Picture of Spike, a male Chihuahua

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Rat Dog, Rodent

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-service dog

December 14th 2007

Chewing on his bells. Bossing aroung the kitties.

Being picked up (and dropped) by the nephew.

Favorite Toy:
Green slinkie dog thing.

Favorite Food:
Umm.... Chicken?

Favorite Walk:
Around the dog park loop.

Best Tricks:
Spike alerts to his daddy's sneezes!

Arrival Story:
My doctor told me to get a dog. Why? Because I was stressed and he knew how much I loved animals. He also knew it was the only way I would actually adopt another animal after our kitten's unexpected death. I began researching breeds, looking through the shelters and rescues in the area, and looking in the paper. I had decided I want a medium sized dog, something that was easily trainable and would do well in a sporting event of some sort. In particular, I really wanted a scruffy terrier-type mutt. Our local shelters and rescues never had anything smaller than a lab sized dog. I really wanted something smaller than that and I didn't click with any of the ones available. One day after several of searching I came across an ad in the paper that said PUPPIES. That was all it said, other than the phone number given. I decided I would go take a look. When I got there, there were only two left. They were these teeny tiny, itty bitty Chihuahua puppies. Both were black and white but the female was a little more long haired. As soon as I walked in the door, I fell in love with the little one they were calling Slick. I knew I shouldn't have gotten him, but as soon as I set eyes on him I knew he was the one.

When he was twelve weeks old, Spike could literally fit in the palm of my hand. His areas that are now salt and pepper grey were completely white. A little while after we got him, we saw his sister (the one that I passed over for him) at the county fair and she was ugly! I was so glad I picked him instead. Spike is my service dog. He alerts me to oncoming problems that I have, such as migraines. He began doing it the day after I brought him home. It took me about a month to realize that what he was doing correlated to my getting sick. When Spike was about seven months old, he was less than 3.5 lbs. The vet told us that he would not get any bigger. Then he began throwing up frequenlty among other things, and he was diagnosed with multiple liver shunts. We started him on lactulose and in less than two months he became nearly 6 lbs. Because of him liver, his weight fluctuates andwe have to watch him closely. He's also a bit tempermental, also caused by his liver problem. Spike's liver is interfering with his ability to work. He is currently cleared by the vet for working, but we are looking for a dog to train as his replacement.

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