Arrived in NZCR care: 22 February 2020
Breed: Chihuahua (Long Coat) x Unknown
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2019/2020 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: Older children, with support. Must be doggy-knowledgeable.
Human Sociable: With support (as below)
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Pepe was surrendered from the same home as Meg and Hollie after his owner suffered a bereavement. Since the death in her family she will be moving homes and down-sizing, so she has chosen to re-home some of her animals. Hollie has been adopted and Meg is about to go on trial - we are now hoping little Pepe will find his forever, loving, new home too!
Pepe sadly hasn't had much adoption interest thus far and we aren't sure why - just look at this sweet little face!
Pepe is used to sleeping in his owners bed or his crate at nights and is a great little companion dog. Pepe is toilet trained, great on the leash and loves his walks! Although he is older, he is very active and loves to do "zoomies" when you come home from anywhere to show his happiness! Once Pepe gets to know you and develops trust he is very loving, loyal and snuggly. Often pawing at you to keep patting him, if you happen to stop!
Pepe's former owner describes him as "a quiet gentle boy".Pepe may be timid until he trusts you then totally devoted and loving. He likes you to have your arm around him when sleeping, he will paw at you sometimes to make you do so.
Pepe's foster mum says, "Pepe is just a lovely old fella who still has lots of life left in him. He gets excited when you get home or get up in the morning and darts about. Although he can live with another dog I think he would prefer to be the one and only. As much as my dog tries to play with him she usually gets some teeth baring back and hes always nudging in to get in front of her."
Pepe is a true rescue, however, and will need someone who is patient with him and happy to have a "diamond in the rough" initially. You will need to take Pepe under your wing and show him love and encouragement, then watch him bloom into a loving and loyal companion.
Pepe was a rescued from another home and suffered tremendously as a puppy. This is still reflected in his unsure behavior - Although unsure, he is not snappy or naughty, just worried about whether he can trust you initially.
Pepe has an unusual quirk where he doesn't like being around doors and humans. This is often a common sign dogs have been kicked or pushed through doorways. We will continue to work on his trusting of humans in foster care, however a portion of the work will need to be done with whomever is committed to Pepe as his lifelong owner.
Pepe doesn't particularly enjoy the car and can shake or tremble when in the car, but is well behaved and much better when crated in the car. He feels safer in the crate.
Like many dogs, Pepe can become timid when he hears a loud noise (such as a car) going past. He has been getting much better with these kinds of things while in his foster mum's care.
Pepe has been checked by our vet,vaccinated up to date, and flea and wormed (every 3 months by the trust). He has also had recent bloods taken (on 04/02/2020) confirm he is healthy.
Pepe has had some great weight-loss thanks to his committed foster mum- He came into care at a whopping 6.3kg! But is now down below 4kg, which is amazing progress! We ask his adopter to keep up his fantastic weight-loss.
Pepe received a dental on 12th February 2020, to remove some rotten teeth and clean others prior to going to his new home. He will not need another dental for a while but we recommend annual check-ups with the vet for all toy breeds.
On 26 March 2020 Pepe was x-rayed as we noticed he seemed sore in his hips and leg. Our vet found the following: a) An unusual conformation of his hips (ie. very long neck at the head of his femur); and b) Pepe was unable to fully extend right knee stifle, with crepitus (crunching) in the joint, probably secondary to poor hop conformation. We treated Pepe as follows: a) Initial weekly injections of "Synovan" to treat inflammation until 23rd April 2020, then one injection every 3 months; plus b) Adding the "4Cyte" supplement to his food to assist in joint health and movement. c) Metacam as required, if in any pain.
NOTE: Pepe will still be cleared to adopt and has many years of life still in him and this can be easily managed. Any Adopter just needs to be able to allow for his injections ($20.00-$30.00) every 3 months and 4Cyte supplement ($46.00 for 50g according to "myVet.co.nz). This is non-negotiable, we need to be sure Pepe's adopter will be willing to meet the expenses associated with keeping him happy and healthy.
- Pepe is located in Christchurch and due to the fact we feel he may require support in order to be integrated into an adoptive family - Pepe is available to Christchurch/Canterbury adopters only.
- Must have fully fenced backyard with no holes or gaps (pictures to be provided with application form).
- Sorry NO full time workers - very part time, retired and those who work from home will be a great match. Pepe has always had his owner at home with him.
- Must be able and willing to ensure Pepe receives his 3-monthly injections of Synovan, and purchase his 4cyte supplement.
- Rescue dog knowledge would be an asset but not essential. You will need to have patience and take care not to overwhelm him.
- Pepe would be fine as an only dog; OR perhaps with another older dog. He is not really interested in playing with others or the companionship of other dogs.
* 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: $400.00
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 full 100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.
If you are interested in applying to adopt Pepe, 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.