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Name: Faith
Status: Adopted!
Species: Dog
Breed: Chihuahua / Chinese Crested-Hairless / Mixed (short coat)
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Sex: Female (spayed)
Current Size: 4 Pounds
General Potential Size: Small
Current Age: 16 Years 4 Months (best estimate)
Activity Level: Slightly Active
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor Only
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Yes
Good with Kids: No
Housetrained: No
Description:

 

Faith is a very small,  5# hairless Chihuahua / Chinese Crested mix.  She is currently being fostered in Northeast Ohio. 

Faith came to us as an owner surrender.  Previous to that, she lived in a home with many other dogs. She had spent quite a lot of time in a crate in her previous home and will pace in large circles or smaller circles when stressed, confused or bored.  At her current foster home, she only spends time in a crate while we're away.  Otherwise, we keep her on our lap, on the couch, or in bed with us at night time.  She also enjoys burrowing under blankets in her own bed.  Faith is not house broken and is not crate trained.  She will potty in her crate.  However, she is pretty reliable on a potty pad during the night if she needs to go to the bathroom and during the day when left out of her crate.  Since we have doggy stairs connected to the side of the bed, it's safer for her to get down due to her size. 

Faith is quiet, loves to burrow under blankets and sometimes likes to cuddle.  Some days she'll curl up with the other dogs but generally doesn't socialize with them and doesn't even notice our cats.  When approached by other dogs she growls, but no biting.  It's more like she's saying, "Hey!, I'm little so watch out!"  Faith loves to chew raw bones and lets the other dogs know if they are too close!  So far, she's not really a big fan of other dogs other then to occasionally curl up next to them if there is no other place to lay down.

Currently, Faith is eating a combination of ground raw food and home cooked.  Since Faith is so tiny, any size kibble would be difficult for her to chew.  She lost 6 teeth during her dental and the veterinarian told us that her teeth were not normal and more like 'little needles'.  Faith will need to be kept on a custom diet for the remainder of her life.   We've also added some vitamins and supplements to her regimine to boost her immune system and also have added whole milk yogurt to add some weight.  She absolutely devours her raw food and raw marrow bones!  Faith would benefit seeing an integrated veterinarian for her vetting in the future as she may be suseptible to some health issues.

Since her previous owners had witnessed her having a couple of seizures over the past couple of years, her foster parents feel that they could have been brought on by stress.  That being said, we're watching her closely for any signs in case she has a relapse.  Due to this, we feel that she wouldn't be a very good candidate for shipping, either by plane or ground transport company. If you are interested in adopting Faith, a trip to Ohio would be necessary by car.

Faith is very quirky, very small and probably not a good candidate for an overly active home.  The perfect home for Faith would be with somebody who's home most of the time, has no larger dogs or dogs who are very active, and possibley could be good with kids over 12 as long as they were responsible and respectful. Faith would be a loyal companion for somebody who just wants a little one to give 100% of themselves. 

For more information, or if you have any questions about Faith, please contact crestedmommy@yahoo.com

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