Arrived in NZCR care: 27/01/2024
Breed: Chihuahua (Long Coat)
Registered with NZCAR: Yes.
Vaccinated: Yes on 31/01/24
DogsNZ (NZKC): No.
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council.
Cat Friendly: Yes.
Child Friendly: Over the age of 6+ years.
Human Sociable: Yes, but shy.
Dog Sociable: Yes.
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Zoey's owners for five years divorced and returned her to the breeder. The breeder was unable to keep her due to her own health and age and contacted our Rescue to assist.
Personality and Information on Zoey:
In terms of her training, Zoey knows her name well, is crate trained (she sleeps here overnight) which will also help her integrate into a new home with ease. Zoey knows some commands like "sit" and enjoys a walk on the leash.
Zoey is energetic and young, not a “couch potato” so she’s best suited for someone who will be able to ensure she enjoys an active life - walks and plenty of adventures out of the home or family life! Zoey will be bored if left at home alone too long or paired with an older, less active owner.
Zoey is a loving and cuddly to those she knows. But initially may be fearful (hide) from strangers coming into her space. Her Adopter must be capable of assisting with her confidence in this area (we recommend utilizing a trainer for advice). If you give Zoey plenty of patience to allow her to become comfortable in her own time then her true personality will shine. For example, after being shy the first few days she is now so comfortable with her foster mum she recently accompanied her golfing! With those she knows, Zoey is absolutely fine being picked up and handled - loves cuddles and being on your lap! Zoey was also handled by our vet and a groomer (complete strangers to her) without any issue.
Zoey has met cats in passing and we are advised that she lived with them prior without issue. So she would be OK with a cat that is doggy-confident and lived with dogs prior. If your cat has not lived with a dog prior, you should discuss the integration of this aspect with a trainer prior to applying for any dogs.
Zoey is comfortable around other dogs. We are advised she previously resided with a Golden Retriever and now lives in a foster home with two (older and special needs) Chihuahuas. Zoey seems to enjoy human company more than dogs, but co-exists fine and has had no issues with the other dogs. Zoey hasn't engaged in snuggling or playing with her foster siblings, but she might do so with younger, more active dogs. However, we discourage adopting Zoey (or any other dogs) solely as a friend for another dog, as she may not fulfill that role. She does happily co-exist with other dogs.
Zoey hasn't been exposed to small animals yet, and her previous owners believe she wouldn't be suitable for young children due to her shy and quiet nature. Older children who understand her need for space and allow her to approach them at her own pace would be a better match.
Zoey is prone to barking at stimuli (which we are working on) so she is not suitable for a novice owner or someone unwilling to engage a trainer to assist if needed. But also, Zoey cannot to be left home alone with visibility to the street or visitors coming/going as this may increase her barking when you are not present. Her foster mum says, " As she’s gotten more comfortable she is starting to bark at stimuli so a back or quiet section might be preferred. We are working on it. But one of my biggest questions would be are there any things that are going to cause her to bark (at stimuli)? do other dogs bark because she would gladly join in!"
Toilet training: Once she has adjusted to home, Zoey is great with toilet-training. But please note (as with all rescue dogs adjusting to a new home) you need to actively train them to know where they go and to monitor them until they learn the routine at your home. Zoey requires an owner who can dedicate ample time to her, particularly during the initial stages of settling into a new environment and establishing a toilet-training routine.
Chihuahuas, being companion breeds, thrive on daytime companionship. Zoey needs someone present for her - so someone who works part-time or is retired but still active, capable of integrating her into their workplace or working from home is suitable. While Zoey can tolerate being left with a canine companion for short periods while her owner is away, she is not suitable to be left alone for extended periods (for example: 6-8 hours per day).
Zoey attended our vet for a comprehensive health assessment on 31/01/2023. Her heart, lungs, coat and general health is great and she was vaccinated up to date. Zoey also doesn’t need a dental for another 6-12 months.
Like many toy breeds, Zoey has luxating patellas – the vet has noted she is a grade 2 both sides. But as there’s no lameness or pain, she’s not a surgical case. Zoey is a little plump and will need to lose some weight and remain trim as this will benefit her knees too.
From her medical history we know that Zoey had surgery to correct "cherry eye" when she was around 6 months old. There are no remaining issues with her sight or eyes.
Weight-loss: Zoey will need to continue her diet (ACANA small breed - a quality kibble available from all good pet stores): as this important for her overall health and well being for two reasons: (i) her weight needs to remain low to benefit her patellas; and (ii) to ensure she doesn't suffer stomach upset from a change of food as she can be sensitive to diet changes.
Zoey will be flea and worm treated every 3 months while in trust care, to be continued by the Adopter.
Zoey 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 Zoey!
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 Zoey's cause, all donations, small or large, help us to help her/him! 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:
Zoey will spend some time settling into foster care while we get to know her personality and update this profile accordingly, including her adopter requirements (below).
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: $600.00 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, 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.
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