#11841 Toucan

Small-size, Female, Senior Chihuahua,

Hello!  I am Toucan, and I would be pleased to make your acquaintance.  I weigh about seven pounds and measure less than 20 inches nose to tail.  Being that I am currently bunking with a 20 pound Puggle and a 95 pound German Shepherd Dog, I have to keep my wits about me!  Would you like to learn about the secret tactics little dogs use to navigate the big world?  It will take a long time to tell them all, so the sooner we get started, the better!

Toucan is likely about seven years old, and appears to be a dachshund-chihuahua mix.  She spends most of her day snoozing in front of foster mom's wood stove, with occasional visits outside for potty time and exploration.  She loves her morning and evening walks -- she alternates her time between wind sprints in level areas and clambering through leaves and around branches and tree roots in the forest proper.  It is quite remarkable to see such a tiny dog moving so determinedly through the forest.  She prefers to run free, and does not care for a collar or leash.  Foster mom is working with her to get her more accustomed to both.  She is an extremely fast little dog, and while safe roaming free in the forest at her foster home, she should be leashed for walks in urban or suburban areas. Click here to see her in action!

Toucan was  a bit cranky and aloof when she first came in to rescue.  That moodiness may have been related to her recently having whelped and weaned a litter of pups.  In her current foster home, she is consistently affectionate with foster mom and tolerant of the Puggle.  She is willing to observe the German Shepherd Dog quietly so long as the latter is at a safe distance (she barks and fusses if the GSD tries to approach).   Foster mom took Toucan to the vet to have her nails trimmed and anal glands expressed (never a pleasant experience!) and the vet tech reported that Toucan wiggled a little but did not growl or try to nip.  After barking at a neighbor encountered on the morning walk, Toucan allowed herself to be petted and then happily continued exploring while foster mom and the neighbor visited.

Toucan jumps up to greet foster mom in the morning and skips about in excited anticipation of meals.  She has her pensive moments, but always responds enthusiastically to invitations to hop on the sofa or go outside.  She loves to lie in the sun during the day, and sleep quietly and snugly in the big bed at night.  She does not initiate barking, but will join in if the other two pups in the household start.

Toucan willingly eats her morning and evening kibble (she has declined canned vegan dog food and is quite choosy about tidbits from foster family meals) although she does value her privacy, and will wait until foster mom walks away to begin her meal.  She eats in her crate or ex pen, and then rests quietly there for a period of time after meals and through nights not spent in the big bed.  She is kept on a regular potty schedule and has not had any accidents in the foster home. 

Toucan is up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been spayed. Toucan is currently being fostered in Doswell, 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 Ashland, VA 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 Ashland.

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.