Hello, I just wanted introduce myself and tell a little bit about me.
I was a vet tech for many years, four years ago I had an accident that left me with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (permanent nerve damage). As a result I am no longer able to work. This disease has had a MAJOR impact on my life.
My family have shown dogs (another breed) since 1997 and I was 3/4 of the way to be a conformation judge. Our biggest adult is about 50 pounds. After becoming injured, I could no longer let them get on me. I would have to have someone hold them off of me in order for me to pet them.
I also barrel raced and can no longer even get on a horse.
Due to how absorbed I was in all aspects of animals and the results of my disability, I was becoming increasingly depressed. I loved all breeds of dogs, but never wanted a mini dog. My sister-in-law and her family have Chi's that I would love on while at her house. I finally decided to buy an adult that was at a weight that I could handle (wanted around 3-5 pounds).
I searched for several months before finding one that I thought would fit my needs. When I finally met the "rescue" lady in person, I took the dog with the thought that I may rehabilitate the dog and after she gained some much needed weight, re-home her. The "rescue" was feeding her a food that had so little nutritional value that she was eating all she wanted, but starving to death!
Needless to say, we still have her 3 years later! After she gained weight she weighs to much to be in my lap for very long, but she became my husbands best friend! --we feed our Chi's Blue Buffalo --
My second Chi came from my sister-in-law and my little Mitzi is my saving grace. She is 2 pounds of piss and vinegar and I honestly do not know if I could keep going if it were not for her!
We still have our show dogs that my husband and daughters show.