Monday, May 5, 2014

We Survived the April Blogging Challenge

The A-Z is over and I am happy to say that we survived the month of April and the blogging challenge and

I hope to continue to bring more Tails of the Chiwawa. Happy Cinco de Mayo and many thanks to those who stopped by during the month of April to read the posts here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time for some Zzzz's and Some Chihuahua 101

Today is the last day of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. I would really like to be doing what my Chihuahua will be doing today. Getting some Zzzzz's. Add in the fact that it is still raining here and they are calling for rain all day. Oh yeah I'd love to go back and curl up on the bed with the Chihuahua and just sleep, sleep, sleep. Unfortunately it isn't like that especially if she wants some kibble in her food bowl.
When I said come on Chihuahua lets celebrate the last day of April and the blogging challenge with a selfie I get this look
She is thinking No mas selfies! Yo quiero sleep pleeeze. I know that look all too well when her beauty sleep has been disturbed. So we are going to say thank you for visiting Tails of the Chiwawa during April and leave you with some Chihuahua 101 compliments of Animal Planet

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yappy Little Breed of Dog

The Chihuahua has earned the title of being a yappy dog because they will bark and everything and anything. I have often joked that is why they have those big ears that stand up. The ears are little radar sonars. I say that lovingly. Elizabeth is probably the first Chihuahua that I have owned that didn't bark at everything. When she does bark it is something worth checking out.

I had one Chi girl who I swear had me convinced that my home was haunted. She would walk around growling not all of the time, but there were occasions. What spooked me was when it was just me and the dog and she would walk into a bedroom growling or the time she ran back the hallway barking and growling like she was chasing something. A friend then told me how dogs can see things we can't so I was about a phone call away from calling in the ghost busters.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chihuahua An eXcited Breed

There is really no X word that I could find to describe the Chihuahua so today I am pretending with the word X-cite or eXcite. Google spell check hates both of them. It doesn't take much to X-cite the Chihuahua.

I've seen them chase their tails and spin in circles at the sound of the car keys.

When they hear the sound of the dry food going into the dish each morning.

When they know it is snack time. Trust me they know when it is snack time.

We had one that if you said, Where's the cat? She would run to the back of the couch to look out the window.

Squeaky toys. It doesn't matter where she is at in the house. Squeak the toys and she will come running.

Words can x-cite a Chihuahua. I have never figured that one out. Words like corn, where's the cat and the numbers of seven and sixteen can make them do a happy dance.

We had one who got x-cited just to see the vacuum cleaner. It wasn't really the good kind. The minute I rolled it out she would start growling and running around and the minute I turned it on she would chase and bite at it. I often wished I got that excited about vacuum cleaning.

And especially you can X-pect an X-cited Chihuahua when you come home after a long day at work!

What X-cites your pet?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Chihuahua and Weight

The Chihuahua breed of dog is not  a very active breed of dog. While some dogs like to work and run and play, the Chihuahua would prefer to just lay around and sleep. Weight can be a big issue with this breed of dog because of their inactivity.
The key is to not overfeed them. I do have a self feeder but it isn't filled and is only down from the time I leave to go to work until I get home. My Chihuahua gets a little soft food mixed with hard food at dinner time and she gets a treat before bedtime.

A lot of people tend to over feed them with giving them table food. We feed our girl while we are eating. She is less likely to set up pretty and beg at the table which is why we do that. An overweight Chihuahua can develop problems with their patellas (knees). It also isn't good for their heart to be overweight.

A Chihuahua who has been neutered or spayed or an older Chihuahua tends to just want to lay around. My Chihuahua is spayed and she isn't what I would call (Chihuahuas can live into the teens) she is seven so she is middle years.

She goes on walks with us and when we are outside, she is outside to try to keep her a little active. She weighs six pounds which is the normal weight for a Chihuahua.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Going to the Veterinarian

My Chihuahua's least favorite place to be is at the vets office. I don't blame her. Going to the doctor for me is a little blood pressure rising too. She gets this look like she is thinking, please take the cat next, please take the cat next until it is her turn which she recognizes. The minute I stand with her she knows and tries to climb up to my shoulder. She knows! She hasn't been a sick dog so I know she knows she is at that place that is going to poke her with pins and needles. It shows on her face. I have to carry puppy paste with me just to go to the vet because she stresses out so bad. Stress can cause a Chihuahuas blood sugar to drop which is what the puppy paste is used for.

