Carmelo

* Approximate Age 9 Years -Old * Prefers To Be The Only Dog * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Carmelo was surrendered with his housemate Callie due to landlord issues. They enjoyed each other's company but were not a bonded pair, regardless we made it our mission to get them both out.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Stay
* Come
* House trained
* He can catch the treats you toss
* He's quiet and sweet
* Low energy level
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: prefers soft but he'll suffer thru crunchy ones too. He enjoys whipped cream, chicken, cheese, peanut butter, watermelon, jicama, papaya, apples, bananas, plain yogurt, canned pumpkin, chicken jerky, salmon chunks and bully sticks but he needs to lose weight so we recommend only occasional treats.
* Food: daily kibble softened with water and sardines to help with his joints
* Toys: Wubba, tennis balls, soft toys, snuffle and licki mats. He also enjoys the Bark Superchewer toys that have the fur over the hard rubber
* Cuddles on his terms
* Playing in the yard
* Napping
* Walks
* Destroying toys
* Watching TV
* Guarding the house
* Watching out the window
* Scratches on his butt, belly and chin
* Fetch in short stints. He loves tennis balls!
* Kisses, head and booty scratches
* Requests peanut butter while in the tub, please
SKILLS:
* Dogs: not friendly
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: not friendly
* Walks: manageable
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of loud noises
* No rope toys
* He isn't a dog that likes to be crated but he can be left uncrated as long as you don't leave food within reach
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will have no other pets
* Will take him to a professional for nail trims
* Will abide by the no rope toys rule
* Will help him lose weight
* Is OK with him being left uncrated
* Will be aware of his powerful kicks as he gets comfy on the couch
* Wants a chill, well-mannered dog that isn't a lot of work
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Ronnie

* Approximate Age 1.5 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A delicious, grumpy-faced boy landed at an area animal control as a stray. His owners were located and while we thought that was good news, they decided not to reclaim him. That got us straight through the heart! Their loss, our gain.
While settling in at animal control, Ronnie made friends with humans and other dogs like it was his job! There was no stopping this social butterfly of a dog and we knew just the foster who would love to embrace this.
EDUCATION:
* Leave it
* Sit
* Paw
* Come
* House trained
* Higher energy level
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not a fan of traditional dog treats but he likes liver sausage, canned or sliced cheese, bologna, deli meat and whipped cream
* Food: he's on Stella & Chewy's beef kibble, Merrick canned and beef broth
* Toys: ropes, soft toys to destroy, lick mats and tennis balls
* Walks: pulls hard at first but eases up
* Scratches on ears, hips, tummy and back
* Playing with people
* Car rides (with a set belt tether)
* Tug
* Walks
* Fetch
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly, overexcited and barks
* Kids: unknown
* People: friendly
* Cats: not cat friendly
CHALLENGES:
* He's a jumper, needs a 6-foot fence
* Learning to love baths
* Learning to love his crate
* Mouthy
* Excitable
* He's a barker
* Jumps but he's working on this
* Demand barks but he's working on this

 

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Zilla - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 2 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
There’s a small rural animal control that occasionally gets pitties and when they do it’s very hard for them to adopt them out or get them to rescue. We’ve previously taken a few dogs from them but not in a couple of years, and we aren’t sure what sparked our hearts to grow a few sizes at the sight of the two pitties they currently had but it happened and we knew we had to go meet them.
Zilla was picked up as a stray but no owner was located.
Each of these boys had us grinning from ear to ear when we met them! They were sociable, eager to please, goofy, dog friendly, and LOVED the attention we were giving. We were head over heels for these lugs and so were the foster families who met them.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Working on his other manners
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Manageable on the leash
* Higher energy
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: chicken
* Toys: soft type, balls, tug toys, Kong
* Food: not picky
* Playing with people - fetch and tug
* Playing with toys
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: friendly but needs slow intros
* Kids: unknown but he's a little jumpy and clumsy
* Cats: not cat friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Can be mouthy but getting better
* Can be jumpy but working on "keeping four on the floor"
* Destructive chewing but getting better
* Needs structure and guidance to be his best self
* Can be a bit of a talker when he wants attention
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Reed

