Updated on 1/30/2015
We want to introduce you to Charlotte,
an 80 lb, 4 year old Plott Hound mix who we rescued from the Chicago
pound 2 years ago. She was emaciated and terrified when we found
her, but she evolved into a phenomenal dog. Charlotte is initially
shy in new situations, but, with patience and kindness, she relaxes
and enjoys the company of humans of all ages.
This is our little Chico. Although he has the coloring of a toy fox
terrier, we're pretty sure he's a chihuahua. He's a tiny boy,
weighing in at 4.5 lbs. Poor little Chico probably had a scary
beginning in life as he's on the timid side, but he's getting much
better in his foster home as he learns that nobody is going to hurt
him. He walks well on leash, comes when he's called, enjoys playing
with his toys, and he LOVES playing with other dogs so if you have a
lonesome pooch at home looking for a playmate, this little guy may
be a good choice. He probably wouldn't be good for apartment living
since he does bark at outside noises. We think Chico will do well
with a patient and gentle person/couple who can give him guidance
and who will help him learn that people will treat him well
consistently, so whatever he experienced earlier in his life just
becomes a dim memory. Adults only, please. Imagine how gratifying it
would be to watch his confidence grow. And, btw, he's very, very
Learn all about toy fox terriers here:
Meet Chuco, a one year old Puggle, weighing in at a very manageable 25 pounds. Chuco is a happy and loving dog who sends out good vibes all the time. He has typical young dog energy but also settles in nicely, often resting his head on his foster dad’s feet while sitting on the couch. He’s great about staying off furniture if that’s your preference. He gets along well with Wrigley, the resident dog adopted via Adopt-A-Pet some 8 years ago. He's quiet for the most part...only a few "woofs" when he pleads with his caretaker not to leave him alone when he goes to work.
Chuco is house broken and his foster dad describes him as a bright and responsive dog who wants to please his human. While he rarely pulls on the leash, he could use some work walking with the “heel” command. Chuco, like most dogs, will thrive with a person or family that will provide him with plenty of opportunities for exercise and obedience training. We haven’t had him around children, but his personality and disposition are such that we think he’ll be great with them.
Chuco’s adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, heartworm test, distemper combo vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, microchip and neuter.
The name Gilbert is a Teutonic and
American name meaning “oath”, in English “Trusted”, in French
“Bright lad” and in German “Bright Pledge”, and he is definitely all
of these. We think he is a beagle-blue tick hound mix, but he’s not
talking so it’s anyone’s guess. Though his picture makes him look
black and white, he is actually dark brown and white. Gilbert is
conveniently-sized at 33 lbs, conveniently-aged between 4-6 years
old (maybe younger), handsome and easy-to-groom and has the hounds’
appealing soulful expression.
Gilbert's adoption fee of $290 includes: vet exam, distemper combo and bordetella vaccinations, heartworm test (neg), heartworm preventative, rabies vaccination, deworming, flea and tick preventative, microchip and neuter.
Meet our little 12 pound Harley, a
terrier mix who we estimate to be 2 years old. In a matter of a
couple days he will be a loving part of your family. He was either
ignored or not treated very well in his past so he needs a little
time and patience so he can learn to trust you. It only took him a
few days to settle in and get comfortable with his new foster
family, which includes 2 other small dogs. He enjoys going for walks
(he's potty-trained and walks great on leash - woohoo!). When at
home he likes to either be on your lap, sit next to you or put his
head on your leg – really he just likes to be close but he doesn’t
need to be held all the time like many small lap dogs. Harley very
much enjoys the company of the older kids in the house – he sleeps
with them and is quiet as a mouse through the night. So far there
has been little, if any, shedding.
You can see a video clip of Harley here that we took on the first
day we met him.
Meet our little Hashtag - notice the photo indicating the freezing little mess he was when we found him (no telling how long he had been out wandering), but we think he's simply adorable now. Hashtag is a shih-tzu, estimated to be 2 years old. There is some indication that he was perhaps treated poorly in his prior life, but there is also indication that once he trusts you (it doesn't take long), he is a total love bug. We haven't had him long, so the few things we can tell you are that he LOVES children and is rather non-reactive to other dogs and cats. He has no problem being held - rather likes it really, and is quite the little cuddle-bug. We'll update as we learn more about him, but we may not have him too long as he is so cute.
You can meet Hashtag at Wilmette Pet Center anytime during store hours 7 days a week (625 Green Bay Road, 847-251-6750). Please know that although you might want to adopt him on the spot, you will have to complete an application first. Applications are processed by AAP and not by Wilmette Pet Center although they have apps on hand there or you can download one from our website.
Hashtag's adoption fee of $325 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper combo vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, bath and haircut, heartworm prevention medicine, microchip and neuter.
When you meet Hazel you'll
almost want to be wearing shin guards to protect yourself
from her ever-wagging tail! This sweetheart is a hound mix
with a beautiful brindle coat, estimated to be about 2 years
old, weighing in at 60 lbs. She immediately makes friends
with anyone she meets and loves getting close for an
affectionate pat and nuzzle.
Adopt-A-Pet isn’t known for featuring a lot of bully breeds, but when the man who is now his foster dad called us, we knew he was trying really hard to do whatever it took to find Hutch a wonderful home. Hutch had been kept in a too-small crate in a bathroom most of his life (he’s just turning 3 years old). His life consisted pretty much of going outside to potty and back into the crate. And the crate didn’t even have a soft surface….just the wire bottom.
