Amigo Dog

Picture of Amigo Dog, a male Chihuahua

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Home:Sarasota, FL  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 18 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 1-10 lbs

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Special Gift Box:
The family of Snuggle, Liza (In Loving Memory)  , Orange Man, Sylvia, Bobbi (My Angel) and more!

Snort, Big Guy, Woofy-doo, Snorty-doo, Amigo Suave, Zippy the Wonder Dog, Sorty McSnortsnort

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-disabled -dog rescue

May 17th 1999

Snuggles! Walks, playing fetch & tug, racing around the room, meeting people, traveling, naps, and supervising anything happening in the kitchen.

Baths! (But he's a good sport.)

Favorite Toy:
Soft squeeky toys.

Favorite Food:
Meat and fruits & veggies for treats, Diamond Senior Mantainence for meals; cat food if he can sneak it....

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere. He LOVES to go places.

Best Tricks:
Barrel racing the furniture. Playing fetch & tug o'war. Covering himself with a blanket. Eagerly hopping into his carrier, even if we only LOOK like we MIGHT be going somewhere.

Arrival Story:
We finally decided it was time to adopt a new dog and after researching breeds, agreed on a chihuahua. We also wanted to rescue one, and were prepared to wait for a good match. We had not actually begun our search yet when we dropped by our local Boy Scout troops' 2007 end-of-the-year exhibit in the park, just for something to do (we'd never been). Not only did it happen to be Cinco de Mayo, but for Amigo and his future family - it was a very lucky day! One of the troops had dogs from Underdog Rescue for meet & greet. There was my boy looking sweet, pitiful, and friendly inside the x-pen. I was curious. They told me that he was rescued from a "kill shelter" across the state, but didn't know anything else about his history or how he'd recently lost his eye. I got to take him for a walk through the crowd of people. He didn't care who pet him or held him. The crowd didn't spook him and he was as loving with children as with adults. Guess that's why his name was Amigo. Without "comparison shopping" we hit the jackpot with the first dog we found, and a week later he was home. He's affectionate, well behaved, knows commands, got along with the cat, loves to travel, walk, & play. I don't know how such a perfect dog came to be in need of a home, I'm just grateful that he found ours! ******SPAY/NEUTER/ADOPT****** * There are more than 10 times as many dogs and cats born in America than there are homes to take them in. * For every person born, there are 15 dogs and 45 cats. * More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country each day. * 25% of the animals in shelters are pedigree. * 80% of the animals at the Humane Society of Sarasota are given up by their owners. * There are an estimated 49 to 60 million cats in the U.S. * Only 15% of the stray dogs are reclaimed and only 2% of the cats.

Even though Amigo and I bonded immediately when I got him at his foster home, I could tell that he wasn't sure if he was in a forever home or another foster home. The same week he came home I had to be away for a few days; when I came back, he seemed to suddenly realize that if I hadn't disappeared for good and "kept coming back" -- he must finally be HOME! Then, the shy & depressed little "old" dog we thought we'd gotten exploded in a joyous ball of energy! Right then and there he tore around the furniture running about 10 victory laps in just a few seconds. Everyone was stunned. I will never forget the biggest doggie smile in the world that was on OUR tiny little dog's face. We love our Amigo. Our Amigo loves us. Because of his Mom's lease restrictions at the time of adoption, Amigo lived with his grandpawrents a few minutes away, initially. Theirs of course quickly became his furever home! He makes sure that his Pawpi gets an evening walk, that his Nana's feet stay warm while reading, and eagerly awaits visits from his Mom and "little" girl. He is infinitely pleased to have so many humans to love!

Forums Motto:
Sweet little piggy snorts to efurryone !

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December 18th 2007 More than 9 years!

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I'm a Lucky Dog

We're going on vacation again!

June 17th 2008 9:22 pm
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This is so pawsome! I hope my new family takes me on vacation EVERY YEAR!

We had a blast last year! We went places in the car everyday, some rides went on all day and I got to take turns snuggling with each of my humans, we walked through woods and shopping areas, I watched my Mom and little girl swim & float (!!!) in cold fast moving water (!!!), we went way up high in the air on mountains, saw sights & smelled smells, and lots of other cool things.

I kind of feel guilty; I mean, here I am traveling with our humans for a couple of weeks, and poor Marcus has to go the kennel! I get to watch them all the time and he's just going to have to lie around and wait for our return. Well I guess when the cat's away, the humans & dog are going to Par-Tay!

And I know he must be distraught. Even my little girl cried when he left, and I could tell that Mom wanted to. I'm sure he'll be ok; he can be very brave..., when it's important.
(Um, don't tell him I said that....)
Besides, they'll make it up to him when we come back, and spoil him for a few minutes.
If I were a more selfish doggie I'd get them to do this more often just for the attention...., but I don't think Marcus could bear it.

This year we're going to take a laptop computer with WiFi. I'm not sure yet if Pawpi will get it to work, but it looks promising.
If not, I'll certainly be thinking of evfurryone, and wishing you were here!

Happy snorty snorts & excited tail wags,
Amigo Dog

P.S. Before he left, Marcus asked me to mention to evfurryone that he left a vacation message in his diary too.


Danger - "cocoa mulch" - please read, advise others

June 15th 2008 5:49 pm
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I'm not sure to what degree of an emergency this may turn out to be, but it seemed like a good idea to pass on in case you use or live near someone who uses this stuff. The article on can be found at: p

It verifies this story as "true" and is worth a quick read for details as there are apparently several brands of "cocoa mulch". Each has it's own standards and claims of safety, so you should at least know what questions to pose when evaluating products or in speaking with a chosen professional.

- Amigo

Following is a message I received from the group messaging of FOR THE LOVE OF LAUREL:

*** URGENT *** "Cocoa Mulch" !!!DANGER!!! Please read and crosspost

verified by

forwarded ...

Over the weekend one of our friends experienced a tragedy with one of their dogs and wanted me to pass a special message along to all of our dog loving friends and family. Please tell every dog owner you know.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dogCalypsodecided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walkshe had a seizure and died.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the labelupon further investigation on the company's websitethis product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats. Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey'sand thy claim that 'It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However98% of all dogs won't eat it.'

True information about the mulch can be found here - Cocoa Mulch. This site gives the following information:
Cocoa Mulchwhich is sold by Home DepotForeman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply storescontains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine' . It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Just a word of cautioncheck what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your gardeners are using in your gardens.

Theobromine is in all chocolateespecially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobrominea xanthinecompound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Amy Beichler
Executive DirectorPublic Animal Welfare Society(PAWS)
A Nonprofit Humane Society Serving the Animals & People of Greater
Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Since 1976


Happy 90th Birthday

June 13th 2008 10:01 am
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Wow! My Geat Nana will be 90 years old tomorrow.
That's got to be at least 13 or 14 in dog years!
We're all meeting up in Keystone Heights tomorrow, but shhhhhh.... it's a surprise.

She's always maintained that she's strictly a cat-person, and has never really cared much for dogs. But I'm just so sweet and loving, Great Nana says she makes a special exception for ME.
In fact, she's often seen holding & petting me for hours at a time when I visit.
What an honor, I've got the "Great Nana Seal of Approval"!

I'm such a good boy, and truely a lucky dog.

Happy 90th Birthday, Great Nana, from all of us!

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