I have a very submissive Chihuahua who gets nervous in many situations. She has never bitten or snapped even when getting shots. She however gets a look like her feelings just got hurt. The new vet tech there recently came in to give her shots with a muzzle in her hand. I am thankful the vet was still in the room and told her that she wouldn't need the muzzle. I think just putting it on would have stressed my girl out more than getting that little prick from the needle.

All Chihuahuas are different and I had one of those Chihuahuas who had to be muzzled for the veterinarian. That was the three pound Chihuahua that it took six people to give a pill to. I also had one that was allergic to the lepto in the vaccine. Within seconds she developed lumps all over her head, the sides of her mouth and face- a sign of an allergic reaction in a dog. She had to get the vaccine w/o lepto.

Chihuahua health is very important. They can suffer from things like low blood sugar, collapsed trachea to the more major problems of luxating patellas and mitral valve heart problems are just a few of the problems with this breed of dog. Each breed a dog has different health problems associated. Vet care is important not only with the Chihuahua, but with other breeds as well.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

U Words Describing My Chihuahua

I figured there would be at least one letter that stumped me and go figure it is the letter U. I did come up with a couple of U words that describes my Chihuahua.

First the letter U can be found in the word, Chihuahua. Chihuahuas are Uber cute, Chihuahuas prefer sleeping under the covers and will often try to get under everything and anything. Be very careful. A Chihuahua jumping up or down off of something high can easily injure their patellas. My Chihuahua behind the baby gate will jump up and down like a little jumping bean when she wants attention. She can set up to beg. She can also stand up and wave both paws and does this when she thinks she isn't getting all of the attention. Owning a Chihuahua is a lot of responsibility. They pretty much want U around them 24/7. If U set they want to be on your lap. They are the most loyal of all breeds of dogs. They may be little but they have a huge heart. If they think their owner is in trouble they will protect. Some are so protective that if setting on their owners lap will not let anyone else touch the one they love. That is probably why they get mistaken for being snippy because they will grown and get snappy. Sorry I know you don't have to tell me, this post is pretty lame.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Teacup Chihuahua

You may have heard the word teacup and Chihuahua used together. It may surprise a lot of people that there is no such thing as a teacup Chihuahua. Now I am not disputing that for a couple of weeks of life most Chihuahuas will fit into a teacup. I am not disputing that there are tiny Chihuahuas either. There are tiny ones. I have seen them myself. I had two who as adults weighed only three pounds. One of them was four months old and only weighed a half a pound and at a year old was only a pound. By three he weighed three pounds. I had one girl who weighed six pounds most of her life but after age five she put on some weight and ended up weighing ten pounds. She was what the vet called a hardier Chihuahua and the vet didn't feel she was over weight.

To a reputable Chihuahua breeder there is no such thing as teacup Chihuahuas. I know one breeder who if you use that word with her you will get a quick lesson in Chihuahua. She takes offense to that term used with the Chihuahua. Elizabeth was just weighed and she weighs six pounds and is seven years old.

At times a breeder may have a teeny tiny Chihuahua. The majority of those teeny tiny Chihuahuas are in actuality runts of the litter. It happens especially in a large litter. Reputable Chi breeders won't breed for that tiny size. In fact breeding a Chihuahua is really risky. I guess that is where I probably need to stop this post so that it doesn't turn into a post about breeding them when this post is about those called, The Teacup!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Chihuahua Song

Today is the day to blog about the letter S. Today I give you The Chihuahua Song. Yep This breed of dog has their own song brought to you by DJ BoBo.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Chihuahua Rules of the House

The Chihuahua although small is the ruler of house and has her own set of rules. Here are just a few

Although she has a self feeder with her hard dog food the hubby started giving her a little soft dog food in the evenings as a treat. She expects this treat to be given by seven o'clock in the evening. If not she will worry you about it as she goes from lap to lap and staring. Later before bed she expects a piece of a treat of a Beggin Strip.

Whatever you are eating, she expects to have a taste too.

Everything in the house belongs to her including her favorite spot to lay on the couch.

Laps are made to set on. If you are setting down your lap belongs to her.

Don't leave a room without her. She will follow from room to room even if you are just putting away clothes.

The toys are where she wants them even if they are all over the floor.

Don't even try to move her so you can have more room on the bed. She will get even closer and crowd you.

Don't come in the house smelling of other animals- especially cats.

