Chihuahua / Mixed (short coat) : : Female (spayed) : : Adult : : Small
Gia Gia Mama Mia! Our quirky chihuahua is about 7 years old an 9 pounds. She is a local owner surrender - her daddy had to surrender her due to his health and was heartbroken that he had to do so. Gia has an incredible underbite that gives her a unique look and it does intimidate people but it's just a few extra teeth! She's not the prettiest girl on the block but we love her just the same!
Gia oh Gia. She is a character! Here is a quick summary of her - if you think she may be a match, there is more detail below! First and foremost, Gia requires a dog savvy owner. She is not a first time dog owner type of gal. You will understand if you have ever had a 'complicated' or 'quirky' small dog. She needs time to get to know you and trust you. She prefers to be the only dog. She will likely do better with a single owner/couple rather than a busy family.
Gia takes a few days to warm up to new people, and you have to earn her trust. She needs some time to observe you and the house to get a feel for you. Gia doesn't like to be pushed or forced into anything. Treats are a great way to win her over, although she may not take them gently. A firm "gentle" will help her understand.
Gia loves to sleep with her person and is very cuddly in bed. She likes to sleep between your legs or near your head. However, she is also happy to sleep in her little bed under covers on the end of your bed. She loves to go under the blankets, and if you don't lift them, she will awkwardly stand on you until you do. She has even been known to play a little with her foster mom while in bed!
Gia used to live as the only dog in her previous home, and we have learned that this is what she prefers. However, she now lives with other dogs but tends to intimidate them by growling and chasing them a little. But, this behavior is as far as it goes, and she just wants to assert her dominance. Also, she is quick to retreat to her bed when corrected. As far as the cats in her foster home are concerned, she seems to not mind them at all.
Kids - nope. No one under the age of 15. If children visit your home, put Gia in a crate or another room so she is not stressed.
Gia appears to be house-trained - chihuahua style! During bad weather or the initial transition period, she should be allowed to use potty pads. She enjoys going for walks around the neighborhood and is well-behaved on a leash. Gia has a fully fenced yard in her foster home, which is helpful. She is also crate trained, but she prefers to be behind a gate if necessary. Although she is not the dog park or brewery kind of dog, she does well in a car and likes to go for rides with her foster mom.
We understand that Gia can be a challenging dog, but we also know that once she is given a genuine opportunity, she can be an affectionate, charming, and amusing dog. Her forever home is out there, and we are committed to caring for her until she finds it. Gia will stay with us as long as it takes to find her perfect match.
Gia is spayed, up to date with vaccines, microchipped, flea/worm treated and tested neg. for heartworm. Her adoption fee is $400
More about Gia
Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Does not require a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Likes to be in your lap, Apartment OK