Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Chihuahua (medium coat)
Weight: 11.6 lbs
Height: 12 in
Estimated Birthdate: 4/28/2017
Fence Needed: Yes
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Frost was part of a large group of chihuahuas surrendered to a local shelter. Carolina Poodle Rescue pulled him from the shelter.
Special Needs: Frost is neutered and up to date on all vaccines. Frost has heartworms and was treated on 06/22/2021. The protocol we use is two-fold. We do a pre-treat people where the dog takes doxycycline (an antibiotic) for at least 30 days. During this time the dog is also on regular heartworm prevention. The drug doxycycline weakens the adult heartworms. We then used a drug called diroban (a generic immiticide) to kill the adult heartworms. The dogs are given 2 injections of diroban 24 hours apart. They are then under strict rest protocols for 5 weeks - mostly cage rest with limited leash walks each day. They go in for a follow-up vet visit after their resting period. Our plan is for Frost to be able to go his new home on or about 7/23/21. Frost will have to be on regular heartworm prevention for the rest of his life.
What kind of home would be best for me: Frost arrived in rescue as part of a hoarding case. He's had little to no socialization and little to no training. His forever home is with an owner experienced with rescue, ideally with the chihuahua breed. Frost needs time in a new home. Time to build trust and patience to do so in a loving way. This will not happen in the first week.
Frost will be a flight risk when you take him home. He needs a fenced yard and should wear a harness and trailing leash for the first month in his new home. Frost is not suited for life with children. He needs a quiet home where there is a consistent routine and visitors are few.
What is my personality like: In March of 2021, an EMS unit received a call for a wellness check. What they found was a home with 50 chihuahuas and animal control was called right away. Their owner was well intended, but unable to care for her dogs and needed medical attention. Frost was one of the 50. We suspect these dogs had never met a human besides their owner, had never been anywhere besides their home, and had never received any sort of training or significant care.
It is no surprise that Frost is timid and under-socialized given his tough beginnings. But this boy is eager to be a companion, to learn and to be loved. He's made so much progress in rescue with our caregivers in a short amount of time. The day Frost arrived in rescue he hid in a corner away from everyone and wanted nothing to with anyone. His mission was simple - to hide his face and hope no one saw him. Within 1 month, Frost was taking treats from his caregiver's hand, open to gentle petting, and allowing people he trusts to pick him up. We are so proud of him!
Frost needs time and experience. Time to learn to trust and to learn that you won't betray him. Space to feel confident in a new environment and to learn the routine. In the first few weeks in his new home, Frost will not run to meet you. He will not get on the couch on his own and won't seek out affection. He has to trust you first. But once he is comfortable, Frost is a wonderful companion. When you pick him up, he sits in a content, calm style on your lap and enjoys being petted. Frost's crate is his safe place. He will need this as he transitions into his new home.
Frost is a young, shy boy whose personality is slowly showing through. As they saying goes, you are never too old to start over. Frost is ready to start his new beginning in an experienced, patient home!
How do I act when I first meet new people: Shy
Tips and Tidbits: Frost's estimated birthday is 4/28/2017
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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