Pet of the Week: Friendly puppy in need of playful home

By Katie Demeria

WINCHESTER — When Skip, a chihuahua mix puppy, enters the room, he has one goal in mind: to let everyone know he is there.

He is not a barker and only weighs about 10 pounds, so his usual introduction of choice is running up to nearby people, giving them quick puppy kisses, and moving onto the next one.

According to Darlene Foreman, caretaker with the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, Skip, who is between 3 and 5 months old, was dropped off by his previous with his mother and sister on June 9.

The reason, Foreman said, was not clear — the former owners did not have a strong grasp of English, so they had trouble communicating.

But Skip has transitioned well, she said, and seems to be happy in most situations. His sister has already been adopted but his mother, who they refer to as Momma, is still rather skittish so she has not been put up for adoption yet.

Skip, on the other hand, only seems to show a nervous side when he is around other animals he is unfamiliar with.

He gets a little anxious with other male dogs, but seems to be fine with female dogs, Foreman said. And so far, Skip is still afraid of cats.

“He’d do really well with kids,” Foreman said. “Really with anyone who can run his energy off.”

She also said his new owners should be prepared for traditional puppy activities, like chewing. He will probably need to be housebroken, as well, since his former owners kept him outside.

Call the shelter at 540-667-9192 or visit it at 161 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, to learn more about Skip.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or

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