* Approximate Age 9 Months -Old * Needs To Be Only Dog * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A young 5-month-old brindle babe was surrendered to an area animal control by his family when they could no longer keep him. We aren’t sure why this little diamond in the rough kept getting overlooked - He is pint-sized, has stunning good looks, perfectly awkward and needs to learn to dog, and he needed someone to take a chance on him so CTP grabbed him up!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Stay
* Place
* Touch
* Come
* Down
* Leave it
* Paw
* House trained
* Crate trained (he's a bit of a superstar)
* Treat motivated
* Toy motivated
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: He likes fish, beef and lamb treats, especially freeze-dried. He likes Whimzees too.
* Toys: Jolly Ball, rope toys, balls, stuffed toys, Nylabones, interactive toys
* Food: he eats Whole Hearted Limited Ingredient Lamb Recipe
* Walks: manageable
* Butt scratches, please
* Playing with toys
* Cuddling
* He loves sleeping on pillows
* Rolling in the grass
* Car rides
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly, cautious
* Dogs: prefers to be the only
* Kids: 16+
* Cats: not friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Normal puppy behaviors
* He has a sensitive stomach and he needs a strict diet. No chicken, no dairy, no peanut butter
* Can be mouthy
* He will guard his sticks
* Takes time to warm up to new people
* Overexcited/anxious when seeing people, dogs and bikes outside
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will have a fenced yard
* Will not be a condo or apartment
* Will have the patience necessary in raising a puppy
* Will work with him on his training
* A calm and quiet household (not in a downtown environment)
* Will allow him to sleep in bed with them
* Will maintain his strict diet
* Can manage his anxieties on walks
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Nilla Wafer

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* Approximate Age 2 Years-Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A pocket sized, young, and frail girl was surrendered to CACC by her owners because they could no longer manage her health needs. She was skin and bones, missing large patches of fur, and smelled like warm yeast. With the ever growing intake numbers at CACC and her skin & body condition not improving with the limited treatment available this little sweetie was on her way to the “urgent” list. When she was lucky enough to have time out with a volunteer all she wanted was treats and cuddles - despite her failing health she wanted to thrive and to connect to people. To be loved. We wanted that for her too!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Place/Mat
* Come
* Crate trained
* Working on her other manners
* Manageable/superstar on the leash
* Average energy
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not picky
* Toys: she doesn't have much experience with toys but she will play with stuffed toys a little bit and she likes her Kong.
* Food: not picky
* Cuddling
* Snuggling with people
* Short walks
* She likes to crawl into your lap
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly, overexcited
* Cats: not cat friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Can be mildly mouthy but it easily redirected
* Mostly house trained
* Not a fan of being alone
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will be around most of the time for her
* Will take her for short walks
* Will have plenty of treats
* Won't mind couch snuggles with her
* Will have patience with her as she learns
* Is looking for a pocket pittie

 

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Gene

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* Approximate Age 10 Years-Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Upon being picked up as a stray, this distinguished gentleman had such a difficult time walking that they held him in medical so they could keep an eye on him and let him settle in. Then for over 7 weeks this poor senior with hind end issues that was covered in masses sat in a cage at CACC waiting for someone to save him.
Gene continued to get overlooked by rescues because no one wanted to take on another medical case, the expenses, and the time they incur. Volunteers joked that they could never get a picture of him with his eyes open, and that he loved other dogs way more than he liked them. He took time to warm up and connect to people, but once he did he was your shadow.
We thought he sounded perfect and so did one of our fosters who has a soft spot for overlooked seniors. So we went to CACC and scooped him up!
EDUCATION:
* Come
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Lower energy level
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: anything but he really enjoys cheeseburgers
* Food: not picky
* Toys: not a big fan but he likes chewing on bones
* Hanging out with people
* Sniffing the yard
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly, cautious
* Kids: recommend calm kids 10+ years of age
* People: friendly
* Cats: friendly
* Walks: superstar on leash
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of the vacuum or lawnmowers
* He is mostly deaf
* He most likely has visual impairment
* Needs slow introductions with any dogs he may live with
* Not a fan of being alone
* Doesn't love being crated but he does fine if he has to be
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will be calm, quiet, and laid back
* Will understand his vision and hearing impairments
* Will love and cherish him
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Cora