Rather than presenting as damaged goods from a neglectful background, it’s like he’s making up for all that lost time – he’s all waggy and has been amiable to everyone he meets, both on 2 legs and 4 legs. We know Hutch looks a little scary and formidable, but don’t let his looks deceive you. He is a super friendly dog and a real mush-ball. He’s been fine with all the other dogs he has met - in fact, he has a doggy girlfriend that he meets up with sometimes on his walks and they just go all flirty with each other. Little dominant barky dogs have approached him, but he just wags his tail and wants to meet them. While his foster home has been keeping him separated from the cat (by just a doorway barrier) he recently allowed them to go nose-to-nose: the cat signaled who was boss by bopping him on the head and Hutch just walked away, depressed that he couldn’t make a friend.
While he is strong at about 90 pounds, his hind legs were extremely weak from being crated too much, and he had trouble getting from laying to standing, but his foster dad is exercising him regularly and he’s gotten a lot stronger. At the time of this writing he has dropped about 8 pounds but still needs to lose a little more weight. Maybe by the time you read this he will be down to his ideal weight, since he’s running more and eating less. And, although Hutch is, by virtue of his breed, a physically strong dog who thoroughly enjoys playtime, he hasn’t displayed any alpha tendencies or frenetic energy, and he shifts gears seamlessly into relaxing mode, kind of a Type B dog.
Hutch has started regular training classes so his foster dad is learning how to make him as “turnkey” as possible. He walks well on leash and responds quickly to correction if he gets into pulling mode. At home, Hutch will just plop down in his foster dad’s lap (typical of the breed) when he catches him on the couch watching tv or reading. He hardly ever barks, is potty-trained and will let you know when he needs to go out. He’s now going to the tennis court to run around in an enclosed area and loves chasing after his kong toy. You can take his food or a toy away from him and he won’t resist.
Hutch would do really well with another playful dog if you happen to have one. But that’s certainly not required, just a routine of love, play, lounge and repeat, repeat, repeat.
Hutch’s adoption fee of $200 includes: vet exam, heartworm test, distemper, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, microchip and neuter.
Meet Levi, a handsome fellow with a
beautiful brindle coat and stunning light eyes. This guy is a
real head-turner. His breed is unknown, but most likely a
mixture of a little of this, like plotthound, and a little of
that, like mountain cur, and a dash of this, like lab, and a
pinch of weimaraner-like eyes. Levi is estimated to be about 4
years old and weighs in at 49 pounds.
Meet little Pepe who was found on one of those really cold days in November roaming in Union Park in Chicago. The nice man who found him reached out to us rather than bring him to an unknown fate at the city pound. Unable to find his owner, he kept him for close to 2 weeks and said he's a great little dog.
A smidge under 10 lb, the vet guessed Pepe's age to be 1.5 - 2 years old. He's mostly chihuahua but we suspect he might have a few teaspoons of terrier in him. Pepe adjusted quickly to the store staff and is easily handled. He's good with other dogs, loves people of any age, and is easy to leash walk. He's itching to get up and close to the cats and the huge rabbit at Wilmette Pet Center where he's being fostered, but we're pretty sure all he wants to do is investigate these strange creatures. We're quite confident in assuring his adopter that their lap will be kept warm by this little nugget and they'll always have a sleeping partner.
Pepe's adoption fee of $280 includes: vet exam, heart worm test (neg), distemper, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, fecal test (neg), routine deworming, microchip and neuter.
Prancer is an
adorable retriever mix puppy born on October 17, 2014. He's
a typical happy and energetic little pup who really enjoyed
playing with his sibling before she was adopted. He's hoping
his family finds and falls in love with him real soon.
Because Prancer is just a baby, he will need to be adopted
by someone who isn't away from the house for long hours not
only to potty-train him but to exercise and socialize him as
well. Keep in mind that you should be willing to take pot
luck since we don't know how big or what Prancer will look
like when he's full grown.
Hi everyone! I’m an awesome hound mix named Ritz, endearingly called “Ritz Bitz” by my foster mom and dad. I’m about 6 months old, weigh about 45 pounds and have lots of puppy energy and smarts, too.
Ya’ know that
song “You Ain’t Nothing But
a Hound Dog”? My foster dad
always sings that to me, but
I ain’t crying all the time.
I’m playing and snuggling
all the time! I don’t know
which I enjoy more. I can
play in the yard for hours
(if it’s not too cold) and I
love playing with other dogs
(my foster family has
another really fun dog, so
Yay!). I also love to
snuggle with humans and do
so every chance I get.
I’m comfortable in a large dog crate, especially if I have a kong toy or rawhide to keep me busy, although being left in a crate for long hours is not something I’m used to. I’m learning to earn my treats. I sit like a champ, I’m pretty good at laying down when told and I’m working on patience and focus so I can 'stay' when instructed. And, yeppers, I’m potty-trained, too! When I’m not distracted by my foster sister, I like a game of fetch with a toy. My foster parents get excited and wave to me and call out “Pony, Pony, Pony” because I gallop around and prance just like one.
Ritz's estimated date of birth is 7-28-14 and his adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, distemper combo and bordetella vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick preventative, microchip and neuter.
Sergeant Pepper (JS-D-4608)
Hey, Everyone. My name is Sergeant
Pepper, even though everyone just calls me Pepper. On the outside
I’m a BBD – big black dog (with a big white bib on my chest). And on
the inside I’m one of the FRIENDLIEST, SWEETEST, GENTLEST dogs you
could find. Still reading? Good! Here’s my story.
Adopt-A-Pet, Inc. P.O. Box 408 Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 870-8999 www.adoptapet-il.org