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Atlas, a Weimaraner
Meet Atlas!  Atlas is a 6 month old male Weimaraner and he weighs about 50 pounds, but could easily weigh in at 80+ pounds when he is full grown.  He is a happy, typical half-grown Weimaraner boy with all the fun and headaches that go with that. He has a few issues which are discussed below, so please read this in its entirety.  If you know Weims you can see that Atlas will be a big adult.  Atlas ABSOLUTELY needs an active and challenging lifestyle, an adopter with active large breed, preferably Weimaraner, experience, a securely fenced yard (not negotiable, don't ask please), structured, consistent, and perhaps professional training, and owners home more often than not. Weimaraners are very high-energy, high-prey, high-focus dogs and though they are perfect for some, they are not for everyone.  To have a good canine citizen, be prepared to provide enough daily exercise to exhaust you both.  As a breed Weims are not generally compatible with small animals, small children, small places, or unstructured living.  These smart problem solvers are famous for doing things like opening refrigerators, turning on taps, unlocking doors, and free-hunting for miles.  They are extremely intelligent and without leadership and regular high energy jobs they will quickly be bored and find their own possibly destructive or unsafe activities.  Our Atlas had a fairly rocky and under socialized start in life due to delayed and interrupted homing.  He is still overcoming a few issues that the situation caused. Atlas is a casualty of the Covid-19 shutdowns in south Florida.  Though paid for, he was unable to be released to his initial buyer for an extended time due to the early lock downs, so he spent way too much puppy time in a kennel situation.  
Then shortly after he went to his home someone there became ill and he found himself boarded (at his vet) for another month.Realizing they were unable to care for him, the owners then put him up for adoption. He was rehomed to someone that kept him less than ONE DAY before surrendering him to us.  We estimate that in his first five and a half months he was in a home only a handful of days.  Even with all that, he is much nicer than he should be.  He needs some work though, and this is what you should know.  1. He is not yet housetrained due to a) over kenneling, which seems to have somewhat extinguished his “clean den” instinct, and to b) a urinary tract infection (now treated) which caused frequent urination, now habitual.  This should resolve, we are told, with time and training.  The adopter must understand and be willing to handle this.  2. Atlas was reported to us to be a hard mouther at play, though so far we have seen only a slight and age normal examples of that here.  3. He is somewhat behind in basic training but willing to learn, and  4. He might be the sloppiest water drinker ever, going in full face, blowing bubbles, sloshing, and taking a mouthful with him to spread around the floor. It seems he had little experience with bowls, knowing more about crate bottles or a fountain system.  Atlas is very sweet with humans, highly playful, dog social at home and on walks, and gets along here with everyone.  We have smaller dogs and a cat and he is friendly and submissive, but adult dogs of his breed are quite prey driven so small pets are not recommended.  Atlas is learning the basic commands, is leash social, and walks nicely on a leash. He is very willing and works happily for treats and toys.  If you are looking for a handsome and magnificent Weimaraner to make your own, Atlas is ready to rock and roll.  Atlas is neutered, up to date on vaccines, on flea and heartworm prevention and microchipped.  He is fostered in the Orlando area, and his adoption donation is $475.

Machi, a Pekingese
Meet Machi!  Machi is a 16 year old male Pekingese and he weighs about 10 pounds. He arrived in rescue when his human passed away and no one in the family would care for him.  He has settled into foster care nicely and is excited and ready to find a forever home!  His foster mom says, "This adorable little Pekingese fluffball is a perfect senior gentleman. He loves belly rubs, getting brushed, and going on short walks, but his most favorite thing to do is hang out on the couch next to his foster family!  Machi is very quiet and well mannered on his leash and when taking a bath.  He is friendly and easygoing with other dogs and older children.  Being an older gentleman, he does have some special requirements. Machi will need frequent short walks because he can only make it about 3 hours between walks or potty breaks outside before he has an accident.
Machi recently had a bladder stone that required emergency surgery and he will need to be on prescription food for life (thankfully he really likes it) He is not crate trained, and if given a choice he would love to sleep peacefully next to his human. He can make it up and down stairs slowly and when he feels like it, but he needs a boost to get up onto the couch and bed...his favorite places!  Finally, being alone is VERY stressful for him, so his ideal home will have people around him most of the day.  Machi is a dream dog for someone who is home most of the time and is looking for a sweet, constant, faithful companion!" He is neutered, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, microchipped and has had his teeth cleaned! Machi is fostered in the Orlando area, and his adoption donation is $150.

Chewbacca, a Shih Tzu
Meet Chewbacca! Chewbacca, who responds to Chewie is a 4 year old, 15 pound male Shih Tzu furball ready to settle down after being “SOLO” for a couple years.  He arrived in rescue after quite a journey around the galaxy, which wound up leaving him with a fractured pelvis, which we can only surmise may be from a bad landing with the Millennium Falcon, but our Wookie isn't the greatest, so translation has been rough.  With excellent medical care, Chewie has recovered and is ready to get back in the action!  His foster family says, "Chewie came to us with a fractured pelvis. After a month of bed rest and months of TLC, he “made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs... he’s fast enough for you.” (He runs quickly now.) Obviously, the force is strong with this one.

