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: 12-12-18

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Ivy (4416)

Age: 6 months
DOB 5/22/2018
Color: Dapple
Coat: Long
Sex: Female/Spayed
Current weight: 6.6 lbs

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Ivy came to us via an older female we agreed to take. During the pickup, we met Ivy, the last puppy from the older dog’s most recent litter. The owner was not willing to let us have Ivy at that time. However, a few weeks later, due to worry about Ivy’s safety with the resident German Shepherd, Ivy came into rescue.

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Ivy is drop-dead gorgeous. She has short little legs with Hobbit feet. She has lovely long ears and a long body. Based on her current size and her the size of her mother, she will be a mini (less than 11 lbs). She is friendly and outgoing with people. She is doing well with the other dogs in her foster home.

Because Ivy is long and short, she really needs a no stairs home. The ideal home will have a young, small male dog for play and companionship. If Ivy has a buddy to play with and chew on, she is less likely to chew your shoes.

We are also looking for the following attributes:

  • Someone at home most of the day, stay-at-home parents, or folks who work from home.

  • A very secure INDOOR place for the puppy to be when no one is at home.

  • Applicants must be between 25 and 65 years of age.

  • No infants or toddlers, please, but we will consider families with children age 8 and up.

  • Previous puppy experience is a plus but not absolutely essential.

Ivy must also have a home that gets her out and about in the world. Young dogs need daily exercise and exposure to all sorts of people and places. Just because Ivy is sweet and gentle does not mean she should miss out on all of this.

We have had Ivy spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. She is crate trained. However, house training is an on-going effort until she is about a year old.

Ivy’s been very popular with potential adopters, therefore we are no longer accepting new adoption applications for her.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Xena (4415)

Age: ~ 1 year
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini – 9.5 lbs.


Xena had a rough first year. She’s what happens to most back yard breeder puppies. She was given away/sold at least three times before we got her. Fortunately, her most recent owner wanted to be sure Xena stopped being a “hot potato” so she contacted us when she could no longer keep her.

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Xena is a most charming dog. She is incredibly affectionate with everyone. She lived with a 7 year old little girl and was fine with her. She even rolls over and offers her belly to strangers.

Xena is also great with the other dogs in her foster home. She was brave and confident the moment she arrived – not easy when you are being swarmed by a pack of dachshunds, all jockeying for first sniff. Best of all, she has gotten all the dogs to play with her – even the ones that had never before figured out how to play with another dog.

For a new home, Xena would love another playful dog for a companion. Cuddly as she is, she is not a dog that just wants to be a couch potato. She also wants walks, hikes and adventures. (She’s heard that a place called Starbucks has Puppuchinos and tasting one is on her bucket list). Because she is so little, she is highly portable.

Got stairs? No problem. Xena has something else besides doxie going on so her longer legs make her much less at risk for a back injury.

We have had Xena spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated. She is crate trained.

If you are interested in Xena, 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 Xena is $300.00


Red Charlie (4277)

Age: ~10 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Standard – 23 lbs.


Charlie and a non-dachshund friend had been banished to living in a barn. We heard about them when their owner decided to move and needed the dogs gone. We agreed to take in Charlie as well as the non-dachshund (Phoenix Phox, for those who follow our dogs). While his buddy was quickly adopted, Charlie had some medical issues that we had to resolve before he could look for a home.

Charlie was a slug when he arrived in rescue. We rarely saw his feet as he never got up from his bed. His ears and tail were almost hairless. He hardly moved except to eat or to go outside to go potty (good boy Charlie!) After numerous blood and urine tests, he was finally diagnosed with a thyroid issue. Within a few days of taking medication, we had a new dog on our hands.

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Charlie now loves to wander from room to room. He explores the far side of the yard. If people are outside, he is right there with them. He is still not much for walks, so if you want a couch potato, this is the dog for you. (His tolerance for exercise may increase over time, but we don’t think he will ever be a bounce off the walls kind of dog.) He has grown hair on his ears and tails and is now a gorgeous dachshund.

