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Ziggy!

Rat Terrier
Italian Greyhound, Mix

An adotable dog in East Brunswick, NJ

  • Adult
  • Small
  • Male



This little 24 pound package of spunk is Ziggy!! I rescued him and his roommate Shadow from a high kill shelter in NYC. They were surrendered there when their previous family was moving and decided not to take the dogs with them. For those that follow our rescue and website, knowing I rescued Ziggy and Shadow together won't be a big surprise, You'll just nod your head in understanding that I couldn't let these two die, or be separated from one another out of the fear that only one would make it out, leaving the other to the possible fate of being euthanized. I have a huge soft spot for bonded pairs...and these two just did me in. After I rescued them, I got to know them both a bit more. I made the decision that although they were bonded, I would be able to place them separately. Shadow was a senior, and although she loved Ziggy, I felt she was getting a bit tired of Ziggy bossing her around. I found her a nice quiet home where she can enjoy her twilight years peacefully and without having to deal with Ziggy's energetic personality. I know Ziggy misses her, but now it's his chance to find the perfect home of his own. I feel strongly that he would just thrive as a farm dog, or something similar. Ziggy wants a job, and if I'm right in my guess that he is a Rat Terrier/Italian Greyhound mix, those that know the Rat Terrier breed know they are happiest when they can "go to ground", keeping the rodent population in their best behavior. :) He might also excel in agility, where his quickness, vim and vigor (courtesy of the Italian Greyhound genes) to get the job done would shine. Ziggy is about 5 years old. He weighs in at 24 pounds, in mainly white with black and brown markings on his face and body. I posted 3 pictures, two were after he was out of the shelter, and one is his shelter mug shot. I included the mug shot so you could see not only his body type, but also how he has radar ears! When he is interested and alert, his ears stick straight up! They just add to his character, and increase his entertainment value for those that enjoy his company! :) Ziggy did great on his behavioral evaluation, having no resource guarding issues. Ziggy is obviously good with other dogs, and his previous owners said he was good with cats too. They love and have lived with children in their past home, but I would recommend older kids, that are respectful and able to safely handle a small dog. Ziggy is housebroken, knows his basic commands including Sit, Come and No. He's not great on a leash though...and will need some work on not following every scent his nose picks up...which results in him pulling this way and that as he's being walked. But lets face it...a 25 pound dog pulling is nothing compared to a 100 pound dog pulling. :) If you think Ziggy is the perfect fit for your home and job, please visit our website at www.WagginTrainRescue.org to fill out one of our online applications, making it out to my attention,( Nanette.) Ziggy has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm negative.

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