She's settling in by leaps and bounds.
I know EXACTLY where the hole is and Chocolate heads right towards it if I'm not careful. If she shows Laurel, I'm going to be in big trouble.
I'm not getting Laurel DNA tested. The vet thought she was part Jack Russell, but now that I'm dealing with a known Chi/Jack/something else mix, it's obvious that Laurel is more likely to be mixed with Yorkie and quite possibly a small, delicate MinPin. I'm just sick of the drama and wanting to protect Chocolate.
She is my dog. The first visitation went wonderfully even though there were consequences. I opened the door and Chocolate jumped immediately into the arms of the little girl, who was no longer sobbing but was now cheerful, outgoing, friendly, full of questions and so much like a human Laurel that it was hard not to laugh. Now I know why my puppies bonded so thoroughly and instantly!
Chocolate got her nails done by her other mother, which was so much better for her than having to go to the groomer right away. I think I can handle pretty much all of her grooming myself now.
It really was a very sad situation. The mom is holding up amazingly well. The important thing is that she, daughters, and all of their pets are safe now and able to get on with their lives. The failed attempt to place Chocolate was probably with someone who just didn't understand how sensitive Chihuahuas are or was overwhelmed by her separation anxiety.
Yes, she is very loud. She's an angel and doesn't destroy property or eliminate indoors EVER, but she cries as if her heart is breaking because it is.
I love my little dogs, but both crossbreeds have special and specific needs. A lot of work went into socializing and training them. They are not for everybody. People ask what kind of a dog Laurel is because she is such a fun, cheerful, outgoing, friendly little dog. Chocolate is more reserved but they will ask about her too.
My dogs are Chihuahua mixes. They obviously have some sort of terrier in them too. They don't do well in shelters. I'm glad I was able to protect my second dog and my new best human friend.