Adoption Area: East Tennessee

Suzie Q needs: My name is Suzie Q. I am a 9.5-pound female Chihuahua mix, almost 9 years old. I’m a pretty laid-back girl and generally do well with other dogs (cats, not so much). Even though I don’t play a lot with toys, I do like to romp and run with other dogs. I’m always up for a walk outside, where I can sniff all the smells and see what’s going on. I do well on a leash but would love a secure fenced yard to run in if you have one.

I can be a bit of a picky eater at times, but I sleep without a peep every night in an ex-pen beside my foster parents’ bed. I’ve had a few accidents in the house, but if you take me out regularly (especially after long naps) that should help a lot. You’ll need to be patient with me as I get used to a new routine and new surroundings again.

I am prone to skin issues that make me itchy and uncomfortable, but I have medicated lotion that helps and we’re trying a new food too (Hill’s Derm Complete). And now to a delicate matter: as you know, we dogs have anal glands that sometimes fill up and need to be emptied (expressed) by a vet. For some lucky dogs their bodies take care of emptying the glands naturally and they may need to have their glands expressed only once or twice a year – or never! My anal glands do not empty well on their own, and I will need to get mine emptied once or twice a month by a vet tech to make sure my anal glands are not too full or getting impacted. Impacted anal glands are painful so my new family will have to stay on top of this. But I promise to give you lots and lots of kisses on your nose if you help keep my hiney healthy. I am currently on a supplement that is supposed to help with this and we will see if over time that it does.

Did I mention I’m deaf? I won’t come when you call me and I’ll sleep through loud noises. You may have to make eye contact with me to help me understand what’s going on. And since I can’t hear you, I may grow anxious when I can’t see you, especially at first. My foster mom probably gets tired of me following her around, but it just makes me feel better when I can see my people. In fact, when riding in the car, it’s probably best if you secure me where I can see you; if you don’t, I will fuss and whine and cry. (I’m just not a great traveler, period.)

When you have to leave the house during the day, you can put me in a room with my bed and I should be fine: I won’t cause trouble or get into stuff. If you put me in a crate and I can’t see you, I’ll get upset and anxious.

Looking for a dark-eyed beauty who will be your walking bud, couch bud, best bud? Then I’m your girl. I am up to date on my vaccines and heartworm and flea prevention. I’m spayed and microchipped, and my adoption fee is $100.