Only those applications that meet Pepper’s specific requirements outlined below will be considered.  This is a high-maintenance dog that requires an adopter who is experienced in raising and training a puppy, so please read her profile carefully.

Pepper, a very sweet six-pound long-coat Chihuahua, just celebrated her first birthday.  Her owner passed away and Pepper found herself in a shelter which transferred her to CCRT.

Pepper has been diagnosed with luxating patellas, the left leg being worse than the right which gives her no trouble.  When her left kneecap slips out of joint after sometimes being overzealous when running around, she lifts the leg and stretches it out to quickly put the kneecap back in place.  Presently, this occurs only two or three times a week when she gets really carried away when playing.

After x-rays and consultations with our veterinarians, we have made the decision not to put Pepper through surgery at this time because she does not limp, is not in pain, and she is a happy dog who walks normally.  We believe that this is the best decision for Pepper right now.  However, should her condition change, surgery to correct the problem is a possibility in her future.

Apart from luxating patellas, CCRT’s veterinarian has given Pepper a clean bill of health and she has had a heartworm test (negative).  She is spayed, microchipped and up to date with vaccines.

Pepper is still very much a puppy who is always looking for mischief.  She’s a delightful, high-energy, fun-loving girl who enjoys playing for hours with her toys and with the young resident chi in her foster home.  She is quite timid with strangers but very loving with her foster parents.

 House-training Pepper is progressing.  She uses pee pads only when necessary, and prefers to do her business outside.  She rings a doggie doorbell to let you know she needs to go out.  Obviously, she has a sense of humour, because she sometimes likes to keep her foster mom running to the door by repeatedly ringing the bell even though she doesn’t need to go.

 Pepper requires a forever home with a securely fenced backyard.  Because of her exuberance with other dogs, which could get her in trouble, she is not a candidate for dog parks.  She loves to go for short walks on leash, especially when there are treats as incentives to walk nicely.

 Pepper needs a forever home where her adopter is home most of the day.  Being a high-energy dog, she needs a daily walk on lead to keep her leg muscles toned, lots of attention, play and supervision.

 If there is another dog in the forever home, it must be of similar size, young, active and very tolerant of a puppy that has yet to learn doggie etiquette.  Pepper does not take no for an answer when she wants to play, and she will repeatedly jump at the other dog, which can cause a fight.  Pepper has lived harmoniously with cats, but it’s possible that a new kitty might find her behaviour annoying.

 Only if you fit this description of Pepper’s ideal forever home and are interested in adopting her, please fill out an adoption application.  You can also purchase a sweater and/or blanket for her or any of our foster dogs.  Please consider becoming a CCRT Sponsorship Angel  for any of our foster dogs by making a cash donation towards their care.


Vital Stats
DOB:  March 12, 2021
Weight:  6.9 pounds
Location:  Richmond Hill, ON
Adoption Donation:  $500