Malcolm was turned into the Hayward Shelter with another small Maltese mix as strays. Both dogs were terrified in the shelter, and were not comfortable being handled by shelter staff. So shelter staff called Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to pull them into foster care. We pulled his buddy first, thinking that Malcom, being a puppy, would eventually come around at the shelter, but he remained shy with people, so we pulled him into foster care.
Malcolm is doing well in his foster home, warming up to the humans, seeking attention, wanting to be on a lap. He gets along well with the other dogs, and is slowly feeling comfortable enough to play with some of them.
Malcolm would do well in a quieter household with other small friendly dogs. We are not sure about cats Having younger active children in the house maybe too overwhelming for him, at this time.
For more information about Malcolm you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha (Special Needs)
Chihuahua Mix Age: 5-6 years Female, Spayed 10 lbs
Samantha was picked up by Hayward animal control. What kind of monster would dump a special needs dog on the streets is beyond belief. She was wobbly and somewhat disoriented. She started out pretty sociable, but she became less so time went on. She was scheduled for euthanasia. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled her hoping we could find a family to give her a good home as long as her quality of life warranted it.
It was hoped that maybe an ear infection caused her wobbliness (vertigo). She was treated with antibiotics and steroids, but no improvement with her movement. She was examined by a veterinary neurologist who thinks she has either cerebellar ataxia or cerebellar hypoplasia. Ataxia is degenerative, and eventually fatal, while hypoplasia is something she has probably had since being a puppy and will live a normal life span. Because we don't know her history or how long she has been this way, it was difficult to tell what her prognosis would be. We are pleased that she has been with us for over 6 months with no deterioration and maybe some improvement, which is a strong indicator that she doesn't have the fatal version.
Otherwise she is healthy, seeks affection from her foster family, and enjoys the company of the other dogs. She has mastered stairs, for now, but doesn't walk on a leash (but would enjoy a ride in a stroller, while walking other dogs). When taken outside, she pees and poops, and she uses a doggy door. But she also is known to have the occasional accident in the house.
We hope to find her a home with other friendly dogs, and humans that are patient and caring. She would probably be fine with cats.
For more information about Samantha you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
My name is Mina. I have had other names in the past (probably too many to remember), My microchip registration said I was once called "Jinx." I was one of those dogs that just got passed around to different homes when they got tired of me. I eventually ended up in the Hayward Shelter where none of my prior families would come and claim me. I did my best with the shelter's temperament test, but I just couldn't handle that frickin' rubber hand bothering me when I was trying to eat. That meant my only hope of leaving the shelter alive was if a rescue group would help me. Being a senior tan Chihuahua, there was little chance of that happening.
Then Nobody's Perfekt Dogs came along and saw me for who I am, a sweet little dog who just wants someone to love me and give me a forever home. I was very thin and my blood work showed I was anemic. My foster family was able to get me to start eating and provided iron supplements. Eventually I gained weight. I was already spayed before I came to the shelter, but I had dental surgery because my teeth were in pretty bad shape.
I live with a bunch of annoying little foster brothers, who run, chase, wrestle and play all the time. As long as they leave me out of it, I am fine. Sometimes I have to get a little grouchy with them (a senior woman's prerogative) when their antics invade my personal space. Otherwise I am pretty mellow. I love my lap time and would really like to spend all my time with my humans, if I could.
For more information about Mina, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Scooter (Special Needs)
Miniature Pinscher Age: approx. 5 years Male, Neutered 13 lbs
Scooter was found on the streets of Oakland by a good Samaritan, who tried to find his owner. After 2 days with no luck, they brought him to the Oakland shelter. Scooter had no use of his hind legs and there were large sores on his legs from dragging them around. X-rays at the shelter didn't show any obvious trauma. For humane purposes the shelter vet recommended euthanasia unless a rescue could immediately be found. They called Nobody's Perfekt Dogs and we scrambled to find an appropriate foster home.
After consultations with a neurologist and the vet. the consensus is that he probably has degenerative disk disease ("slipped disk") from a while ago and his back-end muscles had atrophied. During his short stay in the shelter, the volunteers were successful in getting him to begin using his back legs. His foster family is working with a physical therapist to try and build up his muscle mass. He has made a lot of progress, but still has more work to go. It is unclear where he might eventually be with walking. The shelter worked out a deal to have a custom cart made for him. He doesn't need it all the time, but it gives him a rest from the physical therapy workouts.
