Pet of the Week: Friendly Clarisse seeks a new home

Clarisse, a 1-year-old Chihuahua, can be adopted at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester. Max Lee/Daily

Clarisse, a friendly, blue-eyed 1-year-old Chihuahua, is looking for a place to call home.

Clarisse has been at the Frederick County Esther C. Boyd Animal Shelter for a mere four days, according to Darlene Foreman, caretaker at the shelter. Clarisse’s previous owner, Foreman said, could no longer take care of her and surrendered her to the shelter.

Clarisse is a lap dog. Even after Foreman placed treats on the floor, the dog continued to jump onto Foreman’s lap.

“She likes to be held,” Foreman said.

Foreman said that Clarisse’s previous owner kept her inside and in a fenced yard for the most part, so she is not used to leashes. She will need to be leash trained, Foreman said.

“She was used to going out the doggy door, so she really doesn’t know what the leash is yet,” Foreman said.

Clarisse should likely go to a family without children, Foreman said.

“Usually, Chihuahuas are scared of everything,” Foreman said.

However, Clarisse’s last owner did have other dogs. Her previous owner described her as sometimes good with those dogs.

Anyone with a dog can bring the dog to the shelter to meet with Clarisse, Foreman said.

Clarisse is micro-chipped. She has not been spayed, however, and she will need a rabies shot.

The adoption fee for Clarisse is $100, $70 of which will go toward getting her spayed.

To learn more about Clarisse, contact the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter by phone at (540) 667-9192, by email at, or visit their website at