Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

How To Make Homemade Puppy Dog Food


Overview

It's possible to make healthy homemade puppy dog food.You will need to supplement your homemade dog food with bone meal and dog vitamins so your puppy receives calcium and phosphorus, which are essential to its growth and development. This recipe yields about 6 cups of food, which should be introduced slowly into the diet rather than used as an immediate meal replacement. The food is suitable for both puppies and adult dogs.

Step 1

Cook eggs in a pot of boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the water and allow the eggs to cool completely. Peel, dice and set aside.

Step 2

Cook ground beef in skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently for 10 to 15 minutes or until the meat is thoroughly browned. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Add eggs, rice, bread, bone meal, and dog vitamin to the browned meat. Stir well. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water if the food seems too dry.

Step 4

Serve warm. Portion size is one-half cup per day for every 5 pounds of your dog's weight. (For example, a 5-pound dog gets one-half cup of food, while a 10-pound dog gets 1 cup of food.) Increase the portion size as your dog grows.

Step 5

Store leftover dog food in a covered container in the refrigerator. Reheat for five to 10 minutes in a 300-degree oven.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

puppy mills

Hello and Happy Holidays!

As the holiday season is upon us, you can be sure that puppy mills/mass
breeding facilities have been grinding out thousands of puppies to meet the
seasonal demand. The dog industry reports that 50-60% of pet store puppy
sales occur during the holiday season.

Our largest chain, The Family Puppy/Family of Pets, sold approximately 432
puppies last year at this time. You can see the store stocked up in
November, December and replenished in January.

http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/photos/1174404/#20274154

Many of the store's pups are shipped in from Indiana Amish breeders. You
know one? I know they have a book listing "some" of the breeders in the
store. Look them up on this chart of Indiana breeders and you will see these
are not small operations.
http://www.petshoppuppies.org/IndianaInventory2FY2007.pdf

Many have been sited for non-compliances to the Animal Welfare Act.
http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/photos/1174404/#20274315

Nationally, many organizations, groups, and individuals are organizing
peaceful
rallies outside pet stores that sell puppies to warn the public. This year
Puppy Mill Awareness is focusing our efforts at the malls: Twelve Oaks
(Petland Novi) and the Genesee Valley (The Family Puppy Flint). See our
packed schedule at the end of this letter and RSVP for one or more.
http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/calendar/

If the dogs are housed in the cold,.....!

This is the most important time of the year to make a difference.

Most of my emails are about our campaign activities. I thought you should be
armed with more facts and figures. Luckily Pet Shop Puppies.org has a
warehouse of data and educational materials we all should be aware of and I
would like to share them with you now.

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USDA Regulated Breeders--What does it really mean?

When a pet store says their puppies come from USDA regulated breeders, what
does that really mean? Let's forgo the semantics. Whether you call them a
puppy mill, USDA regulated and inspected breeder, professional breeder,
puppy farm, commercial kennel, local breeder, private breeder, etc., these
are simply labels used to divert attention from the fact that pet stores
obtain their puppies from breeders who mass produce puppies. Truly reputable
breeders do not mass produce puppies. They are not licensed by the USDA to
wholesale their puppies, you will never find their puppies for sale in a pet
store, their location is not a secret, they do not meet you in a parking lot
to sell you the puppy, they invite you into their home so they can meet you
and you can meet the puppy and its parents and see the conditions in which
they live. The prospective buyer should also be aware that many mass
breeders also pose as small family breeders on the Internet and in newspaper
ads. Please never buy a puppy without first screening a breeder's facility
in person. If a family member or friend insists on going to a breeder, arm
them with this information.
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/finding_good_dog_breeder.html

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The Definition of a Puppy Mill

The meaning of the term "puppy mill" is always in debate. Many mass breeders
and pet stores say it has no "legal" definition. Actually, it does. The
following is the "legal" definition of a puppy mill, established in a court
of law in the case of Avenson v. Zegart, 577 F. Supp. 958, 960 (D.
Minn.1984). "A "puppy mill" is a
dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in
order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits." Additionally, in
April 2008, the USDA recognized "puppy mills" as "facilities that breed
large numbers of dogs for sale". The label is insignificant. Call them what
you wish. What matters are their breeding practices and the conditions under
which their breeding dogs are kept. Regardless of their claims, the bottom
line is that they are mass breeding facilities. The dogs are a cash crop,
hence the regulation of domestic animals by the United States

Department of Agriculture.
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Minimum Standards of Care

Until any improvements from Proposition B - in Missouri are actually
implemented, let's recall the current standards of care for dogs in
commercial/mass breeding facilities. Here are the basics. If a breeder has
more than three unaltered females and sells their puppies "wholesale",
meaning to someone other than the final owner, they must be licensed by the
USDA and are subject to the regulations set forth by The Animal Welfare Act.