Otherwise, he is a very healthy and the sweetest dog. Given what he has been though, his attitude is superb. He gets along with other dogs and cats in his foster home. He needs a home with no stairs, as there is always a risk that he could re-injure his back.
For more information about Scooter, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Scooter in Physical Therapy
(This is a courtesy listing for Power of Chi Chihuahua Rescue Group)
Oh my, you’re looking at me!! I sure hope that you have another dog at home because I love having doggy friends around. I’m pretty laid back, sort of go with the flow type girl – throwback hippie, flower in my hair and all that. My name is Dakota – appropriate, right?? I’m a girl that takes a little time to figure you out but then once I do, I’m yours for life. I love cuddling, walking with my friends and I can be a total couch potato when you want to relax and watch TV. I’d prefer a home without baby humans doing unpredictable things. At a whopping 12 lbs., I’m a pint sized girl with a big heart. Love you!
Ernie was found on the streets of Hayward by a good Samaritan who took him to the emergency vet out of concern for Ernie's eyes. His coat was dirty and matted. The vet then called Hayward Animal Control to take the dog to the shelter. The shelter's vet diagnosed Ernie with bilateral cataracts and severe glaucoma in one of his eyes. The glaucoma was probably very painful, so the decision was made to remove that eye altogether, sparing the other eye with a cataract for now. Ernie is fairly young, so the cataracts and secondary glaucoma either developed when he was very young or he was born with them.
Unfortunately (probably due to his blindness), Ernie wasn't able to pass the shelter's temperament test for food bowl and high value item guarding. His only chance out of the shelter was through a rescue group like Nobody's Perfekt Dogs, who are okay with pulling food bowl test failure dogs.
Ernie is doing really well in his foster home. His blindness doesn't prevent him from enjoying life, playing with the other dogs in the home, and giving some love to his foster family. He still sees some shadows out of his remaining eye. We may look into cataract surgery on that eye to avoid glaucoma developing at a later date.
We would like to find him a home with another dog(s) and experienced adopters. He can maneuver stairs pretty good. However, probably best for him to be in home without children.
For more information about Ernie, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernie in his new foster home.
Chihuahua / Min Pin Mix Age: Approx 2 year old Male, Neutered 7 lbs
Kermit was originally turned into the Hayward shelter as a stray. Being a very young dog, you could tell he wanted to love and be loved, but the stress and fear of being a shelter often overwhelmed him. He wasn't consistently comfortable being handled by shelter staff, so either a rescue group had to pull him or he would be euthanized.
Kermit was adopted out twice, each for a few months. The first family returned him because they were unable to work with or tolerate his marking in the house. We recommended "wrap" training for young male dogs who have a propensity to mark, but they weren't interested in doing any more work with him. The second time he was returned because the family got too busy for him. He didn't have any issues with house training (he was the only dog).
He is very playful, friendly and energetic. He loves to play with other dogs and they love to play with him. He does well with kids.
For more information about Kermit, you can contact us directly 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
I was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. I was friendly, outgoing and playful, but every once in a while I would do my "trick." People found that upsetting, and it eventually got me labeled as "unadoptable." Nobody's Perfekt Dogs took me in to see if there was a solution for my "trick."
They think I was probably mercilessly teased in my former home. It caused me great stress, and I coped by doing my trick. People probably thought my trick was cute, so they teased me more so that I would do it. My trick is that when I am stressed, I chase my tail - not in a playful way, but in an aggressive way. I don't catch it or bite it. I don't do it for very long, but I have been known to do it multiple times, back-to-back. I am on medication to help with stressful times, but I do the best with no other dogs around and in a quiet home.
When I am not doing my trick (which is most of the time), I love playing with toys, especially fetching a small ball. I could do that for hours. I like getting attention, being on a lap, getting treats. I am good on a leash and I use pee pads it I don't have access to go outside. I like all kinds of people and I don't bark much.
For more information about Bert you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chihuahua Age: approx. 5 years Female, Spayed 5 lbs
Mary Jane is typical rescue for us: a very shy, frightened small Chihuahua that was unable to pass the shelter's temperament test. She was in foster care for 5 months with one of the shelter's volunteer staff before they called us to take her and try to find her a forever home. Mary Jane has made some progress in foster care, but she is still pretty shy with strangers and in unfamiliar settings.
In her safe and secure foster home, though, her personality shines through. She can be very playful, running through the house trying engage the other dogs in play. She likes hanging out on a lap. She lives with a couple of cats and knows better than to piss them off, given her small size.
