I was looking for a small breed dog for my Mom who we almost lost in October. Mom recently moved into her own place and for the first time IN HER LIFE is living alone. They allow dogs up to 25 lbs, so Mom asked me to find her one. I'd been looking for a long time, I wanted a small breed, friendly, house trained, an adult dog that if it was not up to date on vaccines/health care then the people asked a reasonable adoption fee. --I was so tired of people asking $300 for an adult dog that still needed to be vetted. --Plus Mom has to put an additional $300 deposit down to have the dog. SO, I talked to this person that finally seemed to fit, I went to meet the dog, and quickly saw that no way did he meet the "under 25 lb" rule he needed vetting and his last vet papers said he weighed 23lbs and the vet wanted him to lose weight. Now those that dont remember, I am a softie....the place he was living. :( They had gotten him the week before and said their dog kept attacking him so she felt bad. :( No yard, they were letting him cross the street/alley and potty under a neighbor's window on the sidewalk. I could go on and on, but I new he needed to get out of there. Took him home...he weighs 31 POUNDS! --He's supposed to be a lhasa but to me he looks like maybe there's some terrier in there. He also has an underbite. He's very sweet, did mark in the house but that finally seems to be over, very smart. So, Mom couldnt take him since I'd been told he should take 1-2 YEARS to lose that much weight. (about 10 pounds) my son's friend took him, but then his Mom decided that in a few months he'd just be there, the newness would wear off...someone else was interested in "giving it a try" but by then I'd learned the poor thing has been through 5 homes in 5 years! I dont get it, in the almost 2 weeks I've had him I haven't run across anything that's a big enough issue to warrant it. So I said NO, return him to me. So, we now have 6 dogs.
I thought some sort of terrier myself. They "said" he was purebred but no, LOL, both Sampson and Piper are and he doesnt look like them, plus he's got much longer legs. We're starting to have some issues, hopefully things will settle once they all know who fits where for sure.
If you are worried about having the six dogs, and your mom likes him, ask her if she wants him. I assume your mom is living in an appartment or a rental home. Most places put the 25lb limit to make sure that you are not trying to keep a mastiff or rotweiler in the apartment. Apartment living is just not well suited for a dog that large that needs room to run and play. They wont really weigh him. Just a suggestion. It sounds like you love him very much and since your mom desired a dog.... sounds like it could be a good fit. If your mom is really worried about it... have her bring the dog into the office. I bet they wont say a word. He does not look like a tiny dog... but he does not look huge either. He looks adorable. :)
ROFL Heather! Too funny! And the other Benji is ADORABLE! I did bring him to Mom's the minute I left from picking him up. He is too big for there. I've seen too many of the dogs that do live there and he looks HUGE compared to them. I'll try to get a picture of him around the others so you can see the size difference. My Sampson (lhasa) is a big lhasa at 21 pounds, and Benji weighs 31 but he's also taller. --I'll get a pic for comparison. Fortunately for us we're already registered in town as a "kennel" because here over 4 dogs you're a kennel. So that wont be an issue.