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Old Dog Haven's 'miracle pup' ready for adoption

Old Dog Haven's 'miracle pup' ready for adoption

Credit: ODH

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on October 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 7:13 PM

Old Dog Haven is accepting adoption applications for baby Gigi, who was born to a senior dog found alongside the road in Ocean Shores.

ODH says Gigi is a sassy, active pup whose estimated adult weight will be around 13 pounds.

Her mother is a short-haired deer-head Chihuahua, but nothing is known about her papa.

ODH says Gigi is quite the overachiever: she opened her eyes a week early, and started snitching kibbles out of her mama's food dish just before she turned 4 weeks old.

They say she's already showing lots of alpha dog tendencies so would probably do best in a home with a laid-back, bigger "brother" dog to entertain.

She loves to wrestle and pounce, and much prefers chasing feet to playing with her own toys.

Due to her small size, and her habit of racing around, Gigi should go to a home without small children and probably with a fenced yard.

She is very independent, comfortable sleeping in her own kennel - whether mama is with her or not - and is working on learning how to use potty pads.

She loves to chase other dogs in her foster home, but has pretty much left the cats alone.

ODH also says Gigi's first vet visit revealed a luxating patella (kneecap) on her right leg, and a tiny umbilical hernia (that can be fixed when she is spayed).

The knee may not cause her any problems as she grows up, but it should be monitored; it's a fairly common Chihuahua condition.

ODH says she seems to have escaped inheriting her mama's heart murmur.

Gigi will be spayed, microchipped, and current on puppy vaccines prior to her adoption. Her adoptive family will need to finish the series of puppy vaccines.

Due to her independent nature, ODH says it is strongly recommended that Gigi be enrolled in puppy obedience classes as soon as feasible to make sure her forever home is a happy one.

Gigi's mother Little Miss, will be taken care of by her foster "mom" - unless some very special person finds it in their heart to take her in.

For more information about Gigi and Little Miss visit