Charlie is great with people, including strangers and children. He went to a chaotic holiday dinner and was wonderful with everyone he met. He is truly a charming boy. Charlie loves to cuddle with you while you watch TV. He is a fan of sleeping in the big bed, if you will let him. The only time Charlie barks is when he wants something the other dogs have (such as a favorite bed).

Because Charlie is extra short and stubby, he needs a one story home. Even a single stair should be ramped for him. And while he loves to be on the couch with you, you will have to lift him onto it (or ramp it).

Charlie will have to take a morning thyroid pill for the rest of his life. Fortunately, this medication is very inexpensive (less than $10/month).

Charlie is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. He had a dental where he lost 26(!) teeth. And dare we say it? . . . . . Charlie has been perfectly housebroken (with a doggie door).

If you are interested in Charlie, 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 Red Charlie is only $100.00

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Eddie (4344)

Age: 12 years
Color: Red Sable
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Small Tweenie – 13 lbs.

~ eddie is being fostered in Sonoma County ~

Eddie was surrendered to a Central California “high kill” shelter because his family said he was too old and they wanted a younger dog. If we hadn’t gotten him out of there quickly, he would have been euthanized for the same reason. We were delighted to rescue Eddie.

Eddie was in pretty bad shape when we got him. Clearly his family didn’t spend any money to care for him. He went to the vet and got neutered and had some benign growths removed, but most importantly, he had a dental. He had every single tooth removed except for one, which is being used as a splint to keep his jawbone in place to heal. That tooth may likely eventually need to be removed. The vet said it was the worst mouth he had ever worked on. Poor Eddie.

Eddie’s food must be softened for him to eat. He also has a very sensitive stomach. After a couple of tries, we finally found a food he likes. He is also getting Pepcid AC (over-the-counter Famotidine) before his meals. Also, Eddie’s back was painful when he first arrived at his foster home, but with some rest he made a complete recovery. As with all doxies, he will need doggy-steps up to the couch and the big bed. He WILL jump which would be bad, and steps are really helpful to prevent re-injury.

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Eddie is an incredibly sweet, kind and sensitive dog. He absolutely loves to go for a walk and that is non-negotiable. He needs someone who will take him on a good daily walk every day. He will stick by your side and just hang out if you are working from home. Eddie is safe with children over 8 years old. (No babies or toddlers please.) We were not told how he feels about cats, but as he has a very gentle nature, and no teeth save one, he really does not pose a threat to a dog-savvy cat. Proper introductions and supervision would be recommended until both he and the cat have established a peaceful relationship.

Eddie loves to sleep in bed with both his human AND his other dog friends. He really likes having a dog buddy, and he would do best with another small dog for companionship. He really loves everyone – men, women and kids. He has a bad habit now of barking at strange dogs, but he is easily correctible. He barks when he’s getting leashed up and fed, because he is so excited.

Eddie needs a home all on one level (stairs would need to be blocked) as his legs are extra short and going up and down a flight of stairs would be detrimental to his health. No condos or apartments either, as this type of home present a “barking problem”. Living in very close proximity to lots of outside noise and foot-traffic would result in complaints from neighbors. Eddie has a very BIG, loud bark.

Eddie is house trained, and knows how to use a doggy door. He goes out by himself periodically during the day. However, he will NOT go out by himself after dark, so he needs to be escorted outside on a leash for that last potty before bedtime.

Anyone who adopts Eddie is going to be truly blessed. He is a “love bug” and one in a million. If you are interested in Eddie, please contact Carrie at caretoride@yahoo.com. A home check and an adoption application are required.

Adopt Eddie for a modest tax-deductible donation to SCDR

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Poppy (4233)

Age: 4 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Tweenie – 14.5 lbs.

