I have been owned by Chihuahua’s for the last 54 years and been involved in rescue in one way or another for the last twenty 6 years plus
I formed Chihuahua Rescue UK in the hope that I, along with others, would help and improve the lives of little dogs that, through no fault of their own, find themselves in rescue. I ensure that they are all treated with kindness, love and respect whist in our care.
I insist on home checking and making sure that the home is right for the little dog as far as is humanly possible! All dogs that have passed through Chihuahua Rescue UK will have been neutered, (except under extreme circumstances) micro chipped, vaccinated and have been given a clean bill of health by one of our approved vets. If there is a heath problem with a Chihuahua in our care we always inform the person interested in adopting a little dog. Sometimes we have to put a little one into “Long Term Foster”, which means that we will pay all the vet bills.
I know that many people think “rescue” means a dog will go into kennels or a pound but little Chihuahuas do not do well in such an environment and often shut down. Simply because they are alone, frightened and confused, where possible I would rather put a Chihuahua straight into a loving home but unfortunately we are not always told the facts as to why the dog is coming into rescue! Many come to us in need of medical attention, some have behavioural problems which means that they will need our help to readjust to a normal way of life. Therefore fostering is the best way forward towards a forever home. Once in foster a dog can then also be assessed before moving on to the right loving home. Fostering is not an easy job and the people that do it are our true Angels – they do it with the love and the understanding of our breed. These poor dogs are often confused and frightened not knowing what to expect, and a growl doesn’t mean the dog is nasty, it is more likely to be just plain scared.
The Chihuahua is a highly intelligent dog and can easily be trained. The Chihuahua is very loyal dog and loves his or her family plus they can make a great guard dog, haha you might think! but a Chihuahua has Great hearing, look at those ears working full time, the last thing a burglar wants is a barking dog.
Most Chihuahua’s are lap dogs the nearer to the owner the better they are very loyal and they don’t think for one minuet that they are little, they know that they are BIG dogs all be it in a small frame!! They love their walks, playing ball, being with other dogs mostly of the same size whilst playing in their garden.
Above all else a Chihuahua is not a toy. Hence we do not re home them to families with children under 10 years.