Note, many of our Michigan pet stores work with unlicensed breeders. We only
have seven total USDA licensed dog breeders and many are breeding for
research.

The Animal Welfare Act is the federal law that regulates the dog breeding
industry. The USDA is responsible for setting the "minimum standards of
care" by which commercial/mass dog breeders must operate, as well as
enforcing the Animal Welfare Act. The commercial/mass dog breeding industry
itself had a significant role in determining the "minimum standards of
care".

Commercial/mass dog breeding facilities that are in full compliance of the
Animal Welfare Act usually fall far short of what most of us would consider
even remotely humane.

USDA size requirements for dog cages:

*Wire flooring must be at least 8 gauge wire or coated with vinyl.

*Minimum cage floor space equals (length of dog + 6 inches) x (length of dog
+ 6
inches). *The top of the cage must be at least 6 inches above the dog's
head.
An example using USDA space requirements in determining cage size:
Minimum cage height is equal to Oliver's height plus 6 inches. Minimum floor
space is equal to Oliver's length plus 6 inches, squared. This is the
"primary enclosure", the cage in which the dog will live its entire life.

USDA exercise requirements for dogs in commercial breeding facilities:

*Dogs housed in cages with only the 6 inches of space, as described above,
must have an exercise plan in writing. However, regulations fall short of
actually requiring the breeder to implement the exercise plan. There is no
way for the USDA to know if the exercise plan is being followed.

*If a breeder doubles the minimum cage size (12 inches instead of 6 inches
of space), the opportunity for exercise is not required.

*If 2 or more dogs are housed together, the opportunity for exercise is not
required.

*Up to 12 dogs can be housed in the same cage.

Self-feeders and waterers as well as wire bottom cages which allow the
passage of urine and feces, virtually eliminate the need for a breeder to
ever touch their
dogs. Dogs living in USDA sanctioned cages will seldom, if ever, leave them.
They will live, sleep, eat, drink, urinate, defecate, mate and give birth in
these cages. This existence will continue until they die or are sold, likely
to another breeder. This treatment is legal according to USDA guidelines.

The Bottom Line

Call these facilities what you like. The living conditions of the dogs
confined in them are what matters. The "minimum standards of care" have been
mandated by the USDA and are undebatable. When a pet store says their
puppies don't come from puppy mills but instead come from USDA regulated
breeders, realize that the distinction here is irrelevant. Either way, the
dogs live lives of constant confinement, deprivation and exploitation.

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Pet Stores

We hope those of you in Southeast and Mid Michigan will join us in speaking
out on behalf of the breeding parents trapped in these factories. We believe
that education is the key to stopping puppy mills. Please help us spread the
word at our holiday rallies by joining us for a peaceful protest during this
holiday season and encourage anyone you know who might be considering a new
pet to consider adopting from a shelter/rescue organization.
http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/messages/boards/thread/10079661/0#38696676

Puppy Mill Awareness has led a two year campaign against various Michigan
pet stores and we have closed five! We hope the rest choose to switch to
adoption.

