Likes: Being with my leader of the pack. (Owner) I follow her every where; down to the barn, among a hundred chickens, and 20 turkeys. I'm told I'm quite the brave little guy. (Did someone say little? I mean brave big guy bol) (bark out loud)
Pet-Peeves: His "sister" Freedom, (german shepherd) trying to take my bone!
Favorite Toy: He sleep with a doggy-bear every night in his little "house".
Favorite Food: He's on a raw food diet and loves "breeders choice" meat blend which has vegetables, and chicken ground up.
Favorite Walk: All around the farm! We have 3 acres to explore.
Best Tricks: To whine and yelp, when he can't get to me!
Arrival Story: I've been looking for a black chihuahua for quite some time. I came across an ad for a pup and drove to Toronto to get him. I realized that something wasn't right with him and took him to the vet the very next day. The vet informed me that the dog had hydrocephalus. He said one fall and it would kill him. It was the worst case he'd ever seen. He advised me to take the dog back to the breeder. I did and the breeder said he wouldn't sell him but would keep him instead. I was sad for him. I continued to look for a dog and found another ad in London. I drove over 3 hrs to get him. It was love at first sight. He was tiny, adorable and very friendly. I brought him home and called the vet for a 'check-up'. He asked me if he was "Critter". I hadn't decided on a name as of yet, and had trouble finding one that "fit". They said they had a black chihuahua on file called Critter. I realized that was the chihuahua that had hydrocephalus. I named my dog "Critter" in honour of that dog.
Bio: My owner had to put a bell on me to see where I am. I easily blend into things, like the couch, which is black. And I like to wander around the farm. But I always come when called.
As I reached the end of the culvert my human mom gently picked me up. It hurt so much I thought the Coyote came back to get us! I bit where it hurt not knowing I bit my mom! She told dad that I had a big hole in my side and it was swollen with blood and air(This was from the Coyotes teeth and it breathing into the hole as he carried me away.) Mom rushed me into the house as fast as she could. She gently laid me in a box with blankets as I howled to her telling her how much I hurt! I heard her say I was in shock from blood loss and my tongue was purple. She drove me to the vet as fast as possible. I was x-rayed and was put in oxygen. The vet said I needed care in another facility as they didn't have 24 hour service. They heated a big disc in the microwave and put blankets over it to keep me warm. My mom and dad transported me to another vet. It took a long time to get there it seemed. I was so cold. We finally arrived. I could hear my mom crying, asking the vet to help save me. I heard them tell her that my chances we not good as I was in severe shock from blood loss. They put needles in me and the pain wasn't as bad. But it hurt so much to breath. I had two broken ribs and stitches were needed to close the holes from the Coyotes teeth. The pressure from the Coyote may cause me to lose all the skin surrounding my rib cage from lack of blood supply. My skin might die!! I was in shock for three days and itwas touch and go if I would make it. My mom visited me and talked to me. I was so glad she was there. I was too weak to sit, much less stand. All I could do was weakly wag my tail to let her know I could hear her and was so happy she was there. After 3 days the vet told mom I had improved but needed to come as I would not eat. She tried to coax me but I wasn't hungry. The forth day they force fed me. I didn't like that but a little while later I actually wanted food and ate a little bit more on my own. I had bandages all around my chest and front leg. They put handsome blue coloured bandages on me. I'll get mom to post pictures soon. You can see where my wounds were and my bandages and even a small video
I was with my "pack" (My owner) My "sisters" Freedom and Independence, were with us as we all went down to the barn to do the chores. We have chickens and horses. I was waiting for my owner to close the chicken coop door before we proceeded down to the barn. All of a sudden I felt jaws clench down over my body! This wasn't my sister as I know she wouldn't hurt me this bad! The screams that came out of me as I fought for my life!! I could feel my ribs breaking from the jaws wrapped around me! In the distance I heard my owner screaming my name as I was fighting my hardest to make this mean 'dog'let go of me. I knew I wasn't going to make it but I tried my hardest to give it all I had. The Coyote carried me back behind the barn as my owners screams faded. The pain I was feeling was too much. I lost the ability to scream any longer as it was a struggle to breath. Far off I could hear my name being called by my human dad. His voice seemed to come closer while the Coyote had me still in his grip. He went in to an old abandoned culvert back in the woods. I later learned my human dad seen my blood trail to the culvert. He kept calling my name but I couldn't breath. All of a sudden the Coyote dropped me and ran out the other end if the culvert. I heard my dad calling again and I answered with a whimper. The pain was excruciating. Several times I heard my name and I tried to answer as best as I could. Then a light shone on me and my human mom was there too. She tried coaxing me to come to her but I hurt too much. Finally I walked to her ever so slowly.