Sometimes it's hard to understand what some people are thinking. At the age of ten, Chico was abandoned by his owner to an uncertain fate at NYCACC, and this tender soul had a hard time adjusting. Shelter reports on Chico portrayed a frightened, untrusting soul, who clearly needed a break in life. We invited him into our rescue so that we could build his connection to people again, before trying to put him in a permanent home.

Chico is a tiny boy, weighing just nine pounds. He appears to be a Miniature Pinscher, but his Min Pin bravado and chutzpah have been suppressed during the arduous rescue process. Chico has a black and tan, short, smooth coat, with a distinguished smattering of grey in his muzzle. Chico needs a special person with a heart of gold, and a warm lap, to carry him through his golden years.

Chico has adapted to foster care pretty well. Our initial goal was to build his resilience and confidence, so that he can move from situation to situation without fear. He's come along beautifully, although folks will have to go slow with him in the beginning, and let him warm up on his own timeline. Once Chico relaxes, he is an absolute love and craves human attention.

Chico would be the ideal addition to an active single or adult home, with owners who have some experience with shy rescue dogs. He may not give a Disney moment at the adoption meeting, but patient adopters will find Chico to be absolutely magical in charm and character once he warms up. He is not overly high energy, and a couple of leisurely walks a day should be adequate for his exercise needs. He travels well and would love to tag along on adventures with his family. The more action and outings that Chico gets the better. We don't think he'd be a good choice for families with small children, but he does get along well with other dogs and cats. Right now, he's missing his buddy Coco Puffs, who was recently adopted.

Chico has not had much obedience training, so we are working on his basic commands, and he seems intrigued with the learning process. He responds to positive reinforcement and leadership training techniques. Adopters will find that ongoing obedience work is extremely helpful in building a shy dog's confidence, and establishing the necessary leadership, so that the dog feels safe in various circumstances. Besides training exercises, Chico has shown some affinity for swimming, and he loves to hike in the woods. Outdoor activities provide excellent mental and physical stimulation for a shy dog.

Chico has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during his transition to a new home. He has been neutered, and has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), and Canine Flu. He has been boostered as needed. He has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick. If you are interested in Chico, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.