Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua
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Home:Las Vegas Area, NV  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male

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   Leave a bone for Klepto

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-dog rescue

April 6th 2007

Affection & attention

Other dogs (besides his foster brothers & sister)

Favorite Toy:
Anything that's not his

Favorite Food:
He's not picky

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere with his human, ideally with no other dogs around

Best Tricks:
Stealing & hiding something right before I need it...

Arrival Story:
** KLEPTO WAS ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 25th!! ** He's now living in a home with an adult human mom, a 7 year old human 'brother' and two cats! This web page will soon be transferred over to Klepto's new family. I am fostering Klepto on behalf of a large & well-respected not for profit animal welfare organization located in the San Francisco Bay area. Under the name "Pulga," Klepto was surrendered by people in early 2008 because they were "moving." Pulga was adopted out to someone in the Spring of 2008, but was returned a few months later because he wasn't good around other dogs & she couldn't take the time to help him resolve that issue. I brought him home with me for fostering on September 6th, 2008. By coincidence, I'd happened to meet Klepto and observe his issues just hours before he was surrendered back to the animal welfare organization. One Sunday afternoon just before I was going to head in to the shelter to work with some dogs there, I took my own dogs + foster dog out for a quick walk. While walking around the neighborhood, we saw two women walking a MinPin mix. Since my own tow dogs are MinPins, we headed in their direction, but when we got about 40 feet away, their dog started reacting aggressively towards my dogs. The women clearly had no clue how to handle the situation, so I asked them if they wanted some suggestions. They basically said no. About 2 hours later as I'm there at the animal shelter, guess who walked in... I spoke with them again, and it seems like despite being very sad, they'd made up their mind to surrender the dog. Despite being successfully kenneled with another dog, Kelpto wasn't making much progress with his dog-aggression issues at the shelter, so I brought him home for fostering as soon as I was able to, in late August. I brought Klepto home to FOUR other dogs -- my own two Miniature Pinschers Nike & Baby, my other foster dog Chug, and Dexter, a prior foster-dog that we were dogsitting at the time. Klepto initially tried to be reactive towards the other dogs when I put him in the yard with them & they ran up to check him out, but because he'd learned to trust/respect/like me already at the shelter, he obeyed me when I told him to leave the other dogs alone, and he's been great with them ever since. His "Pulga" name bothered me because I know it means flea in Spanish and I'm not thinking it's really used much in any sort of favorable sense (a term of endearment), so despite him knowing that name & a few people telling me they thought it was cute, I have just recently renamed him Klepto, as-in kleptomaniac. Klepto has fit-in very well to my home. He's respectful of my two elderly dogs, and he plays well with Chug. He's extremely affectionate towards me as well as all other humans. But one usually humerous, sometimes annoying thing he does is he'll steal some small objects like pens, envelopes, shoes, a mini flashlight, etc. & will hide them in one of the numerous 'nests' set up for my dogs inside & outside the home. Upon finally locating a missing sandal in one of the nests today, his new name was bestowed upon him! While "Klepto" might not be much more honorable or macho than "Pulga" ("Flea") was, it definitely fits him better! I'm working with him to desensitize him to the presence of other dogs (which seems to be his only issue), and once that's complete, Klepto will be put up for adoption. Updates will appear as diary listings below.

Klepto is a Miniature Pinscher ("MinPin") mix. He has the full markings of a black & tan MinPin, but the coloring is slightly off & his coat is a little longer & thicker than a MinPin's.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 16th 2008 More than 8 years!

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September 17th 2008 10:42 pm
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As of now, Klepto is available to be adopted out to the right home.

While he still needs work on his socialization skills around strange dogs, in my experience he has been excellent with people (both adults & kids) -- affectionate, obedient, calm & quiet but playful at times. He can be a little naughty in terms of 'stealing' pens, etc. but it's more along the lines of cute than a real nuisance. The only issue I'm aware of is that he's reactive to other dogs that he sees, although he can easily & quickly learn to accept other dogs in the household.

Klepto had a couple kennel-mates during his approximately 2 months at the shelter, and I brought him home to FOUR other small, calm dogs in my household (my own two MinPins, another foster dog, and for a week, a prior foster-dog that I dogsat). They all met in my back yard, and Klepto initially was reactive (they all ran up to check him out & say hello at the same time, so he was overwhelmed) but I got him to focus back on me, and within 30 seconds, everything was fine & there haven't been any problems.

However, Klepto is NOT currently the type of dog that would do well in a dog park, and he does react (bark/growl) at dogs he sees when we're out for a walk. The process to resolve that sort of thing is pretty straightforward (classic counter-conditioning -- you give him a high-value treat when he sees other dogs -- eventually he gets happy when he sees other dogs, because he associates them with getting treats), but just takes some patience & determination.

I will certainly continue, even speed-up, my own efforts to socialize Klepto with other dogs until he's adopted out, but we are hoping to adopt him out soon because there is currently another dog with more severe issues needing to be fostered by me. The sooner we can adopt Klepto out into a great home that understands his issues & can work to help him resolve it, the sooner I can foster the other dog.

If you're interested in adopting Klepto, please make sure you've read this entire web page so that you have a pretty good understanding of his history & needs before you decide that you're ready & willing to handle them. Obviously, myself and the shelter will support his adopter with specific training suggestions.

Then contact me via this web page ASAP, explaining your home situation, any current dogs/cats, etc. & include a phone number. I'll be able to answer any questions you may have about him.

Meeting Klepto & possibly adopting him would be done at the animal welfare organization's shelter located in the San Francisco Bay area.

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