This is Mr. Tuttle - we found him at a local shelter, almost hypothermic and starving - he weighed a whopping 1.5 lbs in this picture take two days after we got him. (What a face! huh)
Poor guy was eat up with worms. And to top it all off - he came to be at the shelter because someone threw him over the fence (I can't imagine such a small puppy even surviving being hurled over a 6ft fence - but he did). The vet estimated that he was between 4 & 6 weeks old when we found him - he was still wanting to suckle.
Over the last 3 weeks we've nursed him gingerly back to health. His weight has nearly doubled now - a whopping 2.6 lbs now - and his personality has blossomed. (it took him a full week of eating and sleeping constantly before he even had enough energy to play at all). He's smart as a whip, already knows Sit, Down, Come, sits patiently while I prepare his food, has learned to tag my hand when he wants me to pick him up (we're building towards high-five), holding his bladder pretty well, and has only had one poop accident in the house.
He is faulty (physically) - we think. His hips are rather small and the bones protrude upwards (his right hip is worse), and he is HORRIBLE bowlegged - with his knees literally sticking out sideways. The vet thinks from his markings and other physical characteristics that he *may* be the failed result of a back-yard designer breeding attempt and *guestimates* that he may be part Boston and part Beagle - BUT she also concedes that very well could be a Chihuahua mix (those tan patches on his cheeks is kind of throwing her)
Now we don't really care what breed he is - we saw a little guy that was near death and decided that we had room in our hearts, life and house for him. We are committed to him for the duration of his life.
But we would like to at least have (or come to) as close of an educated guess as we can get on his breed (or mixes or breeds).
Below are a couple more pictures of him where you can see how his black is patterned like a sweater, with his legs and complete underside white - and that white 1 inch tip on his tail - I've also included on of him from behind - and if you look close you can see how badly his knees bow out.
I feel like he would be bigger if her were Boston/Beagle - so I'm leaning more towards maybe Chihuahua/Terrier - he's mighty rambunctious and demanding with me when he gets ready for food, me to pick him up or to be played with - he will bark and growl, pull my hair (if I'm holding him) and if someone else is holding him and he wants to be put down he will bark and snap at them to put him down (YES, WE ARE WORKING ON THAT - that kind of behavior is a no-no and won't be encouraged or allowed to continue). He's cautious with the other dogs, not dominant or aggressive with them, and he will just chill on my shoulder if they start bouncing around and loud barking , but doesn't act afraid, just kinda get san attitude like "I'm not interested in all that".
Asked by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Jun. 2, 2011 in Pets
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Answer by happymama2D at 1:34 PM on Jun. 2, 2011
this is one of the beagle mix pups (dad was a pit bull mix)
this is the other one lol