Dog Details

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Cowboy - Special Needs
Chihuahua (short coat)
Small Senior Male

Available for Adoption

Pet ID # 22-0778

Minneapolis, MN

Organization Contact Info: Underdog Rescue MN P.O. Box 16453 St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Thank you for stopping by to see me!   Please check below to see what upcoming adoption events I will be attending or apply here for a private meeting.  If you have other questions about me you can email Underdog Rescue at <> ***Be sure to check your spam/junk folder as sometimes our emails end up there***


  • DOB:  11/01/2008
  • Requires another dog in home: No, if home a lot
  • Okay with dogs of all sizes: Yes, as long as they are respectful of his size
  • Okay with cats: Unknown
  • Okay with children under 12 years old: No, because his size and vision issues
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs
  • Requires a fenced yard: No
  • Note: dogs must always be leashed whenever outside of a contained area. Invisible/ underground fencing is not recommended for most rescue dogs.

**SPECIAL NEEDS: Cowboy is blind and has Cushing's disease related diabetes so he needs insulin twice a day. 

Hello, my name is Cowboy. I am a ruggedly handsome and incredibly sweet a bit feisty senior male Chihuahua.  As with humans, age often brings with it certain health conditions in us doggies. For example, in addition to being blind, I have a condition called Cushing’s disease which occurs when the adrenal glands produce too much cortisol. The excess cortisol in my little body means I also have diabetes, so I need insulin twice a day. Now, don’t you worry your precious little head because my conditions do not hinder my zest for life at all…even being blind, I am able to navigate around the house. That said, my family does need to be diligent about ensuring there are no safety issues like stairs that I could stumble down etc.

I am usually quiet unless someone comes to the house then it is, of course, MY job to alert the family that we have visitors. Foster mom doesn’t mind my alerts though because she says I have a “quiet, odd little bark”.  I am super smart, and I know what “potty” and “come” mean but when it comes to potty, leash, and crate training, here’s the scoop: I use an X-pen rather than a kennel; I don’t have much leash experience because I’m very bow-legged and probably wouldn’t make it far on a walk; and I will do my business inside and outside… I will even go on a potty pad if foster mom sits me on it and says “potty”, and if we go somewhere out of the house mom puts a belly band on me, so I don’t have any embarrassing accidents.

I may not be able to see things, but my hearing and smell are fantastic! My favorite activities include eating, snuggling, eating, snuggling, eating, snuggling…you see where I’m going with this right!?! Hee, hee!! I will also occasionally play with a soft ball by tossing it in the air then searching for it, but my favorite place is with my people, and I LOVE when they’re home with me all the time! Anyway, I have not met any cats and since I’m just a little guy weighing in at a whoppin’ 3 pounds, I should not be in a home with small children. I am, however, good with other dogs and I will even crawl in bed with them if given the chance! Tee, hee, hee!!

I may be tiny, but I have a heart bigger than the universe and it’s full of love and sweetness that I dream of sharing with a patient fur-ever family who will love me unconditionally and NEVER give up on me. Are you ready to welcome an angel like me into your life because I am more than ready to begin my life with YOU!! Love, Cowboy

Please note that some of our dogs are obtained from shelters, surrendered to our care, or released from breeders.  Each animal's bio is based on our experience of the animal within our care, an educated guess based on physical characteristics, temperament and information shared. Some of the animals come from situations where they are lacking experience in a home and confidence in humans. In turn, they require another companion dog and/or a fenced in yard in their forever home in order for them to feel safe. If you are interested in a  particular dog whose bio states those needs and do not currently have them, please understand that your home might not be the right fit.  Please use the filter on our Adoptable Dogs page to find the perfect match for your home.  

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Adoption events are updated as the foster home RSVP's to attend. Check back for updates on which events they will be attending. Please understand that all of our pets are in volunteer foster homes and sometimes "life" happens and the foster family cannot make it to their scheduled adoption event. If you are traveling from a far distance to meet a specific animal, please understand we cannot guarantee event attendance. You may wish to consider applying and setting up a private appointment. Private appointments are only scheduled after an application is submitted and approved.



The first step in our process is to complete an online adoption application on our website:
Note: In most circumstances Underdog Rescue will only adopt within 60 miles of Minneapolis, MN. 
All of our foster animals can be seen by appointment with an approved adoption application. Contact us at if you have further questions.



All of our animals are fostered in individual homes or doggie daycare facilities. While they are in our care, they are part of our families and given lots of love. We work on training, crate-training and socialization prior to adoption. Each animal's behavior is evaluated and we have a sense of its temperament and personality. We look for adopters who will give each animal the wonderful life and permanent home that he or she deserves. If you have an interest and ability to be a foster home, please visit our website  and fill out a foster application.



Nutrition is vital to the rehabilitation and life-long health of our pets.  All of our foster animals are fed a premium diet such as NutriSource, Canidae, Orijen, Nature's Variety, Fromm, Pure Vita, Stella and Chewy's, Primal, or balanced raw diet.  All adopters are required to continue providing premium diets for the life of the animal.



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