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Bailey's Musings

Very Difficult Decision

March 16th 2008 10:56 am
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Bailey is my first chihuahua. I got him as a present when I was 21. He will be 7 this year and still a playful puppy as ever. However, I have numerous problems with Bailey. He was purchased from a breeder in the mid-west. He is AKC certified. Flew on a plane to get to us. I did everything I read and researched about to make him a good chihuahua, and tried desperately to break the negative stereotypes I was always presented with: loud, barking, ankle-biter.

Since the beginning, I made a conscious effort to train and socialize him, Puppy school, Chihuahua play-groups, taking him out in public, dog park 2xs a week.

When I got him, I lived in a townhouse with roommates. I was in college and had a lot of time for him. After I graduated, I had to move to a small apartment and worked approx. 10-12 hrs/day. I got another Chihuahua to keep Bailey company.

Greanted my life the past 8 years has had many changes (school, jobs, back to school, back to working, and moving approx. 6 times). Currently I live with my fiance in his small condo.

Since my sister is away at college in a large 2-story house with a big yard and her dog, we sent Bailey to live with her for the past year. I thought it would help socialize him more with the many people that would be in and out. In his formative years, he lived a very quiet and secluded life while I was at work. My ex was at home every day and had a violent temper. Didn't like noise and not fond of children. I think Bailey picked up on a lot of his personality and dislikes. I thought we could try to assimilate more life and people around Bailey (it worked with Chloe when we separated her from Bailey). But Bailey's condition seems worse now. My sister reports that he bites everyone that comes into the house. Even unprovoked, when he is cuddling with someone and they just shift or move up out of the seat, for example, he will bite them. It's not very hard and skin doesn't usually break, but at risk of liability, we have brought him back home. Now I have spoken with trainers and they tell me he shuld just b locked up when there are visitors, etc. But that just doesn't fit in an of our lives. I have nieces and nephews now. My friends are having children and I will too eventually. If someone ever reports bailey he might be put to sleep. I don't want to just give up on Bailey, but after the last 2 years of considering what's the best solution and best life for Bailey is this:

I hope to find him a new home with an person or couple that are not very social. If you want a true companion, lapdog that will be the ultimate loyal and faithful friend, Bailey is the one. But NO kids, no big dogs, not a lot of strangers and outside stimuli. Someone who has a lot of time and love to give. He will give you 120% of our love back to you.

Bailey is extremely smart, well-trained to listen, easy to give baths, clip nails, get shots, etc. He LOVES hiking, walking, trails, the dog beach, playing with other little dogs once he gets to know them, cuddling, sleeping with you, "talking" to you, playing zoom doggie, and just going anywhere you go. He is an excellent little portable dog. Always eager and willing to jump into the doggy carrier and stay as quiet as a mouse once he is in there. Loves to lear new tricks and just be with someone 24/7.

Info: AKC Long-Coat Chihuahua
Color: "blonde" and white
Age: 7 y/o
Sex: Male - Neutered
Health: Excellent. He has been on the Banfield Wellness plan since the day I got him. Up to date on all shots.
Chip: Micro-chipped with Avid

I'm not in any rush, but if someone is interested and would like to consider bringing Bailey into their family, please email me at It's a very difficult situation and I hope I don't get a lot of hate responses. I just want him to have a better, stress-free life.

Thank you.


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