We have many dachshunds fostered in Northern California. If you live in Southern California, you can still adopt them! Please inquire and we might be able work with you to transfer them down to where you live, or you can pick them up. Please contact us for more info.

LAST UPDATED: 03-23-18

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Annie  (4278)

Age:  4.5 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Longhair
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13 lbs.

Annie was well loved in her previous home.  Unfortunately, her owner had health problems which necessitated Annie finding new digs.  It was a tough decision for both of them, but we have promised Annie, and her former mom, that we will find her a wonderful new home.

Annie originally came from an Arkansas breeder when she was a year and half.  This breeder is a show breeder, so is a big step above most you find on the internet.  (Pet quality dogs are fixed prior to leaving, they receive vet care, older dogs being sold get dentals first, etc.)

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As you would expect from a show quality breeder, Annie is a gorgeous dog with a lovely, silky coat.  She is cautiously friendly with new people and extremely affectionate with those that she knows and loves.  She loves to follow her human around.  She is a quiet little girl and seems to see no need to bark at sounds or people.

We promised Annie’s former owner we would find Annie a home where she got walks and had at least one doxie companion to make her feel more at home.  Annie is very short, so no stairs for her.  A home all on one level would be ideal.  Children in the home need to be gentle, respectful, and at least 8 years old.

Annie is spayed, current on her vaccinations and is microchipped.  She is crate trained.  If you are interested in Annie, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Annie is $325.00

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Luca  (4129)

Age:  2 years
Color:  Chocolate & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13 lbs.


Luca came to us when a backyard breeder went out of business (Yea!!).  When he arrived in foster care, we were happy to find that not only is he very handsome, he is one delightful dog!

Luca is very good with people.  He likes them and he likes being around them. He is bit cautious with strangers, but he warms up quickly.  However, if he is scared and you try and grab him/touch him, he will threaten to nip.  Therefore, any children in his next home should be teenagers and up.

Luca has been superb with other dogs so far.  He doesn’t bark at those he sees on a walk.  He is quietly curious about ones his size and a little apprehensive about bigger ones until he gets to know them.  Luca enjoys playing with the other doxies in his foster home and has been great with every new foster that comes in to the home.

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Luca is young and, therefore, energetic.  He adores going for walks and wants to continue with these.  He has also requested hikes and beach trips.  He has never been an only dog and he has no desire to become one now.  He would be happy with a canine brother or a canine sister.

Luca’s 4 sharp teeth appear to have been blunted. It seems purposeful as there is no trauma to any other teeth and no sign of trauma or cracking to the affected canines.  We have never seen any hint that Luca  needed to have his sharp teeth blunted for the safety of any animal or human, so we have to assume the former owner did this to all her male dogs.  Luca was not neutered when he first arrived in foster care, and happily lived with another unneutered male with no sign of aggression.  Because of his teeth, Luca now has less ability to defend himself, so he wants a new home that has dogs his size and that does not put him in any threatening situations.

Luca is crate trained.  He rides beautifully in the car.  We have had him neutered, fully vaccinated, and microchipped.  If you are interested in Luca, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Luca is $300.00

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Bella  (4220)

Age:  6 -7 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Standard – 19 lbs.

Bella was found extremely overweight and huffing and puffing the streets of San Francisco.  Her finder tried to figure out where she belonged, but he had no luck, so he brought her to us.  We immediately checked her for a microchip (none found) and filled out a found dog report with the shelter.  We ran numerous Craigslist ads and even found someone who lived in the neighborhood where she was found and had them post her on Next Door.  Although it was very clear by her weight that she had not been on her own for long, we never found her owner.

Bella used to be called Belu (short for Beluga) because she was a whopping 29 pounds when she arrived.  She was out of breath just from sitting.  We immediately began taking the weight off her which proved to be surprisingly easy as she is not an overeater of dog food.  We therefore believe she was fed people food in large amounts to have gotten so out of shape.  Bella has now lost more than 10 pounds and looks and moves so much better.

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Bella loves people and has been happily living with children as young as 6 years old.  She does fine with most of the other dogs, but we think she would also be happy to be an “only dog”.  (She wants all the attention!)

Bella loves being a couch potato and we really mean that.  Her foster home has a dog bed in the shape of a couch and Bella claimed it immediately.  Much as Bella enjoys relaxing and cuddling with her people, she needs a home that will get her out for daily exercise to keep her at a good weight.

Bella is not an alarm barker, but she will sometimes let you know her opinion on something.  Bella does not transition well, so a new home needs to be prepared to give her a few days to settle in and her new owners will need to be around during that time.

