in Chihuahuas). Maggie would suit being with one or two other small breed dogs.
Maggie's foster carers states: "Maggie loves meeting new people and puts on quite the smooch show.
If she was adopted at this stage she would need someone willing to continue with her training. Maggie is eager to please when treats are involved but apart from "come" or "sit" she struggles to learn new commands. I suspect that there are too many other dogs and distractions here.
Maggie has really come out of her shell and settled in well in the last month (June 2020). She still likes to have her own safe space where she can go relax without being bothered by anyone, and she shows a clear preference for men."
Maggie was previously fostered with children - but she isn't a fan of small children and has been known to nip if a child does not heed her warnings . Maggie is fine around older children who respect her space.
Like most chihuahuas, Maggie has a distinct personality and doesn't like to be told what to do ! So she needs a chihuahua-experienced owner who can implement boundaries but also respect hers. Maggie will at times put herself in her crate to sleep. Maggie will clearly indicate if she is overwhelmed by going to her crate. She doesn't like to be picked out of it, but will come out when ready.
Maggie is a true rescue and should only be considered if you are knowledgeable on dog behavior and willing to put in the work (with a trainer) to settle her in and make her feel supported and safe. As with some of our rescue dogs, a portion of the work will need to be completed by the Adopter in Maggie's new home environment. Should you decide to do so, you will have a loving and loyal companion for life...
Maggie has been vet checked, vaccinated up to date and flea and wormed (which NZCR do every 3-months).
Maggie has also been checked by our vet and appears to be in great health.
Maggie was de-sexed in June 2020 by the Trust, she has recovered well.
Maggie is micro-chipped and added to the NZCAR database.
Maggie isn't overly food motivated and prefers to graze throughout the day. Maggie is fed on Orijen Original at present, it seems to be her preference in food. We advocate feeding ACANA or Orijen as it is a high-quality kibble.
- Maggie is located in Christchurch and due to the fact we feel she may require support in order to be integrated into an adoptive family - Maggie is available to Christchurch/Canterbury local adopters only. Please do not apply from other parts of New Zealand.
- Any prospective Adopter must have a fully fenced backyard with no holes or gaps (pictures to be provided with application form).
- Maggie's foster carer thinks she would suit an active, retired person or someone who works from home, who she could spend all her time with. As noted above: there must be no young grandchildren around. May also suit a part-timer. No full time workers, Maggie would not be suited to being left 8+ hours per day.
- Children must be over 8 years and dog-knowledgeable. Children need to know how to approach a dog and not to overwhelm them. Maggie does not like to be poked, prodded or overwhelmed by children and will growl or nip to show her unhappiness.
- Maggie would be fine as an only dog as she loves having all the attention to herself; or with one or two other small breed dogs in the home (provided they are confident and can stand up for themselves). Does not like larger breed dogs - please don't apply for Maggie if you have a large breed dog in the home.
- Must have rescue dog knowledge and able to commit to ensuring all of Maggies need's are met.
* Further adopter requirements may be added in due course.
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 Fee determined by taking into account age, health and funds expended to date. 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. The deposit needs to be made to the trust account prior to the dog going on trial. The full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.
If you are interested in applying to adopt Meg once 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.