Arrived in NZCR care: 16th February 2020
DOB: 28th January 2009.
Breed: Chihuahua Cross (unknown)
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No - Crossbred.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Confident cats only.
Child Friendly: No - 8 years and older.
Human Sociable: Yes, see more about "introductions" below.
Dog Sociable: Dogs of a similar age and energy level, only.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Poppy is a private surrender from down South. Unfortunately it has become clear she cannot be in a home with children. No further details are available.
Poppy's former owner states that Poppy is happy, "as long as she has a nice warm sunny spot to sleep or some blankets to burrow in!" Despite her age, Poppy is quite active. She loves to go for a drive in the car, or a walk on her lead. Poppy also loves to play with her toys. This lovely wee lady is very young at heart! Poppy loves to play and she wants you to join in.
Poppy loves walks where she can interact with other dogs. Walks better with a harness,as with collars she pulls to much.
Poppy is quite obedient and well toilet trained and would fit in well with a small household of adults who are home a lot.
Poppy's favorite thing is lots of soft blankets and a sunny room.
Poppy is anxious and nervous around children. She cannot be around young children or homed in a house with young children.
In terms of people - Poppy has been great with us and meeting new people. Poppy's former owner states that she likes being around just a few familiar people and doesn't like to be left alone. Poppy can become overwhelmed in large crowds. Poppy needs to have her space and to be approached respectfully by people she doesn't know (ie, sniff, pat under chin not on head etc) but is okay with adults if they let her warm slowly to them.
Poppy is tolerant of other dogs, but not as friendly as she was as a younger dog (was well socialized with puppy school). She has lived with another dog for 11 years but they will sometimes fight occasionally. Poppy would be OK with another older, similar energy dog. Poppy is fine with older dogs, not keen on younger ones. Not scared of big big dogs. Loves
In terms of cats, her former owner says she is not the best with them and can be wary. Confident cats may be OK. Ones who are timid and run may trigger her prey drive to give chase. Please don't apply if you have a timid cat.
Poppy is already de-sexed and micro-chipped Poppy has also been vaccinated up to date.
Poppy had her preliminary check up and bloods taken by our vet, Dr Tracey Tonkin of Tram Road Animal Care Services on 03/03/2021.
Poppy had her dental completed on 17/03/2021, Poppy has 3 perfectly polished and clean teeth now!
Our vet notes that Poppy has a couple of medical things to note which we are addressing:
• Firstly, she is known to suffer occasional skin allergy issues. Poppy has been known to "over-groom herself" and as a result, has been prescribed a low-dose of steroids to resolve this in the past. So far though, this seems improved with her diet. Poppy is currently raw fed.
• Poppy has a very minor (grade 1) heart murmur on one side of her heart. This is too low to require medications at present, it is very minor.
• Like many chihuahuas, Poppy does have a luxating patella on her right leg but is not a surgical candidate.
• Our vet also located a small mass on Poppy’s leg which was found to be inflammation. Poppy is on a cream and wearing a very fashionable e-collar to prevent licking.
Help us to Help Poppy!
Donations received for Poppy will be used to pay for her medical treatment, such as: her blood tests, dental procedure and leg lump removal, together with flea and worming and kennel cough vaccine. We also use donations to pay for things such as Poppy's raw diet, bed and bedding, toys and any other disposables she may need or want!
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 by donating to Poppy'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 can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
- Poppy is available for adoption New Zealand wide, due to her happy demeanor.
- Poppy would be best as an only dog, or with one other dog of a similar age and energy range.
- Would best suit a part-time worker or someone working from home. Poppy is not suitable for a full time worker, or those out of the house often. It wouldn't be fair to expect her to adjust to an office full of new people, or customers, either. Like most dogs, she can become overwhelmed if there are too many new faces. For that reason, she wouldn't be able to go to work with someone (until they had her a sufficient amount of time ie. months and had bonded with her).
- Not to be rehomed with young children. Please do not apply if you have children under the age of 8 years. Children overwhelm Poppy.
- Poppy is wary of cats, she would perhaps be OK with a confident cat in the home.
- Adopter will need to ensure Poppy is fed quality, grain-free food. This is important to her overall and skin health. We feed "ACANA" or "Orijen" Senior.
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: $300.00
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.