Welcome to Willie!

Posted in Day-to-day at 3:28 pm by Jenn

ACR&S is happy to welcome Willie to our adoption program!  Willie is a handsome male chihuahua who was abandoned at a local shelter.  Like many small, older dogs, he had not been socialized well, and going from his comfortable, familiar home to the shelter environment full of strange people, animals, and noises was just too much for him.  Once there, he became defensive and shy, clinging to a single person as his refuge.

The decision was made to bring him into our program with his foster, in order to slowly socialize him to other people and animals.  The behavior he exhibited was not unusual by any stretch.  The shelter is a scary environment, and small “purse sized” dogs are often not given the training needed to survive in such an environment.  In the past, we have pulled these dogs and socialized them with great success and they have become loving, productive family members once they were given the tools to cope with the big scary world.

So a big welcome to Willie, who is getting on his feet again.  It’s never too late for a second chance.


  1. Jhondra said,

    December 15, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    In vet school, we call them “boob dogs”. He is very cute!

  2. DK said,

    December 17, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Am I missing something? I just don’t see any similarity between that dog and a boob.

  3. JF said,

    December 27, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Boob dogs are the small breed dogs owners typically carry around near the breast area (i.e., Paris Hilton’s chihuahua)