Darling Talan is a shy boy, who needs a quiet household to blossom. He came to us recently from an urban animal control facility, after the doggie police found him scavenging for food in busy city streets. Talan seemed glad to go with the officers and get a decent meal!

Talan was generally good-natured as he moved through the shelter intake process. Initially his behavior evaluation during his vet visit was excellent, but as time passed, the shelter stress had a negative effect on him. It seemed that Talan was deteriorating quickly, and at one point he nipped one of the adoption counselors, as she startled him, and then reached over his head to grab his leash. At this point, our shelter contacts sent him to us so that we could let him decompress in a friendly environment, and get a better read on his behavior.

It's not uncommon for rescue dogs to become nervous and fearful in the shelter environment, and that was certainly the case with Talan. As soon as he exited the premises, he seemed to relax and now has been with us for a while. He's seems very submissive and shy at first meeting, and will take a few minutes to warm up to strangers. Once he bonds with his people, Talan is an absolute love and the consummate lap dog.

Talan is a unique looking pup. He is a small dog, weighing only 9 pounds, with extremely petite features. His breed origins seem rooted in the Chihuahua, but he could also be part Italian Greyhound, which would account for the spring in his very, very leggy step, and his slightly curved spine. Atop this spritely, pixie frame sits a characteristic apple shaped Chihuahua noggin, with an elongated pointed muzzle. Talan's white and tan coat is smooth and requires minimal grooming.

Talan's demeanor is very demure, gentle and mild mannered. He would be a superb choice for an adult single or couple, who have some understanding of rescue dog challenges. We think that he would do best in a laid back home, perhap with one or two low to medium energy dogs or cats. Talan loves gentle attention, and could join a subdued family with older kids, but the bustling activity of an active family with toddlers would blow his tiny mind!

Talan has not had much obedience training, but is an attentive little boy, who responds well to postitive rewards based obedience and leadership training. He has been an extremely well-behaved houseguest, and has good overall house manners. Talan is housetrained and crate trained, but adopters should expect to forgive some initial accidents as he adjusts to his new potty routine. He will definitely need a hearty winter outfit to brave the elements for his daily constitutionals.

Talan appears to be well cared for, his skin and coat are soft and lustrous, and his teeth and gums are in good shape for an adult dog. A consistent dental care plan will go a long way to avoid future dental cleanings and extractions. Talan is in excellent health and has been neutered. He has been vaccinated for rabies, DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo and parainfluenza) and Bordatella. He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis, and he has been dewormed. If you are interested in Talan, 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.