PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE BIO ON THIS DOG BEFORE REQUESTING AN APPLICATION. MANY OF OUR DOGS HAVE STRICT REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR ADOPTION. 1. Children should be 12 or older. 2. Needs a home with fewer stairs. 3. Would love to have a dog friend to learn from. 5-year-old male Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, about 16 pounds. If you are looking for one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet and a dog that is a bit more like a cat than a dog at times, then Daryl is for you! Daryl lived alone in an apple orchard for two years before he was caught. Being on his own for so long, it may take him a little more time and space than other dogs to learn to trust his new family. But, once he gets more comfortable with you (and he will), he makes you his world. All Daryl asks for is patience, kindness, and understanding‰'Ű|and food,. He loves food! Daryl also loves scritchy-scratches (that is what he likes his chin, neck, and ear itches to be called), getting tucked into his bed next to yours at night, sneaking into bed with you in the early morning for some cuddles, and snuggling with any other pups you may have in the house. Daryl has never found a warm, comfortable spot in the house he didn't like! He enjoys playing with other dogs, running around in the yard, and occasionally digging a hole he then adorably lays in. Daryl also loves going on walks, and he is a good little walker! He stays right by your side and does not pull. Daryl came into rescue with a noticeable limp in the front right leg. X-rays determined that he has arthritis in the elbow joint, probably due to an old injury. Because of the limp in his right front leg, he can go on 1-to-2-mile walks, but most likely won't be able to go much further. He is taking Cosequin supplements to help the arthritis in his leg joint but may need stronger medication for it in the future. It is probably also best that he live in a home without a ton of stairs. His forever family should have at least a small yard for him to play and potty in until he trusts them enough to let them consistently put on his harness and leash. One important thing about Daryl is that he loves being petted and sitting beside you on a couch or bed, but he is not a dog who will sit on your lap, or at least he isn't yet. He has shown so much growth in his time with his fosters and gets more and more courageous with every day, so anything is possible. Daryl often likes to dictate his physical interactions. He also DOES NOT like being picked up. It is nearly impossible to do so, so you will have to find some creative work arounds at times. His fosters can share some of their tricks. In this way, he behaves more like a cat than a dog. Daryl is also a 'follower.' He watches the other dogs around him and mimics what they do to build confidence. As such, it would be good for his forever family to have other dogs in the house, so he can follow their lead. This will help him form a connection with his humans more quickly. He is great at home alone, crated or uncrated, he is super food motivated, and despite not being around humans for some time, he wants nothing more than to love and please them. He is also good with children, as long as the children know not to try to touch him when he does not want to be touched or try to trap him. If they do, he will most likely 'run away,' which is his go to move. When scared in any way, he runs, but then comes right back once he has processed what frightened him. A home with older kids would be best. We have never seen any signs of aggression in Daryl, not even when he is most scared. We cannot stress enough how much we, his fosters, love this charming quirky little oddball, but we also can't wait to see him find his forever home and settle into the life he so greatly deserves. Adoption contract and fee applies. All adoptable dogs can be met at adoption events hosted every weekend. For a list of scheduled events go to: https://www.facebook.com/SmidgetRescue/events . Smidget Rescue is not a shelter, and dogs cannot be seen at the Rescue location. All dogs are fostered throughout the Puget Sound area and are brought to the events where they can be met by prospective adopters. Additional pictures of adoptable dogs can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/SmidgetRescue/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums. All adoptable dogs are spayed or neutered at 6 months of age or older. Puppies are adopted with a refundable spay/neuter deposit (in addition to the adoption fee) and adopters are required to get their puppy to our vet for their pre-scheduled spay-neuter appointments. APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED BY EMAIL ONLY. Adoption process includes application, meet & greet, home visit and reference check. Email Jamie at [email protected] or click on the CONTACT link on this page. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS BEFORE SENDING. We get a fair number of incorrect emails and Jamie is not able to contact potential adopters. Notice: We do not ship dogs out of state. You
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