Were you wondering about your local store? Were you wondering about your
local store? Here is our puppy selling stores Hall of Shame.
http://www.meetup.com/puppymillawareness/messages/boards/thread/10031605

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The Family Puppy
Genesee Valley Center
3341 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI 48507

Saturday, Dec 18th, 11- 3 p.m.
Sunday, 19th, 11- 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec 20th, 11- 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 21st, 11- 3 p.m.
Wednesday Dec 22, 11- 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 23rd, 11- 3 p.m.
Parking: David's Bridal
Contact: Julieann Lotridge

Petland
27750 Novi Rd
Novi, MI 48377

Saturday, Dec 18th 12- 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 18th 4- 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 19th, 11-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 19th, 4 - 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec 20th 3-7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 21st 3-7 p.m
Wednesday, Dec 22nd 3-7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 23rd 3-7 p.m.
Friday, Dec 24th 3-7 p.m.
Parking: Denny's
Contact: Mindy Richards

Paws-n-Claws Pet Supplies
19100 E. 10 Mile
Eastpointe, Mi

Wednesday, Dec 22nd, 5 - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 23rd, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Dec 24th 12-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 28th 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec 29th, 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 30th, 5-7 p.m.
Park: Duplins Pub (in front)
Contact: Pam Sordyl & Cathy Tingley

Greenwood Pets & Plants
13983 E 9 Mile Rd,
Warren, Mi

Friday, Dec 17th, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 18th 12 - 3 p.m.
Park: Deaf Center next door
Contact: Pam Sordyl & Cathy Tingley

Monday, November 22, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010

ATTENTION ALL NOVICE POTENTIAL BREEDERS!!!!!

ATTENTION ALL NOVICE POTENTIAL BREEDERS!!!!!


SO YOU WANT TO BE A BREEDER? - Breeding the female

So you want to breed your female. You know what to expect if everything goes right. Your little girl will present you with tiny bundles of joy. She will lovingly nurse them and care for them until they are old enough to be weaned.
You and your family will find great joy in watching and playing with these little dolls, and then when the time is right they will all (or maybe you keep just one) go off to special homes to live out their lives as cherished companions. But have you given consideration to what if something goeswrong? I have listed here a few of the problems that I myself have personal knowledge of. Everything listed has happened either to me or someone I know. These are not isolated incidents. I'm sure other breeders could add miles to my list. Learn by others mistakes!. Let the breeding up to those who know what they are doing, have the experience, know what to expect.
WHAT IF DURING THE BREEDING

  1. The stud dog you have chosen is carrying a venereal disease and gives it to your female. She not only doesn't conceive but you have to pay the vet bills to get her infection cleared up and she is now sterile.
  2. The stud dog you decided to breed your darling to is not experienced. Once the two dogs are joined tightly in a tie, he decides to chase the neighbors cat out of his yard. He bolts for the cat ripping his penis loose and causing your bitch to hemorrhage from within.
  3. Your modest girl decides she doesn't want the attentions of this gigolo mutt chosen for her without her consent. She snaps at him catching her tooth on his loose cheek and rips it open sending blood flying everywhere. He retaliates by sinking his teeth into her left eye.
  4. You leave your dog with the stud owner because the breeding is not going very swiftly. In fact , it's been three hours and nothing is happening. The stud owners leave the two dogs alone in the back yard. The dogs get out through a tiny hole in the fence and a truck hits your female.
  5. You pay the $250-$1000 stud fee up front figuring you will make that and more back when the pups sell. The breeder guarantees the stud service to work or you can come back again. After 2 months you discover it didn't work and now must wait another 4 months to try again. Of course it doesn't work again, so in another 4 months you take your dog to another male and risk loosing another stud fee.
  6. You get her bred. Bring her home. She bothers you so you let her out she is still in heat and still receptive to males. You hear a commotion outside there is your girl tied up with the neighborhood mutt. when she whelps there will need to be DNA tests done on the pups.
  7. You get her bred. Bring her home and let her out. (She is still in heat and receptive to other males) but you do not see the neighborhood mutt breed her. The pups are born but look odd. You call the stud owner he suggests DNA testing (At your expense). You have a litter of mutts! What do you do about the ones you have already sold?
  8. Or knowing she tied with the neighborhood mutt you decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again being more careful next time. But a few weeks later your female is very sick because you had her given a miss-mate shot creating a hormonal imbalance causing a uterine infection and now she has Pyometra and needs a complete hysterectomy. All plans of getting a litter is gone and your female's life is now in danger if she does not have the operation.
WHAT IF DURING THE BIRTH