Don't give her a bath and then take her outside after it.

Expect lots of loving even if includes sticking her tongue in your mouth!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q Queen of the Bed

This was a hard letter to come up with something related to pets and keeping in mind it had to be the letter Q related. I have chosen Queen of the Bed because although this little dog only weighs five pounds when she stretches out while we are sleeping she takes up the bed. Elizabeth also has to have toys on the bed at night time so when we roll over on the occasion that we happen to cause her toys to squeak, she will freak out barking. Apparently she doesn't like that.

Now many people say that you aren't supposed to allow your dog in the bed to sleep with you and others say especially a Chihuahua because you could accidentally roll on them. None of our Chihuahuas have ever been rolled on and none have became dominating because we allow this. Our Chihuahuas still know their place in the pack!
There is nine more days left in the Challenge and every year that I've participated by the time the day for Q rolls around I am counting the days that are left. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pet Loss

I can remember many years ago when I lost my first Chihuahua, Beth. I was heartbroken. She was only three years old and had heart problems. Three is not an old dog. I can remember someone sending me a very special poem called,

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... ~Author unknown~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Chihuahua Ownership Quiz

This quiz is from the 1999 Special Edition, Volume 8 Dog Fancy Magazine and an article written by Eve Adamson

1. Dogs have legs for the purpose of

A. Running beside you as you jog
B. Taking long walks in the park
C. Balancing more comfortably on your shoulder

2. A dog's favorite place in the house should be

A. Out in the yard
B. Lying at your feet
C. Under the bedcovers

3. A dog's place in the family should be

A. Devoted protector
B. Subservient friend
C. Lord and master of all

4. Dogs require

A. Food, Water and an occasional pat on the head
B. Lots of exercise and lots of training
C. Full body contact 24 hours a day

5. A dog should bark

A. Only for a good reason like an approaching threat
B. To let you know someone is coming or something is happening outside
C. Just to hear the sound of its own voice

6. Smart Dogs

A. Know when to be dominant and know when to back down
B. Obey their masters
C. Know that size is incidental to power, glory and the ability to intimidate a Great Dane

7. Dogs see humans as

A. Leaders of the pack
B. Friends and companions
C. Modes of transportation and petting machines

8. If you live in an apartment, you

A. Shouldn't have a dog
B. Should only have a dog if you are willing to walk it twice each day
C. Should find a dog proportional to your square footage

9. Around the house, dog owners must be careful not to

A. Ignore their dogs
B. Forget their dogs
C. Set on their dogs

10. When it comes to children

A. Dogs are a kids best friend
B. Dogs provide a means to teach children responsibility
C. Dogs might allow children to share the same household as long as the children are properly trained.

11. Everyone knows Chihuahuas are

A. Yappy little rats
B. Cute but a lot of trouble
C. Bright, funny, intelligent, animated little pets that give you a whole lotta' dog per pound

12. When it comes to a capacity for love

A. The bigger the dog, the more loving
B. All dogs are devoted to their owners
C. The size of the heart is inversely proportional to the size of the dog

Tally your score

If you answered mostly A's and B's we're sorry to inform you that you may not have what it takes to handle the responsibility of owning a Chihuahua

If you answered mostly C's you know who you are. You fit the profile for the Perfect Chihuahua Owner and if you don't already have one, two or three a Chi for thee. 

This is only a fun lighthearted quiz 

Quiz Dog Fancy Magazine Eve Adamson

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chihuahuas and Nap time

The Chihuahua loves their nap times which happens to be all the time. Mine gets out of our bed in the morning and before Keurig can brew my cup of coffee she is cuddled either in her bed or in her new place to nap the bobby pillow that I bought for back relief.

We go for a walk around the yard and it is already nap time when we get back inside. Friends have told us that we own one of the laziest breeds of dogs they know. When she isn't napping she is on our laps for kisses and huggies but after it is nap time or kibble time.

Chihuahuas love the sunshine. If we are outside doing yard work chances are my Chihuahua is curled up on the cushion on a chair or the glider. When inside she loves a spot on the floor where the sun shines through the window.

Chihuahuas are burrowers by nature and will get under anything. Mine once tried even getting under a wash cloth I dropped on the floor. Because of this you have to be very careful because they could be under just about anything.
What time is it?

Nap time of course!

