Palomo is an adorable Chi-Weenie (chihuahua doxie) with a sad story, looking for a happier ending. He had been with his 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."
Palomo is about 9 years old, and weighs in at (a slightly overweight) 14 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. He gets along fine with other dogs, large and small, but isn’t particularly interested in play. Since he appears to not have a strong prey drive (ignores squirrels), he would probably do well with cats.
When he first arrived at his new foster home, while not unfriendly, he was a bit reserved with strangers and took a little time to warm up. After several days with his foster mom, though, he wags his tail and follows her around, (especially if he suspects dinnertime is near!)
Another of Palomo’s favorite things is chilling on the sofa, and if you scratch behind his ears and under his chin, he’ll cuddle beside you forever. He shows no interest in chewing on things, and has only barked briefly at a visitor from his perch on the sofa.
If you’re looking for an easy, undemanding companion, Palomo is your boy. Because of his initial reserved nature and disinterest in play, he would not make a good playmate for a child, although he has been around children previously and is fine with them. He would be the perfect companion for a senior, or really anyone, who just wants a quiet, low maintenance, low activity little dog.
Palomo has been diagnosed with a mild- to mid-grade systolic heart murmur, not uncommon in small dogs like this breed and older dogs. However, chest x-rays show no signs of failure or enlargement. 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 Palomo 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 Palomo 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 Palomo that life, he is watiing to meet you!
Palomo's reduced adoption fee of $235 includes: vet exam, heartworm test, DAPPL(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.