Absolutely everybody loves Chuck! So, from our viewpoint, sometimes it's hard to understand what some people are thinking, or if they are thinking, when they dump their senior dog into a high-kill big city shelter, like NYC ACC. Chuck's owner abandoned a twelve year old companion to the almost certain fate of euthanasia. Shelter reports on Chuck portrayed a frightened, untrusting soul, who clearly needed a break in life. We invited him into our rescue so that we could rebuild his connection to people, before trying to put him in a permanent home. Chuck is a tiny boy, at 8 pounds. He appears to be medium sized Chihuahua with the characteristic apple shaped head. Sadly, his Chihuahua chutzpah had been suppressed during the unwieldy rescue process. Chuck has a gray and white speckled coat, and has an impressive 'greybeard' muzzle. He has a wide swath of white cascading down his chest that gives him the look of a penguin in formal wear. Chuck has adapted to foster care beautifully. Our initial goal was to build is resilience and confidence, so that he could move from situation to situation without fear. He's come along beautifully, although folks will have to go slow with him in the beginning, and let him warm up on his own timeline. Once Chuck relaxes, he is an absolute love and craves human attention. Chuck would be the ideal addition to a low key single, adult, or active senior home, with adopters who have some experience with small dogs. He may not give a Disney moment at the adoption meeting, but patient adopters will find Chuck to be absolutely magical in charm and character once he warms up. He is not overly high energy, and a couple of leisurely walks a day should be adequate for his exercise needs. He travels well and would love to tag along on adventures with his family. The more action and outings that Chuck gets, the better. We don't think he'd be a good choice for families with small children, but he does get along well with other dogs and cats. Chuck had not had much obedience training, so we have worked on his basic commands, and he seems intrigued with the learning process. He responds to positive reinforcement and leadership training techniques. Adopters will find that ongoing obedience work is extremely helpful in building a shy dog's confidence, and establishing the necessary leadership, so that Chuck feels safe in various circumstances. Besides training exercises, Chuck loves to walk in the woods. Outdoor activities provide excellent mental and physical stimulation for a shy dog. Chuck has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during his transition to a new home. Chuck is in great health and has just had a complete dental procedure with only five extractions. His pre-op blood work was within normal range. He has been neutered, and has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), and Canine Flu. He has been boostered as needed. He has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick. If you are interested in Chuck, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.