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Poppy was living her life as a lonely backyard dog. Fortunately, her owners felt badly enough about the situation that they decided it was time to find her a new home. We happily took this sweet girl into rescue.

Due to her lack of socialization, Poppy is a bit shy at first. However, she really does like people, and is fine with respectful children. She is loving being an inside dog, getting to hang out with people.

Poppy has also been fine with all her canine foster siblings. She has been enjoying playing with them. It’s much more fun to be part of a pack than to be alone.

Poppy is a young dog, so she needs walks and adventures. She does not want to be a full time couch potato.

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We have had Poppy spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. She is crate trained as well. If you are interested in Poppy, 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 Poppy is $300.00

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Morgan (4232)

Age: 5 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 12 lbs.


Morgan belonged to a backyard breeder, and was used to make money for his owner. He was the little guy among a group of standard size unaltered males and females. Not a good situation for any of the dogs. None of them got to be special or get the attention they so deserve.

The story we have been told is that some of the neighbor children came over to play with the dogs. There was no adult supervision so the circumstances that led to Morgan snapping at one of the children are unknown. His owner then came out of the house, grabbed Morgan and held him eye to eye and began screaming at him (never stare at a dog eye to eye; dogs consider it aggressive behavior and may respond aggressively). We think poor Morgan was terrified. He responded with a bite to her lip.

Morgan was then taken to the shelter where the owner insisted he be put down. Based on what was observed, the animal control officer talked the woman into letting Morgan go to a rescue instead.

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While at the shelter, there was no sign of any aggression from Morgan. The shelter staff had no problems handling him. He then went into foster care where he has been great with people and with the other dogs in his foster home. He is wary of children, but he just watches them from a distance.

To be sure of everyone’s safety, we are looking for a home for Morgan without children. Teenagers and up are OK. Morgan would also love a home where he can get walks and do all the fun outings he never got to do before.

Morgan has great dog manners and would be happy with a canine sibling or two. Morgan is now neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

If you are interested in Morgan, 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 Morgan is $275.00

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Sierra (3986)

Age: 3 years
Color: Black
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Standard – 21 lbs.

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Another rescue group “guilted” one of our soft-hearted volunteers into taking Sierra to foster for them. (Sierra was terrified in the shelter and was going to be euthanized.) This other rescue then left the foster and Sierra high and dry. SCDR is stepping in to help get this great dog a new home.

Sierra is supposedly a lab/doxie mix and she well may be. While we are not sure about her genetic background, we are sure of her personality. This dog is a gem!

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Sierra has been wonderful with every person and dog she has met. She will let you cuddle her like a baby for as long as you want. She is good with the other dogs and even lets a couple of tiny dogs, join her in her crate. She sleeps quietly in her crate and knows how to use a dog door.

Sierra’s white on her muzzle makes her look older than she is. She has nice teeth so we estimate her at 3 years of age.

Sierra loves to go for walks and is very well behaved. She rarely barks. She even greets strangers nicely (she’s sometimes a little shy, but she is always gentle). We find that treats make the process of meeting new people much easier for Sierra.

We think Sierra would be a great family dog as she seems to be fine with respectful children. She responds well to training and already knows “sit.” She is smart and she really wants to please.

Sierra does have one flaw – she is not cat safe! While she loves little dogs, she isn’t good with cats because she likes to chase them.

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

The tax deductible donation for Sierra is only $150.00

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Freddie (4414)

Age: 3 years
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Tweenie – 14.5 lbs.


Freddie was purchased as a puppy. Soon the novelty wore off, and Freddie was banished to the back yard and ignored. He lived on a property with two houses. The front house often saw family members kick at Freddie. With permission, the front house took over caring for Freddie and making sure he had food and water and let him live in their yard where no one kicked him. Now things are heating up between the two families, so we were asked to take Freddie to be sure he did not become a pawn in any future difficulties.

