His name is Chachi. He was four months old when he was turned into the shelter, and he's been there for four months, so he's basically grown up in the shelter. He's one of the sweetest dogs I have right now, and is very affectionate and eager to please. Chachi is energetic and he still needs some work on house manners, but he loves everyone he meets and he immediately flops on his back for a belly rub every chance he gets. He has been a big hit at adoption events, and has loved making new friends.
Yesterday the momma dog (Nina) and her nine puppies went to a wonderful rescue group called A Mother's Safe Haven. This group takes in newborn puppies and moms and cares for them until they're ready for adoption. The puppies are now three weeks old and they will stay there until they're eight weeks old, then they'll go back to the shelter to be adopted out. Since Nina (the momma dog) is heartworm positive and has erlichia she will have to wait and be treated once the puppies are weaned. I fell in love with her while she was at my house so as soon as the puppies are weaned she will come back and stay with me while she goes through her treatment, instead of having to go back to the shelter.
Rugby the deaf Australian Shepherd and Tater Tot the Cocker Spaniel were both adopted on Saturday! And Joey the 5-pound Chihuahua was returned because he apparently loves to bark - not a good thing in an apartment! So now I have Ziggy, Joey, Annie the Beagle mix, and Chachi at home. I am going to be out of town for a bit but when I return I already have several waiting to come in - a deaf Lab mix, two Chihuahua mixes, and a shy pit bull mix. That should keep me busy for awhile!