Honey Bee, Chihuahua, 8-10 yrs
3 lbs, fused back patellas, detached front feet, detached back hip, arthritus
Honey Bee (BB) is one of the most resilient pups to ever make her way to the safety of the PUPHOUSE. There is evidence she has produced several litters of puppies even though she cannot walk due to her front two legs having been broken at some point and not re-attached (thus she is hobbling on unattached front feet) and her back legs being fused at the knee most likely from being caged in a small space where she could not move for extended (and we mean months or longer) period of time. The most amazing part is that this little potato is still so loving and yearning for interaction!!!!! She is extremely smart and funny and knows just how to communicate exactly what she wants.
The PUPHOUSE is in the process of getting her spayed, and having her evaluated for corrective surgery (all that is possible at this point) to keep her pain free, while making her as physically self reliant, and self determining as possible.
GERTIE, Long Haired Chihuahua, 2-4 yr
2 lb, unethically small, parrot mouth, gastrointestinal difficulty
The “feral beast” was rescued from a Missouri breeder sale by the notorious animal advocate Lisa Letson of True & Faithful Pet Rescue Mission. Gert was destined to die in her first labor if sold as intended as a “proven breeder.” Gert is at the PUPHOUSE because we can guarantee her safety and provide refuge from anyone trying to make monetary gain off of her wee little self. She is a joy!!!! She loves bugs and geckos and butterflies! She is a very picky eater and has homemade meals and daily medication for her upset tummy. Breeding animals this small is unethical because medications have to be compounded for her size. This causes any emergency to be our worst nightmare. Most veterinarians don’t have tools small enough or the medications in minute dosages for hep. But this baby is SAFE! As long as a grasshopper doesn’t take her away!!!
POPPIE, Shorthaired Chihuahua, 5 yr
9 lb, strabismus, separation anxiety, fear syndrome
Poppie is a puppy mill survivor from the dark woods of rural Georgia. He was rescued with a hoard of hundreds of breeding dogs trapped for all their lives in raised cages exposed to both the freezing winters and 100 degree summers of the Deep South. POPPIE is terrified of all men (excluding my Diddy who could make a wild pony do a pirouette) but is learning to trust. He hates thunderstorms more than any animal I have ever known. Being in the PUPHOUSE pack has given him confidence and his personality has exploded like a rainbow on a sunny day. Poppy is the most traditional chihuahua standard I believe I’ve ever seen. And his sweet and silly personality just rounds out his perfect little soul.
GG, Long Haired Chihuahua, 16+ yr
4-5 lb, mandibular degeneration, upper mandible fistulas, allergies
GG is the Miss America of the PUPHOUSE. She was originally a puppy mill rescue out of Florida and lived a wonderful life with her original rescuer in Georgia. In 2016 GG came to live at the PUPHOUSE when her human Pappa was in hospice care himself with terminal brain cancer. Her beautiful human Mama just couldn’t risk all the help and family coming in and out and possibly losing GG our the door while Papa was doing all he could to hang on.
We were worried GG may be too timid and shy to be in the PUPHOUSE pack since she had lived a quiet life after rescue but to our surprise she became the “Queen of the Couch” immediately! She also loves to help clean up the leftovers if Mama Peek isn’t quick enough cleaning up the dog bowls!!!
Due to years of neglect in the puppy mill and no Vet care GG had no teeth at all. This leads to bone loss in the upper and lower jaw and eventually complete degeneration. Even without a lower jaw Gg prefers small dry kibble and also loves to slobber a nuckle bone sometimes.
JERRY, Short Haired Chihuahua, 8+ yo
4 lb, Fear Aggression
JJ was the PUPHOUSE’s first resident from Lisa Letson in Miami, Florida of True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission. Jerry was advertised on Craig’slist and when purchased was found by his new owner to be highly aggressive. The new owner took this little terrified and horribly abused guy to her Vet and asked them to please euthanize him because there was nothing she could do with the Tasmanian devil. The vet called Lisa and she came to his rescue.
With Mama Peek’s experience socializing feral dogs it was a logical option for Jerry to come and take refuge at the PUPHOUSE! Jerry was an absolute HORROR and still has ups and downs. He is triggered by plastic bags and pillow cases. Due to his anxiety he has to be distracted by toys or food if a door is going to be closed and he is going to be segregated. He is food possessive. And to solve these problems he has his own secluded space where he eats and sleeps and he knows is COMPLETELY SAFE. He knows how to sit and lay down and “get in your room.”
