Smedley is a sweet guy who is just looking for his forever home. I'm guessing his age to be around 8 or 9. He weighs about 8.5 lbs, with long legs and a slender body. Sadly, Smedley's owner passed away a few weeks ago in his sleep and poor 'Smed' was alone in the house with his deceased owner for a few days before we rescued him. He was hungry and thirsty and a little scared, but he has settled now and is quite the character. His owner was a bit of a hoarder and so he came from a not-so-healthy environment. He lived nearly his entire life alone with his owner and rarely was allowed outdoors. Ironically, he seems pretty healthy and has an exceptionally sweet demeanor. Having Chihuahuas of my own, I know how scared they can be when their human they've known all their lives is no longer there. I did not want to see him go to a shelter, so I offered to keep him and try to find him a loving family and his forever home. Here are some things about this little guy you should know before adopting him: 1) He is NOT neutered. 2) Considering he lived basically his entire life indoors, alone with one man, he is amazingly very social. When I brought him to our house, I was worried about how he would react with our dogs (we have 2 female Pitbulls ages 8 and 11, a 12 yr old female Chihuahua and a 10 yr old male Chihuahua). To our surprise, he acted like he had lived with our dogs all his life. Not one growl from any of them, when this strange little guy came in. He gets along with all of them like he's known them forever! 3) He's a snuggler. He's perfectly content snuggling up on the couch right next to you and sometimes likes to sleep under the covers with us. 4) He's a bit of a worry-wart. When he's anxious, he wants to be right in your lap. This is usually when my son leaves the house. I think his feelings get a little hurt, so he will whimper a little when he leaves. 5) He absolutely LOVES to go for walks! I don't think he had ever been on a walk before and when my son took him for a walk, he was prancing with his head held high and his front legs prancing like the dressage horses trot at the Olympics. Now, when we grab his collar and leash, he dances around in circles and literally puts the collar on himself! Although I must warn his new 'fam', he will bolt if you let him out without a leash. 6) He is great with kids (even little ones!) loves to play with them! 7) He does go to the door when he has to go out, but he will lift his leg in the house if he isn't taken outside. I'm sure this has to do with the fact that his owner rarely let him outside. He prefers to go outside though and doesn't go in the house if he's taken out regularly. 8) He doesn't chew or destroy things. 9) He's not a barker. All in all, he's a really good dog. I'd keep him if I could, but I already have four dogs and can't have anymore. He's such a lovely little guy and I want to make sure he finds his forever home. One that will show him lots of love and affection and not lock him in a crate all day long. I don't care what vets say, sticking a dog in a crate for 10 hrs a day is cruel and inhumane. I've had dogs all my life and I've never crated a single one. If they have separation issues, get them a playmate. If they chew, get them some bully sticks and toys, but don't lock them in a cage all day. One thing that works wonders for dogs with separation anxiety, is to leave the TV on with the volume up when you're gone. It makes them think you are home and they stay much more relaxed and will usually just lay around and sleep as they do when you are home. Ideally, I would wish his forever home to have a fenced yard, where he can go out and run around and play with the other dogs or kids, as he loves to go outside and he loves to play with other dogs! Just as a reminder to those of you who've never owned a Chihuahua, they are NOT outside dogs. Their little bodies cannot tolerate the cold like other dogs. They may love to go out and play for a bit, but you should never leave them outside for extended periods of time. I'm not asking for anything other than a small $25 adoption fee to be donated to RescueMe.org and to promise to have him neutered. I just want to make sure this sweet little guy goes to a loving, forever home.