Arrived in NZCR care: 1 July 2021
Breed: Chihuahua - Long Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Cat trainable, with a lot of work and support. Ideally, no cats.
Child Friendly: 6 years and older, must be doggy knowledgeable.
Human Sociable: See below.
Dog Sociable: Dog trainable, with a lot of work and support.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Rusty and Bella were surrendered together after their owners were moving overseas and reached out to NZCR for assistance. As both dogs have very different personalities and aspects of their behavior we would like to work on, they have been separated. Rusty had a tendency to be possessive and dominate Bella.
Due to the fact he wasn't socialized as a pup, Rusty can be wary of strangers and unsure about new people coming to his home. He needs to be approached carefully and allowed the space to become comfortable in his own time. Any Adopter will need to be aware and understand that he is a work in progress dog, who needs patience, repetition and routines to be able to thrive. His foster carer has begun him on his path, but he will need reinforcement by any Adopter.
Rusty's former owner describes him as very energetic and playful. He can be very affectionate and loving once he gets to know you.
Rusty's former owner says he was not socialized very much as a puppy, he had never met any Chihuahuas other than Bella. As a result, Rusty can be barky and unsure of other dogs. We are working with Rusty on this behavior. Rusty is being fostered with one German Shepard and one cat. His foster has worked very hard to ensure that he is OK around both. We would ideally like to find a cat and dog-free home for Rusty, unless the Adopter was willing to do the same amount of work to ensure that he was OK around their pets.
Rusty is being fostered with one younger child and loves her! But he does need to be around children who are doggy knowledgeable and able to take his signals on board / give him space if he asks for it. We would not adopt to a home with children younger than 6 years of age.
Rusty has not been taught much in terms of his behavior or training and now he is an adult, all of this has been very new to him. Rusty will need his training to continue with any prospective Adopter. For this reason, he will need someone who is committed to a “diamond in the rough”. He is re-learning appropriate behaviors and to be a good boy. Rusty’s foster says that he has a “weird quirk” where when he wants attention he'll lunge and mouth your nose, chin or fingers when you try and text or use your phone. It is his way of showing affection, he’s very mouthy.
Rusty does not like the car as he is not used to it and will whine when travelling, we recommend he is crated for travel. Sleeping wise, Rusty is not yet crate trained and prefers to sleep on the bed with his humans - His foster is working on both at present.
Rusty loves to go for walks and is great on a lead.
Rusty does not like loud noises and will become upset at sirens etc.
Rusty's foster mum has been working extensively with him and says:
"We're pushing him a little to do things but he's coping well he recovers quickly. He's just shy, but already he's good with one cat even playing and following pretty good with him."
Rusty attended our vet on 06/07/2021 and was given a full bill of health.
Rusty was de-sexed and had a dental completed on 07/07/2021. Please do be aware that toy breeds need regular dental monitoring and maintenance.
Rusty will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Rusty 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.
Help us to Help Rusty!
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 Rusty'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:
- Preferably, Rusty is to be rehomed within the Christchurch/local Canterbury area only as he will require assistance to integrate into his new home from our team members. BUT we would potentially consider an Adopter from outside of Canterbury provided they had the necessary rescue dog experience and ability to commit to Rusty's progression behaviorally. They would need to travel to meet Rusty and adhere to the terms of our out of town adoptions policy (see adoptions tab for details).
- Rusty has not been taught much in terms of his behavior or training. He was unsocialized and not used to foreign environments. Although he is now an adult, all of this has been very new to him. Rusty will need his training to continue with any prospective Adopter. For this reason, he will need a doggy-experienced and knowledgeable owner. Someone with rescue dog knowledge would be ideal. You need to ensure that Rusty is not overwhelmed initially and take things at his pace. As noted above, we have assisted Rusty with his training, but he is a work in progress and part of this work will need to be done by whomever adopts him so that he is aware that the rules still apply!
- Rusty needs an owner who is home often, no full time (out of home) workers. Rusty's owner must either be part time, working from home permanently, or retired yet active. Rusty would not suit being taken to a busy work place or left home alone for hours on end.
- Rusty is an active dog and needs an owner able to walk him for a decent amount of time each day. Not suitable for a quiet, retired life style.
- Must have a fully fenced backyard with no holes or gaps (this includes rural properties also) Rusty would be prone to escaping!
- Children in the home must be at least 6 years old AND be doggy knowledgeable.
- Rusty is cat and dog trainable, but does not immediately love either. Ideally Rusty needs a cat and dog-free home We would perhaps consider a home with an outdoors cat if the Adopter was willing and capable of doing the same amount to train Rusty to "leave it". Not compatible for male dogs or large dogs - He would be OK with a female small breed dog.
- NO SOLO MEN APPLICANTS PLEASE - Rusty is very wary of males. He is more comfortable around female owners and would perhaps be OK with a male and female couple in time. But likely to bond closer to the female initially and will require patience from any male owner. We would not home him to a solo male applicant due to his current dislike of males.
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.