Pet-Peeves: being ignored, new people, loud, sudden noises
Favorite Toy: Roo, an LSU Fleece bone that is twice her size
Favorite Food: Liver cleansing diet from the Canine Epilepsy web site
Favorite Walk: around the block - so much to see!
Best Tricks: She throws toys in the air, chases them down, then throws them again.
Arrival Story: I came to be Coco's new mom through several friends. My friend, Linda, told me her friend,Pattie, had a Chihuahua that was rescued, but she couldn't keep it. Apparently, Pattie's sister happened upon a man who was trying to throw Coco in the Amite River. Thank dog she was able to stop him and get Coco. Coco lived with Pattie, and her family until I found out about her. Once Linda told me about her, I couldn't get her off my mind. With three already, I just wasn't sure another would fit in. But, my mom had four kids and there was always room and love for us. So, finally, I said okay and now she's our baby.
Bio: Coco is very young. We haven't gone to see Dr. Ashley yet, but will soon. She is also very, very, very scared. I've never had a dog try to bite me if I try to pick her up. So we're working on getting Coco to trust us for now. I'm letting her come to me, and just lay by my feet. She has her own space in the laundry room where the other girls won't bother her. And, they seem to be doing okay. She seems to know basic commands - when I tell her to lay on a pillow, she does. She knows 'outside' ( what dog doesn't, right!). She used her puppy pad this morning. Although, Coco doesn't seem to know what to do with treats. She must not have been given any before. I hold her treat in my hand, and she won't come. I lay it on the floor and walk away. She walks over, sniffs it, then walks away! I can't imagine a dog not knowing what to do with treats! So, we'll keep you updated on little Coco Puff's progress. Update: I've recently learned that Coco may have come from a puppy mill. All of the behavior she exhibited when she first came to live with us, and sometimes still, are common in puppy mill rescues. We've come a long way, and when she climbs on my stomach to give me 'bug kissies' it breaks my heart to know she was treated that way.
Wow, pups! 3 years ago, on Leap Day 2008, I came here to my forever home. Looking back makes me (and mom!) realize how far I've come! I was a puppy mill rescue and didn't trust ANYONE, BOL! It took me a few weeks just to go near mom. I bit her several times, I'm sorry to say (now :) ) I hid under the table until everyone left the room, then would crawl on my belly to my bowl, totally scared the entire time. I'm still a little jumpy, but who can blame a pup?? But, when mom says 'come eat', you can bet I'm running to my bowl - I have to, if I don't eat all my food up, Rosie will. She goes around licking everyone's bowl when they're done. EEWWW!!
I'm in a great forever home, mom loves, loves, loves her little Bug, the others are okay as sisters go. When we lost The Princess last year, we were all pretty sad. Then Rosie came to live with us, and mom said her joy was back. She's small like Twiggy was, but she's no princess, BOL!! She and I have a lot of fun playing and taking toys from one another. I snap at her every now and then (I can't help myself - it's the hypothyroidism. That's my story and I'm not changing it!), but Rosie doesn't let it bother her one bit. She snaps right back, pups!
I pretty much had the whole seizure thing under control until last week. The pharmacy where mom gets my thyroid meds switched brands and gave mom generic pills. It only took a week, and I passed out again. I was having so much fun outside - it was the first time we were able to play outside in 3 months! I was chasing the other chi-girls, and zooming Lily when I started coughing and out I went! Mom scooped me up, brought me inside and was able to get me to respond, but I threw up the Nutri-Cal. She didn't have Haagen-Daas anymore since I hadn't passed out in two years, so she gave me cake, pups!! WOOHOO! I like cake. So, another round of tests at Dr. Ashley's office and the levels were normal. However, mom says Dr. Ashley only did the T-3 tests, and not the T-6 tests like mom thought she would. Mom says she may ask for that when I go for my annuals this month. Uh-oh.
Well, it's late and I'm worn out - I've been throwing Mildred around and fighting with her most of the night. She's a foot-long loofa dog, twice my size, but I don't let that stop me! I beat her up every time, BOL!
Two years ago, on Leap Day 2008, I came to live with mom and my sisters! So, it's my second gotcha day - sometime between 12:00 and 12:01 tonight! Mom says we can celebrate both today and tomorrow - is she a good mom or what??? And, she put my pic in the March issue of Chihuahua Connection, so I'm watching the mail lady daily to see if it has come in. I'll be famous!!
I think I'm getting better with my behaviour issues - I don't run and hide as much as I used to. Lily and I have been at each other's throats (literally) this week, and mom is concerned. She doesn't know that it's a Chiwawa Sisterhood creed that what happens while mom is at work stays between us Chi's! We'll work it out eventually.
I haven't had a seizure since May 17, 2009 ( I hope that doesn't jinx me! specially since it's a full moon this weekend!) I go in March for my annuals and my thyroid level checkups so here's hoping I get a clean bill of health!
In January, we lost The Princess, and mom took it real hard. She's getting better, but we can tell she gets real sad sometimes and her eyes leak. I do my best to be the clown dog and make her smile. She was reading an article to us about wolves the other night and the article said the omega dogs in the packs were the clown dogs, so now she calls me her little omega! I guess that's a good thing, right?
So, I'm trying to decide what I want for my gotcha day meal - and since I get two meals I'm having a real hard time narrowing it down. Mom mentioned something about chicken tonight, but we get that all the time. When she said 'steak and eggs' Daisy's ears perked up , so I think that must be REAL good cause Daisy knows her food. I think that's what I want tonight - gotta go tell mom so she can start getting it ready!
Hello, Pups and Peeps! We haven't talked this year, so Happy New Year! Mom was spending all her spare time taking care of the Princess then she hurt her back again, and we just haven't had time to play on the computer. I hope all of your holidays were merry and bright!
Now, mom says I have to write this in my diary so we can keep up with them. I had another seizure yesterday. Yep, passed right out. And my tongue was PURPLE!! Mom scooped me right up and laid me on the couch and started massaging my chest. This time was only about 30 seconds - I think that's cause mom grabbed me so quickly. Dr. Ashley says I have to come in for more tests so they can check my thryoid levels. So, we'll go see her Monday afternoon. Mom wants to find out why my tongue turned such a lovely color of purple. It's her favorite color, but not on my tongue! She said she's been waiting for this because I've been acting odd for a few weeks. She really thought I would have one when there was a full moon since all my other seizures occured on a full moon day. It freaks mom out when I walk into the room with my tongue darting in and out, and I look at her like I have no earthly idea who she is :) I like freaking mom out!