Been a long time since I've posted to this forum, and a lot of things have happened in the past few years. One of which is that the recession cost me my job a while back. I have a new one, but the hours are much, much longer. I'm gone 12 hours or more some nights.
As for what I do with the girls, they have the entire kitchen to themselves, complete with beds, pads, food, toys, etc...
However, they're not adjusting well. Whenever I have a few late nights, what ends up happening is a round or horrible gastric upset: diarrhea (sometimes with blood in it). It's not healthy. The littlest one (Tilly) especially is suffering. She bonds very, very closely...in the past 5 years, there is not a single person, other than myself, that she will approach or willingly allow to per her...including my mother. While Tilly loves her sister, Pearl, she even begrudges the attention I give her and will work herself into horrible bouts of reverse sneezing/wheezing b/c of it.
I love her, but I think she needs a home where she can be the center of attention. As she is so very small boned (around 3 pounds but all legs and head), she would need a home with no children or very well behaved children who have experience with smaller animals. Ideally (as she is put off by lots of noise and goings-on), she could be placed with a retiree who could just spend all their time lavishing attention on her. I've tried contacting rescue groups about this situation. Some say they're full. Others simply try to encourage me to keep them and tell me that it's o.k. so long as they have access to food and such. Well, it's not o.k. for me. Their quality of life is poor like this, and it's fraying my nerves. Yes, I try and make it up to them when I come home, but a lot of nights I'm dead tired. Weekends are just as busy with catching up on work and attending to all the house things that were neglected during the week. The time I spend cuddling, petting, and walking on Sat/Sun don't make up for the rest of the week either, as the diarrhea and such continue.
I'm just at the end of my rope as to ideas here. They're such pretty little girls. Black and tan appleheads. I put this here b/c it deals with rehoming and chose this forum as I know how much you all love your chi babies. Any help as to rescue organizations, potential adopters, or even just suggestions to help them acclimate would be deeply appreciated.
I am located in South Georgia. Though they have been raised together, I do not believe they have to be adopted together. In fact, I think Tilly would benefit from being the one and only dog in the household. Both are healthy and up-to-date on shots (though I do not vaccinate yearly except for rabies...the other shots are on a 3 year rotation) and spayed. Both are pad trained and come with a plethora of items such as pads, pad mats, Pack-N-Play, etc... I do need to disclose that Pearl has had prior surgery to fix a badly botched patella correction in one of her legs. Everything is fine, but I didn't want anyone to feel I held any info back.
Here's a picture of the girls. The cream chi is Boo, my senior chihuahua...he's perfectly chill and content with the situation (being 15 this year, he pretty much just sleeps all day anyway), and I have no intentions of rehoming him.