The towel that she has managed to make a nest is the towel that was intended for her to sleep on due to shedding. She managed to nest it into a ball between the boppy pillow to cover up.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Chihuahuas (Past and Present)

I don't have access to a scanner, so I have no way right now of posting pictures of many of my Chihuahuas. As a child I grew up with Miss Fluffy a white with black nose long coat Chihuahua who was shown to her Championship by her owner/handler Isabel Jefferson. In 1960 my mom paid what was top dollar for a retired Chihuahua- twenty five dollars. Miss Fluff lived to twenty years of age.

I have Frisky who wasn't a purebred Chihuahua. Frisky was a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix. Frisky was only two when he slipped his collar and ran out into the road and was hit and killed by a car who never stopped. As an adult I feel so bad. My dad was walking him when this happened and witnessed him getting hit. The car sped away after killing him. My dad had to get him out of the road and then come home and tell me. I was five at the time.

My grandparents also had Chihuahuas Tiny was indeed a smaller Chihuahua. Both Tiny and Fluffy hated kids and often let me know with nips to my fingers. They also had Tippy who was a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix just like my dog, Frisky. Tippy was the friendlier of them. Tippy loved to play fetch and once when he didn't retrieve the ball I ran into the woods to get it and cut my foot on a broken pop bottle. I was three and can still remember that. I cut the tendon and artery in the bottom of my foot. Tiny was twenty five years old and Tippy was twenty two when they passed away. Both of them within a week after my grandma died in 1968.

Many years later in the 90's when my kids were getting older 

We got Beth. A small three pound Chihuahua. She had to have her ear removed right after we got her due to an infection. I sure learned a lot about puppy mills after that! She lived to be three years old and died from a congenital heart defect. I have pics of her and maybe one day can find a way to get them scanned.

I then got Gidget who was a little bigger and more hardier Chihuahua. I could fill this page up with stories about Giddy Girl. Gidget lived to ten years old

Tinker and Gidget who always had to set in my daughters violin case and howl while she practiced violin.

I got Tinker from a breeder I met and talked to in an online Chihuahua message board. Tinky was a runt of his litter. I got him when he was six months old. He weighed a half a pound. He lived to be nine years old and was two pounds when he died.

We've also been loved by Jazzy
Jazzy who got car sick taking car rides, but loved to go in the car
And always had to ride setting on the console and was fourteen.
And Elizabeth
Hamming it up for the camera

Monday, April 14, 2014

Litter Box Training A Chihuahua

If you own a Chihuahua or any other breeds in the toy breed group of dogs then you probably know that you can litter box train a Chihuahua. It's accomplished in the same way that you would litter box train a cat. My Chihuahua will not go potty in the yard when there is snow, sleet, freezing rain, freezing rains OR when the temps are in Polar Vortex winds. I can barely get her to go when it isn't 50 degrees outside. We needed a backup plan- the litter box. All of our Chihuahuas-past and present- have been litter box trained and amazingly it was simple potty training them to go a litter box. I posted about the Chihuahua and the Potty Training Dilemma. 

 I've tried all sorts of things in the box from kitty litter to cedar chips- Robin (my bestest Chihuahua buddy) gave me the idea of shredded paper!!!! And these guys love the paper best!!!!!

WARNING: Don't use the litter with the deodorizers added. I know a Chi that ate some of this out of his litter box and it ate holes in his stomach and he bled to death internally. OK... the first thing is to establish a spot where you wish to set up the litter box. This should be an easy to find and get to place for the dog. Once you have set this spot up, don't move it. It will confuse them as to where they are supposed to go. Its also best to maybe put down a plastic type carpet runner (at least this is what I use) I layer the carpet runner with newspapers and 2 wee pads' Tinker would often stand on the outside and squirt in, but would poo on the paper or the wee pads. I use a regular cat box (I also use a scoop for scraping the papers out of the box each morning) Each morning I scrape the box in the garbage and using a hospital basin, I clean it with Lysol (brown bottle) with a little bleach added to the water. Before filling it with paper I spray it with Lysol Disinfectant Spray and let it dry. OK... once you've established the place, gotten the box and chose what you are going to use in it. I chose to start training in the morning. First thing I pick her up and set her in the litter box. It may take some coaxing the first few days. You should stay right there with them and if they get out, you put them back in. 

