Pet-Peeves: Not being allowed to steal the cat food
Favorite Toy: beef bone
Favorite Walk: Walking with my friend Josie!
Best Tricks: Dancing!
Arrival Story: I decided in December of 2006 that I needed a dog in my life again, and pretty quickly realized that I'm not longer cut out to care properly for the border collies, Labs, or even cocker spaniels that had been my beloved dogs in the past. I needed a small dog with an energy level that would be satisfied with long walks (not runs!) and doing tricks and playing living-room fetch. So I started reading dog books, and searching the internet, and put together a short list of possible breeds. (Yes, I considered rescue, but small, fluffy, low-shedding, medium-energy dogs that are good with cats and the neighbors' kids are for some reason not going begging for homes in my part of the country.) So off to the dog shows to start meeting people who had the breeds I was interested in!
And when I talked to people about what I wanted and needed in a dog, several suggested a breed that I had not for one second considered--the Chinese Crested. "But a hairless dog in New England in January..." and that's when they told me about the Powderpuffs! And I was pretty quickly introduced to a well-known breeder and handler who had CC powderpuffs with him, and who was happy to let me hold and pet the puffs, talk to me, and give me names to call. I spent some time having long conversations with breeders, about the breed, and about the adult dogs that were looking for homes. By late February/early March, I had connected with a breeder who was in the process of reclaiming an eleven-month-old powderpuff girl who had not panned out as the show dog she was expected to be, and whose original buyer was no longer interested in her. When the breeder finally got the pictures, the poor girl was skinny, ungroomed, and clearly unhappy. When she arrived back at her breeder's home, the breeder was shocked at how skinny--and unbathed, even though bathing was the supposed reason for not giving her that month's Frontline treatment.
That weekend I drove up to meet her, and it was love at first sight. She came home with me. My sister and her family were with me, and when we stopped so that I could run in to a store and get cold drinks, Addy, who'd been sitting on my lap quietly, cried the whole time I was gone! Since then, we've done obedience training, and learned some tricks, and mastered the whole grooming and bathing thing together, made some doggy friends even though Addy is scared of other dogs, and Addy has put on a pound and a half to get up to a healthy weight.
I love my fluffy little dog. :D