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Posted on 11-18-2011
Hello! My name is Chupie and I am a 12 year old Chihuahua. My story started a little over 4 years ago, when I was found wondering alone in a park. A nice lady took me to the local rescue. I did not have any form of identification (no collar with tags or a microchip). Finding my owners was not going to be easy.
The rescue knew I needed some veterinary care and they worked with one of the local animal hospitals (where I met my new Mommy). She was a veterinary technician at the animal hospital who was looking to adopt a small, older dog. When I arrived at the animal hospital, she knew she had to take me home. I was very skinny, flea infested and had severe dental disease. After 2 weeks of veterinary care, I was on my way to my new forever home and to meet my new siblings. I was very scared and nervous. On the first night, feeling overwhelmed and anxious, I bit my new Daddy on the finger. I also wanted to bite my new siblings if they got too close to me. My new Mommy was afraid she made a mistake in adopting me and wondered if I should go back to the rescue. My new parents decided to stick with me and work through my behavioral issues.
Over the next 6 months we worked to get over my fears. My parents worked daily by petting and talking nicely to me. Eventually (8 months later) I became comfortable and much less fearful and anxious that I began to jump onto my Daddy's lap! That is how our bonding began. I started to accept my siblings and we were able to lay side by side.
This past October has been 4 years since my adoption and things have been going GREAT!! I love my new family and I am so grateful they decided to work through my behavioral problems. My Mommy constantly says she doesn't know what she would do without me in her life!
I still have some minor behavioral issues that we continue to work on through positive reinforcement training. I am telling my story to help other potential parents who are interested in adopting. An older Recycled pet takes time and patience. However, in the end, it is all worth it!!
Written by Vicki, veterinary technician at Eagle Animal Hospital
-- Serving the Exton, Downingtown, Glenmoore and Chester Springs area
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