Hi! New Chihuahua Mama here.
I happened upon this fantastic forum while on a Google search, and found the information invaluable, thank you, so I thought I would join.
It was suggested in the email that I introduce myself in here. I will try to give as much information as possible without becoming a bore! I do tend to talk a lot!
I typed this all out twice into the forum, and lost it. It was so long, that I was logged out haha.
I absolutely love love Chihuahuas. I fostered one because her owner was in hospital, then recovering from an operation. She was the sweetest little thing, and I was so sad to see her go back home. I have been looking for such a long time to adopt an older 'unwanted' male or female, but finding one was impossible. I was delighted to find a perfect little 15 month old Chihuahua girl online. Her owners have a little 2 year old Daughter and another baby on the way. They also have 2 other little Chihuahuas. The Chihuahua they were wanting to rehome was very timid, and nervous around little kids. She looked adorable, and sounded perfect for me.
I contacted the owner, and spoke with her Husband. I asked lots of questions, and after asking my questions I was super excited to meet her, as he said I sounded perfect for her. Although during our last conversation he did say that after telling his wife about me she then changed her mind, and told him that she wasn't going to let her go. He did reassure me that they had discussed this for weeks, and both agreed it was 'for the best' that the little Chi be rehomed. I told him not to pressurise her, as if she wasn't 100% sure, then she would regret it for the rest of her life. Long story, cut short - The owner never returned my phone calls or messages, and never got in touch with me again. I think they decided they didn't want to rehome her after all. I think this was the right decision, as they would probably have ended up regretting it forever.
I've been brought up around dogs my entire life. I have never not had a dog to cuddle. I have family and friends that are accredited breeders with the kennel club, and have also shown dogs. I've fostered many a little waif and stray. I even dog sit! Even with all my contacts I could never find a Chihuahua to give a forever home to. I did think about getting a puppy but finding a credible breeder here with available puppies is rare. There are BYB and puppy mills, but I refuse to give them my hard earned cash, I report them instead.
Unbeknown to me my lovely Hubby had been on a search himself. He found out about a KC registered breeder with a little Chihuahua who had recently gave birth to a beautiful litter of healthy puppies. They were willing to part with a little girl. As soon as I saw the photo of her, I knew I had to have her. So after 400 miles of traveling I finally got my little Chihuahua!
She's called Coco. (The only name we could agree on) She's been here a week, and she's an absolute joy to behold. She is 11weeks old, and 1lb 1oz in weight. She's a strange colour. I'm told she has blue in there somewhere! In the daylight she looks a chocolately browny bluey colour haha, goodness knows what colour she is?! She is so fluffy, and soft to the touch. Super super sweet, super super clever, just utterly adorable. I feel as if I've had her forever.
I love to train dogs, so training her has been an absolute pleasure, and taking her to the toilet every 2 hours has really paid off, as she is now going to the door, stopping and looking at you when she needs to go. She has her little bed beside my bed, and she squeaks during the night when she needs to go. I have a gorgeous French Bulldog, who is a total soppy gentleman, he has been trained to toilet on command in a certain fenced off part of the garden from 12 weeks old, so hopefully we're on our way to her following in his footsteps.
I feed my Frenchie a mixture of raw and Ziwipeak, so I'm doing exactly the same with Coco. Although saying that so far I have only given her Ziwipeak, and she absolutely loves it! She loves her grub! Fantastic little eater and drinker, which is a great bonus.
She is a little bundle of energy one minute, and flat out cuddling up to you the next. She's extremely sociable and friendly, and adjusted to all types of household noises, children, animals etc. She has even fallen asleep on my knee while I was blow drying my hair, the noise never bothered her. She's like a wise old head on young shoulders. Her and my Frenchie have played and snuggled up like long lost Brother and Sister since day 1, it's so cute. I love how she prances with her little tail curled up over her back.
I'm lucky as my vet is experienced with the Chihuahua breed. He said she is perfect, which is a relief. The reason I found the forum was because a lady suggested to me that she was way too small in weight, and because of this she wouldn't live very long! I was affronted! Seeing as my vet has already told me she was perfect, I came online to try to find out if she was too small, and what the average weight was meant to be? Her Mother, Father, Grandparents (her linage) are at the smaller end of the scale, but all have been extremely fit and healthy.
Told you I talk way too much! Sorry for the ramblings. Thank you for reading this far! I'm looking forward to having a good read of your forum, and finding out as much as I can from experienced owners.
I'm going to read up on how to post a picture, and try my best to do so! I'm rubbish at photography, and trying to get a photo has been difficult, as she can be a little wriggler!