IMPORTANT: When they potty in the box- make a big deal out of it, with lots of patting and good doggies. Before putting them in that first time, I went in the yard and scooped up a piece of their poo in the yard and put it in the box- and until they were going on their own, I made sure I put a small piece of poo in each morning after cleaning and changing it. (This helps give them the scent that its OK to potty in the box) The first 3 day's I pick them up every 1/2 hour and set them in the litter box. This may take longer depending on the dog- mine were going within 2 weeks by themselves tho. Now keep in mind they won't go every half hour, but it gives them the idea that this is where they are to go to potty. After each meal and each time they drink water- pick them up and put them in the litter box. After the 3 day's I stopped picking them up and taking them there and just watching them. If I saw them sniffing or acting like they were trying to find a place to potty- I stood up and said their name. I started out pointing to the box and said- potty in the box. If they didn't go I would walk and get them and take them. After about 2 weeks they were going on their own, but I still watched to make sure they weren't sneaking a poo in any corner. It can work for older dogs as well. Many years ago I litter box trained Beth (our little one who passed away) She was 2 years old when we got her. So, it can be done. You just have to be consistent with it. 

Older Chihuahuas- The older Chi's can have some incontinence problems. If your Chihuahua is potty trained and all of a sudden is having accidents it can also be due to a medical problem. You know your Chihuahua. If you think it could be due to a medical condition, take her to the vet.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kid's and Chihuahuas

As a general rule, Chihuahuas are not suitable pets for children. Now I am not saying all Chihuahuas I am sure there are some that are kid friendly. The Chi breeders that I've known do not always allow Chihuahuas into homes with children. There is an exception unless there has been a Chihuahua in the home.

One reason is that Chihuahuas are so little that they can be injured really easy especially by children who may be rough housing or wrestling around and by accident, a Chihuahua can be seriously injured. I know of someone whose child accidentally knocked their Chihuahua off a chair. The Chihuahuas broken leg couldn't be fixed and had to be amputated or put to sleep.

Chihuahuas will nap just about anywhere and especially under things. They are burrowers by nature. I had one who tried to get under a wash cloth that dropped on the floor to take a nap. Be very careful where you sit. While helping with some rescue I remember someone whose Chi died in a recliner accident.
A drop to the floor is potentially deadly or can result in a bad injury. The Chihuahua when born has what is called a molera. The molera is just like a human baby's soft spot. As the Chihuahua matures with age just like a human their molera closes but on occasion this doesn't happen. A Chihuahua with a soft spot can be deadly especially if dropped and it falls on its head.

Crowded rooms and rambunctious children can make a Chihuahua nervous. On that thought it is a good idea to never try to corner a Chihuahua or chase one. This can insight them which is probably why the Chihuahuas out in Arizona are now known as terrorizing neighborhoods. If you wouldn't chase a pitbull or corner one then I don't recommend trying this with a Chihuahua either. Now a Chihuahua is about a hundred pounds lighter and don't have jaws that lock on but a they can do and have bitten in these types of situations.
I had Chihuahuas growing up and that is how I got a lot of bites by ours- chasing or trying to corner them.

In a good household with well behaved children yes- children can be taught to not manhandle a small Chihuahua which could lead to injury. If you have children and a Chihuahua it is a good idea to supervise when they are together. Now we have had a Chihuahua in our home since the 90's. My kids were old enough that we didn't have problems. Now we have grand kiddies and when the grand kids are visiting we crate our Chihuahua just as a precaution. She doesn't really care for kids and has never bitten them, but she tends to hide from them which causes them to want to play hide and seek with her. So she is crated.

This isn't about Chihuahuas and kids, but an owner should never leave a Chihuahua or any toy breed dog outside by itself. Many Chihuahuas have became tasty meals for birds of prey- owls, hawks etc...

Today is also National Pet Day not the day for the letter N or P but worth mentioning today. No matter what kind of pet you own treat your dog to a special treat today. Elizabeth is getting Frosty Paws. Lets not forget the millions of pets that die each year in humane shelters or those setting in shelters as we read this just waiting for someone to adopt and love them who won't get special attention or special treats today.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Joy Of Owning A Dog

Benefits of Owning A Dog
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Just A Chihuahua Thing

What my friends see...
And say that despite their innocent looks the Chihuahua is meanest, most aggressive, most 

pic credit:
intimidating little damn ferocious best-little dog they ever met.

