Age: 7 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
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May 9th 2006
Sleeping with my mommy.
Other dogs steeling my food.
Whatever mommy is eating.
Where ever mommy is walking.
Rolling over for a tummy rub.
4 years ago I was going through one of the most trying and depressing times of my life. I suffer from PTSD due to a traumatic experience suffered during my military service that also resulted in a spine injury. After being fired from numerous jobs because of my PTSD symptoms I gave up on work and anything to do with the career I had. I already had two dogs at the time, Venus (husky mix) and Mocha (a brown australian shepherd mix, both females) and I still felt an emptiness. For many generations, the women on the paternal side of my family had Chihuahua's and I had lost my chi named Tony about 2 years before this. Every time I saw a chihuahua on t.v. or on the street I would whine and pine over it and constantly dream of having my own little baby dog again. My boyfriend, Dan, decided it was time and for months we tried and tried, in vain, to find a chihuahua through a rescue and through numerous shelters and could never get enough luck to actually get one. The rescue's wouldn't adopt to me because I had two bigger dogs and the shelters never had one available. We drove one day for 5 hours to a shelter in the middle of the state to adopt an older one named Bruce only to have him adopted right before we got there. I cried in the car the whole way home. We then decided to do something that I swore I would never do... go to a breeder. We had no other choice at this point. Dan found a reputable breeder in our area that is very visible and is always at all the dog events and shows in the state, Whispers Chihuahua's. They had a 6 week old male sable chihuahua that was "an accident" between two very large chi's. The mother was 9 lbs. and the father was about the same. I was not looking for a tea cup or any of those Paris Hilton dogs. I needed and wanted a real chihuahua, my little big man. We went to meet Pee Wee (his name was Dodger at the time) and I fell in love in an instant. I never had a male dog before but this was my future lil' man, my first son. I had to wait two weeks before Pee Wee was old enough to come home with us and on July 5, 2006, he came home. I feel like he was born through a surrogate and I am now a proud mother of my first son. :) Then a disaster happened. 2.5 weeks later, while I was cooking, another dog bit him in the head and the dogs tooth went through his eye socket and all I heard from the kitchen was a wheezing noise. I rushed through the house and found him paralyzed on the floor bleeding out of his eye. Without a blink I grabbed him up and rushed him to the best animal hospital in the state, MVS, which happened to be less than 5 minutes from my house. He was in dire straights. They advised me to put him down but I refused. For 5 days Pee Wee was in intensive care but he came home on the 6th day and after many thousands of dollars. They said he would not live through the night but I stayed with him as much as I could and held him and talked to him and he pulled through. For the next 6 months he couldn't walk, eat, drink, or potty on his own, he needed his mommy to help him. I did his physical rehabilitation and he eventually gained all his strength and feeling back. Because of his trauma though, he developed diabetes insipidus that is treated with a hormone given as an eye drop and because he was unable to walk for so long his metabolism shut down and he has gained a lot of weight, which we are controlling with a strict diet and exercise.
Three birthday parties later and Pee Wee and I are turning a new chapter in our lives. Under the guidance of my PTSD therapist at VA Detroit and my Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, Pee Wee and I are now in the process of going through training so that he can be my PSD (Psychiatric Service Dog.) Even though I trained all my dogs in obedience on my own I was unable to train Pee Wee. I felt I missed those formidable days because he was paralyzed and we both missed out on those critical training days. The VA hired a trainer for Pee Wee and I that comes to my house and works with on obedience and after one visit, Pee Wee walked on a leash for the first time and he even knows how to sit! This is a huge step for him, and me. Because he has always been obedient and never snapped at anyone, always followed me attentively, and always behaved when he went to the VA and to the Stamp Collector with me, I knew that he was ready for public access training too. Pee Wee got his Service Dog in Training vest and on October 10, 2009 he went out for the first time as an SDit. It was an absolute success and not only was I proud, but you could see in his face that he was happy to be doing something for me as well.
Our story together is always ongoing. This is the first 3.5 years of our lives together and I so look forward to the many more we will have.
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October 30th 2009 8:26 pm
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Tomorrow is Halloween and you know what that means for us?? Costume parade at grandma and grandpa's house!!! Mommy said that since grandma and grandpa don't have any human grandchildren that we are their grandbabies. It's ok with me because I get lots of presents and kisses but that also means that we have to get dressed up in our Halloween costumes and go over there and let them take pictures and smooch on us. It's hard work, but someone has to do it! Mommy got me a turtle costume. She loves turtles and we have 2 of them, Sticky and Juicy that live in the basement during the winter and out in their pond during the warmer months, which isn't long. My older sister Trixie is going to be the Great Pumpkin and my other big sister is going to be a lobster. My mom calls her a blobster. Mommy is so funny when it comes to our costumes. I hope I get a couple of doggy treats when I am there. Mom doesn't let me go trick or treating because she says she will end up eating my candy and no one passes out my kind of treats so we just sit at home and have a doggy Halloween party and watch scary movies but to be honest I just go to sleep and wait for bedtime to come :) I am just too pooped to stay up and watch movies but I still like it because mommy gets scared watching zombie movies and holds me tight and we get to snuggle. I will make sure mom posts my Halloween pictures, I know she will take a hundred of them! Boy I don't know what I would do if she had real kids, I am glad I don't have to worry about that because I will always be her baby boy. Well, we are off to bed, tomorrow is a big day and we have to get our beauty sleep so we look great in our costumes!!
October 22nd 2009 3:50 pm
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Wow today is so busy! Being Diary of the Day has made me so popular and happy. I have gotten so many new friend requests and messages of friendliness I can't believe it! Mommy didn't know that anyone was even reading what I was telling her to write. I can't type because I don't have thumbs so she has been typing this all for me.
Today wasn't exciting at all until this happened. Mommy was supposed to go to Cleveland but it didn't work out and now we are stuck here for the weekend with nothing to do!! It's rainy and cold and we don't like to go out in that so maybe I will make mommy take me to the mall or something.
I would like to thank all my dog friends for their support on this my day of great appreciation. Thanks!!! Pee Wee
October 19th 2009 7:56 pm
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Mommy goes to school 4 days a week and today was her first day back after the weekend. I saw her getting ready and decided I wanted to go to!! She was so shocked to see me get up from my little man couch and run to do the door and wait to get suited up. She got me all ready and put my vest on and off we went. School was a little scarier than the other places I went to. Everyone was in a hurry but everyone thought I was so cute. Of course some big fat man said that I didn't miss a meal, whatever that meant, but mom was on it and said that he didn't either and he needed to get home to keep his calories up. She is so funny! She always protects me. Mommy and I are in love. Hmmm I wonder what tomorrow is going to bring. Mom said though that I can't go with her tomorrow because she has chemistry lab and doesn't have a pair of dog goggles for me to wear and it would be too dangerous for me to be in the lab. I am sure though we will do something when we get home.
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