#10128 Embers

Adoption Pending
Small-size, Female, Senior Chihuahua x Terrier,
Energy Level 1

Energy Level 1 - Is it time for a nap yet? Prefers naps over walks.

I’m Embers. I’m a shy girl who is looking for a quiet, safe home where I can blossom. I’m about 15 pounds, and estimated to be 9-10 years old. I was rescued from a breeder situation, where I was abused, filthy, and neglected. I’ve come to OPH to find a better life.

The volunteers don’t know much about my previous life, but it seems clear that I didn’t have much positive exposure to people. I am frightened easily, as I was rarely if ever exposed to the world. Until I was rescued, I didn’t ever have a person I could count on, a warm bed, or a safe place to sleep. For the past year, I have been trying to learn how to be a dog and how to trust people. I’m still really scared most of the time, but my personality is starting to peek out. It turns out I love chicken breast, and lick mats, and really small stuffed toys I can snuggle with.

Before rescue, I was used to being kept in a small space, not much bigger than a rabbit hutch, so larger areas intimidate me. My crate is my safe space and I spend most of my time curled up in my bed in my crate. I don’t make a peep, and I am fine with the other dog in my foster home. We mostly ignore each other except for a sniff here and there, but I do seem to feel a little more comfortable with her around. I will tolerate being touched, but I have not yet learned to like being petted. I am doing very well on potty training. My foster takes me out in the fenced yard on a regular basis and as long as I go while I am out, I rarely have accidents. Being outside is very scary for me, and I am too scared to go on walks.

I am looking for an extremely patient adopter who will give me time and space, let me develop at my own pace, and will not expect me to do most of the things normal dogs do. Someone who has a heart for rescuing a dog with special emotional needs. My foster mom says she loves the feeling of having my quiet presence hanging out with her in my crate while she works, reads, or watches tv. I may never learn to want to be petted, or to go for walks on a leash, but I have an endearing little face and I will capture your heart if you give me a chance.

Embers is up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been spayed. She is best in a home without small children and is not suitable in an apartment, condo or other urban setting. Embers is currently being fostered in Alexandria, VA.

All adult dogs, cats, and kittens are altered prior to adoption. Puppies too young to be altered at the time of adoption must be brought to our partner vet in Davidsonville, MD for spay or neuter paid for by Operation Paws for Homes by 6 months of age. Adopters may choose to have the procedure done at their own vet before 6 months of age and be reimbursed the amount that the rescue would pay our partner vet in Davidsonville.

This dog's bio is based off the experiences of the foster and/or volunteers of OPH as well as any information that we received from the shelter or previous owner. This is very important because it means that while they may act one way in the foster’s home, you may experience something different in your home.