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About Rico

Rico Suave was adopted as a puppy from Angels of Assisi 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. His favorite things are snuggles, walks, and getting to the squeaker in a new toy. His least favorite things are the vacuum, champagne bottles, and hearing his full name 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.

Rico is crate trained, but he has had free reign of the house the past few years and had no incidents, other than occasional trash exploration. He prefers to have a quiet place that is “his” to nap when he needs a break, but lately that has been the guest room or basement.

Animal Type: Dog


Background Information

Where did you get this animal: Angels of Assisi
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 lots of snuggles.
How long have you had this animal: 7 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. If he sees a cat or squirrel on a walk, his hound instincts kick in and he needs to be held firmly on a short leash to keep him from barking and lunging. He will look for ways to escape a fence if he sees a squirrel or deer and would benefit from additional training to control those instincts.
Afraid of: Vacuums, champagne popping, thunder - his reaction to all of these things is to hide in a dark room or snuggle extra close to his human.
Games like to play: Fetch, tug-of-war, anything that involves being near his human, and learning / practicing tricks. He loves going for walks, meeting new human and dog friends, keeping watch over the (fenced-in) yard, and playing at the park.
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 6+ as he is easily wound up and not the most careful / aware of his surroundings when he is excited.

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