The Chihuahua Diaries-Learning about La La

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June 4, 2012 I Arrive....

June 26th 2012 6:59 am
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Hi Dogster People: " I have arrived. My Mom and her family had been hinting to Ali's (toy white poodle) Mom for a few years that we would love to have a little dog. Ali's Mom didn't bite, Ha Ha. I don't blame her. So today they decided to add me to their French Bulldog Family.
This is a Chihuahua experiment.... I am very happy to be here. My new family is really nice and I already love my friend Simon who is much much bigger than me. He is gentle and doesn't mind me jumping all over his head. Anyway this is my arrival date. My Mom is going to do the talking for me (most of the time), because she says I am too little and too busy with playing to write. Now I will turn it over to my Mom "

We had been wanting a little dog with a long nose and a tail that wagged for years. We wanted a dog who could come with us, even when it is too hot for the Frenchies. We researched many breeds, and didn't think we wanted a Chihuahua. Besides we wanted a light color dog (for a change). Suprise- we found a little black chihuahua that we all pretty much fell in love with as soon as we saw her.
Her breeder did a very good job with the puppies. They all looked happy and healthy, and the mother and father were so friendly. Her dad is a white and brown boy who weighs 6 lbs, and her mom is blue and a little heavier. Both were friendly and sweet.
So home this little peanut came with us. She rode on a lap on the way home and wasn't nervous. She bounced into the kitchen. Ate her dinner. Met the human family, and went nicely to sleep that night in her little 24" tall xpen with a comfy crate inside and her toys for company. She didn't make a peep all night.
Next installment : the x pen fiasco........

 

My First Full Day in my New House June 5, 2012

June 26th 2012 4:57 pm
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Well the first day in her new house she was so good. She ate her food. more or less let us know when she had to go outside. Took naps in her x pen and comfy open crate when she got tired..... THEN as a few days passed she suddenly discovered she had hidden talents... La La says " I have Monkey genes"..... We found her outside of the x pen and could not figure out how she escaped. I didn't think she could squeeze through the wire, We were stumped. So I had to put her back in and watch her from the kitchen. Finally we figured she was climbing up the side of the x pen and then jumping out. That was a shock to me. No Frenchie is going to climb anything. So through the next few days she perfected her climbing techniques and I tried everything to keep her in her pen.
I tried clamping a cloth cover over the ex pen. No good. I tried putting her in a large wire crate. No good, she squeezed out through the large wire openings in the bottom. I tried turning that crate over so the large wire openings were at the top. Nope, she climbed the sides and then squeezed through the wire.
Then I hauled a 36" ex pen up from the barn. Put her dog crate and toys etc inside of that pen. Clamped a sheet all around the top with heavy alligator clips (clipped every two inches) and I was sure that would be safe.
NOPE: I heard a whining from the living room and went in to check. There was La La bouncing around on top of the clamped on sheet, like it was a trampoline. UNBELIEVABLE..... She didn't jump off, just waited for me to pick her up... but she must have been up there for a while, since she left us a little present up on top ..... Thanks La La....
Well, now she has her cuddle bed and toys, water and food in a small wire Frenchie crate. That finally seems to work and she is happy.
I never hauled so many pieces of dog equipment for a tiny dog (or any dog)....... Who knew they climbed...???? Not me.

 

June 8, 2012. I Meet Simon

June 26th 2012 5:01 pm
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Today La La met Simon. My 10 year old, fawn French Bulldog Champion. He is so trustworthy and good with everyone, I thought I would give her a try with him. Love at first sight. She loves him and he lets her jump all over his head. It is wonderful to see the two of them together. After a short time, Simon with shoot me a "save me" look, and then I figure he has had enough, but so far so good.
Robin will be the next introduction........ our brindle female Frenchie.

 

June 10, 2012 I go for Ice Cream

June 28th 2012 4:38 pm
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La La speaking. A friend of my Mom's came over today, just to see me. She brought me a new puppy toy. A cute round squeekie elephant. I had a whole bunch of fun with that, and also with Mom's friend. That is after I got used to her a little bit. I don't just immediately run up to someone and be best friends, like a Frenchie would. But I am doing pretty good, and my mom hopes that if she brings me up like a Frenchie I will be comfortable in all kinds of situations. I know I will always be a little cautious at first, because I am so little, I guess. By the way, I got weighed at my first visit to the vet. That was on my way home to my new house. I weighed 2.3 lbs. My mom doesn't know if that is big or small for a 9 week old puppy. Maybe some Dogster chihuahua people do.

Anyway, after playing around. We all went down to the DELICIOUS ice cream place. Robin came too. I had a good good time walking around in the grass outside where everyone was eating their ice cream cones. I didn't get any however. Robin got some vanilla. I guess she is special. I wasn't at all afraid of Robin.. Mom said it was funny to see Robin, who is a small girl with me the teeny tiny one, walking around on leads together.
People patted me too, and I didn't mind that 'MUCH"..... Some people held me too. I was really tired by the time I got home. But it was BIG fun.

 

June 11-16, 2012

June 28th 2012 4:44 pm
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This week we just let the puppy hang around. Nothing much but exploring the house and going out with Simon and Robin once in a while. I notice she sleeps through the morning, but around 6 pm. WATCH OUT... She starts zooming around the kitchen. Playing with every toy she can get hold of.
Guess she is a night time dog.
I did have to change the wire on the gate across the kitchen, because she was squeezing that little body through 2 by 4 inch mesh, So we had to get smaller mesh. She hasn't tried to climb that gate yet, thank goodness.
She is being amazingly good sleeping through the night. I was astounded that she didn't cry at all.
I am also going to feed her 4 times a day, rather than all the time (free feed) and see how that will work out.
Funny, she doesn't seem to like her food soaked. She wants it dry. So until she starts loosing the baby teeth, and I might have to soak it again for a while, she will get it dry.
Chihuahuas seem a LOT more mature at a younger age, than Frenchies. A LOT.