What I see...
pic belongs to Tails of the Chiwawa

Look at that sweet little face!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

History of the Chihuahua Dog

Did you know that the history of the Chihuahua really isn't known?
Did you know that the Chihuahua dog was is older than the Mayan's?
Did you know that it is thought the Chihuahua dog was a food source for the Aztec's?
The Techichi 
The Chihuahua’s history is puzzling and there are many theories surrounding the origin of the breed. Both folklore and archeological finds show that the breed originated in Mexico. The most common and most likely theory is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico. No records of the Techichi are available prior to the 9th century, although dog pots from Colima, Mexico, buried as part of the western Mexico shaft tomb tradition which date back to 300 BC are thought to depict Techichis. It is probable that earlier ancestors were present prior to the Mayans as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, predating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula.
In fact, wheeled dog toys representing both the "deer head" and "apple head" varieties of Chihuahua have been unearthed across Mesoamerica from Mexico to El Salvador. The earliest of these were found at Tres Zapotes in Veracruz, Mexico, which date to 100 AD. Dog effigy pots dating to around 1325 AD discovered in Georgia and Tennessee also appear to represent the Chihuahua. It has been argued that these pots arrived with survivors from the Casas Grandes site in Chihuahua, Mexico, after it was attacked and destroyed around 1340 AD. Pots unearthed at Casas Grandes include representations of the "deer head" variety of Chihuahua. Hernan Cortés wrote, in a 1520 letter, that the Aztecs raised and sold the little dogs as food. Colonial records refer to small, nearly hairless dogs at the beginning of the 19th century, one of which claims 16th-century Conquistadores found them plentiful in the region later known as Chihuahua.
Present Day Chihuahua
A progenitor of the breed was reputedly found in 1850 in old ruins near Casas Grandes in the Mexican state of Chihuahua from which the breed gets its name, although most artifacts relating to its existence are found around Mexico City. A pot featuring the "deer head" variety of Chihuahua has been unearthed at Casas Grandes which dates from 1100–1300 AD showing the long history of the breed at this site. A wheeled dog toy which has been dated to 100 AD from Tres Zapotes in Veracruz, Mexico, depicts a dog identical in appearance and size to the modern Chihuahua, indirect evidence that the breed was in Mexico over 1400 years before the first Europeans arrived. The Chihuahua has remained consistently popular as a breed, particularly in America when the breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.

Information for this post was found on wiki
pictures used for this post also from wiki

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Chihuahua Goody

A very good book I found is called Chihuahuas For Dummies written by Jacqueline O'Neil and is suggested  for anyone who is interested in the Chihuahua breed OR for a pet owner who is looking for a great pet book on how to take care of your pet, this book has just about everything you will want to know. This little book has about everything you will want to know

Monday, April 7, 2014

Made Famous by Taco Bell

Over the past decade the Chihuahua has become a popular dog. First by the Taco Bell. Who could forget the familiar voice and the popular catch phrase,"¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!?" Not only were some running to get some more Taco Bell but that debacle that left many Chihuahuas homeless and in shelters and dumped into rescues. Breeders and those in rescue were screaming How about no more Taco Bell? I know I was helping with some rescue during that fiasco! Gidget, the star of those commercials was herself was rescued

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Chihuahua Named, Elizabeth Taylor

Gidget and Tinker at the beach
This post is about our Chihuahua Elizabeth Taylor who will also come running or perk up to other little names like Libby, Libby bits, sister and seems fixated at the moment on the number sixteen. One day at lunch I had the phone on speaker phone when hubby called me on his lunch break. He said the number sixteen (I can't remember why) and she came running to the kitchen all feisty- ears all perked up and prancing and

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Diva Chihuahua

I just assumed that my Chihuahua was spoiled rotten but according to my adult child not only is she spoiled rotten, but she is a Diva. A Diva Chihuahua? Is is possible? Read on...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Chihuahua Bill of Rights