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* Approximate Age 4 Years-Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Some dogs just do better with a canine companion, and that was clearly the case here. A tan temptress was surrendered to DuPage County Animal Services after her canine housemate passed away and she became destructive in the home while alone for long hours.
While at the shelter this girl lit up like a Christmas tree around other dogs and it was clear she indeed needed one in her life that could help boost her confidence.
One of our foster families went to meet her and learn more about her without their dog, and if all went well they’d bring him in a couple days to meet. Well, right after that this beige beauty got adopted! We were thrilled that she got out and wished the best for her. Unfortunately, a few days later the adopter returned her.
*May we add this is why the two-week shutdown and decompression is critical for all dogs in a new home and why CTP employs the two-week shutdown.
When we let our foster family know she was returned they immediately jumped on the chance to load up their dog and go meet her! And it was a great match which was meant to be all along!
EDUCATION:
*Sit
*Average energy level
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: hot dogs, cheese
* Food: she likes wet food
* Toys: rubber squeaky toys
* Walks
* Playing with humans
* Hanging and laying around with humans
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly but overexcited and vocal
* Kids: probably friendly but recommend 10+ years of age
* People: friendly
* Cats: not friendly
* Walks: pulls hard but eases up
CHALLENGES:
* Learning to love her crate
* Destructive chewer
* Not a fan of being alone
* Separation anxiety
* Working on her house training
* Easily overwhelmed when anxious or overexcited
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will be patient and understanding of her anxiety
* Will work with her on her crate and potty training
* Will help increase her confidence when encountering new things
* Will have another dog
* Has someone home most of the time
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Nitro - Adoption Pending

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* Approximate Age 1.5 Years Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Some dogs stories are just a mystery and this just adds to the list of the many reasons we wish they could talk - they could tell us their travels, their troubles, and their desires. This rockin redhead is one of those mysteries. He landed at DuPage County Animal Services as a stray and had pretty infected ears, but that didn’t stop him from wooing the ladies, the staff, and becoming the go-to dog when they needed to test the friendliness of other dogs. You see, he had a way with everyone alike! He could turn foes into friends…like magic…but for some reason he kept getting overlooked at the shelter. He definitely worked his spell on us because we made it our mission to let him know we saw him and were coming to get him.
We had a new foster family looking for exactly the right dog to start with so of course, this saucy redhead came to mind instantly! Next thing we know he’s waving goodbye to life as a “stray”.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Average energy level
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not picky
* Food: likes salmon
* Toys: bones
* Playing with his foster dog
* Cuddling
* Hugging
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: not friendly
* Walks: manageable
* Crate: no issues, goes in on his own to sleep
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of lawnmowers
* He can be mouthy
* Guards his bones
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will enjoy getting hugs
* Is looking for a smart and sweet dog
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Howard - Adoption Pending

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* Approximate Age 3 Years Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
A beautiful blue bombshell sat at Chicago Animal Care and Control for almost 4 months and we were baffled on why he was overlooked since he was the total package- great looking, winning personality, and dog & people loving. He was the exact recipe that one of our fosters was looking for and once her resident dog g met him the deal was sealed.
Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family…Howard! All good things from here.
More info as he settles in.
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Shortcake - Medical Hold

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* Approximate Age 3 Years Old * Selective Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
Almost 2 months ago a lady potato land hippo found her way to DuPage County Animal Services as a stray. Of course we were drawn in with her good looks and sassy personality! We’ve been looking for a foster since the day we laid eyes on her but unfortunately kept coming up empty. You see, this grey gremlin needs VERY slow intros to other dogs and there’s a possibility that she’ll need an orthopedic surgery called an FHO. Because of those two things we thought it best for her to have a foster home with no other dogs, and holy heavens are those foster homes hard to come by!
One of our fosters who fits the bill requested that her foster be one “that’s most in need”, so of course we thought of this gargoyle - win win…It was like love at first meeting!
Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family…Shortcake! All good things from here.
More info as she settles in. And we will keep everyone posted on her surgery status.
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Marley - Adoption Pending

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* Approximate Age 1 Years Old *  Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed *  Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
An itty bitty red brindle pittie ended up at DuPage County Animal Services as a stray. Her sweet and sassy demeanor sucked us in immediately, plus she has a RBF that could rival some of the best! Lol This girl hadn’t known a stranger, she has a way of winning everyone over - both dogs & humans alike. This was the exact combination one of our fosters was looking for! Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family…Marley! All good things from here.
More info as she settles in.
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Ivy - Medical Hold

