Likes: Blina loves playing fetch and wrestling with my hands. When I get out of the shower, she is very excited to lick my feet dry. Blina also enjoys sleeping or playing on my lap when I'm working. When I get home, she flies into the air to greet me.
Pet-Peeves: She hates loud, abrupt noises. Blina is fairly quiet (not what most expect from a chihuahua), but when left in a room alone, she'll let out some fiercely unhappy yelps. She is also not very fond of baths, as indicated by her squirming.
Favorite Toy: Blin-blin loves ALL of her toys: chew toys, a little bear and ducky that squeak, a toss ring, an octopus, mini-tennis balls. At the moment, she really digs a little cow she earned upon graduation from puppy school in December.
Favorite Food: Blina goes nuts for Vida Organic Treats and chicken flavor Puppy Teething Treats.
Favorite Walk: She has yet to receive her last set of shots so right now we're only walking indoors. UPDATE 12/19/07: Blina just took her first trip to the beach in Carmel and LOVED it! UPDATE 4/30/08: Blina goes on 4-hr hikes at various regional parks. She's a trooper!
Best Tricks: At 9 months: Blina knows all kinds of tricks now: shake, beg, high-five, turn around, come. At 3 months: Blina was barely becoming an expert at listening to "inside crate," "sit," and "down," which were significant accomplishments for a little chihuahua.
Arrival Story: My sister and her husband have two chihuahuas that mated and had a litter of 6 this summer. I was hesitant at first because I've never had a puppy or dog and was afraid of the responsibility (and poop and hair). I can't believe that in a short time I've become a crazy person with Blina. She is my sunshine, my sweetie. She is all mine!
Bio: Blina is the first born of a litter of 6. She was a big bully with her siblings, especially because she is also the largest. Blina and her entire family have white base coats with beige/honey-colored spots. Blina's caramel spots reminded me of clouds, thus, her name "Neblina," which means "cloudy."
I am on to my third year of living on planet earth. I do so much stuff now. My mommy takes me hiking around the Bay Area - from the shady creeks along Skyline to the ocean cliffs of Big Sur and mysterious fog along Half Moon Bay. And most days when she goes to that other place where she sits at a desk and talks to lots of random people, I get to go with her. At this place there are huge patches of lush lawn for all of my business and skipping, a clan of plump squirrels to chase, and even a few cats whom I've learned to respect quietly at mommy's job. Recently, Mommy has added a few special items to better accommodate me in her office including a little sofa, doggie dishes, a couple of my toys, and I always find a remnant of a chew stick somewhere.
I'm happy that we spend so much time together doing all sorts of activities - some I really enjoy and others, not so much. For instance, today I was so hyper about walking down at the beach and sniffing all the seaweed and horse poop and listening to the waves crashing louder and louder. And yesterday, I was so sad to have to wear those new hiking boots we got for my lil paws. They're taking some time to get used to. Okay, all this writing makes me sleepy.
After a bit of a hiatus, I've finally gotten a chance to sit and type up some of my reflections on the the last 4 months. So much has happened to me I don't know where to begin. Well, I'm 4.6 lbs of muscle now because I've taken up a new hobby - hiking the Bay Area mountainsides. Thus far I've hiked through Ed Levin Park, Sunol-Ohlone Regional Reserve, Purisima Regional Park, and Seacliff State Beach. Mother has been taking me everywhere with her: work, the mall, grandma n grandpa's, the airport, REI (but they kicked me out - no dogs allowed). I prefer to sit on her lap while cruising around town so I can see everything Mother sees. I wonder where we're going this weekend. I'm itching for another 4-hour trek through patches of desert flowers, big insects, and open landscapes.
In other news, I'm being taught new tricks all the time. Now I speak on command, beg, shake with both hands, spin, and do all of my business outside (except for when I need to make it known I'm not getting proper attention).
Check out my new photos - aren't my ears getting big?
Okay, fellow pups, Mother says it's bedtime so I better scurry into my crate.....
Last weekend, mommy took me on a big adventure to the East Bay. Aunty Elaine lives there. I liked pooping in her peaceful neighborhood, but she has these huge Korean dogs that didn't even recognize me as a canine. In fact, I overheard Aunty E say that her dogs are hunters of small game. I thought they might eat me alive!
But I really lucked out. Aunty E encouraged mommy to take me with them to the movies and dinner. We went to see The Savages. I was more interested in the people next to me and much less interested in the film. At one point, mommy got anxious when this nice lady next to me switched seats and took me with her. So, back to the film, there was a cat in the film who had a pretty lame role. Her name was "Beast," but honestly there wasn't anything beastly about her. I don't recall ever hearing her meow. This big gold dog had a small but neat role especially at the end when he got to run in this park right along the water. Anyway, I spent most of the time sleeping on mommy's lap (I refused to stay in my purse on the floor!). Once the lights came back on, this man next to us told mother, "She was so well behaved! What a good little dog!" :-)
Afterward, mommy and Aunty E took me with them to dinner. Mother must have forgotten my kibble in the car. So instead she fed me bits of this fantastic facoccia bread. I wonder why mommy doesn't feed me facoccia bread more often. What do I have to do to get such tasty treats???
I can't wait to go visit Aunty Elaine, again. The East Bay is so pretty, the people seem so nice, they make good bread, and I get to tag along with mommy and Aunty E where ever they go.