Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Chihuahua / Terrier / Mixed (short coat)
Weight: 8.8 lbs
Estimated Birthdate: 2/27/2016
Fence Needed: yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Truman was part of a group of dogs seized from a home. CPR partnered with a local shelter to help these animals.
What is my personality like: Truman has a personality the size of a Great Dane. When he steps out into his yard, he wants everyone to know it. To a new face, he wants to seem like a scary junk yard dog, but to his people he knows, he's simply a cuddly little mess. Truman is more comfortable with women than men, but a patient man can still win his heart. With new people he will bark and if pressed too hard, he'll bite. However, with treats and time, he will learn to trust anyone, and become a new snuggle buddy! He is very affectionate with the people he knows, but he is also very jealous.
Truman will chase away other dogs if they come too close while he is getting loved on. He always wants to be near his human friends, and will follow you everywhere. For a dog that tries to come across as scruffy, he is very affectionate. He is terrified on a leash, and freaks out as soon as he feels anything around his neck. He won't need professional grooming, but he will need someone very patient to bathe and brush him. He isn't one to really mess with toys yet, and playing with other dogs isn't something he does often, but he will get along with others in his area, as long as they aren't trying to steal the spotlight from him.
What kind of home would be best for me: The best home for Truman would be a quiet home with no children or other dogs. Someone who is patient, loving, and willing to understand where Truman came from. Knowing that he was in a hoarder situation, there are some behaviors he picked up to survive, and some of them will dissipate completely with time. Some, however, will always be a part of him, like a scar that won't heal. Truman will never be the dog that shows off his newest trick to your friends, but once he is familiar with them, he will be more than happy to con treats and belly rubs out of them.
How do I act when I first meet new people: At first, Truman will bark a lot, and if pressed too hard, he will bite. Feed him treats, and let him come to you, and soon you will have him eating out of your hand. He really does want to be loved, but his past makes that difficult for him.
Medical Information - Truman is up to date on all of his shots, Heart worm negative, and neutered. Unfortunately, he also has a long standing fracture in his jaw with a large piece of mandible missing. If a reduction were to be done, a major deformity would result causing a severe wry mouth worse than it is now. If repair was to be attempted, the success of this is speculative, and would need an oral surgeon to evaluate.
Tips and Tidbits: Truman's estimated birthday is 02/27/2016. Truman is a good boy, with a hard past and a lot of love to give for a long time to come. He needs a loving home that will help him take the difficult steps needed to learn how to be a normal lap dog.
House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained. A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.
Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.
Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.
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