Crosby is an owner surrender to a shelter. He is about two years old and loves his toys. He weighs 16 pounds. He is doing well with his foster dog brothers and gets along with cats. He is house broken and goes potty on command. Crosby is neutered, is up to date on all his vaccines and is micro chipped. He walks well on a leash and stays close to his foster mom. He has a fenced in back yard but prefers to lie on the ceramic kitchen floor. Maybe that will change with the temperature! He is always up for a belly rub and ear scratching. He is the color of a fine champagne with a beautiful fur coat and tail...It takes him some times a little while to warm up to new visitors. He has to learn what trust and love are. Not knowing his back ground we do not know how he was treated. Crosby's adoption fee is $350. If you would like to adopt Crosby you must complete our on line adoption application. We require a home visit and vet reference. We do not transport our fosters to their new homes. Crosby is being fostered in Fairfax Va
This was submitted by Crosby's foster Mom
Hi Peke lovers! My name is Crosby and I’m very pleased to meet you.
I’m a gorgeous Pekingese with beautiful brown eyes, and a coat that my foster mom says is the color of fine French champagne. I weigh 17 pounds, and am around two or three years old.
I’m a sweet and affectionate dog, once I get to know you. I’m great inside the house with my foster family and their dogs, but it takes me some time to trust new people and new situations. I think I probably need my own personal dog whisperer, but my foster mom uses a Citronella collar on me when I first meet big dogs and then I’m ok once I know that they won’t attack me or my foster mom.
I was left in the shelter in Martinsburg, West Virginia and will admit that I just don’t feel comfortable around dogs a lot larger than me. I was deemed not adoptable because when I am nervous I bark, growl and may snip at strangers. Thankfully, a very kind Good Samaritan took me into her home and did her best to train and socialize me. After six months of fostering me, she turned back to Potomac Valley Pekingese Rescue for help. She already had two rescue Pekes of her own and was heading to Baghdad for work.
I still bark at my foster family’s guests who come to visit. I’m getting over being aggressive and a biter as my foster mom does not approve of this behavior. I just get scared and unsure about stuff, so until I feel comfortable with you, the only thing I know to do is be vocal about it and pretend I’m going to attack you. My foster mom even brought in a trainer to help, and we were making great progress, but I guess they can’t figure out why I don’t trust everyone right off.
I really love my foster parents, and adore my Peke siblings, although I wouldn’t mind having my foster mom all to myself!
Monk is my playmate, but also the leader of our pack, so I respect him and he keeps me in line, but sometimes I like to be the leader and Monk lets me. Nippy is my source of calm and zen, and I love to snuggle up next to him. I’ve learned a lot from them about canine manners, like how to share my toys and respect their space. My foster mom and dad keep me separate during breakfast and dinner because if my siblings don’t gulp their food right away, I like to eat theirs too! On any given day, you’ll find me romping around the back yard with my two buddies, playing with my toys, or laying on top of my foster parents on the couch. This is the life!
You’ve probably gathered from my story that I’m still a work in progress. I wake up every morning wagging my tail, greeting my foster mom with pure joy and enthusiasm to start our day. She loves me and is doing her best to help me adjust. She takes me on a night time walk and I don’t need much exercise as I have the fenced in back yard and my two Peke siblings and we run races a lot!
Some days, I’m a good boy and play by all the rules. Some days, I’m not. I sometimes bark and growl when I’m out on the leash, but not if I have the Citronella collar on. New people in the house make me a little nervous, and I tend to bark at them for a few minutes until I smell them and trust that they’re OK. I don’t mean to harm or scare anyone; I just haven’t learned to trust strangers yet. I know I can get better, but it’s going to take some work.
The kind ladies at Potomac Valley Pekingese Rescue really believe in me and are committed to finding me the right family. Since I haven't had much stability in my life, I need a family who will help me feel secure.
Potomac Valley thinks I would do best in a home with a fenced yard where I can run and play.
I'm potty-trained, and have been through some professional training, so I know some basic commands like “sit” and “down.” I’m a very smart pup and I love treats, so I will make an excellent student. I used to be ok in a crate, but when my foster mom took me to be groomed, I freaked out and had a meltdown in the crate and was too worked up to be groomed. I didn’t understand that she was coming back to get me, I thought I was at another shelter! When she came back to get me I clung on to her for dear life!
I’m probably never going to be a socialite or your party dog, at least not yet, but I can be the most loyal, faithful, and loving companion you’ve ever met. I just need a chance to prove it.