She would do well in a home with other small, playful, outgoing dogs. Given her skittishness, she needs a very stable, quiet household. Kids are probably not a good idea.
For more information about Mary Jane, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Lucy & Ethel
Ethel is a Toy Yorkie (4.6 lbs) and Lucy is a Toy Chihuahua (3.4 lbs). Both dogs are seniors (maybe 12 years?). They were found as strays on the streets of Oakland CA and brought to the Oakland Animal Shelter. Both dogs were microchipped, but phone and email information was out of date, so the shelter sent a letter. After 10 days (the last day of their stray hold, a family came forward to claim them. Both dogs had some significant medical needs. When animal control inquired about prior vet care and getting their current vet needs met, the original owners indicated that vet expenses weren't a priority. So they were asked to voluntarily surrender the dogs or they would be confiscated. They were surrendered and handed over to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs for rescue.
Both dogs are very sweet; they love to be held and cuddled. They have been together for most of their lives and are very bonded. They get along with other dogs, but Ethel is prone to lap guarding with some other dogs.
Neither dog is spayed and we have no plans to get them spayed. Given their ages and tiny size. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs in consultation with our vet, feel anesthesia is too risky. However, Ethel desperately needs dental surgery, so we are having that done. They have some ongoing health issues that will need to be addressed for the remainder of their lives. Lucy has a bum eye, that will require drops for uveitis, and a slight heart murmur not requiring medication at this time. Ethel has a collapsed trachea requiring a prescription cough suppressant (Hydrocodone). She is also prone to respiratory infections.
We need to find them a forever home that can give them lots of love and attention for the rest of their lives. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs is willing to help with veterinary costs.
For more information about Ethel & Lucy, you can contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Lou was given as a "gift" to someone who didn't want her. She was a very young puppy (few weeks old). Rather than try to rehome her, the woman just kept her in a crate 24/7, failing to even clean out the urine and feces. A relative living in the home eventually called animal control to report an abused/neglected puppy. With a threat of fines and confiscation, the woman surrendered Cindy Lou to the Hayward shelter. Her feet were infected and had urine burns from the inch-thick urine and feces in the bottom of her crate. Needless to say, she had no socialization with people and couldn't be handled. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled her into foster care.
She eventually bonded with the other small dogs in her foster home, and learned to trust her foster mom. Understandably, she is still skittish with strangers, but with other dogs around, she has more confidence.
She would do well in a home with other small, playful, outgoing dogs. Given her skittishness, she needs a very stable, quiet household. Kids are probably not a good idea.
For more information about Cindy Lou, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Opal and Jade were found on the streets of Oakland with 3 other dogs. In the shelter it was obvious to staff that they were bonded. Both dogs did very well with shelter staff, but they reached out to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to take them, knowing that we keep bonded pairs together. Although Opal was excellent with the volunteers that worked with her, that ended up not to be the case with people she didn't know (vet technicians, directors of rescue groups, etc.) Settled into her foster home, her foster mom and the mom's roommate had no issues with Opal. She bonded with them right away and from their perspective, Opal is a friendly, loving little dog that allows all kinds of handling. However, she was very aggressive with strangers. We have done a lot of work with Opal to socialize her, and she has made a lot of progress. She can interact with strangers in a well supervised setting with someone who knows how to handle her special needs.
Jade, on the other hand, is very sweet and loves everyone. She allows all kinds of handling by just about anybody. We believe that Jade and Opal are not only very bonded, but they are probably related. Luckily, only one of them got the "mean little Chi" gene.
Because of Opal's past, she will need an experienced adopter who knows how to supervise her around people she doesn't know. We don't anticipate she will have any issues with a new owner, but she does tend to do better with women, than with men. Both dogs do well with other smaller, friendly dogs.
For more information about Opal & Jade, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrence was dumped at the Oakland Shelter by a family that supposedly loved him, but not enough to keep him, we guess. He struggled with the shelter environment, able to only connect with the other dogs and eventually a couple of the staff members. He didn't trust strangers and seemed particularly apprehensive with men. After 3 weeks with only moderate progress, the shelter reached out to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs for rescue. He ended up in an all male foster home, where he needed to overcome his distrust of men.
The foster family reports that he is coming around very nicely. He is excellent on a leash and in public settings - interested in strangers, doesn't react to other dogs. He loves riding in the car, sitting next to his people. He is a lap dog at heart. He initially displayed some behaviors associated with insecurity, but within a a few days those disappeared as he settled into his new foster home.