If you have owned a Chihuahua, you will definitely understand the Chihuahua Bill of Rights for ownership which has been floating around the Internet for many many years. I printed it out and put it in my pet photo album years ago.
Includes Toys and wherever she
wants them
Don't take me home unless you are going to promise to love me and care for me everyday. I'll need food and water, a clean bed, but most of all I'll need your love and devotion. To ensure my health I will need regular vet care, and my immunization shots. Remember I am depending on you for everything. I am not a stuffed animal. I am a living, sensitive, feeling little creature, just like you. Don't leave me alone for long periods of time or I'll wonder why you've deserted me. When you're angry, talk to me, tell me your problems, but don't take your anger out on me. Please be patient with me while I'm learning. I may make mistakes sometimes. I may decide your best pair of shoes was bought especially for me for a wonderful chew toy- thanks mom! Or I may forget just where I am supposed to potty (btw, how long ago was it that you were in diapers?) If you brag on me, I'll do anything I can to please you, usually! In return for your time and your love I'll give you more love, more devotion, more laughs and more joy than you ever thought possible. I'll give you all my love. That's a promise humans rarely keep. I'll be just the same every day whether you're made or sad or really happy. You'll never have to wonder if I'll love you less today than I did yesterday. I'll love you as long as I live with all my heart and being.
~Written by: Unknown~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Chihuahua Breed Standard

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. At birth a Chihuahua puppy weighs approximately two to four ounces. They come in all sorts of varieties of color, coat (long or smooth) size and temperament! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Chihuahua Addiction

Today is the first day of A-Z and I thought I would start it with the Chihuahua addiction. Okay I have said it. I am addicted to the Chihuahua. Is there a support group or a twelve step program out there? In my years I have been owned by at least 5 of this breed and that isn't including the Chihuahua's I grew up with. I grew up with this breed and can remember how snappy they could be because they really didn't like kids but as an adult I <3 heart the breed. I am addicted! Owning the Chihuahua is like eating potato chips. It is hard to

Monday, March 3, 2014

A to Z Ideas and Support for Pet Bloggers

If you are reading this and you are a pet blogger that entered your blog in the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, stop by Canadian Nomads to read A to Z Challenge Ideas and Support for pet bloggers. They have some great ideas for pet blogging in the April challenge including a preparation hop taking place this month.

Here is a couple of questions I've answered from the list:

What is the most embarrassing thing you've done with your pet/human?
I used to have a little boy Chihuahua who crossed over the bridge many years ago. Whenever we had company he would hump his toys in front of company. One evening the preacher was visiting and he did that. I just ignored him, but the preacher I guess didn't because he asked, what is your little dog doing? I had to crate Tinky until our company left.

Besides blogging what are some of your favorite hobbies?
A couple of favorite hobbies would be reading and writing stories.

If we had a theme song what would it be? 

I have sung this song to all of my pets (past and present). When I sing this song to Elizabeth she stands on her hind legs and waves. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ready For Springtime

The Chihuahua and I are ready for spring to get here. The hubby has had to shovel a spot for her to go outside to potty and boy has that been a fight. Even though she has a jacket on she spends most of the time looking at us shaking and probably wondering what the heck we are thinking. Thank God she goes to paper, pee pads and is litter trained because a couple of big snows

Would be a lot like a Where's Waldo? When the snows are too deep we couldn't even tie pork chops to snowmen to get her out the door. We are ready for spring and taking our walks! I've also been really busy getting ready for the April Blogging Challenge. This is the first year I've attempted to enter two but hey it is called a Challenge for a reason. Not many from the A-Z link list has stopped by. I think a total of three but just in case you are stopping by from that list I posted Lessons From An A-Z Survivor on my other blog that you may wish to read.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Coming Soon!

If you've been visiting this blog you can see that my owner is slacking in keeping up here. She has another blog that keeps her pretty busy besides her job which is important because it get's me Kibbles in my bowl. I can't complain though, my food and water bowl is always filled; and I get the bestest bedtime snack before going to sleep at night. Whenever she set's down, I make sure I am setting on her lap for lots of pat's and kisses. My hooman says she is entering this blog in something called  April A-Z Blogging Challenge. She blogged in it before on her other blog and promised me that after it was over she'd work on mine a little. Well you see how far we got don't ya?  'bout as far as she can throw a stick. Shhh don't tell her I said that though! She is a procrastinator. This year she says, "I'm entering "Tails of the Chiwawa" in the challenge. Now I'm just shaking my head and my tail and wish I could tell her, "Girl, you so funny!" If I could have found the fetch button on the computer I would have already blogged a few things, but I worry about stuff like Carpal Paw Syndrome. Now my hooman just told me that this April thing is going to be about as fun as a car ride so I am all for that! I am helping her come up with some fun stories for each letter of the Alphabet, based on Chihuahua! Yep that's me, Ms. Elizabeth. Hoping you will stop by every now and again to check out the fun things we have come up with so see ya soon!