Lens And Leash: Who is this adoption story about?
Yvette Werner: Squiggy is a 6 year old (approx) male chihuahua pug mix or chug as we call him!
Lens And Leash: What made you decide to adopt?
Yvette Werner: We fostered him for a weekend after I had taken him for a walk at the adoption center. I went into the center looking for a small breed dog. I grew up with a small dog, but have only had medium to large dogs as an adult. I felt ready for a lap dog that would snuggle with all of us. I had in mind a Maltese/poodle mix, but Squiggy’s sweet personality won me over!
Lens And Leash: When and where did you adopt Squiggy?
Yvette Werner: We adopted him from the Animal Adoption Center (AAC) in Jackson, WY in April 2016.
Lens And Leash: How old was Squiggy when you adopted him and do you know anything about his life before you adopted him?
Yvette Werner: Squiggy was estimated to be 5 or 6 when we adopted him. Before arriving at the AAC he was found running down a major city street in Idaho Falls, ID. He was scheduled to be euthanized at the shelter. The ladies from the AAC rescued him the night before he was to be euthanized!!
Lens And Leash: What made you decide to adopt Squiggy specifically?
Yvette Werner: I went into the AAC looking for a small, fluffy dog. Squiggy was there & needed a walk, so I took him for a walk & played with him in a nearby park. I was amused by his excitement & sweet nature. He sat on my lap & was eager to be rubbed & cuddled. I took him back & thought I’d wait until a fluffy dog came in. I never thought I’d want a chihuahua. For days I couldn’t get Squiggy out of mind, so we decided to foster him for a weekend. Needless to say, he never went back to the AAC!
Lens And Leash: What is your favorite quirk about him?
Yvette Werner: He likes to burrow under blankets & he’ll paw at our arms so we lift the blanket up for him. Then he’ll snuggle down under. A little prince!
Lens And Leash: Did you have to do any training with Squiggy after you adopted him?
Yvette Werner: Squiggy was house trained when we got him. We did slowly give him free reign of the house by using a baby gate to cordon off areas.
Lens And Leash: What tips or pieces of advice would you offer to people that are looking to adopt for the first time?
Yvette Werner: I would say to keep an open mind. As I learned, you may think you know what you want & then something totally different steals your heart!
Lens And Leash: Would you adopt again and would you adopt from the same shelter/rescue?
Yvette Werner: Absolutely! As an adult I’ve only rescued dogs. There are so many amazing animals waiting for homes. In my opinion there is no reason to go through a breeder. You can find the right companion in a shelter if you’re patient.