We know what you’re thinking...

“Adopt. Or do not. There is no shop.” (Adopt, don’t shop.)

He is not aggressive at all and probably will do well with dog savvy, gentle “padawans” (kids), although his foster family doesn’t have any for him to test this theory. 
He gets along with the other wookiees (dogs) and plays a submissive role. He loves his humans, rope toys, and treats. He doesn’t like storms and would like to cuddle. He always seems to get his way with his sweet “puppy dog eyes.” He is house trained. We don’t think it’ll be difficult for him to acclimate with his new home. There is no “dark side” to him. Make him your “chosen one.”

He just wants to hear... “Chewie, we’re home.”

Notable quotes by “Chewie.”

“I find your lack of treats disturbing.”
-Chewie, the Shih Tzu

“Help me, *insert your name here*, you’re my only hope.”
-Chewie, the Shih Tzu"

Chewie is neutered, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, microchipped, and has had his teeth cleaned.  He is fostered in the Orlando area, and his adoption donation is $300.

Dove, a Dachshund/Terrier mix
Meet Dove! Dove is a 2-3 year old female Dachshund/Terrier mix and she weighs about 14 pounds. She arrived in rescue from a hoarding situation and has been settling into foster care and learning how to "dog". Please know Dixie is NOT HYPOALLERGENIC, she does shed. She will also need a home with another dog and a fenced yard - these are not negotiable. Her foster mom says, "Dove loves to play with other dogs and likes cats, too. She enjoys her toys and loves belly rubs.  She sleeps all night on my bed. She has semi-long hair and does shed, so she is not hypoallergenic and is good for baths and nail clipping. 
She will need a home with another dog and a fenced yard.  She will walk on a leash, but if she encounters something she is afraid of, she will wiggle out of her collar or harness and run.  Dove seems to be housetrained, but stays in a crate if she has to be home alone for several hours. She only barks when someone knocks on the door or comes inside the house. She remains fearful of strangers and has not been around children, but may do ok with older children. She is not a fan of men. Even after a long time, still will bark when the foster dad walks in . A family will need patience and give her time to adjust to her new home." Dove is spayed, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, micorchipped and has had her teeth cleaned. She is fostered in the Orlando area, and her adoption donation is $275.

Brownie, a Yorkie/Maltese mix 
Meet Brownie!  Brownie is a 3 year old male Yorkie/Maltese mix and he weighs about 10 pounds. He arrived in rescue when his family could no longer care for him and he has settled into foster care nicely and is ready to find a forever family of his own. His foster mom says, "Brownie is a playful, sweet little boy who is ready for his forever family! He loves the following things: squeaky toys, treats, food, playing, cuddling, being petted, older, gentle children, and adults.  He gets along well with my three dogs, however he does best with my female dog. Sometimes he gets a little jealous of the boy dogs when he is near me, but we are working on boundaries.  He is overly interested in my cat. He doesn't harm her, however she doesn't like his affections, which are over the top. He gets excited and wants to play with and chase her. However verbal correction is extremely affective, albeit shortlived. He is learning that not only does  ‘no’ means ‘no’, it means ‘no’ five seconds later too. I have confidence he will figure this out in time. He really is affectionate and comfortable around dog savvy children. 
He is a little high strung, but when told to go lie down, he listens.He sleeps on my bed with my three dogs and is well behaved. He is housetrained, however he was just recently neutered and occasionally still tries to mark, so he wears a belly band sometimes to help with that behavior correction. Hopefully the urge to mark will decrease along with his testosterone. He loves to go on walks and does well, although he pulls a little and zig zags so should be walked by adults. He gets very excited when he sees other dogs, not aggressive, but you need to be prepared. Brownie would do best in a home with perhaps one other playful dog, no cats, and dog savvy children. He is very small and underfoot, so that is also something to consider."  Brownie is neutered, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, microchipped and has had his teeth cleaned.  He is fostered in the Orlando area, and his adoption donation is $300.

    Florida Little Dog Rescue Group

    A 501(c)3 Charitable Organization

    Serving the Central Florida Area

    PO Box 702364
    St. Cloud, FL 34770
    Phone: 407-279-1127
    Please note, we are not a shelter. We do not have a kennel or facility that you can visit and see all the dogs. Each dog is fostered in an individual home. We do rescue out of our private homes and in our spare time. So, you cannot come visit our dogs until you have gone through the application and interview process and we have contacted you about scheduling a visit.  We do not have set "hours" and we answer all calls and emails as quickly as we can!
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