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.