Bella appears to be totally housebroken (and we don’t say that too often!).  She will even go out in the snow to go potty.  This is an extremely rare attribute for a dachshund.

Bella is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. She had a complete dental cleaning.  If you are interested in Bella, please complete the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  A home check and application are required.

The tax deductible donation for Bella is $250.00

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Penny  (4247)

Age:  18 months
Color:  White and cream
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Tweenie – 15 lbs.

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Penny came to SCDR from a Northern California shelter.  She was an owner-surrender due to separation issues.  They probably worked long hours, and Penny needed more attention.  She is still a puppy after all.  We promise to find her just the right home.

Penny was shy and overwhelmed when she first arrived at her new foster home.  She is a sweet girl that needs to have a day or two to figure out what has happened to her and why she is not in her previous home.

Penny is most likely a doxie/lab mix with a forever baby face, and eyes that will melt your heart. She also has the cutest little freckles around her nose.

The original owner said she has separation issues which is the reason they gave her up, but we have not seen any problem at this point, perhaps because she has other doxie friends to show her the way, and we believe she would be best with another male doxie to play with and keep her company if her new parents must be gone during the day.  Here is Penny enjoying playing with another rescue doxie, Happy Harry, also at the Reno location.

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She is extremely smart, knows many commands, “no, down, no bark, outside, good girl”, she rarely barks, has excellent potty skills, she slept in her own bed near the “big bed” where she longingly looks to come up and join in.  A few days ago, her foster father accidentally had the garage door open and she took off.  Of course we were in panic mode, but no reason to worry, all we did was call her name a few times and she came running back with a big smile on her face!

When Penny tries to play with her friends, she is a little puppy like and can be just a little too excited, and she will try to “puppy play bite” on your hand, but she is learning that is not allowed.  She adjusts quickly to the situation.  Like any good doxie, she will burrow in a blanket on the couch, she loves her Nylabone, stuffed toys, she flings them around and entertains herself.

Observing Penny over the past three weeks, we find that she adores female humans, both male and female dogs.  She is even good with the three pet goats at her foster home.  She can get nose to nose with them at the fence line.  We don’t know about other small furry critters or cats, but she does not seem to have a high prey drive like some doxies.  Penny took about ten days to warm up to her foster father, but she now gives him sweet kisses.

Penny is up to date on vaccines, loves to take a walk, is very good in the car.

If you can give Penny a loving home, please contact her foster mother Dawn at dawnaa@pacbell.net or feel free to call 714 501-3455 after completing the on line application.  A home check is also required.

The tax deductible donation for Penny is $300.00

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Rolly  (4293)

Age:  6-7 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie – 17.6 lbs.


Rolly is yet another one of the dogs from the Oakland 10.  He is the last of the healthy/adoptable dogs to get posted. (It took a while to get them all dentals and Rolly was at the back of the line).

Like all the others, Rolly is a very good looking dog.  He is one handsome hunk!

Also, like all the others, he is extremely people friendly.    He likes meeting new folks and encourages everyone to rub his belly.   He wants you to know that it will bring you luck, so if you see him,  feel free to make it your lucky day!

Rolly is happy and active.  He has enjoyed learning to walk on a leash.  He wants a home where he gets to go out and see so much of what he missed out on in his past life.   He loves to play fetch.  Rolly also likes teasing his foster mom.  He steals her shoes when she leaves them lying around. He thinks it is great fun to have her chase him to get them back. Since all the enjoyment is in being chased, he does not chew the shoes and they get returned undamaged.  He also has a very cute happy dance that he does to showcase his happy boy personality.

Rolly has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He has had a complete dental.  If you are interested in Rolly, please fill out the online adoption application and email Kari at kparadiso2705@yahoo.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Rolly is $250.00

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Phoenix Phox  (4272)

Age:  5 years
Color:  Reddish Blond
Coat:  Long
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Tweenie – 13 lbs

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We know.  A dachshund rescue is not where you expect to see a fox.  However, Disney has clearly influenced us, and we now have the real life version of “The Fox and The Hounds’”.    Phoenix looks physically very much like a Red fox but he has more of the coloring of a Fennec fox.   He is striking looking and gets comments every single time he goes out.

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Phoenix landed in dachshund rescue when we took in a dachshund from his former home.  We were told that the dachshund, who was supposed to be young (he turned out to be old) and healthy ( he is seriously ill), was bonded with Phoenix, whom we were told was a Chi-Pomeranian mix (ha!).   Like all the rest of the info we were given, this was not true and the dogs are not the least bit bonded.   This is good news since Phoenix is sweet and healthy and deserves to quickly get a forever home.

