Nine-Year-Old Acrobat Chihuahua Climbed 8-Foot Kennel In Shelter

While Flower, a frightened Chihuahua at the San Bernardino City Shelter in California, may be a senior at nine years old, she is spry for her age. As posted on the Facebook page of Save SBC dogs, little Flower climbed to the top of her eight-foot high kennel and lay there, surveying her surroundings.
Perhaps Flower was looking for her family, hoping that they were coming to get her. She was returned safely to her kennel and is still at the shelter, waiting for adoption. The San Bernardino Shelter is an open admissions shelter. It is not a no-kill shelter.
So while Flower is adorable, she is also in danger of not getting adopted. flower2 Most adopters will pass up a senior dog, thinking that a younger dog is best. The truth is that senior dogs have a lot to offer most families. With a senior dog, you know what you are getting. They are usually housebroken (although every dog needs a chance to get accustomed to the household schedule before perfection is expected).
Senior dogs are usually calmer, but as Flower demonstrated, that doesn’t mean they don’t have plenty of energy for walks and playing. Another strike for Flower is that she is a Chihuahua. Next to pit bulls, Chihuahuas are the breed most abandoned at shelters and the most killed at county and other open admissions shelters.
flower1Flower will be available for adoption on August 30, 2016. Volunteers would love to see interested adopters contact the shelter about the sweet little dog. Flower’s ID# is A497040.

She is located at the San Bernardino City shelter, 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can call them about Flower at (909) 384-1304.

Pamela Kramer

​Animal lover and rescuer. Lives with 4 cats, 4 dogs, 1 bird, 2 frogs and usually one foster animal (and very understanding husband). Reviews books (especially about animals) and educates children about compassion toward animals. Former household animals include rabbits, rats, and other assorted creatures. Also writes at pamelakramer.com

3 comments

  1. Denise Rippee says:

    I just saw and read the story on “Flower” and thought she is just adorable for climbing onto the top of her kennel, what a little sweetheart! If she is available (I saw that she is available on Aug. 30th) how do I find out more information on her and I also I live in Washington state – Lake Forest Park (suburb of Seattle) do you adopt dogs to people out of state? The phone # you posted stated you need to buy an app to call, and the Facebook site does not work. I am 63 yr old female living alone in a house, have a fenced backyard. If you need more information please let me know.

    I think Flower is very adorable!. thank you

    1. Patsy says:

      Flower will be available for adoption on August 30, 2016. Volunteers would love to see interested adopters contact the shelter about the sweet little dog. Flower’s ID# is A497040.
      She is located at the San Bernardino City shelter, 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can call them about Flower at (909) 384-1304.

  2. Tracey says:

    My thinking is a senior would be great to adopt for someone who does not love the housebreaking, training aspect. Though I feel all dogs need to be walked and have exercise a dog like Flower would be a good fit for an older person maybe who does not get around that much either. It is probably good I can’t afford another dog or I would be adopting too many.

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