This elegant old lady Chi is one of my foster dogs--and I've named her "Mrs. Puff".
I don't know why we've had so many Chihuahuas and Chi-mixes come through the Shelter as of late--but these tiny dogs seem to be everywhere. Mrs. Puff is the most even-tempered Chi I've ever seen--she doesn't quake, shake, nip, snarl, cringe or growl. Instead, she sits as serene as a queen, and steps right up to be petted by men, women and courteous children. An owner surrender, Mrs. Puff was one of our "Red Carpet" dogs who attended a publicity event held at our local cineplex to coincide with the opening of the movie "Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore." Mrs. Puff strolled down the carpet with the grace of a true diva.
Mrs. Puff was dignified and calm during our "Red Carpet" Event.
So what if her teeth are not so great, and she's got the beginnings of cataracts, and she's got the luxating patella thing so common with small dogs. Mrs. Puff is but is chipper and alert. Her hearing is excellent and what she likes best is to sit under the computer desk in a cozy bed (she's there right now) or camp out on the couch. She's not the prettiest or smallest Chihuahua, but she's got some good years left. As one of the Shelter workers quipped, "She could spend the next five years walking toward the white light." I thought I'd found a family for her, but they decided she was too old. She's probably about 10. Mrs. Puff would make a great couch companion for a retired person or couple and she'd be happy to let the grandkids (under direction) love on her.
This cute little "Chuggle" got adopted during our "Red Carpet" Event.
We're seeing a lot of Chi-mixes--the craze for "designer dogs" seems to have no end. We've had Chuggles (Chihuahua-Pug) and "Chi-weenies" (Chihuahua-Dachshund) and plenty of BYB stock.
A typical "oversize" Chihuahua at our Fourth of July event. This guy has a new home.
A cute little Chi-Weenie struts her Red Carpet style.
Little Teencie, now "Bella" (which happens to be the most popular dog name EVER, thanks, no doubt, to the Twilight enterprise!) has found her home, and according to reports, she had to be "disciplined" (i.e., removed from her new owner's lap and put on the floor for a stern scolding) when she started getting too bossy.
"Teencie" with her new owner at the FM 1488, PetsMart, Magnolia, TX.
And she's only four pounds of Chihuahua fierceness. Teencie was the one the Shelter staff nick-named "Piranha" for her nippy ways.
And we get the sad cases like this poor, toothless old Chihuahua, photographed by a Shelter worker.
This kind of surrender is the sort that infuriates the Shelter staff and volunteers--tossing away a dog at the end of its days. I believe this dog went to rescue.
As for the rumor that all we have at our Shelter are big Lab-mixes and Pit Bulls, I'm here to say, if you want a small dog--including Rat Terriers, Dachshunds, small terriers or other "toy" breeds, you can find them at the Montgomery County Texas Animal Shelter.