vicTor (called coyote)
Coyote is…a lot. Let’s start there.
If you’ve ever heard of Mister Bubs or Prancer the Chihuahua, you’ve got some pretty good approximations of where this animal draws his power. We say animal because we are still unconvinced that Coyote is a dog. Popular suggestions on Coyote’s ancestry include gremlin, sewer rat, furby, the root of all evil. We are waiting on the results from his Wisdom panel to confirm.
In a couple of sentences, Coyote is like if you gave a normal Chihuahua caffeine pills, a rage problem, and a bad wig. He is very energetic. He is very excitable. He loves his toys. He hates all organic life that doesn’t exist within his immediate social circle of foster mom, foster dad, and foster roommate. He loves to scream. He loves to scream with his mouth open. He is neutered, so his humping age has thankfully passed. He desperately seeks a motherwife to hold him.
Things we love about this dog:
✅ INTENSELY FAIR WEATHER LOYALTY: Coyote is incredibly loyal…to the person he perceives as most powerful in a room. As soon as he understands the dynamic of a household, he will throw in his lot with the person/animal he thinks is most important and defend them against anything that threatens the social balance. A bigger or more powerful person/animal is entering the room? Instant alliance switch. You’re on the outs. Good luck.
✅ MARIAH CAREY WHISTLE TONES: This dog has a killer vocal range and he wants you to know it. He wants your neighbors to know it. He wants American Idol scouts in LA to know it. He loves to howl/screech acapella, but he will also accept you, your family, police sirens, and/or other dogs as background singers.
✅ SNUGGLE SEEKING BEHAVIOR: For the small percentage of the day when he is not operating on demon time, Coyote really really loves to snuggle. The good news about this is that he is the perfect size and shape to snuggle. He is also fluffy, and when viewed from the correct angle (like upside down, or backwards, or with your eyes crossed), appears to be a conventionally cute dog.
✅ HIP FLEXOR MOBILITY: this dog’s peeing-on-fire-hydrant form is insane. Sometimes he lifts his leg so high that he literally flips over in the air. Even when he’s four-paws on the ground, we love that this dog is housetrained and only needs a 2 - 3 walks throughout the day because lord knows he doesn’t have much else going for him.
✅ RITUALISTIC POOP DANCE: every time Coyote poops, he has to complete 17 - 33 spins on-location before squatting. It’s all very quick & with a serious sense of focus, so we think he’s working up the confidence to go.
✅ HYDRATION KING: this dog loves water. Take note.
If you live in an apartment or in a busy downtown area, prepare for this dog to end your relationships with your neighbors. If you have friends over, get ready for a 10-minute-long-greeting-scream when they enter your home. Coyote’s ideal situation would be a house with access to green space (or a yard) for some distraction-free playspace, an adults-only family ready to dedicate worship/snuggle time every day, *maybe* a very patient older, larger, calm dog sibling to show him the ropes of being a functional animal.
This is a reactive, nippy, fearful dog. This is not a beginner dog. This is maybe a “final” dog, because we can’t imagine someone adopts Coyote and thinks “gee, what a wonderful animal - let’s do this again!” We cannot afford to sugarcoat this, because this dog has been adopted and returned twice in the 1.5 years he’s been in foster. I really, truly think that an owner who could invest the time and energy into training could help this dog live a less dramatic life. But we sourced some final thoughts on this from various petsitters & from the rescue itself: