Name: Ned
ID # A148657
Estimated Age: 2 years
Sex: Neutered Male
Estimated Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Weight: 10.6 lbs.
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Cats: Unknown
Good with Children: Older children
Special/Medical Needs:
Estimated Energy Level: Low/Medium
Current Location: Edmonton, AB
Adoption Fee: $650

> Ned is a sweetheart. He is submissive and was untrusting at the beginning but has improved greatly. He so badly wants to be part of everything but sometimes gets too nervous to enjoy the situation and instead supervises from a few feet away.
> First few days in a new home is called decompression. Most dogs can't wait to get out of the crate to explore, but Ned was quite content in his comfy bed, with his own private pee pad, water dish and a mountain of toys. His love for squeaky toys has not faded. He would growl a little when our dogs went near the crate but was surprisingly polite for someone so nervous. As the days went by and he started exploring, it became obvious that most things in life were new to him.
> Ned had a few quirks. He didn't like hands with palms up, only down. If you gave him eye contact he'd twist up like a pretzel, put his head down on the ground, butt in the air and make odd baby noises. Photos were a definite no no, hence there are none from his early days. But through all this he kept inching toward us until one day out of the blue he was scratching my arm to get pets. Then a week later he was on foster Dad's lap sleeping. That is now the new norm. Sleeping as close to us as possible, pawing to be petted, always being part of absolutely everything. Eventually we packed his crate away as he didn't need it anymore for comfort, but as soon as one comes out, he happily goes in and quietly lays down.
> Quiet is a good way to describe Ned. We've heard him bark once when a stranger entered our home. He doesn't have separation anxiety and doesn't join in on any typical chihuahua craziness. He loves to wrestle with his foster friend Tyrrell. He also loves to get his teeth cleaned by Blueberry, our senior chi with one tooth and quick tongue. There's a lot of squeaking, cooing and whimpering coming out of Ned, all while baring his teeth in submission. It looks upsetting at first but it's just his way of communicating.
> Harness and leash were another unknown. After walking around the house for a few weeks with his gear on he's been going on walks. Certain sounds in the outside world are still scary and his tortoise-like approach to walks makes one wonder if he truly is only 2, but at least he's now enjoying being outside. Ned is not a big fan of cold weather and has to be coaxed for outside potty breaks. He'd much rather use pee pads. There have been a few accidents, mostly if the pads aren't clean enough.
> Ned has not been tested with cats or kids, but based on how jumpy he can be outside, I would think young children would scare him. He's so well behaved and accepting that cats he'd likely be ok with. Although he is timid, he puts up with the vacuum, nail trimming and bathtime. Ned is a very good boy and is getting more and more brave and cuddly by the minute. Fostering Ned has been such a pleasure as every week there's a new milestone to celebrate and there's nothing more rewarding than watching this little sweetheart enjoy life.
> In a perfect home Ned would have a playful similar size dog to play with and an owner with patience and experience or interest in learning about positive reinforcement training. What Ned needs the most is some self confidence and the quickest way to provide that extra boost is with training.

Adoption costs: $650.00