  1. The puppies are too large for the female. She never goes into labor, the puppies die and she becomes infected by the decaying bodies.
  2. The puppies are coming breech and they drown in their own sacks before they can be born.
  3. The first puppy is large and breech. When it starts coming your female starts screaming, and before you can stop her she reaches around, grabs the puppy in her teeth and yanks it out killing it instantly.
  4. A puppy gets stuck. Neither your female nor you can get it out. You have to race her to the vet. The vet can't get it out either. She has to have an emergency caesarian section of course it is 3:00 am Christmas day.
  5. A puppy is coming out breech and dry (the water sack that protects them has burst). It gets stuck. Mom tries to help it out by clamping her teeth over one of the back legs. The head and shoulders are firmly caught. Mom pulls on the leg, hard, peeling the flesh from the leg and leaving a wiggling stump of bone.
  6. A dead puppy gets stuck in the birth canal, but your female is well into hard labor. She contracts so hard trying to give birth that her uterus ruptures and she bleeds to death on the way to the vet.
WHAT IF DIRECTLY AFTER THE BIRTH

  1. The mother has no idea what to do with a puppy and she drops them out and walks away, leaving them in the sack to drown.
  2. The mother takes one look at the puppies, decides they are disgusting droppings and tries to smother them in anything she can find to bury them in.
  3. The mother gets too enthusiastic in her removal of the placenta and umbilical cord, and rips the cord out leaving a gushing hole pulsing blood all over you as you try in vain to stop the bleeding.
  4. Or, she pulls on the cords so hard she disembowels the puppies as they are born and you have a box full of tiny, kicking babies with a tangle of guts the size of a walnut hanging from their stomachs. Of course all the babies must be put to sleep.
  5. What if because of some Hormone deficiency she turns vicious allowing no one near her or the babies, who she refuses to nurse, or you have to interfere with.
  6. You notice something protruding from her vagina when you let her out to pee. You take her to the vet to discover a prolapsed uterus, which needs to be removed.
WHAT IF WHEN YOU THINK YOU'RE IN THE CLEAR

  1. One or more of the puppies inhaled fluid during birth, pneumonia develops and death occurs within 36 hours.
  2. What if the mother's milk goes bad. You lose three of your four puppies before you discover what is wrong. You end up bottle feeding the remaining pup every two hours, day and night. After three days the puppy fades from infection and dies.
  3. The puppies develop fading puppy syndrome you lose two. You bottle-feeding or tube feeding the last remaining baby. It begins to choke and despite your efforts to clear the airway, the pup stiffens and dies in your hands.
  4. Your female develops mastitis and her breast ruptures.
  5. Your female develops a uterine infection from a retained placenta. Her temperature soars to 105. You race her to the vet, he determines she must be spayed. He does the spay in an attempt to save her life, you pay the hundreds of dollars bill. The infection has gone into her blood stream. The infected milk kills all the puppies and the bitch succumbs a day later.
  6. All the puppies are fine but following the birth the female develops a hormone imbalance. She becomes a fear biter and anytime anyone tries to touch her she viciously attacks them.
  7. Mom and pups seem fine, the puppies are four weeks old and are at their cutest. However, one day one of the puppies disappears. You search everywhere but you can't find it. A few days later another puppy is gone. And another. You can't figure how on earth the puppies are getting out of their safe 4' x 4' puppy pen. Finally there is only one puppy left. The next morning you find the mother chomping contentedly on what is left of the last murdered puppy.
WHAT IF THE NEW HOMES AREN'T SO HAPPY

  1. You give a puppy to a friend. Their fence blows down so they tie the puppy outside while they go to work. A roving dog comes along and kills the puppy. Your friend calls you up to tell you about the poor little puppy and asks when you are having more puppies.
  2. You sell a puppy to an acquaintance. The next time you see them you ask how the puppy is doing. They tell you that it soiled their new carpet so they took it to the pound
  3. You sell a puppy to a friend (you give them a good price and payments). They make a couple of tiny payments. Six months later they move to an apartment. They ask you to take it back. You take it back and of course the payments stop. The dog they returned is so shy, and ill mannered from lack of socialization and training it takes you a year of work providing socializing and training to be able to give it away.
  4. You sell a puppy to a wonderful home. They love her like one of the family. At a vet check done by their vet it is determined that the puppy has a heart murmur. (Your vet found nothing when he checked the puppy before it was sold.) They love their puppy and want the best for her. They have an expensive surgery done. The puppy is fine. They sue you for the medical costs. They win, because you did not have a contract stipulating conditions of guarantee and so as breeder you are responsible for the puppy's genetic health.
  5. You give a puppy to your mother. She is thrilled. Two years later the puppy starts developing problems. It begins to develop odd symptoms and is suffering. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of tests later it is finally discovered that the dog is suffering from a terminal condition that was inherited. possibly from your female since you know nothing about her family lines.
  6. One loving home decides your puppy is untrainable, destructive and wants to return the pup and get a full refund, which you have spent on your vet bills.
  7. One loving couple calls you and is very upset because their pup has crippling hip dysplasia and want to know what you are going to do about it. You have spayed your female so a replacement is out of the question, looks like another refund.
THE SALE