Terrence would be fine as the only dog as long as he has human companionship most of the time. If he is left alone for long periods of time, he needs a doggy companion. He is great on a leash and good with strangers. He would be a great dog to take to work.
For more information about Terrence, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Miniature Pinscher Age: approx. 4 years Male, Neutered 20 lbs
Levi was brought to the Hayward Shelter as a stray. He was already neutered and microchipped. The shelter contacted the person whose name was registered to the microchip, but they never responded back. Levi failed his food bowl test, not liking to have a rubber hand bother him while he is eating (in a shelter environment). Once he was in a foster home, there was no signs of food bowl guarding. Levi is a sweet young gentleman that just wants your attention and love. He gets along with indoor cats and does okay with older kids. He is VERY ACTIVE and needs a home where he will get LOTS of exercise.
For more information about Levi, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chihuahua / Toy Terrier Mix Age: approx 2 years Male, neutered 4.5 lbs
Rusty was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. He was terrified being 4.5 lbs in a scary, noisy shelter. His fear came in the form of aggression - he couldn't be handled, so the shelter contacted Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to pull him into foster care, where he soon settled down and felt safe, allowing pretty much anyone to handle him.
Hi is a playful little guy who does really well with other small dogs up to about 15 lbs. He loves toys and to cuddle. He is still weary of strangers, but is very bonded to people he knows.
He needs to be in a home with other small, playful, outgoing dogs. Given his skittishness with strangers and his small size, kids are probably not a good idea. Cats are fine as long as they don't bully him.
For more information about Rusty, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Whippet Mix Age: approx. 2 years Male, Neutered 22 lbs
We can only guess what Parker's life was prior to ending up in the shelter. He was dropped in the shelter's night box, after being found on the streets of Newark. In the shelter, he was afraid of everything. Shelter staff had to carry him everywhere as he had no leash training and paralyzed with fear. After a month or working with him, he made some progress in the shelter, but not enough to be available for adoption to the general public. As his time ran out, the shelter asked Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to pull him into foster care.
Parker has made progress. He walks on a leash, and is very bonded with his foster mom. At the adoption center when his mom leaves him, he does bond with other volunteers. He is okay with other dogs, but there isn't much interaction between the dogs in the foster home and him. He prefers the company of his foster mom. He would be okay with cats.
Whoever gives Parker a forever home, will need to continue working on his socialization, introducing him to new situations and people. He will bond pretty quickly with whomever he lives with.
For more information about Parker, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Miniature Pinscher Mix Age: 4 years Male, Neutered 9 lbs
I was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. I passed all of my temperament tests and was in the adoption gallery ready for a new home. However, I started showing aggression toward a male staff member, so they moved me to the back, where my fate was uncertain. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled me into foster care.
So far, I am doing okay out in the real world. I have met lots of other men, including my foster dad and the director of the rescue, and I haven't shown any aggression. I get along well with the other animals in my foster home (dogs, a cat and a rabbit). I like sitting on laps and playing with other dogs and people.
For more information about Kenny you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Dachshund / Chi Mix Age: 4 years Male, Neutered 14 lbs
My family kicked me out of the house to live on the streets. Neighbors came to my rescue and took me to the Hayward Animal Shelter. After the mandatory hold period, one of the neighbors volunteered to foster me until I can find a new forever home, so I was pulled by Nobody's Perfekt Dogs.
I am great little dog with no behavioral problems. I live with a large dog and a cat in my foster home, and we all get along. I am very friendly with strangers and I like attention. I have no idea why I was kicked out.
I have some distinguishable black markings mostly on my face, but a few on my body. The vet has no idea what they are or why they are there. I think it makes be look like a Dalmatian puppy, but I am not. They are just a part of my uniqueness.
For more information about Edward you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chihuahua Age: approx 7 years Female, Spayed 4.5 lbs
Galadriel (not a Lord of the Rings fan? Google it) was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. She couldn't be handled by shelter staff. One of the shelter employees agreed to foster her if Nobody's Perfekt Dogs would sponsor her.
Galadriel is very attached to her foster parents, wanting their attention, and to snuggle. She struggles when interacting with strangers, snapping at them if they try and pet her. She is good with other dogs, wanting to play with them. She would be okay with cats. Anyone interested in adopting her, will need to give her a little bit of time to bond with her new humans (a couple of days, maybe a week).
Galadriel needs a home with experienced adopters that have another small playful dogs, and where she won't have to interact with strangers. Also a home with no kids.
For more information about Galadriel, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com