What does the fox say?  Well, Phoenix is normally a quiet boy and he yips only if he is left alone in the yard. He sees no need to bark at people who come to the door, nor is he worried about the mail man. He really wants to be with people and doesn’t seem to care about the other dogs, although he is often found curled up sleeping with them.   He adores it when it is his turn to go for a walk.  He has a soft personality so he might be workable with cats.

Phoenix is neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.  We just got him a complete dental.  He is crate trained. He is thin but we think this might be his natural physique as he is being well fed.   He’s the biggest looking 13 pound dog we have ever seen.

If you are interested in Phoenix, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Phoenix is $275.00

*Phoenix is not a fox. He only looks like a fox. No, we don't know his breed  mix

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Name:  Riley  4235
Age:  1 year
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 11.6 lbs.

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Riley and two younger puppies were dropped off at a firehouse for some unknown reason.  From there, Riley went to the shelter and then into foster care with SCDR.

Riley is a gorgeous dachshund.  He has a long snout, he’s super short and he has adorable wrinkled feet and big paws.  He is also very people friendly.

Riley is very smart which makes him difficult for many homes.  For example, in his current no nonsense foster home, Riley does not complain when his humans leave.  When we tried him elsewhere, he knew this foster mom was more of a softie and he howled and carried on whenever she left him.  If you give him an inch, he will take a mile. He is going to need a new home where his new owners are firm and consistent in addition to being loving.

And smart?  Riley is the only one in his crowded foster home that has figured out how to open the gate confining the dogs to their area.  However, he is also smart enough to know that he is not supposed to do this and it gets him nowhere as he is quickly caught and put back. He only pulls out this trick when the dog walker comes.   He, like all the dogs, seem to think that the selection process for who gets to go for a walk is based on ability to get to the front door first.    Riley has a serious case of party-i-tis.  He doesn’t want any action or adventure to take place without him!

Riley needs a home where he has a young canine companion or two.  They have to be young enough to be willing to play and romp with Riley.  He cannot be an only dog. He also needs a yard. (He refuses to go potty while on a leash).   And because he is stubby, he needs a home with no stairs.

Riley is neutered, microchipped, and is current on his vaccinations.  He had two very stubborn retained baby teeth pulled.

If you are interested in Riley, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  A home check and application are required.

The tax deductible donation for Riley is $450.00

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Name:  Kevin  4229
Age:  5 years
Color:  Red Sable
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13 lbs.


Kevin is one of a very large group of dachshunds we pulled from an Oakland shelter.  These dogs had never been cared for, and we don’t think any of them had seen a vet before they came into rescue.  Thankfully, their former owner could no longer care for them, so they were surrendered.  It was a little overwhelming to get them all at the same time, but we had to save them all, as they deserved to have happy endings after the cruel environment they had endured in their previous home.

Kevin was aged at 5, but as he has been in foster care, he has gotten more and more playful, so he could be younger.  In foster care, Kevin is living on a ranch with three male doxies.  He is doing well with all of them and he has also been good with the horses.

Kevin is also fostered with older children and he really likes them.  In the morning, he likes to hide in the kids’ beds.  He enjoys playing with the other dogs and with toys.  He is happy to join in a good game of race track too.

Kevin has been good with all the humans he has met.  So far, he has not proven to be much of a barker.  He’s short, so any stairs should be ramped.  He would really like another playful small dog in his new home.

Kevin is crate trained.  He is making great progress on his housebreaking.  We have had him neutered and gotten him a complete dental.  He is microchipped and is current on his vaccinations.

If you are interested in Kevin, please complete the online adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Kevin is $275.00

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Name:  Gibbs  4030
Age:  7 years
Color: Red Piebald
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size:  Mini – 10.5 lbs.

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Name:  Morgan  4031
Age: 6 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Tweenie – 15.5 lbs.

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Tiny Gibbs and his chubby buddy Mogan originally belonged to an older woman.  When she passed away, the two dachshunds made their way to the granddaughter.  With children of her own and a full time job, the granddaughter did not have the resources to care for the dogs.  She reached out to rescue and we agreed to take them into our program.

This charming pair was quickly adopted in the Spring of 2017 and were well loved.  Then life threw a curve ball, and the adult daughter and her three young children moved into the home.  One of these three was a mobile baby.  The dogs were very upset by the youngest addition to the household.  With the likelihood being the baby was going to be around for a long while, Gibbs and Morgan came back to rescue to find a toddler-free home.

Gibbs is a very silly boy.  Something about his snout makes him look like an animated cartoon mouse.  He also makes cartoon sounds.  He likes older kids and people, and he is quite adorable.