He loves his sweaters and tee shirts like any little dapper dan should! He now lets Mama Peek trim his nails. He loves to sit in your lap and lay in the sun. He often plays with toys with Gertie and chases Lloyd in the yard. Jerry has a full life because he was given a chance. #theleastofthese
OTIS, Border Terrier/Boxer/Mutt, 6 yr
60 lb, fear anxiety, separation anxiety
Otis is a leftover from the founding PUPHOUSE days of mother/puppy foster and adoption. Otis’ mother came to stay at the PUPHOUSE when a student of Mama Peek’s had a friend who found a VERY PREGNANT YELLOW DOG! Most shelters will immediately euthanize a pregnant mama dog because they are not allowed to raise the puppies in a shelter environment due to diseases and cleanliness. And both the friend or the student lived in NO DOG apartments. ☹️ So PUPHOUSE took in the sweet yellow dog TWINKEE! Twinkee gave birth to 7 beautiful pups! 6 of the pups,full grown, weigh 15-20 lbs and are cutie patooties; outgoing, fun loving, full of life! Otis is a 60 lb. scaredy cat! And thus Otis still lives at the PUPHOUSE. ❤️❤️❤️
My favorite Otis story is when the Canadian Geese came to the PUPHOUSE pond the first spring after we moved to our current location. He was so excited for new friends. And was going to even share his ball and swim out in the pond with them. Until they started swimming toward him and gawking the entire time. He swam to the nearest shore, without the ball, and ran all the way into the house. And didn’t come out for a week. I don’t know how he held it that long. But he did. He would stick his head out the doggie door and just look and look and then go run to the bathroom scared a goose would get him.
Otis is Mama Peek’s best bud he goes on walks with her and explores the woods and visits the barn and just has a fun time with her until a
deer is spotted or the horse poop is smelled and then all bets are off
Otis is also nervous around the little dogs so he has his own portion of the PUPHOUSE. He has his own doggie door and his own fenced yard. He does allow Chula to live with him. But I think it’s because she hibernates at at all times except for when eating.
EARL, Chihuahua / mix, 8+ yr
9lb, chronic bronchial spasms, severe allergies
Earl is pure perfection. Earl came in a hospice threepack being caravanned up from Miami and True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission. He came with what we thought was an upper respiratory infection but is in layman’s terms chronic bronchitis. For poor Earl this means he is on daily pain meds and sedatives to ease his breathing and diminish his constant coughing. With this regimine Earl’s quality of life has improved 9 fold. As a chi he has lost most of his front teeth and his jaw is beginning to deteriorate but that hasn’t stopped him from eating. Earl has lost ⅓ of his weight which has also helped with his breathing. But he isn’t the happiest about that, at all. Earl has come congenital skeletal perplexities. He walks like he just rode a horse a thousand miles 😂😂😂. This his handsome cowboy name. And he has a barrel chest on a tiny little body. But his sweeeeeeet personality would make you love any old bag of bones!
With all his health issues he has never once had an accident. Always the gentleman using the doggie door. Earl’s favorite part of the day is medicine time because he gets his meds in CHEESE! Earl is self sufficient, self contained, happy as a lark at all times and an absolute joy.
I sometimes wonder what these incredible animals owners could have wanted in a pet if they weren’t satisfied with these perfect specimens. But I also don’t mind a bit. I will gladly benefit from their biggest mistake.
4-5 yrs. old, short haired chihuahua
8 lbs., puppy mill rescue, hernia (remedied)
rescued spring 2018; North Georgia puppy mill
Sweet Bess came to the PUPHOUSE after being a puppy mill breeding dog in North Georgia her entire life!!! When she arrived she had a mouth full of loose, rotten teeth from never having ANY dental care, she had a neglected hernia in her belly (probably from her own birth) that has never been attended to (we had no idea if it were fat or a mammary tumor, malignant or benign).
After her hernia and spay surgery and a few weeks off before her dental surgery (except for those that could be extracted by hand and were simply pulled, which were numerous) Bess became quiet the little doll. She tries to play with all the old timers and she even looks like she has a smile on her face.
Bess is a joy. She is also smart and listens well. She loves her food and a ball ….. she is still trying to figure out fetch. She lets anyone sleep on the doggie bed with her and will not get on the couch without being picked up.
Bess is the epitome of a super sweet American Girl.