“Hi! I’m Zuni. I am an 11 year old yorkshire terrier who weighs about 5.5 pounds. I’m a little guy who loves BIG-once I get to know you. I’ve spent my life pretty sheltered and now it’s time for me to branch out and find a home with someone who will take the time to socialize me and help me understand that other people and other dogs can be alright.

“I have never lived with other dogs or been around cats. I do know that I do not like kids! When I see other dogs, I get very scared. So maybe if you have another dog about my size who is friendly but not overly so, I could learn to have a doggie friend to spend my time with when you cannot be around? Patience and kindness can go a long way in earning trust.

“My person will tell you that I have epilepsy. This means I have had seizures and I must take medication to help control them. I’ve not had a seizure in many years so please don’t let that scare you off! Recently I have been diagnosed with IBD, which means irritable bowel disease. This seems to happen with a lot of dogs. Right now I’m taking a steroid and another medication called metronidazole to help. My adopter will need to continue taking good care of my health, watch my diet and be sure to give me the medication I need to stay healthy. Regular veterinary care is so important for all dogs but it’s vital for senior dogs.

“I have been taught to use potty pads inside my home but I will go outside if there’s a safe, fenced area for me to go out into. It may take some time for me to learn to go outside to potty if that is what you prefer. My human has left me for hours alone and I’ve been fine. Of course this has been in the home I’ve known all of my life. It could be that I will be just fine staying home in my new house by myself when I need to but please, please, give me time to adapt and learn that you are returning and everything is going to be OK.

“Being a yorkie, I do bark. We terriers like to use our voices! This is something one must keep in mind when adopting a dog. I don’t wish to be rehomed again because I barked-I hear that happens to some dogs..

“I have some arthritis now so I hope my adopter can start me on something to help with that. Going out for short walks on a leash is fun; because of my size I can’t pull you too much on leash. I can still do stairs but with my short legs, I hope I won’t have to climb too many, too often. Since I’m small, carrying me is an option!

“If you have been looking for a snuggly, devoted companion, I may be the boy for you! This life change for me will be a lot but I would like to think there’s someone out there who can see me through it and we can live happily ever after.”

Zuni is located in Tacoma, WA. For contact information please email: referrals@olddoghaven.org

This is a courtesy post. Zuni is not an Old Dog Haven dog. We urge prospective adopters to do their own evaluation.