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About Rico

Rico Suave was adopted as a puppy in 2014. He currently lives and gets along with his chihuahua brother. Rico is happy all the time, loves all humans, and desperately wants to share his love with everyone he meets. He is smart and food motivated. He loves a fenced yard to explore, long walks and playing. His least favorite things are the vacuum, champagne bottles, and being caught when he knows he’s been bad. He has the sweetest soul and needs the love and attention of a family who wants to help him be the best boy he can be.

Animal Type: Dog


Background Information

Where did you get this animal: Angels of Assissi
Why rehoming: Rico’s parents are young professionals who both work a lot and do not have active lifestyles conducive to Rico’s high energy level. While we love Rico, we recognize that we can’t give him what he deserves: a loving, active family with the time and energy to devote to daily play time, walks, a fenced-yard and an end to his current apartment living, and lots of snuggles.
How long have you had this animal: 6 years
Current Rabies: Yes
Current vaccines: Yes
Spayed or Neutered: Yes
Heartworm tested: Yes
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: No
Good with children: Yes
Good with strangers: Yes
House trained: Yes
Crate trained: Yes
Behavioral Concerns: The hound in Rico loves to chase, so he needs to be leashed or fenced-in when outside. He has some separation anxiety and occasionally gets into the trash when we leave the house.Rico was socialized as a puppy and frequented the dog park with no problem. He is now a regular at doggy daycare and that seems to have exacerbated some behavioral issues. He can be a bully – while we believe he would never hurt another dog intentionally, he gets wound up and barks aggressively, instigating unpleasant interactions.
Afraid of: Vacuums, fireworks, and champagne bottles
Games like to play: Rico loves his toys and is good at fetch and tug-of-war. One of my favorite games to play with Rico is "toy or finger" because he is so gentle that he won't bite if he's playing with a toy and you put a finger in his mouth with it. He also loves learning new tricks and having his mind challenged.
If children, ages: Rico has not lived with children, but has experience with infants through age 6. We think Rico would do best in a household with children aged 5+. He is not aggressive, but is easily excitable.

Please call (540) 553-5323 or email lewis.robynl@gmail.com