ANNA (WSIL) -- Sometimes older dogs make great companions. Meet Kenji, an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix looking for his 'furever' family.
"He got adopted as a puppy, and he got brought back after several years. The girl moved and couldn't take him with her. He'd been back for a little while and again, got brought back because family moved and couldn't have dogs," explains Karee Sweitzer, facility manager at PAWS Place Adoption Center.
Sweitzer says she's hoping the third time's the charm. "He's a good little boy. He's a nice-size boy that's ready to sit in someone's lap. He loves to play. He loves his toys as you can see. He loves treats."
Sweitzer says Kenji has been back at the shelter for about 6 months and does take a little time to warm up. "He doesn't present well, but he's getting better with that. He just kind of gets a little nervous, and then he'll wag his tail and come stand up and ask to be petted, and then he's ready to go."
Kenji is neutered, up to date on shots, and good with other dogs, but he does require a little special treatment.
"When he came back he had a really horrible skin infection. I mean, he didn't have any hair whatsoever. He was really greasy and had a really bad infection. We put him on medicated baths and had a couple little antibiotics that we gave him. Now he's down to a little tiny piece of an Apoquel pill everyday. Once a day and that's it," says Sweitzer.
Sweitzer says Kenji listens really well and although they can't guarantee it, he was reported to be house trained.
"He's got a lot of years to give a lot of love and for him to get a lot of love. Really looking for someone who has a nice quiet home, and he can just sit on their lap and live out the rest of his years with them."
And don't forget to tune into News 3 This Morning on Thursdays for more adoptable pets in our Pets of the Week segment.