 

June 30, 2012 Trying to catch up...

June 30th 2012 3:17 pm
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A lot has happened with me since I got here. My Mom is trying to catch up and from here on go with the day it actually is. I am learning all the time and seeing new things. Very tiring for a little puppy.
I went back to my ice cream store on Sunday the 17th. Mom got strawberry cheesecake ice cream, but once again I got nothing. I walked around all by myself. My sister Robin didn't go this time. Too hot for Frenchies, but I was fine.
On Wednesday I saw my Dad who has been away since I got here. He was going for some medical tests and I came along so we could meet. It ended up taking a lot LOT longer than my Mom thought it would, but finally I got to ride home with him holding me. I was a little scaredy at first, after a while I was so tired from my big day that I fell asleep in his arms. He thought I was VERY cute and tiny. By the time we got home everyone in our family was exhausted, so we all went to bed early that night. I was nice and didn't make a peep all night.
Today was one of those sweltering 90+ degree days. All of the Frenchies stayed in their air conditioning, and got really bored. I ran around the kitchen some, and dozed in bed other times. We didn't go out anywhere today. Lucky Po got to go to a church tag sale this morning before it got hot, she was the official greeter at the sale. She had a ball. But I stayed home. Mom got a new red chair for the kitchen and she has warned me that I must not taste it with my little chihuahua teeth. It is wood and she knows what can happen to wood chairs.
She thinks I am starting to loose my baby teeth, because I am getting very bity at night. That is going to have to stop .... says Mom.

 

Sunday-July 1, 2012

July 2nd 2012 7:23 am
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Today was pretty hot, not so hot for a chihuahua, but really hot for French Bulldogs. We were all pretty much inside in the ac all day. I think I am teething, that's what Mom says, because she calls me a pirhana fish, and hopes I will grown out of this stage soon.
I have an old anter that was chewed down to three inches by the Frenchies and I love to play with that. Mom is going to have to find a new antler for Mario soon. He LOVES them, and it gives him something to do while the heat rages outside. Mom didn't even mow the rest of the lawn yesterday. As soon as the heat stopped, Big Thunderstorms showed up. She took me outside for a minute and we played a lot, so I wouldn't be afraid of the big noises. So far I don't care about them. Mom hopes that this will last. She has had a dog in the past who was really scared of Thunderstorms and it wasn't fun at all. Now all the Frenchies are fine with Giant Booming Thunder. Pippi can't hear the noise, and I am not scared at all.

 

July 3, 2012 Tuesday at the vet

July 4th 2012 2:25 pm
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Today we took little La La in for her second shot and her rabies. Our vet, who is wonderful, thought that two shots in that little chihuahua system would be too much, so we decided to wait for the rabies till next week. She was very good, if somewhat nervous about the whole experience. I tapped her on the nose while she got her shot, so she didn't even notice it. She was good about the toenails and the temperature. But... as we were going into the vet's office in the beginning I noticed a little haw showing in the corner of one eye. Sure enough "cherry eye"... I was hoping to get away with no problems with this puppy, but nope. We got drops from the vet and I am keeping my finger's crossed that maybe we will be very lucky and it will go away. There is always something, isn't there. I am glad I got some more cute pictures before this little eye thing.
After the visit we went to a KFC and got lunch and just by luck drove down to a river close by to look for some shade, and eat our lunch. There was a Lab field test going on. Very interesting. Our little chihuahua sat in her crate and didn't bark at the strange dogs. "Good girl". We watched them for a while, it was a lot of fun.

 

July 4, 2012 Happy Fourth.......

July 4th 2012 2:35 pm
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This is my first fourth of July. I guess it must be something special, but so far around here things seem pretty much normal. Wake up at the same time, same kind of food to eat.... No hot dogs or hamburgs for me.
It's hot again, so all the Frenchies are snoozing.. I want to run around and bite on Mom's hands, but she doesn't like that at ALL....
Not having any barbeques or fireworks (I hope).... No parades, but we do have ice cream. Mom is going to let me watch her eat her ice cream. Big deal.... I want some too.
Mom is trying to get all of us dogs out of the kitchen at some point so she can paint the floor. She has the idea that she is going to do red squares all over the kitchen floor. That's a good idea, but everytime she gets the floor all washed and ready to paint. All us dogs have to run over it, or spill our water all over the place. Maybe she will realize it's a hopeless case, especially with ME around. The baby puppy of the group. Ha Ha......

 

July 6, 2012 I go for a visit and pop another cherry eye.- Oh No.

July 6th 2012 4:49 pm
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Last night and tonight I got to go for a short visit, to the next town over from us. My Mom's Dad is temporarily in a rehab place, and it is a great place because they let dogs come and visit. Some of the Frenchies got to visit already, and tonight and last night I visited. I was not too sure of who this man was, because he wasn't home since I came to my new family. I was a little scard the first night, but by tonight I was happy and licked him on the nose and fell asleep in his lap. My Mom was pleased...
Then while my Mom was on the phone hearing about the dog show news, she looked down at me and "WHAT" I popped out a cherry eye on the other eye. Ha Ha. Just to keep her on her toes. She says "Oh well, might as well be both eyes and just one eye"... She says I will have to get them fixed eventually, but not till I grow up a little more. Guess my Mom wasn't too happy about my eye trick.

 
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