Belle (& Taco) Chihuahua Young Female
This sweet bonded pair, Taco & Belle, have had unfortunate luck in their very short lives. They lost their original owner suddenly to a stroke and were passed around to different family members for a few months. They ended up with the 80-year-old grandmother who was legally blind and taking care of her disabled son, so she didn't have the time or bandwidth to take on 2 young dogs. A part of the family reached out to Worthy Dog for help, and we gladly took them in. The duo came to N. VA and were adopted in February by a really lovable couple, and we thought they had found their forever home. Sadly, their current mom, Lynn, who is only in her 30's, is going through a significant and unexpected health challenge, and suffering from kidney failure. She had a kidney transplant 18 yrs ago and was in good health when she adopted the puppies. The couple was so very excited to have these dogs, and even started an Instagram account for Taco & Bell to share updates About 2 mons ago, Lynn's kidney started failing, and she ended up in the hospital for weeks. She is now on the transplant list waiting for a donor and has to do dialysis three to 4 days a week. She travels from VA to MD to a military facility for treatment, and the dialysis wipes out her energy when she gets home. Lynn has been the primary caregiver for the puppies and had the flexibility to work from home. Her husband is active duty, and travels frequently, so he's not home during the day to help. Her mom and friends have been helping out, and kept Taco & Bell when she was hospitalized, but it's not a longterm solution. In the interest of the dogs, Lynn has made the difficult decision to rehome them. She feels they aren't getting the time and attention they deserve, and with another transplant surgery in her future, she may be out of commission for an extended period. She wants to find a home for them before transplant surgery, and have peace of mind that they will be well taken care of. She is fostering them until a nice family can be found. TACO & BELLE Taco & Belle have been together their whole lives and are a bonded pair. Taco is more timid, but loves his buddy Belle, and looks to her for reassurance. Taco needs a little more time to settle in and trust, but once he connects, he's very trusting and affectionate. Both dogs fancy themselves lap dogs once they get to know you. This wonderful duo loves to play and will keep each other entertained during the day. They are crate trained, enjoy their daily walks, and are housebroken, but do need regular potty breaks. Belle lets you know she needs to go out, and Taco will follow her lead once he settles in. Initially, Taco was prone to marking or excited peeing when he was unexpectedly picked up, but that was more about nerves. They used a belly band to settle him in, and both dogs have been trained on pee pads. Lynn will leave them gated in the kitchen when she goes in for treatment, and has a dog walker or her mom come in when she's out of the home for more than five or 6 hours. These 2 puppies are very connected, so we will only adopt them out as a pair. They are buddies who love to play and nap together and keep each other entertained. They are both afraid of loud noises and strangers and need time to acclimate to visitors, but once they know the person, like grandma, they are all excitement and kisses. We feel a quiet, calm home is the best fit for them - an fully grown or senior couple, or empty nesters would be ideal. If you are looking for 2 little puppies who will add joy and much entertainment to your life, please apply today. They are long overdue for their forever home. Breed: Chihuahua Weight: 12 pounds (needs to lose a pound or two) Age: ~ 2 to 2.5yrs Gender: Female Adoption charge: $500 (pair) Vetting: updated on vaccines, dewormed, spayed micro chipped. Location: Gainesville, VA FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go tohttp://worthydog.org/adopt/adoption-application/ and complete the application. You can also help save dogs like this 1 by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go tohttp://worthydog.org/volunteer/foster-application/ and fill out an application. Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
September 16 on American Listed