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* Approximate Age 1 Years Old *  Dog-Friendly * Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed *  Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
A little over a week ago we received an emergency call from DuPage County Animal Services asking if we could take a dog that was hit on November 17th and brought to Animal Care Center in Plainfield for emergency treatment. Once she was stable she’d be transferred to DuPage to complete her stray hold. Her femur is fractured badly, she was barely moving her head, and she was not making any attempts to get up or move.
We immediately put out an 🆘 to our fosters - begging someone to take her in, and within minutes one of our experienced medical fosters stepped up! This poor broken girl was able to complete part of her stray hold with our foster, which we are sure she appreciated. A warm bed is always better then a shelter! Her pain is being managed, she’s on strict crate rest, and we were able to get her an urgent appointment at Veterinary Specialty Center tomorrow. At this time we aren’t sure if they’ll be able to save the leg or if it’s going to be amputated but we will keep everyone posted. Either way this girl is going to need a lot of care, attention, and support and we couldn’t be more honored to be the ones to provide it.
Current update - VSC was able to save her leg after over 5 hours of surgery! She is activity restricted and enjoying the new found use of her leg. More updates to follow as she goes through rehab.
To donate https://www.facebook.com/chitownpitties/posts/3115127632104366
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Smokey

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* Approximate Age 4 Months Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
You may remember the fundraiser we did for #alumni Maximus while he battled cancer, unfortunately he passed 💔 away and rainbow 🌈 bridge gained the sweetest kindest boy. Well… a couple days ago his family reached out letting us know they were ready again to open their home and hearts to a dog in need and wanted to foster. So while searching for exactly the perfect pup we came across a leggy coal nugget and immediately thought of them - within no time arrangements for his pickup were being made!
More info as he settles in.
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Doug - Medical Hold

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* Approximate Age 6 Years Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
Some of you may recall us posting about a dog named Doug that we were busting out for Christmas who was in urgent need of medical and a lot of TLC. Because of his stray hold and the transport arrangements that were needed for him we are happy to announce he’s finally here! His skin looks like inflamed alligator, when you pet him flakes like parmesan fly everywhere, and he smells like uncooked bread. And if that wasn’t enough he’s the sweetest sappiest sloppy kissing pittie who just wants to be loved on.
Thank you to all that made this possible-
Our medical coordinator Liz & her husband Ken for fostering, amazing volunteer Liz & her son Robert for transporting, Photos by Nissa for capturing “Crusty Doug’s” arrival, and to everyone who has generously donated to his care.
Be on the lookout for more updates about Doug’s journey to wellness.
Our wishlists in case you want to show Doug some love:
Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3BTP7SVK7LPMD?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR0VKYdhRJmjHfZFq0uahw8sRGeuGbVWffya7H6cE-9PtH8Wf1jvnPQfrwQ
Chewy - https://www.chewy.com/g/chi-town-pitties-inc_b70935962?previewLive=true&fbclid=IwAR1oLPXWbvfgd7Er7TiIsOnoIn5x9pviwKRUtsTZzjKdGNzgrjsoz7-Xu3c#wish-list
More info as he settles.
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Vita

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* Approximate Age 3 Years Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Two emaciated dogs were surrendered to DuPage County Animal Services due to welfare concerns and the scars of their past life showed. They were pretty shut down and needed to decompress. They were now getting regular meals, walks, attention, and the love of caring staff & volunteers. All of this helped their personalities shine and they started to thrive! The foster who nurtured and adored our beloved Ace was now ready to open her heart & home to another dog in need and we knew just the one!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Stay
* Leave it
* Come
* Crate trained
* Average energy
* Working on her other manners
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not picky
* Food: not picky
* Toys: tennis balls, nylabone, interactive toys like licki mats, Kong roller ball, sniffle mat
* Walks: manageable, almost a superstar
* Car rides
* Napping on the couch
* Going on adventures
* Scratches on her butt, under her chin and on her chest
SKILLS:
* Dogs:
* Kids:
* People: cautious
* Cats: not friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Can be a bit mouthy
* Working on her potty training
* Barks at fireworks
* Has some fear about certain things
THE PERFECT HOME:
* Will use a slow feeder for her
* Will provide regular exercise
* Will take her on walks and adventures
* Will be quiet and calm
* Will use her crate for her
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Willa - Available Soon

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* Approximate Age 2 Years Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
A beautiful babe with the most soulful eyes landed as a stray at Chicago Animal Care and Control. During her almost 3 month stay there she remained engaging, outgoing, and the sweetest girl ever.
Cage space is always limited, but in the wintertime especially after the holidays, animal control is at capacity. Hard decisions are made if they run out of space. We’ve been begging for some time now for foster families to step forward and help save lives for this very reason.
A brand new foster family heard our plea and jumped at the chance to meet some dogs - low and behold the beautiful babe (fka Deluca) was a match! Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family…Willa! All good things from here.
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