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Freddie really, really likes people. He holds no grudges. He loves to be cuddled. However, he does have one serious issue - you cannot even think about taking food away from Freddie. He will not just nip, but will bite. So, if something drops and he grabs it, it’s his! He also growls if the other dogs get near his food dish, but this has been easy to manage. If you are offering food or treats, he does take these nicely.

Because of his food issues, Freddie needs to go to an adults only home.

It took Freddie awhile to get used to sleeping in a crate, but he now enjoys being cozy and warm. He is absolutely thrilled if he gets to go on a walk. He hasn’t seen much of the world, so he finds these very entertaining.

We think Freddie could be an “only dog” or he could live with a mellow female dog. He’s a bit of mix, so some stairs should not be an issue for him.

We have had Freddie, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. He is more than ready for a home of his own. If you are interested in Freddie, 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 Freddie is $175.00

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Katie (4293)

Age: ~7 years
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Tweenie – 16 lbs.

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Katie is a stunning looking dachshund. Her coat is a beautiful shiny red. She came to us in bad shape emotionally. Her human dad died and Katie sat in his lap guarding him for two days before someone came and found them. With no one to take care of Katie, we were contacted. Of course, we said yes and soon we had this extremely traumatized dog in one of our foster homes.

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Katie was pretty shut down when she arrived, and the chaos of a crowded foster home was intimidating. Katie kept to herself and avoided the other dogs. A few weeks after getting her, we were on the phone discussing how to help Katie get more comfortable. Suddenly, Katie came flying in through the doggie door playing a rousing game of chase with the girl gang. (Headed by the foster moms own very small dogs; a micro-mini dachshund, a one eyed Chihuahua, and a Yorkie.) This gang of littles has made it their mission to teach other dogs how to have fun. Katie seems to have now accepted their persistent invitations to play which means she is the way to emotional healing.

During her down time, Katie likes to cuddle and watch the ball game with her foster dad. She was afraid of him at first, but he took time out to give Katie special one on one attention. Now, she is first in line to join him in the Lazy Boy.

Katie is spayed, vaccinated and is microchipped. We just got her a complete dental. If you are interested in Katie, 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 Katie is $275.00

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Tuesday (4302)

Age: ~8 years
Color: Black & Tan (White) Piebald
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Mini – 11.4 lbs.

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Tuesday came to us via an underground network that rescues breeder dogs. She had been attacked by the breeder’s large dogs and has some scars on her back as a result.

In foster care, Tuesday has really blossomed with her foster mom. The man in the house is another story. She is still shy with him, but he is diligently working on winning her over. She has also done very well with the visiting young grandchildren. Even when she is scared, she has not shown any signs of aggression.

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When Tuesday first arrived, she was standoffish with the other dogs. Once she got to know them, she began to socialize and take naps with them.

Tuesday likes to be held while she rests her head on your shoulder. When she gets excited she does a very cute happy dance.

Tuesday is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. She also had a dental. If you are interested in Tuesday, 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 Tuesday is $225.00

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Lizzie (4303)

Age: 6+ years
D.O.B.: 12/02/2011
Color: Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Small Tweenie – 12.8 lbs.

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When human seniors get young dogs, the result often is that somewhere down the line, we get dogs like Lizzie. She was purchased by a senior couple. Very soon the wife had health issues and dementia. Lizzie ended up spending her life in the bedroom with her people. She did not get walks or outings or really any kind of outside stimulation/socialization.

Fast-forward to Lizzie turning 6 years old. One of her owners had to go into assisted living and the other could barely care for himself, let alone their dogs. As much as they loved the dogs, they now needed to find a new home for them. Lizzie and her buddy, Heidi, were lucky. They made their way to dachshund rescue to find forever homes. (In foster care, it became clear the girls were not the least bit bonded so we are adopting them out separately.)

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When Lizzie arrived in foster care she was terrified. She spent a few days hiding behind the toilet shivering. After days of this, her foster mom decided it was time for some tough love and she put Lizzie into gen-pop with the other foster dogs. It didn’t take long before Lizzie decided she loved her new humans and her foster siblings.

