Spider at a Glance

  • Location: Chicago, IL 60608
  • Age: 12 Years (Est DOB: 2006)
  • Weight: 13lbs
  • Gender: Male
  • Breed: Chiweenie
  • Kids: Probably
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Unknown

Spider’s Story

History:   Spider was surrendered during CRISP (www.crispchicago.com).  His owner had recently lost her mom and had become homeless.  She had to tearfully surrender Spider because she had nowhere to live that would allow him.  He was clearly dearly loved and we promised to find him a great home.

About:  Spider is a friendly, spry, silly, conflicted little guy.  He loves people and wants to be around them, but at the same time he is a bit shy.  His foster mom made the following monologue to describe what she thinks goes through his head when she comes home:

“OMG I love you so much, I’m so excited that you’re home, please love me…. oh wait, I’m not sure, maybe don’t touch me… but I want you to pet me, but I’m shy… maybe not.. oh, ok you’re just going to pick me up… ok I’m warm thank you… dis is nice.”

Spider is a master burrower and loves to sleep next to you in bed…under the covers.  (Spider was originally from Las Vegas so he’s not used to this cooler weather!) He sees his crate as a sanctuary and will run in there when he is scared and overwhelmed – yet, will avoid going in it when he is not scared or overwhelmed.  Spider is not overly barky but will join in if another dog is barking and will occasionally bark at new dogs or people, but responds very well to corrections.
Spider has spent time with a large dog and a small dog in foster care.  He took to the small dog almost immediately, but was much more skeptical of the large dog.  We believe he had never spent much time, if any, around large dogs. After a few days of asking for space from the large dog Spider determined that the large dog was not going to eat him and he decided they could be friends.  They would play together and Spider would even give the large dog kisses.

Spider’s foster mom used the following words to describe him: Shy, Super Sweet, Endearing, Burrower, Coy

Spider being excited when his foster mom comes home https://youtu.be/9fWpKw8LurI

Spider gives his big dog friend a kiss: https://youtu.be/jO7srGItN0Y

Spider walking with a big dog friend: https://youtu.be/kt2OAXQNh6Y