Details about Walter

  • ID D220609
  • Adoption Fee: $425
  • Breed: Chihuahua / Mixed
  • Gender: Male
  • Current Weight: 6.0 lb.
  • Estimated Birthdate: 5/25/2012

Walter's Compatibility Attributes

  • Reaction to New People: Aggressive
  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All

Walter's Personality and Behavioral Qualities

  • Housetrained/Littertrained: No
  • Obedience Trained: Needs Training
  • Likes to Vocalize: Quiet
  • Energy Level: Low
  • Cratetrained: Yes
  • Leashtrained: Yes

*This animal is a part of our “Seniors for Seniors” program where we offer senior adopters an opportunity to adopt an eligible pet at a discounted fee.*

Walter weighs 6lbs and is a rescue from a neglectful situation in Texas. Sweet Walter is an old pup who has had a very hard life. he was most likely treated poorly by men and is not quick to trust them. He has settled into his foster home quite nicely however & is quite happy to be in a climate controlled heaven filled with fluffy dog beds. He will most likely need a diet of wet food for the remainder of his life due to his lack of teeth from neglect. he would be the perfect pup for a quieter home without small children that just want to spoil him.

One big thing you should know about Walter is that he is heartworm positive - but please don’t let that scare you away from adopting him! After he undergoes treatment for his condition he will be completely healthy again, and heartworm is not a contagious disease.

Because he needs treatment, he is available exclusively through Ruff Start’s Foster to Adopt (FTA) program. Click here to learn more about this program.

He will get heartworm treatment at one of Ruff Start’s partner veterinary clinics in St. Cloud, so their foster will need to be comfortable getting them to and from the appointments. Treatment will consist of three injections: the first will be roughly 30 days after he enters rescue. Then, the second and third injections will happen 30 days after the first. While he is undergoing treatment, he should be on activity ‘restrictions’ which just means he should relax in his crate or cuddle with you.   Click here to learn more about heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. If you are interested in getting to know this animal better, please fill out an adoption application. An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.

To learn more about Ruff Start’s adoption process and the care our foster animals receive, please visit our How to Adopt page.

If you'd like to donate towards this pet's care, you can donate to our Animal Care Fund. Our Animal Care Fund supports the medical and veterinary needs for all Ruff Start Rescue animals. You'll be able to enter this pet's name on the second page of the donation form.