Little Zeus~ 3 y.o., 22 lbs Adorable Male Chihuahua/Pom Mix – NY, NY

My name is Zeus, and like my name implies, I think I am a mighty dog and live to protect my family and loved ones. Even though I weigh only 22 lbs., don’t be fooled by my size, I am a little lion with a mane to suit. I am about 3 years old and a Chihuahua/pug mix.

It takes me a minute to warm up to people and trust them, but once I do I am a sweet little love bug. I was saved from death row after I bit a couple of people who I though were sneaking up on my family and my children. Despite my tough exterior, secretly, I am a scared little guy who just loves to be petted, have my belly scratched, and snuggle (ALL DAY AND NIGHT). I love playing with toys, balls, and treats, and am not aggressive at all while playing.

When I find my right family I will be super loyal and a loving little angel and snuggle bug. I love to play! I am not food aggressive (or food motivated). I am potty trained and will go to the bathroom on walks. I LOVE WALKS and SMELLING EVERYTHING. I am good on leash, though I know few commands beyond sit, so could benefit from consistent leash training.

I am smart and can pick up on things quickly. I just want to please my people. Since I just arrived at my foster mom’s apartment, I never want to see her leave out of that scary door without me. I whine for about 10 minutes and then sit on her bed quietly awaiting her return…and I am SO happy to see her ever time she walks in the door! I never touch anything.

I feel a need to guard doors and windows, and when I am on a walk if a stranger comes at my human or me too quickly I feel I need to protect them. My previous owners kept me inside all the time and so I wasn’t really socialized and also felt like I needed to create order and stability in a six family house with kids. I am tired of always being on guard and would like someone to give me that order and stability. The world is very big and scary to me. I was just devastated when they surrendered me to the shelter. My world just shattered. How could my people do that to me when all I did was protect them?

My foster mom is trying to help me put the pieces back together and work with me, but I really need a family or people to call me their own. I am loyal. I need people who are kind and patient and understanding. People who will work slowly with me and realize I am the sweetest dog in the world, just scared and alone. I need someone who can give me stability and consistency, someone who trains me and allows me to trust that they will protect me and not the other way around. When I am afraid I want to look at my people and know they will guide me through it and I don’t need to act scary to chase the thing away. A solid, stable, understanding family or person is all I need and you will see me blossom into the biggest love bug you have ever seen! You will see that quickly, as soon as I warm up to you, I just want to be in your lap all the time and give you kisses. I would be best suited in a home with kids 12 or older.

Zeus is neutered, microchipped, and up to date on all vaccinations.

For additional photos, please visit Zeus’ Facebook page or contact us for information or fill out an online application. And thanks for caring about this really special dog!