Chihuahua Foster Care

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  1. SteveNear

    SteveNear HappyTrailChihuahuas

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    We are currently looking for Foster Care Partners that can take in a little
    Chihuahua and care for it until together we find a forever home for him or
    her. Please visit link if you can help or ever considered being a foster care provider.

    Steve & Lindy Nearman
    Happy Trail Chihuahuas
    Chihuahua-Pups.com
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    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    So let me get this straight... you're a BYB who has too many puppies to take care of, so you want to find people to take care of them for you? o_O
     
  3. SizzleDog

    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    No wait, wait... you're a BYB trying to find foster homes for dogs that could have been adopted by the people who buy your BYB puppies... ahh that's so much better. ;)
     
  4. SteveNear

    SteveNear HappyTrailChihuahuas

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    Let me see...

    Oh let me :hail: oh great sanctimonious one. NOT!

    I should of mentioned that this is for the east coast, so you have nothing to fear. We will not be invading you kingdom Lord Cynical.

    Steve & Lindy Nearman
    Happy Trail Chihuahuas
    Chihuahua-Pups.com
    73 Caisson Road
    Fredericksburg. VA 22405
    (540) 371-5566
    (540) 207-5131 - cell
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    Yuck. Too bad the spam bots can't stop bybs from registering.
     
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    ~Tucker&Me~ and Spy.

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    I looked at your website and am slightly confused... You are obviously a breeder. Is this female from a rescue you are working with? Is she a dog you produced?

    I am not one to immediately jump on the flame bandwagon but I am a little confused about what is going on...
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    wait.. I don't understand. You breed those dogs so YOU are responsible for them. Shouldn't foster homes be left available for dogs truely in need?

    If you can't find homes for all of them/look after those who you can't place perhaps you shouldn't breed
     
  9. SizzleDog

    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    Yippee! I think I'm going to start calling myself Lord Cynical. Has a nice ring to it. ;)

    You see, I do REAL fostering, for a REAL rescue. My current foster dog was found loose running the streets... that's a real foster.
     
  10. SteveNear

    SteveNear HappyTrailChihuahuas

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    Yes we breed Chis. About 2 litters a year. Not "tea cups" or show dogs. We breed for size and temperament for companion pets. The demand for Chis far exceeds the supply. I believe mostly do to movies with Chis and the tocobell commercials, etc. As a result many folks that no nothing about the breed have been duped into purchasing them by breeders that only care about making $$$. Not in finding a forever home for their dogs or improving their blood lines.

    We were receiving many calls from folks that needed to rehome their Chi do to illness, old age or death of the owners. So we decided to also help find new homes for these dogs so they would not be turned out to the street or possibly to animal control to be put to death. Most of these dogs had behavioral issues and needed training before the could be adopted to a permeant home successfully. That is where the foster care network came in. We now have about 40 foster care partners along the east coast that can take in a little Chi and work with it to prepare for adoption.

    We also offer free ads for anyone needing to rehome their dog and free Chihuahua want ads for people that want to adopt rather than purchase a pup or a dog from a greedy breeder or puppy mill.

    Last month, with the help of our foster care network, we found new homes for 3 Chihuahuas and 2 Chis found new homes so far this month.

    We are actually doing 2 separate things we breed Chihuahuas and we also help find homes for Chihuahuas in need. The rehoming and adoption has been very successful so far do the the high traffic we already get on he site.

    I don't know if that answers your questions or not, but that is a snapshot of what we are doing.
     
  11. SteveNear

    SteveNear HappyTrailChihuahuas

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    What I'm trying to do is help prevent them from getting to the street.

    PS Nice looking Dobes, Years ago we breed them also.
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    I guess we are confused as VA has chi rescues already. Why don't you affiliate yourself with a good reputable rescue? As a JRT breeder I also work with the official rescue.

    Why do you need to rescue on your own? Why breed 'just companion only' when you are saying how many of these dogs need homes?
     
  13. SteveNear

    SteveNear HappyTrailChihuahuas

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    What I'm trying to do is help prevent them from getting to the street in the first place.

    PS Nice looking Dobes, We also breed them, many, many years ago and dairy goats too.
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    So why not focus on rescue instead of breeding the same sort of 'just companion' non breed standard chi's that you are saying are out on the streets.
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    So you are a big fan of feeding your dogs garbage. Good to know. High in by products, soy grits and other floor sweeping. Fantastic!

    Followed up by adding onion to your home concoctions even though that can cause kidney failure.. Fantastic research skills so far..

    And lastly
    Iams would be the fore mentioned by products and floor sweepings. 10% is pretty much no meat.. Rest of us like things with oh lets say 95% meat.. cause then we know it really IS meat like Wellness 95 % Canned Dog Food
     
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    Fun thread... :rolleyes:

    Hey Steve, if you want to prevent the chis from winding up on the streets, here's a novel idea - STOP PRODUCING THEM!! Clearly there are more than enough of pet quality chihuahuas out there that there is no need to make more of them. Though at those prices I can see why you would want to...

    Okay, okay. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. You check heart, eyes and knees on your chis before you breed them right? Of course you must, that would explain the $1200 price tag, 'cause surely you're not in this for the money like those "other" breeders who
     
  17. SizzleDog

    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    My responses in bold.

     
  18. SteveNear

    SteveNear HappyTrailChihuahuas

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    We just love the breed and enjoy raising and training them. And now expanding to help many others too. I don't consider our blood line just non standard companions. We have a standard, its just not as small as acceptable "show standards". I think an 8-10 pound Chi is much stronger and healthier (in our line) than many of the fragile tiny show quality dogs. We get calls and emails from folks that say other rescues would not return their calls or would not take their dog in. I don't think that is the norm, but we are filing the gap and helping connect Chis with new homes and taking some of the pressure off over crowing in other shelters in the process. What is wrong with focusing on both?
     
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    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    Again, me in bold.

     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    Well its wrong because you talk about how rare etc they are, but then say that they are ending up on the streets. Yours are out of standard. Any person can make up what ever they want, but thats NOT the breed standard. I have my own preferences with JRTs but I breed within the breed standard as I love the breed.

    Your dogs are out of standard even if you took a proper chi and scaled them up. You comment about deer heads as if they are ok.

    What separates your dogs from the many who languish in shelters and rescues, or those who die each year waiting for homes?
     

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