Lizzie has turned out to be very playful with her people and with the other dogs. She has a sweet little happy dance that she likes to show off. She now only avoids humans when it is time to put her in her crate. (It’s like chasing a toddler that does not want to go to bed.)

Lizzie will need a new home that understands she will need a few days to settle in. She would probably do best with a confident canine brother to show her the ropes. She really would love to be able to go on walks and hikes to make up for all those years of being house-bound.

Lizzie is spayed, vaccinated and is microchipped. She also had a dental. If you are interested in Lizzie, 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 Lizzie is $275.00

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Dixie (4456)

Age: 3 years
D.O.B.: 4/24/2015
Color: Clear Red
Coat: Smooth
Sex: Female/Spayed
Size: Small Standard – 18 lbs.

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Dixie was one of two dachshunds that were an owner-surrender by a military family facing deployment. Wanting a more stable home for their doxies, they contacted SCDR and asked us to help.

Dixie arrived at SCDR with former housemate Klaus who was just adopted. Dixie is a beautiful dog. She’s also confident and outgoing. As the older dog of the pair, she seems to have had better socialization in her youth. She nicely greets strangers and doesn’t seem to be suspicious of anyone.

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Dixie has a couple of passions. The first is hunting. She loves to be outside in the bushes looking for her prey. Because of this, Dixie is not appropriate for a home with rabbits, hamsters, pet rats, exotic birds, reptiles, etc. We are also somewhat dubious about how she would be with cats. The good news is that Dixie is a fairly quiet hunter.

Dixie’s second passion is squeaky toys. She gathers up all the toys and hordes them in her crate. Stuffies don’t last long as she enjoys ripping the stuffing out and killing the squeaker.

Dixie is fine with most other dogs. She and her buddy Klaus will play together. She mostly ignores the other dogs. We think if she has a canine sibling, it needs to be a male.

Dixie is very well behaved on walks and wants to be sure she gets a new home where these are a daily occurrence. Dixie is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She is also crate trained and as house trained as any dachshund can be.

If you are interested in Dixie, please fill out the adoption application and email Nicole at Nicolesalacain@gmail.com. A home check is also required.

The tax deductible donation for Dixie is $375.00

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Petey (4413)

Age: ~4 yrs
Color: Wheaten
Coat: Wirehair
Sex: Male/Neutered
Size: Mini – 12 lbs.


Petey was found as a stray and adopted out of the shelter by a young couple. It quickly became apparent that Petey was not a good fit for their city lifestyle. Not wanting to take him back to the shelter, they asked SCDR to find him a new home.

Petey is great with people including strangers. He’s very friendly and loves to cuddles and kisses. He is well behaved in stores and car rides. What Petey is not so great with is other dogs – especially ones he does not know. He is very dog reactive. In foster care, he is living with other dogs so we know it is possible for him to be part of a pack. (He does better with the girls than the boys). However, he lunges and barks when he sees a strange dog on the street and is instantly ready to throw down with them.

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Petey needs a home with an in-charge owner (harder to find than you would think). He needs to know that he is not the one responsible for making decisions. We have been working very hard on building his confidence, because confident dogs are less reactive. After a week, we finally won the battle with sleeping in the crate. (Learning to sleep by themselves builds independence and confidence.) Petey also had some minor issues with resource guarding (food/toys), but we haven’t seen any of this lately.

Petey needs an adults only home or with teenagers and up. (We don’t want a young child walking him and losing control of the leash allowing Petey to launch himself at an oncoming dog.) He wants a home where he gets to have lots of walks – these are another good confidence builder. We think Petey would do better in the suburbs than in the city (plus he loves lawns!). Alas, Petey does not seem fond of cats so needs a no cat home.

Petey is neutered, current on his vaccinations and microchipped. If you are interested in Petey, 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 Petey is $200.00.

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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