Jojo the chihuahua was just misunderstood.
If you’ve ever wondered how much social media can actually impact someone’s life, just think about the innumerable amount of animals that have found their home, thanks to social platforms. One such animal was Jojo, a tiny chihuahua who had a video taken of her and posted on Facebook. In the video, Jojo was seen cowering in the corner, growling and snapping viciously out of fear.
Shannon Crismier saw the video because a friend who volunteers at Saving Carson Shelter Dogs had shared it with her. When Crismier saw the video, she was instantly in love with Jojo. While most people avoid dogs with behavioral or medical problems, these are the kinds of dogs Crismier loves to rescue. She said, “They tend to be the best dogs after you rehabilitate them.”
Crismier visited the shelter the next day and sat with Jojo for an hour so they could get used to each other. Jojo started out by snapping at her, but by the time Crismier had stood up to go see about adopting her, Jojo had calmed down significantly. Despite this breakthrough, the shelter was not confident in Jojo’s abilities to be rehomed as-is.
“I go to adopt her, and [the shelter staff] say I can’t adopt her because she bit the vet. And I say, ‘well, she’s 2 pounds, and she has like six teeth. I want to adopt her.’ And they’re like, ‘no you can’t adopt her. She’s rescue only.’ Meaning that only a rescue group can get her out,” Crismier told The Dodo.
Thankfully, Crismier also happened to know someone that runs a rescue group called Leashes of Love, who was able to help her out. When the friend arrived to take a look at Jojo, she cautiously told Crismier what to expect if she were to take Jojo home:
“[My friend] said, ‘it looks like Jojo’s got some issues. You can see her limping in her cage. She’s probably going to be really expensive. Are you ready for that?’ And I said, ‘yes, this dog is my dog. I want this dog.'”
Crismier welcomed Jojo into her home, where she lives with her two other rescue dogs, Lulu and Lilly. Jojo gets along great with them and loves to play, despite the fact that she’s probably about 10 years old. Sadly, Crismier has made some observations regarding Jojo’s health and past and it looks grim. She’s fairly certain she came from a backyard breeder, and her body condition is horrible:
“She has a cracked pelvis, a cracked knee and two broken legs. Unfortunately, they’ve already healed, so she has severe limp on her right side. Somebody definitely had to kick her or do something for her to have that sort of damage.”
Who could abuse such a tiny, adorable dog is something Crismier will never understand, but Jojo is lucky to have her as a mom now and forever. Jojo travels with her new mom everywhere in a small dog bag and is said to act just like a puppy. All she needed was a little love to show how sweet she really is.
“She’s been a perfect angel,” Crismier told The Dodo. “She’s never bit me, she’s never growled at me. She just likes being with me and she loves to just do stuff.”
Since Jojo has several teeth missing, her tongue often hangs out from the side in all different directions, which Crismier loves about her. She has clarified that senior dogs are the best ones to adopt and foster because they are so low-maintenance, calm, and great for people who don’t have as much time to devote to an energetic dog. Crismier also stands by her claim that the most ill-affected dogs at the shelter are the ones you should take a chance on.
“I think people think I’m crazy for adopting the kind of dogs I adopt,” Crismier said. “But I always like to get the ones that most people don’t get.”
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