Byete is an adorable Chi-Weenie (chihuahua doxie) with a sad story, looking for a happier ending. He (and his half brother Palomo) had been with their mom since puppyhood, and when her health started to decline she had to move in with relatives. After several months some neighbors complained because there weren't supposed to be any pets in the apartment building, and she was given a notice that the dogs had to go or she would be evicted. Not having any other options, she reluctantly and sadly gave up her beloved pets, stating "if I had been in better health I would choose the streets before letting them go."
Byete is about 8 years old, and weighs in at 17 pounds. Being a house pet all of his life, he is reliably house trained, but is happy to be in his crate at night, and sometimes relaxes there during the day with the door open. He loves going on walks, taking in the sights and smells in the neighborhood, and enjoys exploring the fenced yard as well.
If you’re looking for an easy, undemanding companion, Byete is your guy. He would be the perfect companion for a senior, or really anyone, who just wants a quiet, low maintenance little dog.
Byete has been diagnosed with a mild- to mid-grade systolic heart murmur. However, chest x-rays show no signs of failure or enlargement. His brother Palomo has the same diagnosis, so this is probably a congenital thing, likely some mitral valve disease, which is common in small dogs like this breed and older dogs. He is currently asymptomatic and no meds or treatments are recommended at this time. His adopter will need to monitor him with their own vet, get regular annual checkups, and repeat chest films in 1 year. This condition can often be monitored for several years before it needs any attention. If and when a dog with mitral insufficiency develops symptoms, they can usually be managed long-term with medications. We are optimistic that Byete has many more years of a good life ahead of him. (Of course, there are no guarantees, but then again, there are also no guarantees with even younger or seemingly healthy dogs that medical conditions won't develop.) So Byete is looking for someone who will be committed to giving him the best rest of his life that he can have, whether that be 5 years or 15 years. If you think you're the person to give Byete that life, he is waiting to meet you!
Byete's adoption fee of $285 includes: vet exam, heartworm test, DAPP (distemper combo) vaccination, bordetella vaccination, rabies vaccination, flea/tick preventative, heartworm preventative, routine deworming, microchip and neuter. He has also had a dental cleaning so he has nice clean teeth and fresh breath.