Morgan is a friendly girl who wants everyone to give her attention.  She does try and hog all the cuddles.  She needs work on her leash manners, as she sometimes goes from mild mannered to barking and carrying on when she sees another dog on a walk.

Gibbs wants a home where he and Morgan are the only dogs. (He gets jealous when dogs other than Morgan or him get attention).

In their past lives, this pair successfully lived with kids 8 years old and up.  Right now, Gibbs is the special buddy of a young teenager.  Morgan is a believer in “love the one you’re with”.    Both of them adore getting to go for walks.

Gibbs and Morgan are neutered and spayed and are current on their vaccinations.  Both had dentals in Feb of 2017.  They are microchipped.  If you are interested in Gibbs and Morgan, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for the pair is $250.00

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Name:  Vienna  4231
Age:  10 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13.5 lbs.

Vienna’s former owners moved away and abandoned their 4 dogs in the back yard.  The very nice neighbor took the 4 little dogs in and got them all spayed and neutered and then sought rescue for them.  We agreed to take Vienna, the only dachshund in the group.

It is clear that Vienna had not had a good first home.  Dogs that are left in the scorching sun of the central valley tend to get skin cancers and Vienna was no exception.  She came to us with a skin cancer mole which we had removed.  The vet feels he got it all and that Vienna should enjoy a skin cancer free life.  And because neglected dogs often have multiple medical issues, when her nails were being cut, we discovered she had a badly infected toe nail.  We treated the infection, and also got her a dental, so now Vienna is in tip-top shape.

Vienna is a very sweet, submissive dog.  She has a soft velvety coat.  As her medical issues were resolved, she became a very happy, active senior.  She now only carries her AARP card to get the discounts.

Vienna loves to hang out with her people, including respectful children.  Vienna adores her foster mom’s five year old granddaughter and is happy to curl up in little Natalie’s lap.  If no one is available, then she will bury herself in a blanket and take a little snooze.

Vienna does well with all the other dogs in her foster home and is happy to let them be in charge.

Vienna is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.

If you are interested in Vienna, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

Adopt Vienna for a modest tax-deductible donation to rescue

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Name:  Sara  4206
Age:  5 years
Color:  Black
Coat:  Long Hair
Sex:  Female/Spayed
Size:  Mini – 6.8 lbs.

This little longhair doxie/chi mix came to us from the Stanislaus shelter.  We have no idea of what her previous life was like nor why no one ever came looking for her.

Sara is, to put it mildly, a pistol.  She may be little, but she is a Queen.  She lets all her foster siblings know that she is in the one in charge.  However, no matter how naughty she Is being, all you have to do is call her name and she will instantly behave.

Sara is shy with new people, but she really likes them.  She quickly warms up when she realizes you are not a threat and she is going to get positive attention.  She really is sweet and loving.

Sara enjoys getting a nice walk, and she also likes car rides.  She will take a treat nicely from your hand.   Her favorite thing is to get on the back of the couch and put her front paws around her foster mom’s shoulders, wrapping around her neck.

Sara is at times bothered by seasonal allergies.  The vet has told us she may need occasional treatment for these (such as being given Benadryl), but that if she is adopted out of the Central Valley, she may leave her allergies behind.

Sara is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and has had a dental.

If you are interested in Sara, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

The tax deductible donation for Sara is $250.00

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Name: Happy Harry  4246
Age:  6 years
Color:  Red
Coat:  Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Tweenie 14lbs.


Happy Harry came into rescue several weeks ago, from a wonderful and loving home.  He was doted on by his human parents, and he lived with two senior dogs as well.  We do not know where Harry came from, as initially, his previous owners adopted him from a local shelter in 2015.

Harry was in his second home when he was surrendered to rescue, because he had been having some jealousy issues with the two older pets in the home, and sometimes would complain by growling at them.  Since he has been in rescue, he has been living with several other fosters, some old, some younger.  The only time Harry has any issues, is if he is curled up in a tiny ball sitting next to his human.  Often, he is sleeping soundly, and he gets pounced on by another doxie wanting to be up on the same chair or lap.  Harry will get a little growly, but he immediately calms down with a warning from his foster mom.

Harry loves snooping in the yard, but is most content inside with a warm blanket.  He adores going on a walk, riding in the car, playing with his collection of balls and durable toys.  He is not much of a barker. Unless the other fosters bark first, he is generally quiet and extremely sweet natured.

Harry is taller than the average dachshund, so stairs will not be a problem.

We believe he will have some separation issues if left alone, so most likely a working from home person, or a recently retired person, will be in his best interest.

Harry has learned several commands, and is a pro using the doggie door.

