ADOPTED! January 27, 2018

Arrival Date: 12/29/17
Breed: Pekegineese
Gender: Male
Age: 5 months
Weight: 10#
Personality: Confident
Fully Vaccinated: Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Older Please
Cat-Friendly: Unknown
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250

Captain we believe was an early holiday gift gone wrong — his owner strolled into a local veterinary clinic the day after Christmas and asked to surrender the puppy. No questions asked other than an explanation of not having time for a puppy he was accepted and transferred into our care. We moved him into a short term foster home (thank you Dina and family) where we knew he would do well and get the structure and socialization any young dog needs. Captain is 5 months old.

Captain is a pure bred Pekingese and we strongly suggest anyone interested in Captain read up on this breed. They are small, they are cute and they are demanding and not ideal for a home with young children. Captain has done well in a home with older kids but proven to be exactly what this breed is all about so we will not approve him for placement in a home with children under 10 years of age. Captain spent about two weeks with his foster family and has since been transferred to a second foster home where his handler has the time and ability to keep structure and focus in his life until he is placed.

We are seeking an adopter who clearly understands this breed or has past experience with them. Someone with strong leadership qualities as well as the ability to socialize him with other dogs and humans more than your average dog. Pekingese do require grooming and a typical annual budget for grooming this breed can run from $200 and up depending on your upkeep at home and grooming salon you choice.

Captain will be making his first in-store appearance this Saturday at PetValu in Brecksville from 12-3 PM. We are accepting applications and screening before setting up in person meetings as we anticipate a lot of interest. Please be patient with our response time. 


He got along with the girls and initiated play. Hazel gets a little bossy sometimes and I give them a time out.  He generally does not like this and gets snippy.  I lightly hold the scruff of his neck where a mom would and he calms down.  If he does not I put him on his back to get him to settle.  He does not get released until he does. 

Things we will be working on….
He gets a little snippy and voices is displeasure of a correction and being told no.  Getting better with consistency 
Monday 1-15-18 morning I was petting him while he was chewing on one of the girls bones and he growled at me. I gave a no with a tap on his side to break his focus. I worked with him for about 2 min and by the end I could take the bone and give back with out growling or jumping .  There is progress. 

He slept great through the night and has been ok with potty time out side. 
He peed once in the house and poo’d in Zoey’s crate after going outside.  For the most part I have been on top of him and he has done well being with potty time. 

He is very hungry all the time.  He is doing ok with verbal command no and come.  He is on a leash in my back yard with me because he can get between or under the fence in my backyard.

12/29/17 to 1/12/18: Captain is a little guy with a BIG personality. He has a lot of energy and prefers to be a part of the action. He is very curious and loves exploring things, like each and every crumb he finds on the kitchen floor. He likes his crate and will go in it on his own when his bed is inside and a blanket is partially covering the crate. He will DEMAND your attention with barking and whining. Ignoring him will reduce these types of displays.

Captain is not house trained. He had a few accidents in my home, some occurring shortly after he was given a potty break. He goes to the bathroom just fine outside (even in the cold). He has also gone on pee pads but will chew the pee pads if he gets bored, so I stuck with outside potty breaks.

He loves playing fetch or “chase the toy”. This tires him out and is needed to meet his exercise needs. I sat on the floor and dragged a toy around me in a circle as he chased it (letting him catch it at times).

Captain has a very feisty side to him. He will growl if he doesn’t like something. For example, if he doesn’t feel like being picked up you might receive that type of reaction. The first day he was with us he growled a lot but this I feel was mostly due to fear. Once we earned his trust (after 24hrs), He calmed down quite a bit.
I grew up with chihuahuas and he has similar traits of that breed.

If he’s tired enough, he will snuggle with you. Otherwise there is way too much to explore.

Captain gets along great with my 90 pound mastiff mix. Captain has no idea that he is only 2 or 3 pounds. He is fearless and plays with my dog like they are the same size. Captain is always very excited to see my dog and wants to be right back his side.

Captain slept in his crate at night with a blanket covering all but the front of the crate. He cried on and off for the first hour each night that we put him to bed. After that he was quiet and good until the morning. We were up with him between 7 and 8 AM each morning and there were no accidents in his crate overnight. We did however pick his water up at 7 PM.

My daughter and I really enjoyed fostering Captain and wish him the very best in search for his forever home.

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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

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