Arrived in NZCR care: 24 December 2020
DOB: Unknown - Estimated to be 10 years Old.
Breed: Long Coat Chihuahua
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: 6 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes - see below.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Surrendered due to personal circumstances of the owner. No further details provided. Prior to living with her former owner, we are advised Pebbles was "caged" and not exposed to much in life.
Pebbles was surrendered with the red Long Coat Chihuahua, Lily. The girls have lived together for a period of approximately 2 years but we are unsure whether they are biologically related. The two came into care together and were initially fostered together. During their time in foster care it became evident they were not a bonded pair and also fought, as a result we are homing Pebbles on her own. We only separate pairs when it is in their best interests to do so and these girls need separate homes.
Pebbles is described as being more brave and bolshy than Lily. Pebbles has been described as "happy, bouncy and sweet". Pebbles seems to like ALL people. She just loves human companion ship and is constantly looking for a lap to sit on. Pebbles is described as being quite clever and knows "sit".
Pebbles will happily greet strangers and ask for pats from them. She would make a great, easy-going companion.
Pebbles has lived with cats and is being fostered with cats. However, she is known to "chase" timid cats and try to play with them. Therefore, any cats in the home would need to be confident with dogs.
Pebbles is okay around other dogs in public, but should probably be homed as an only small dog in the household or even as a solo dog. Pebbles loves attention and will push other dogs out of the way, which can cause fights as she wants all the attention to be on herself.
When it comes to her possessions - Pebbles can be snappy and guard "her" bed or a lap she is sitting on.
Pebbles isn't overly fussed on eating - doesn't have the biggest appetite. Pebbles is ok with steps but cannot or does not use stairs at present.
Pebbles is toilet trained but does need to be discouraged from dominance marking.
* More information to be added at a later date - once we get to know Pebbles better.
Pebbles has suffered from a large flea infestation which has caused redness to her skin and patches of fur loss. Pebbles has been bathed and de-flead. We hope that her skin will now begin to heal, with the aid of a healthy diet also. Since coming into care, Pebbles has been flea and wormed every 3 months.
Pebbles had a preliminary check with our vet on 26/12/2020. Pebbles has a grade 2 heart murmur. She does not require medication at present - but her Adopter will need to be aware of and prepare for this. Pebbles could still live a very long and healthy life on heart medication.
Pebbles had a blood panel taken to confirm suitability for surgery on 30/12/2020 and all was clear.
Pebbles underwent a dental to remove several rotten teeth on 04/01/2020. Next Pebbles will be taken in for surgery on 28/01/2021 to be de-sexed and remove a mammary lump.
Pebbles is vaccinated up to date, micro-chipped and registered with the NZ Companion Animal Register.
Help us to Help Pebbles!
Pebbles will need a fair bit of financial assistance in order to address her medical concerns. Donations will go towards: blood testing, flea and worming, de-sexing costs, dental costs, operation to remove the mammary lump and any other needs she has.
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 Pebbles by donating to her cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can recieve 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:
Pebbles will have her bloods taken, be desexed and have her mammary lump removed. Post-surgery, we will be looking for her new forever home.
We are accepting early applications at present, to be considered once she is fit to adopt.
- Pebbles is being fostered in Christchurch, a local home is preferred. But we may consider Applicants from other parts of New Zealand, provided they are willing to adhere to our out of town adoption policy - see the "adoptions" tab for information on this process. No exceptions
- Pebbles is best suited as a solo dog, or the only small dog in the home. She can be pushy and dominant with other small breeds which can cause fighting. Pebbles prefers all the attention on herself.
- To be homed with older children only (6 years plus).
- Must have a fully fenced back yard with no holes or gaps.
- Pebbles is used to daytime company. Pebbles will require an Adopter who works part time, works from home (permanently), or is retired. Please do not apply if a full time worker.
* The adopter requirements for Pebbles may be amended in time.
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
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 full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.