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May 5th 2007
May 5th 2002
Playing with his tennis balls (small ones) and his toys
His little stuffed dog from McDonalds
Around the block
I live with my boyfriend, his son, and their Pit Bull Sadie. I love Sadie with all my heart and she is attached to me as well. I was the one that taught her the tricks she knows. However, as the owner of a past small dog (a fox terrier named Sheba) I became aware that I was longing for the companionship only a smaller dog can give.
At first I thought that I might buy from a breeder. (I know, I know)
So I sat at my computer as much as I could trying to find the right puppy for me. Price was a hinderance, some of the breeders wanted a lot of money for a puppy, and while I know they were "from champion bloodlines" I was truely in shock.
I re-thought my options. Did I want a puppy? No, not really. I have had puppies and while they are cute, I was looking for an adult dog. Did I want a Fox Terrier? mmmm while GREAT dogs, they can be excitable and kind of barky. nope... Did I want to breed my dog? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!! I am not a breeder, don't want to be a breeder, don't have the know-how or the money. NO NO NO. Plus, there are enough breeders out there and defintely enough people who think they know what they are doing without me plowing into the mix....geez.
So with that in mind, I started looking at the Animal Shelters.
At first, few had any smaller dogs at all. I had decided that I wanted a dog smaller than Sadie, (less than 40lbs). I just kept it up. My boyfriend was freaking out, he didn't understand why I would want a "yipping mutt" when we have a perfectly good dog now. I couldn't make him understand, but I was determined to find the perfect match.
One day, the last of April, I came across one of the Animal shelters that had quite a few small dogs. They had two chihuahua's, a min-pin, and 2 Rat Terriers. Wow! that's a lot of small dogs. I saw the picture of a larger Chi, poor guy looked scared to death! The note on the page said that he was brougth in as a stray and that they thought he was out in the storm and got scared. You could tell he was frightened. My heart went out to him, but, I couldn't just pick him cause I felt sorry for him. I had to keep my head.
I made plans to go to the shelter on my day off and did. I met all the dogs I had seen on the page and they of course were all glad to see a friendly face. (note: my daughter had gone to the shelter earlier in the week and had found the other chihuahua who was smaller and decided to adopt him) I visited all of the dogs and though he was quiet and stand offish, I kept coming back to the little red chihuahua. He offered a lick to my hand and begging eyes evertime I went back. He didn't offer to bark, but whined softly, almost too softly to hear over the excitment of the others.
Well, I hadn't gone in to get the chi, I really thought I would choose the Rat Terrier. Once there though, I found that it had a leg missing. Now before you think bad of me, remember, I had a Pit Bull at home I had to concider. I didn't know how she was going to react to a new member of the pack, and having only three legs would put the new dog at possible risk.
I decided to get my daughter and have her help me. She is 6yrs old and has been wanting a new dog too.
So I left after being there for a hour or more and came back only to spend at least another hour.
At the end, it was unanimous, it was the red Chi. So, I went up to put my name on his list. The only problem was, there were 2 other people ahead of us on the list. First come, first serve. Sigh....oh well, I would just keep looking, I knew I would find the friend myself and my daughter wanted eventually. :)
My daughter and I discussed it, and I explained that we probably wouldn't get him, that there were others that were on the list first. Maddie, (my daughter) said that it was okay, but could we name him? I said sure, what do you think? Maddie said, without hesitation, Todd. Looking puzzled, I asked her why Todd? She laughed and said that she wanted to name him Todd because he looked like a fox and Todd was the name of the fox in the movie "The Fox and the Hound". Made perfect sense to me! lol
Well, all of this happened on Friday. Todd, was coming up for adoption on Sat. and since we were 3rd on the list we had to wait all day. The first lady had 15 min to claim him and if she didn't, the 2nd lady had the rest of the day to claim him. If he wasn't claimed by the end of the work-day, I would have the chance to claim him.
Honestly, I didn't think I would get a chance at him, but at 3pm I recieved a call from the shelter asking if I was still interested. I couldn't believe it! I said I was and was told that if I could get to the shelter by 330pm I could pick him up that day. There was no way I could, so I told them that I would be in Monday at 11am. They said that was fine and that if I was there between 11am and 11:15am I could have him otherwise he would be open to the public.
My daughter was soooo excited. I printed off his picture for her and she slept with it that night.
Monday came and I was at the shelter early, only to have to wait until almost 1230pm. It was truely an eye-opening experience. The staff was friendly, helpful and EXTREMELY overworked. There were people there bringing kittens in, cats, some guy got bit by a squirrel so he had to have it tested for rabies, and one-just one staff member trying to deal with us all. Bless their hearts.
I finally got my turn only to be told that I couldn't have Todd. What? The lady that was first on the list, had left a message on the shelters answering machine on Sat leaving her payment info and because no one checked it, she got first chance. I stood my ground and said that it wasn't fair! I was called on Sat. It was not my fault that this lady couldn't make it, I was there in person on Monday, where was she?
Well, the staff talked about it amoungst themselves and determined that they would call the lady and let us talk this out between us.
They called, explained the situation, that I was there, that my daughter had slept with the dogs picture and that we already had a name for him.
I talked to her and she said that I could have the dog, that she had 2 chi's already and that it sounded like he would have a good home. She asked what we were going to call the dog and when I told her Todd, she asked why? lol I laughed and told her and we both shared a good laugh.
So, I got my little Todd.
I picked him up at the Vet on Wednesday, and we started our lives together.
I knew that he was a "yippie" puppy. I knew that he was kind of shy at least at first. I knew that he might be afraid of storms.
What I didn't know was what a major part of our family he would become.
He met Sadie the pit bull, she was so excited to have a new friend! Todd was not so sure. He growled some at first and believe it or not, Sadie would back off. They are the best of friends now, they slept together now sometimes and greet each other often if one of them get to go out while the other stays home.
I work for a home with developmentally disabled adults. I often bring Todd to work to hang out with the ladies. There is one lady that loves all animals and it didn't surprize me when she warmed up to him. There are also ladies that don't care as much for animals, just wary, not mean. They have also warmed up to him and it is just because he is the most laid-back, loving little guy you would ever want to meet. He barks when there is someone at the door, then greets them with his happy little smile and wagging tail.
Of course like most chi's, he loves to sleep with mom and dad, digging under the covers to keep warm.
He has gained a little weight since coming home with us and of course he is fixed. I try to be careful not to over-feed because of the health problems the chi's can develop due to being over-weight.
I couldn't ask for a better match. My daughter loves him, he is GREAT with her which is strange because most Chi's don't care much for younger kids.
Perfect is the only word that describes him best. He was so easily house broken I can only believe that he was before.
I do feel bad for the folks that lost him. Who ever it was, they loved him and taught him well......Thank you!
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June 16th 2013 11:32 am
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After having him for 6years, Todd died unexpectedly yesterday after being I'll for a week. We are devastated as he was the sweetest guy ever! I look at pictures a will always have fond memories of the little guy that licked our hands when we found him in the pound. Love you Todd!
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