Please note: Spicy is NOT a CCRT Dog


Spicy is looking for an adult only home willing to work on basic training and behavioral issues.

Spicy and Grey were surrendered to The Animal Hospital of Kitchener-Waterloo a few weeks ago. All we were told is that they are between 1 and 5 years old and came from a kennel. When they came to us they acted like feral dogs, had no names, had parasites, rotten teeth, and were not neutered. Due to how bad their teeth were we estimate they are 6 years or maybe older.

Bloodwork was run to check organ function, and was normal, heartworm test was also normal. They were treated for parasites and vaccinated. They were neutered and had many rotten teeth removed (Spicy has 2 teeth left and Grey has 8 teeth left). On exam they are physically healthy.

These little guys are survivors , but will need a LOT of behavioural work with their new owners! They are not well leash trained. They are not house trained, we are working on it, but small male dogs who have spent their whole lives marking territory need a diligent and patient caregiver to teach them where is ok to pee. In some cases this can take weeks or months of kennel and umbilical training, and for some male chihuahuas they may never be well house trained.

Spicy’s personality – Spicy is SPICY! His behaviour with new people seems to be a fear based aggression. If you’ve watched videos online of people rescuing scared street dogs, his behaviour is very similar to some of them at first. He is extremely afraid of being approached and handled by new people and will bark and growl to keep you away. Initially we carefully handled him with thick leather gloves to avoid being bitten but once he gets used to you he does become much friendlier. We are able to pick him up and handle him and so far no one has been bitten, he is making progress. He is ok with other small dogs but would be ok as an only dog. He takes some time to trust new people but once he does he seems to bond strongly with one person. His new owner is going to need previous dog experience and would likely benefit from consulting a dog trainer or behaviouralist experienced with fearful dogs. Spicy would also do best in a home with a securely fenced backyard.

If you have any questions or would like to apply to adopt please contact Leila at ahofkw@gmail.com. There will be a questionnaire for those interested in adoption. The adoption fee is $300 each.

You can apply to adopt Grey by contacting Leila at ahofkw@gmail.com