One time when there were guests at the house, while they were sitting at the dining room table my Chihuahua Shannon walks in and one of the guests exclaims look, she caught a mouse! Ha, ha, the mouse my dog caught was her little stuffed toy mouse we call Mousey. Hey Shannon, wanna go catch some more mice?
Winter is well along in many parts of the world and with the cold and snow come some things that could be hazardous to our dogs such as anti-freeze, keep it well out of reach and clean up any spills because dogs are attracted to its taste but it is deadly.
After getting home from a walk wipe your dog's paws with a warm damp cloth to prevent damage that can result from road salt. If you can get your dog to wear booties that would be even better.
Small dogs such as Chihuahuas, and dogs with short coats may need a sweater to help keep them warm in extra cold weather.
Be careful when walking near frozen streams and ponds, you don't want you or your dog falling through frozen ice.
And remember that skin can freeze in minutes so bundle up and keep walks short in extremely freezing weather.
My Chihuahua has discovered the front window. Lately she's been spending a lot of time there because the road is getting a facelift and new sidewalks are being put in so she has a whole lot of barking to do. Now where did I put those ear plugs?
I was playing with my dog this morning in the hallway when suddenly she grabbed her toy and walked into a nearby room. I wondered what grabbed her attention so I went in after her. As I suspected she noticed the sun poking through the window and went to lie down in the spot where the sun's rays were hitting the floor. Typical chihuahua behavior if you ask me. I wonder if large dogs do the same thing.
It's well into fall season and I have been outside raking leaves, all the while my chihuahua Little Shannon watches me from behind the glass door. When I come back into the house she acts so happy and excited it's as if she hasn't seen me in ages, even though I was outside maybe for around an hour or so and she was watching me the entire time. My chihuahua likes me, she really does. Are dogs cool or what?
When I'm about to vacuum I walk through the house picking up dog toys scattered all around and put them into my chihuahua's toy box. While I'm vacuuming my chihuahua, Little Shannon quietly sits on her pillow, but soon as she sees that I'm finished she heads over to the toy box and one by one picks out the toys and scatters them all over the place again. I guess she's not much into tidiness.
Rent a dog services are springing up in some countries including the US. Sounds weird but apparently it's becoming quite trendy to rent a dog for an evening, a weekend or while on vacation.
Hmm, I can see how some people might go for it, no vet bills to pay, no commitment to make and you get to have a different dog every weekend. To me this rent a dog thing sounds like pet sitting in reverse, instead of the dog's owner paying you to take care of poochie for a few hours, you pay them for walking the dog and picking up its poop. Nice biz.
Anyone want to rent a Chihuahua? Free bone included.
This was my first Chihuahua pet portrait commission, it's from a couple of years back but since this is a Chihuahua blog I thought I'd post it. The customer was so happy with it that she later commissioned a watercolor portrait of her cat.
I paint other people's pets but I can't seem to get around to painting my own dog. Is that weird or what? I recently began painting in acrylics and maybe finally I will paint Little Shannon (my dog). Examples of my portraits are at pets.StyleArtc.com
My brother bought me this Chihuahua figurine. It's made by a UK company called Arora Design, part of their Little Paws collection of dog breed figurines that have sort of a cartoon look to them.
Supposedly the figurines are hot selling items but I couldn't find much about them on the internet, they are however sold on Ebay. Something that's unique about them is you get to send away for a free personalized metal dog tag that is then attached to the figurine. I'm still waiting to get mine, it's going to say "SHANNON"
My Chihuahua Shannon has a new toy - a little stuffed cow. She took to her little stuffed cow like a duck takes to water. I guess that's because her favorite things to play with are small stuffed animals.
She can pick her toys out by name, which everyone thinks is pretty cool. It amazes me how much dogs can come to understand just by talking to them using the same words for the same actions. We call the little cow "Moo Moo" and to my surprise within minutes Shannon was able to pick "Moo Moo" out from among her other toys.
Yup, dogs are smart alright, my chihuahua can learn the name of her toy within minutes but when it comes to learning how to pick her toys up and put them back into the toy box she's like "huh?" Go figure.
Ever since I was stung several years ago by a wasp while picking up apples in the backyard, I worry that one of these days my Chihuahua "Little Shannon" will get stung. She loves looking for apples in the yard and it seems that so do the wasps.
I was surprised at how much a wasp sting hurts, can't imagine what it would be like for a small dog such as a Chihuahua. Doing a search on the internet I found that giving 1 mg of Benadryl for every 1 lb of the dog's body weight can prevent a potentially serious allergic reaction in dogs that have been stung by bees or wasps.
If a stung dog seems to be getting worse, has trouble breathing or is stung in the mouth or tongue take the dog to the vet immediately.
Want to do something to help feed homeless pets? Here's a fun way to do so. Several years ago a girl by the name of Mimi Ausland started a website with the help of her parents to help provide food for animal shelters by playing what's called the Bow Wow trivia game.
Each day the site has a different dog trivia question and for everyone one that answers, regardless of whether it's wrong or right, 10 kibbles of dog food is donated to shelters. That may not sound like much but so far the site has donated over 265 tons of food. They also have a cat version of the trivia website too. So head on over to freekibble.com and freekibblekat.com everyday and help feed dog and cats in need of some grub.
I thought I would relate an incident that happened a while back, yeah I know it's late in coming but you know what they say, "better late than never". My chihuahua was being taken on a walk to the park and along the way there was a woman in her front yard sitting on a stool working in her flower garden. Her back was turned to my chihuahua, as my chihuahua approached she began barking at the woman. The lady was so startled that she fell off her stool. When she turned around and saw th teeny dog that was barking at her, she broke out laughing because she thought she was about the be attacked by a large dog.
Oh those chihuahuas, they are so ferocious aren't they?
Clipping my dog's nails has become a real battle. I have no idea what happened, in the past I was able to get her nails cut by distracting her with food, but that's not working anymore. She now bites - hard, whenever the clippers are out. The mere sight of the clippers turns her into a mean fighting machine! The dog groomer couldn't handle her either, she bit the groomer twice.
Determined not to let the 4 1/2 lb. weasel have her way, I put on a pair of ski gloves and held her paws firmly as I tried to trim those nails. Unable to bite me she resorted to screaming at the top of her lungs. By the sound of it you'd think her legs were being twisted inside out. I thought animal control would be at my door any minute.
My plan is to have short sessions in which I cut a couple of nails everyday and hopefully in time she will put up less of a struggle. It seems to be working, her screaming stopped, her resistance is fading. Maybe, just maybe one day she will sit still while her pedicure is being done. Anyone know of a place to buy ski gloves wholesale?
Wow, it's been so long since I posted here! I didn't think keeping a blog going would be so difficult. Little Shannon is 4 years old now, the socialization problem still continues. I was hoping as she got older she would be more accepting of people but to my disappointment that has not happened. In fact it has gotten worse. I don't understand why she doesn't get it, she's been exposed to people since she was a puppy, people have treated her nicely, but she still feels threatened by them.
I keep hearing that you need to socialize puppies from an early age, get them used to being around people if they are to grow into well adjusted dogs. Well sometimes it just does not work. I have come to the conclusion that socialization will keep a friendly, easy going dog from becoming anti-social but a very timid shy puppy will continue to have behavioral problems as an adult dog.
That being said, I haven't given up on my Little Shannon, I still hope that one day she will at least come to tolerate people and keep her yapper shut.