Listed February 21, 2018
Age: 5 yrs.
Weight: Not Specified
Adult Size: Less than 10 lbs.
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DescriptionChihuahua / Mixed (short coat)
This animal is available at Marin Humane Society
Please do not contact North Bay
Breed Chihuahua Cross
Color White / Cream
Weight 6.4 lbs
Age 1Yrs 6Mths 2Wks (approx)
Where can you find me?
I am at the Marin Humane location.
You can contact me by
Phone (415) 506-6225
Fax (415) 382-1349
Address 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. Novato
A Little Bit About Me
Get comfortable. This little girl has quite a story! Kya's intrepid nature led her to leap off a deck and lose her left front leg. Previous to that adventure, she lived in two different homes, most likely because they underestimated her extreme abilities. Kya is a remarkably smart and very trainable little dog who needs lots of structure and management to go along with the love she seems to find with everyone who gets to know her. Reminiscent of so many dogs found in shelters under the category of 'misunderstood,' Kya is that diamond in the rough, who isn't just cute, but has brains to back it up. Many folks just look for cute and so can be rattled by a dog who requires focused training and structure. But for those who love the companionship of smart cookies and are looking for a bravely active tripod, you may have found your match. Don't let those three legs fool you. There isn't anything Kya can't tackle. If anything, you'll have to work overtime to keep her from breaking anything else!
We won't lie to you, Kya has some challenges, especially if she thinks she needs to be in charge. Her poor management skills can be confused with bad behavior (pushy, nippy, undisciplined), but if you show her what you want her to do (as opposed to just saying 'No, no, no, no') she'll pick up the cues in a heartbeat. She's super sturdy despite her slender figure and obvious deficit. She loves toys, likes to play tug, will fetch and can learn new commands at lightening speed because she loves treats and has tremendous focus.
Kya has gotten into trouble in the past being snippy with other dogs and even, sometimes, people. She has spent time in foster with other dogs, whom she attempts to bully. But showing her what she's supposed to do, rather than yelling at her is the most effective management. She is, surprisingly, good with cats - at least the dog savvy kind. Kya's intense focus extends to people - she focusses on her one and only so can be rude to those who aren't. Again, this is very addressable. Knowing she's wary of strangers, you'll want to introduce new people slowly. Bring your treats for positive reinforcement. A consult before adoption will help solidify these ideas and send you off with some support materials for giving Kya the great life she deserves. On the big plus side, Kya is very house and crate trained!
Yes, the faint of heart need not apply, but for those dog lovers with the plucky gene and a love of little smarties you have arrived. Meet Kya and let the unfettered fun begin!
Adoption Center: (415) 506-6225
The Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, California 94949
Adoption Fee Details
Adoption fee $150.00 We require an adoption application, a home check and have an adoption contract if the adoption is approved.
The adoption fees you pay help us defray costs we incur when pulling dogs from shelters. We are charged by the shelters the same as you would be charged. The others costs we incur include spay & neuter fees and other miscellaneous medical expenses. We must also pay for the cost of advertising the dogs in order to find new homes, transporting animals, phone bills in responding to potential adopters (many of which are long distance calls), and food and supplements for the dogs.
All of the money you donate is used toward dog rescue. Our volunteers receive no pay. Usually, the amount requested for a particular dog does not even cover the cost of having rescued that dog.