Chihuahua (short coat) : : Male (neutered) : : Senior : : Small
Won't you think about adopting me?
GOMEZ was abandoned outside the rescue gate at the top of the drive, near the road in a crate with no water, during black fly season with a bag of pedigree dog food on 8th May 2023. I do not know how long this poor boy was left there as I only discovered him by the dogs constantly barking. He has been posted in all the community Facebook groups to try to find his previous owners so that we can obtain information, such as his name, his medical records (if he had any), his favourite toys, treats and any other information that would help us with this sweet boy. The local veterinarians were also contacted, but we have yet to have any information.
GOMEZ was clearly scared and his ears were badly bitten by the black flies, he was shaking when I took him out of the crate, but very friendly, clearly craving affection.
GOMEZ is neutered, rabies, core vaccines, heartworm/tick tested negative. He is on monthly prevention, microchipped, we do not know his age, but he is in the 10 year plus senior age range. He weighs around 10 pounds and does need to lose a few of those pounds.
We have no way of knowing what the actual breed is, so it is up to people to look at the pictures and video's to make up their own mind.
GOMEZ has had an in-depth blood/chemistry and stool panel run and has been diagnosed as having "hypothyroidism" and so will require medications for the rest of his life. The positive side is this is a very manageable disorder and medications are relatively inexpensive. This could also be the reason as to why he has some extra weight.
Hypothyroidism cannot be cured, but it can be managed through thyroid medication. Dogs with this disorder are prescribed a thyroid hormone replacement called thyroxine that will need to be given for the rest of the dog's life. Follow-up blood tests can help ensure the dog is receiving the right dosage of the medication to regulate thyroid hormone levels properly
GOMEZ has also been diagnosed with dental disease and does have stinky breathe, which is to be expected in a small dog of his age. He is scheduled for a dental cleaning and extraction in September and this appointment can be transferred over to his new pet parents. Potential adopters should be aware that dental cleaning/extractions can cost anything from $400-$900 depending on the number of extractions needed. His medical records are posted on his page on the website, including his blood/chemistry/stool results.
GOMEZ has been living in the kennels with the other small dogs and at first was nervous, but with the help of his Chihuahua friend Sadie Sue he has settled in great and does enjoy snuggling with her. He enjoys soft treats and has not shown any interest in toys, but he is still decompressing and trying to understand what has happened to him. He is extremely affectionate, he loves human company and rides great in the car, enjoying to stand and look out of the window. He is good with other dogs and on a ride to the vets had no problems letting big Great Pyrenees, Baba Ganoush, whose head was as big as Gomez, to get out of his space.
GOMEZ is available for adoption from Give a Dog a Home Rescue in Sebec, Maine for an adoption fee of $550.
This adoption fee covers the cost of running a brick and mortar rescue as well as any transport, veterinary care, food, treats, toys costs and the many expenses that rescues endure to keep the pets in their care safe, and happy. Be sure to read all the information and if interested, go to the rescue website to submit an adoption application.
We take a lot of pictures and videos and don't always have the time to post them on the dogs individual webpage and adoption site, so we ask that you go to the rescue YouTube channel and photo albums on our Facebook page to see a LOT of pictures and videos.
The rescue buys food in bulk, by the truck load and there are a variety of brands and flavors. None of the food given is less than a 4* food rating. There have not been issues with eating any of the varying foods. It is important that you do your research on the ingredients and speak to your vet or a nutritionist on grain vs grain free!
You MUST understand that dogs need time to decompress and adapt to their new environment and home. It is a HUGE transition they make from the kill shelter, being vetted, on transport for 3 days and arriving in Maine where the temperature and such is very different to what they have only known. In rescue there is what is known as the "3 Point Rule" Days 1-3 your dog is stressed, anxious, confused as to where they are now. Weeks 1-3 your dog is adjusting, settling in, learning things. At the 3-month point, your dog understands they are home, and have built up a trusting relationship where they feel loved and secure.
If you feel that you have the heart and home to give this precious soul a wonderful life, please go to our website, under the ADOPTION INFO tab, complete, then submit the APPLICATION. Our process takes around 1-2 days, and ensuring your references are aware that we will be calling, could speed up the process. Once you have been approved, we discuss any questions in regards to the dog you are wanting to adopt, then we can schedule your appointment to come to the rescue in Sebec, Maine for meet/greet/adopt
Please do NOT submit an application if you are not looking to take home a new best friend within the next few weeks.
ALL Dogs are LOCATED AT THE RESCUE IN SEBEC, MAINE. We post in various states along the east coast and Canada where we have had lots of successful adoptions to enable more exposure for these beautiful saved souls. Families will need to be prepared to travel to the rescue to meet and take home their new best friend. Sebec is located just outside the towns of Dover-Foxcroft and Milo (approx. 8 miles) and approx. 45 miles from Bangor. There are also lots of hotels, motels, pet friendly accommodations and wonderful camp-sites for the more adventurous families and what a great way to get to know your new best friend
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