Hi! My name is Rico. I would like to find a family that is willing to foster me as soon as possible. Even though everyone at PAWS is really awesome, I’m finding my time in the shelter to be extremely stressful and I would be much happier in a more consistent home environment until I can find my forever family.
Let me tell you a little bit about me. I’m a 3 year old Chihuahua and I weigh 14 lbs. I’m what they call an “orange” behaviorally which means I’m vivacious, vibrant, and cheerful! I love people! This is my personality the majority of the time but every now and then I need my space (some say I can be cat like in this way but I just don’t see the comparison!). So my foster family will need to learn to understand my moods and respect my need for a bit of down time every now and then. I’m also a really smart guy and know loads of commands.
I was transferred to PAWS from another shelter where I came in as a stray and when I first arrived I was very stressed and scared. I’ve had a lot of change in my 3 years and wasn’t always well treated in my past and as a result I have some sensitivities when people handle me, particularly when putting on a harness. I also guard my yummy food sometimes. My friends at PAWS and my awesome trainer have helped build my confidence and trust in people. I love my training classes (and the treats!!) and am super proud that my trainer told me I’m an A+++ student. I’ve made tons of progress but will need a family that can understand and learn to recognize my behaviors (I give clear signals!) and be patient with my challenges.
I’m looking for a family that is dog savvy, willing to be patient and committed to continue to help manage my behaviors as I’m still a work in progress. PAWS is including sessions with my trainer to help me settle into a foster home and will also cover medical and food expenses. I would love to be the apple of your eye so an adult family without other pets would be the best situation for me. I will also need a yard so I can stretch my legs – it doesn’t have to be big – but it will make things easier if I can go out without having to be harnessed each time.
Please contact my friends at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about me and make an appointment for us to meet.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to meeting you!
Update: Rico has been adopted!