  1. You put your ad in the local paper for your pups at the usual price and get only 2 responses and no sales. You cut the pup's price in half and broaden your advertising to 3 other newspapers in which the advertising totals $120.00 a week.
  2. You get a few more puppy inquiries from people who ask all about health testing you did before breeding and if the pups are registered. You tell them your dogs are healthy and it was enough and that you could get the papers. The callers politely thank you and hang up.
  3. The pups are now 4 months old and getting bigger , eating alot and their barking is really beginning to annoy the neighbors who call the police who inform you of the $150.00 noise by-law.
  4. Your neighbors also call the humane society who comes out to inspect the care of your dogs. You pass inspection but end up feeling stressed and harassed.
  5. You finally decide to give the rest of the litter away but still have to pay the $1200.00 advertising bill and the $600.00 vet bill.
So you gotta ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, "breeder?"
Laura Turner - AUTHOR

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

3 lb agility chihuahua

Beverly Hills Chihuahua: "Chihuahua" Music Video by Disney

Cha-cha-cha Chihuahua song & lyrics

Chihuahua Shot Multiple Times

Dogs 101: Chihuahua

Emily age 4 (My Daughter

The Chihuahua: One Big Little Dog

About forty years ago, a local paper published an account of a woman whose life was saved by her pregnant Chihuahua. As the story went, a man rang the bell of this Brooklyn, New York home and a woman answered. The man said he was from the Gas Company and she did not ask for identification because he was wearing a standard ConEd uniform. He ascertained that the woman was alone and then asked to see the boiler, claiming there was a dangerous gas leak up the street. She led the man to the basement, her very pregnant Chihuahua following silently behind. Once downstairs, the man attacked the woman and tried to rape her. The dog jumped up and ripped out the man’s jugular vein, and he died before he hit the floor.
Being that this is America with a never-ending capitalistic spirit, the woman advertised in that very same paper (The New York Post) and after the dog gave birth, sold the "killer puppies" for a great deal of money. Truth be told, as a woman living alone in the Big City I would have considered buying one of them myself. In the case of the woman in question, she claimed that the dog wouldn’t permit her own husband to get near her for quite a while after the incident. Could the Chihuahua be the long awaited link between man, woman and birth control, and does this method beat wearing combat boots to bed?
It almost seems to defy the laws of nature for such a tiny creature to be so aggressive and brave. It may be the same concept, in reverse, as the giant elephant not knowing its own strength. These pint-size dogs are driven by their loyal, undying love for their owners, which turns them into little, four-legged, kame kaze bodyguards when it comes to protecting them. With it’s big eyes, big ears and bigger than life macho attitude, the Chihuahua is the epitome of the cocky canine. These qualities make this tiny breed the ideal pet for some and the worst possible choice for others. They have become more popular since the commercial burst onto the cultural scene of Taco Dog, but they have always been popular pets for elderly owners and apartment dwellers.
The Chihuahua is the oldest breed of dog on the American continent and the smallest of the American Kennel Club registered breeds, weighing in at 2 to 6 pounds. Although native to Mexico and named after the Mexican State of Chihuahua, abutting west Texas and New Mexico, records indicate that the breed was originally Chinese. It is likely that the breed originated from the ancient Techichi dogs of the Toltecs that crossed with hairless dogs from the Orient. These dogs are believed to have been sacred to the Pre-Columbian Indian nations. Historians describe the Techichi as a heavy-boned small dog with a long coat, indigenous to Central America and directly connected to the Toltec civilization located near present day Mexico City. The Techichi was a larger creature than the modern day Chihuahua and was also mute.
The Aztecs conquered the Toltecs and adopted the little dogs as sacred icons of the upper classes. They were used in ceremonies to expiate sins and acted as guides for the spirits of the dead. According to breed historian, K. DeBlinde, the Techichi was crossed with an Oriental hairless breed that made its way to the New World via the Bering Strait land bridge and the smaller, smooth-coated, very vocal Chihuahua of today was born. Brought to Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, the modern Chihuahua is quite different from his early ancestors, with his variegated colors ranging from snow white to jet-black. Mexico favors the jet-black and the black and white spotted. The United States prefers the solid colors.