If you are the right person for Happy Harry, please complete the online adoption application, and feel free to ask questions of his foster mom, Dawn, at dawnaa@pacbell.net.  A home check is required.

The tax-deductible donation for Harry is $250.00

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Name: Drexel  4225
Age:  9-10 years
Color:  Black & Tan
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Micro Mini – 7.4 lbs.

We received more than 20 emails asking us to save Drexel.  He was “at risk” at an East Bay shelter.   The first emails said   “Drexel is a purebred Dachshund who has severe periodontal and optical discharge among other medical issues.  His temperament is unpredictable.  He barely moves in his bed and gets snappy when being handled perhaps because he is in distress.”  The accompanying medical notes said he was severely dehydrated and severely underweight.  We were willing to take a chance on him, but we had no place to put him.  And his shelter behavior made us concerned about finding him a first time foster.

Fortunately, the universe decided to smile on Drexel and we found him a foster home willing to take a chance on him.  Meanwhile, the shelter finally realized that this sweet boy was blind which explained much of his behavior.  They began working with him and on the day we rescued him, we got this note along with his records “Drexel is a changed dog”.

Drexel has been living in a foster home with another dog and with older children.   He left that snappy behavior behind at the shelter, and in foster care is a friendly, happy boy.  He loves to be in the middle of all the action.

Drexel may be blind, but he is still very adventurous.  He loves to explore the nooks and crannies of his home where this tiny boy sometimes gets stuck.  Drexel is thrilled if he gets to sit on your lap for hours at a time.  He always wants to be around people and needs a forever home where he is not left for long periods.    He is fine with other dogs, but he wants lots of human attention as well.

Drexel can startle when you wake him from a deep sleep.  If you surprise him, he will give a little bark.  He is not fond of getting up early in the morning. He prefers to wait until the day has started to get up and moving.

Drexel needs a home with no stairs that he could accidentally fall down.  No unfenced pools either.  Other than that, his blindness is not a big deal.

Drexel has now been neutered, microchipped and is current on his vaccinations.  And what about those those bad teeth? Drexel had a major dental.  Once his mouth didn’t hurt, he became an even happier dog.

If you are interested in Drexel, please contact Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.  An adoption application and home check are required.

Adopt Drexel for a modest tax-deductible donation to SCDR

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Name: Sergio 4077
Age: ~6 years
Color:  Isabella Piebald
Coat:  Smooth
Sex:  Male/Neutered
Size:  Small Tweenie – 13.5 lbs.

This chiweenie came to us from SFACC.  He was totally terrified in the shelter, so they asked if we could take him.  He’d clearly had a rough life as he was extremely thin (he was rated a 3 out of 9 on body condition).

When Sergio arrived in rescue, he was, to put it bluntly, “weird”.  He acted as if he had never seen or heard anything.  Other dogs appeared to be a new thing for him and it took him a bit to figure out their behavior.  He had zero expectations about people and showed no interest in them.  For a long time we debated whether Sergio was deaf.  Then we wondered if he had vision issues.  He totally ignored all human conversation.  A high pitched “are you a good boy?” got not even a glance.  Treats? He ignored those too.

Well, now with hindsight it is clear he is not deaf and he can see just fine.  We think he had just not ever had a human talk to him before, so he paid no attention to our sounds.  Getting goodies from a human was also new to him.

After time in foster care, Sergio now knows that humans talk to him.  He responds to commands and he knows his name.  This former treat rejecter now comes racing to get in line when treats are being given out.

What lights Sergio up like a Christmas tree, is the young man in his foster home.  He worships him and waits eagerly at the gate for him.  He likes being held and cuddled by his person.  He is much more suspicious of his foster mom, but our female dog walkers have helped him get a little more comfortable with women.

Sergio is not a dog for kids (although he lets them pet him on walks). Their shrieking and antics will likely stress him.  His ideal home will have at least one male adult.  Sergio really wants a dad.  He would be happy to be an “only dog”.  Another small dog is fine although it might be best if his canine sibling were easy going and confident.

Sergio loves to go for walks.  He also enjoys sunbathing.  He does not bark at squirrels or strange sounds.

Sergio is miserable in his foster home. There are way too many dogs and way too many new dogs arriving.  He just gets comfortable with the pack and then a new member appears and upsets him again.  Sergio wants a quiet, orderly home life.  He loves structure and predictability.

Sergio is neutered, microchipped and current on his vaccinations.  He had a complete dental (but he didn’t lose a single tooth). He is crate trained.

If you are interested in Sergio, please fill out the online adoption application and email Nicole at nicolesalacain@gmail.com.

Adopt Sergio for a modest tax-deductible donation to rescue