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Age: 16 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 1-10 lbs

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Lily Pot Pie, Sweet Potato, Baby Girl, Lily Munster, Miss Poo Poo Head, Love Bunny, Lilli Vanilli, Doodlebug, Snickerdoodle, Sweetness

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

July 4th 2000

Walks, riding in the car, doggy daycare, twirling, snuggling with mom, treats

Kids (scared to death of them), having her teeth brushed and not being able to see what's going on!

Favorite Toy:
Beanie baby bunny

Favorite Food:
Chicken and lamb. She also adores anything dairy, especially cheese, or sharing an ice cream cone with mom in the summer.

Favorite Walk:
Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle MA

Best Tricks:
She will roll over for a belly rub any time you ask... but she doesn't do any tricks.

Arrival Story:
She was a rescue from a puppy mill and her foster mom knew I was looking for a dog after losing my Gracie. I took one look at Lily and fell instantly in love. At first she was afraid of everyone and everything. But with a lot of love and patience she began to feel more at home in her new world. About 6 months after we adopted each other, I found a doggy daycare in a neighboring town. Lily took months to adjust to the other dogs and the daycare people but now it's her favorite place (outside of mom's arms, that is). She has both big friends and small friends and everyone who meets her falls in love, just like her mom did.

I can't imagine my life without Lily. She is my family, my best friend, the love of my life, my heart and my soul.

Forums Motto:
Miss Snugglebutt

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 6th 2005 More than 11 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Lily's Story

Lily Giving Love - A Poem

October 29th 2005 5:12 am
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When she insists on sharing a pillow with me...
That's Lily giving love

When she shadows me from room to room...
That's Lily giving love

When she clings to me to hold her tight...
That's Lily giving love

When she presses her soft cheek against my neck...
That's Lily giving love

When she wakes me up at 3am just to say hello...
That's Lily giving love

When she twirls and dances just because I'm home...
That's Lily giving love

When she licks my face, my ears, my arms...
That's Lily giving love

Love can be expressed in so many ways. It’s not always a hug, a caress or a spoken word. Sometimes it’s a wet nose and wagging tail.


Mom Tells Lily's Story

July 3rd 2005 4:38 pm
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Lily came from a puppy mill in Missouri to a foster mom in Massachusetts. I don’t know the details of that cross country move but I will be eternally grateful that it happened. I was told she was born in 2000 but every vet who’s examined her has suggested she might be older. There’s no way to know for sure so I go with the 2000 date (like puppy mills would ever keep accurate records, right?). I also have no way of knowing how many litters she was forced to produce or what kind of conditions she endured but I don’t let myself think too much about it. I think it would break my heart if I knew the truth.

Anyway, when I adopted Lily she was scared of everything, every noise, every sight, every person. At first, if I tried to pet her she would flinch and even bolt. For months I would say, “Lily, can I pet you?” before reaching for her. That let her know what to expect so it wouldn’t catch her off guard. I also had to let her see me put one hand behind my back because she couldn’t tolerate having both hands reach for her at once. But once you started petting her, you could tell she loved it. She just soaked up the affection like nothing I’ve ever seen. She loved to be loved and she so wanted to trust.

For months I left her home alone because I had no other choice. I was looking for a daycare situation but I couldn’t find one outside of Boston. I finally came across one in a nearby town and I was praying it would work out. The first day I left her there I cried all the way to work. I knew it was the best thing for her but I thought she’d feel abandoned. Every night when I’d pick her up she’d cling to me and hide her face in my neck. I was so afraid she hated the very place I was forcing her to spend her days. I talked to the daycare owner and she assured me Lily was doing fine. She was still very shy and would spend entire days just watching the other dogs play, never joining in. I don’t think she knew how to play, which is perhaps the saddest thing of all.

Eventually, either she learned by watching or some nearly lost instinct kicked in and she started to play with the other dogs. Every day the daycare people would relate some new detail to me. “She wagged her tail today” or “She sniffed Buddy’s butt today” or some other perfectly normal canine behavior, but unheard of for Lily. Everyone fell in love with her and the kids who work at the daycare would fight over whose turn it was to carry her around in their sweater or jacket on chilly days. Daycare is her second home and I’m so happy that she has so many 4-legged and 2-legged friends.

Lily still has her share of fears - mostly certain kinds of noises - but she is the most loving and affectionate dog I’ve ever known. And now when I hold out both hands she turns her back to make it easier for me to pick her up. No more fear of hands.


Chi's and More Chi's!!!

May 26th 2005 2:41 pm
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A few weeks ago Mom took me to this thing she called a "chihuahua meetup." It was nothin' but chihuahuas and their mommies and boy, was it fun! I think there were about a gazillion dogs but Mom says it was more like 25. I can't count so you should probably take her word for it. The meetup was in this great big room with lots of space for all us chi's to run around like maniacs. Of course Mom took lots and lots of pictures of me. She let me wear a beautiful hot pink harness dress with black polka dots and pom poms so it was easy for her to spot me in the crowd. Mom said I looked real pretty but she always says that, even when I first wake up with goop in my eyes. On a scale of 1 to 10 she says I'm a 27.

I was very well behaved at the meetup, if I do say so myself, but Mom thinks I will act more rowdy next time. I just need to get used to everything. I did get kinda nervous when we were there and I had to do a poop. The problem was, my litter box was nowhere to be found and I didn't know how to tell Mom I needed to go out. So I just walked out to the middle of the floor and did my business there. Nobody even minded so Mom just laughed and cleaned it up. Boy, she sure surprises me sometimes!

It made me very tired being around so many chihuahuas so I slept all the way home. But I can hardly wait til we go again next month!

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