The Chihuahua was first registered with The American Kennel Club in 1904. It comes in two varieties; long or smooth coat. Smooth-coated Chihuahuas have a soft, glossy and close coat that is full over the body and scanty on the head and ears. The long-coat can be flat or slightly curly and must have an undercoat. Its tail resembles a plume. The ears, feet and legs are feathered; and the neck carries a ruff. The official AKC standard for the breed describes the Chihuahua as "a graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with saucy expression, compact, and with terrier-like qualities of temperament."
The key word here is saucy, which some Chihuahuas carry to an extreme. The tendency to be temperamental, a reputation for being suspicious of everyone but his owner, and a clannish dislike for any other breed of dog but his own, makes this little guy unsuitable for many households. On the other hand, in households without children, where the dog can be pampered as the only child, so to speak, he might, and usually is the perfect pet.
The Chihuahua’s loyalty and devotion to his master makes him an amiable companion, and his size makes him a convenient one. Chihuahuas have been known to ride about inside a pocket, a purse or a tote bag or even tucked firmly under an arm. They enjoy outings immensely, although they never share tolls, gas or other traveling expenses. Although it is tempting to carry these little creatures around, they will fare better if taken for walks. They hate the cold and may shiver. They will tolerate and even appreciate a warm sweater on colder days.
At home this little dog is curious, enterprising and mischievous. Left to his own devices, the little guy might decorate the entire house with a roll of toilet paper, make confetti out of the mail or commandeer your bed or favorite chair as his own. The Chihuahua gives and demands affection. Although tiny, this dog may well end up master of the household if boundaries aren’t carefully established. They like to lick their owner’s face and when strangers are present, they follow their owner’s every move. Very well socialized Chihuahuas, however, can be friendly with strangers and other dogs.
The Chihuahua has a life expectancy of about 15 years. Because of his short nose, he tends to wheeze and snore. The prominent eyes make the little critter susceptible to corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma. Never let a Chihuahua eat toxic products, fertilizer or chocolate. Feed lightly as the breed tends to gain weight. Puppies are born with large heads, frequently necessitating cesarean deliveries by a skilled veterinarian. They are vulnerable to fractures and other accidents in puppyhood. Some animals have a molera, an unclosed section of the skull, which can remain open throughout the dog’s life. This makes the dog prone to injury. And yet, it will defend its master to the death if it senses danger.
Whether or not a Chihuahua is for you and your household depends on your needs and whether or not you have small children. Think carefully, for you owe that consideration both to the dog and to yourself. If you choose one, however, you will not be disappointed, as their loyalty knows no bounds nor does their courage. Just be sure to keep them away from the door if a man comes knocking from the Gas Company to inspect your boiler.

Three Lucky Chihuahuas

 
You’ve heard the expression, “living the life of Riley”?  I don’t know who Riley is, but I’m thinking I would rather be living the life of Conchita, Lucia, and April Marie.  As the four-legged children of Gail Posner, they got used to living in a luxurious $8.3 million mansion on Sunset Island near Miami.
When Posner died last March, she left $1 million to her 2-legger, but $3 million to the dogs (and $27 million to her household staff!).  Of course, the will is being contested, but there appears to be some precedent for Posner’s over-indulgence of the Chihuahuas.  At one point, she hired a publicist for Conchita to promote the dog as the world’s most spoiled.  In 2007, the dog was reported to have a $12,000 summer wardrobe and a $15,000 diamond necklace, although the dog refused to wear it.
I’m thinking $15,000 worth of diamonds around the neck might make a Chihuahua tip over, but I’d be happy to wear it instead!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!