Favorite Walk: The Clear Creek trail and trails at Bandix dog park
Best Tricks: No tricks, but he loves to kick and burrow in blankets and he can spin.
Arrival Story: Our little humans love our big dogs but want a dog they can walk!
We saw that some Chihuahuas were available at a shelter about an hour away, and we soon learned the dogs had been part of a raid where 76 animals were seized. We went to visit the 8 Chi's left and Cocobear was by far the most outgoing and sweet!
Bio: Cocobear does not back down from big dogs, but he was very scared of his new huge brothers and sisters. For the first 12 hours he was here, he hid under our deck and we were very worried he may escape. Niko and Fling guarded him from any raccoons or coyotes all night, and we awoke to some angy, hungry barking early his first full day here! Coco was adopted mainly for the kids, and he knows it!
He loves all three of them- tucks them in at night and runs to wake them in the morning. He also loves to chew up any small toys they forget to clean up, but the kids are never mad at him. He is the perfect addition to our family!
A couple of years have passed since we lost our dear Cocobear. Yesterday was the anniversary of one of the best days ever- Coco's Gotcha Day. How our whole family wishes we still had our dear boy with us! We have Juna now, and she ended up being my daughter's best friend. Kolton spends his time with Roper and Gypsy, but some day he will have another Chihuahua rescue boy. For now, I think our first entry says it all. How one special little dog who was someone else's trash became our forever treasure and turned our family on to small dogs:
Wow, this is a hard one to write. See, I was supposed to still be with my family this year. I went to the Bridge a month ago, and I was still a youngster. Yes, you see some white on my face, but my vets didn't think I was more than 2 or 3 when I was adopted less than three years ago. My holistic vet said that some dogs get white fur where there has been trauma. She thought the white on my rear came from being kicked, and the white on my face came from my teeth being neglected. I got two teeth pulled when I first was adopted.
My story started pretty sad- I was collected by a hoarder. They didn't seem to be breeding us, but just keeping us in tiny kennels. We didn't get to see the sun, feel the grass or even be in a basic clean environment with healthy food to eat. Thank goodness we all got rescued- there were small dogs, cats, and farm animals.
That's where my story sure improved. My mama and the kids had been looking for a small dog for a while. They submitted countless applications and scanned Petfinder. But no one would adopt to a family with bigger dogs, cats and young kids. Mama thought a shelter might be more willing, and she finally found out about us on Petfinder at the end of June. She saw my pic plus some other pups from my "family" and called the shelter. They didn't know much about us, but said to come on up and meet us. July 3, 2007 mama and the kids made the hour and a half trip to the shelter. It wasn't exactly love at first sight. I barked and growled because I was in a kennel with a not so nice roomie and I was scared. I did okay on my first trip outside with the family, but they wanted to try out a few more Chihuahuas. Mama had fallen in love with MY picture, and went to look at me again. THIS time, I came running to the front of the kennel wagging my tail! That was it- and to my new home I went.
Boy, did I have fun with my furever family- I got to go to work with mama (she's a groomer at a vet hospital), I went to the kids' school, got to go on lots of off-leash hikes and to the beach. I LOVED my family- the humans more than the dogs :)
My oldest boy, Kolton, was my special person. He took such good care of me and loved me so much. He was sure I'd be around to go to college with him. But that was not meant to be. My family tried many things to help me, but I was in too much pain. And Kolton's little heart was shattered when I was gone. He now has a mug, a magnet and a photo book about me, but he still cries at night some time.
Would my family do it all again? You bet! Some day they will be ready- and they will adopt another Chihuahua from a shelter. This one will be Kolton's pick- I will make sure I find a good one for him.
There are many Chihuahuas in shelters and rescue right now- please do what you can to help them or even adopt one if you are able. Thank you for reading my story.
Today my whole family was in a horrible mood. Work, school, home...everything just seemed to go wrong. Nothing earth- shattering happened. Just a rotten day.
Then they looked at the calendar- today is the 1 year anniversary of the last day I was with my family on earth. THAT was a truly horrible day. My family wishes that I was still with them- healthy, happy and unconditionally loving. But it just wasn't meant to be. I am free from pain now, and they know they will see me again, but it didn't make today any better.
A whole year has gone by, and they are still missing me so much :(
When the kids looked at the calendar yesterday, they noticed that today is not only our middle child's birthday (he is 8 now) but also the day they chose as my woofday. They were hoping to have many more years with me, and when the calendar was filled in January, my birthday was eagerly added- now it is a sad day for my family.
On a happy note, today my sister Gypsy went on her first therapy dog visit. She did GREAT- she was born to sit on people's laps and be patted. Many of the residents didn't want to give her up- Gypsy and mama will be sure to return as it was so good for everyone.
And my sister Juna is doing so much better, too. She and Levi don't much care for each other, but Levi IS hard to get along with ;)
I started a trend around here as the first small dog in our pack. It is a trend that will continue, and I will be forever remembered as a wonderful friend and companion. My family just wishes they could tell me in person today...
Thank you for the beautiful gifts on my page. Redford, Tawni and S&S, I think you all know how much your families mean to us, and you made our day brighter with your kindness.