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I have no idea why I can't keep this all in one place. I finally succeeded at posting pictures of my girls anyway.

I seriously doubt if Chocolate is neutered. I can ask. She has her first visitation with her other family tomorrow and I am in constant contact with the mother through sms. Our vet usually does the spay at ten months but there are valid reasons for waiting even longer if you can.

It truly is amazing how far the girls have come in such a short time. So much of it is Laurel's doing that it makes me proud of how I raised my first puppy and much less sad about the fact that she will never be able to be a mother.

She would have been a good one, but Chocolate and I need her unique talents and personality more than this world needs more chi mixes.

Chocolate's backstory is completely heartbreaking and it's nobody's fault. I took the leash on Monday but could not bring myself to tell a sobbing seven year old child that it was forever. This is because of a divorce and it simply can't be helped.

I'm dreading the judgment. I know all (or at least some) of the reasons why I should have run away screaming from this teenager in need and waited until Laurel was at least two years old and definitely neutered, trained, and less of my entire universe before even considering putting down a deposit to get on a waitlist for a 12 week old male puppy.


All of Chocolate's humans love her. Her other mother is going to take care of the pedicure and even reapply her nail polish, so I don't think she'll need to go to the groomer right away. She's behind on her parvo vax so I absolutely have to take her to the clinic or else run by the feed store and administer the shot myself.

I genuinely thought I had a fenced in back yard until I looked up and saw my little doggie running down the middle of what is usually a very busy street. My neighbour's garden got trampled and I didn't care about getting bitten when I scooped her up and got the harness on her. She is in desperate need of exercise right now.

I'm going to have to be honest about the back yard situation and accept that it may be a dealbreaker. Chocolate needs a lot of exercise. Her other family used to take her to the beach but she will NOT come when I call her yet so she has to be supervised with some sort of a dragline at all times.

Nobody ever said love was easy.

.....but......

I spent the entire day yesterday cuddling cute puppies because it genuinely WAS the most important and productive thing that needed to be done.

Chocolate just plain fits in all the empty places in Laurel's and my hearts. She doesn't have to be perfect in other people's eyes because she already is in ours.
 

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Hi! Will chocolate chase a ball? You can put on a ''string' leash ( a leash made in what ever length you want with a clip you get at a hardware store) and take her out in the yard. Is this your fence? Can you repair it?
Did you actually put down money on a puppy? Just wondering. The string leash can be used at the beach too!
 

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I didn't put any money on any puppy. I need to write shorter sentences.

Unfortunately, I rent. I've been here for sixteen years and left human children unattended in that yard, so I'm very surprised and upset.

Chocolate seems to have decided to keep me today, so maybe getting out of the yard will be less of an issue, but I don't think so. Some dogs just get curious and wander no matter how well they have it at home.

I was afraid to go hiking because Chocolate is not UTD on shots, but once the clinic opens on Saturday and I can take care of that, she'll be walking miles most days and running around at the dog park when we're stuck in town. We're never home except to sleep, cook, use the internet, etc.

Some people just get curious and wander no matter how well they have it at home.
 

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Thanks for the update. Chocolate seems to have made herself at home! Good. Did you ever figure out where the dog escaped the yard? If it is a known place, maybe you can fix it.? Whatever, I'm sure Chocolate will get plenty of exercise once she is vaccinated.
 

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She's settling in by leaps and bounds. :D

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.
 

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Cross breeds are one of a kind. I had a boxer/lab mix when I was 13 (81 now!) I wanted a a boxer, he looked like a boxer. Somehow I convinced my mother that he should have his tail docked. He was only 6 weeks. He grew into a 90 pound LAB wanna be! He had something in his mouth all the time. Oh well too bad my mom couldn't say no way!
Laurel and Chocolate are chihuahua mixes. Big deal. If you ever want to know, then you can do a DNA. Meanwhile when people ask, just smile and say they are chihuahua mixes, and you don't know what the mix is. Period. No drama needed. (what drama are you experiencing, if I may ask?) Keep up the good work. I'm sure Chocolates 'other family' is extremely happy that they can visit her and help you.
 

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Chocolate and Laurel are lucky dogs. We found when we brought home our 2 we got as adults it took them about 6 weeks to adjust, one longer and one less time. Mickey cried pitifully at night for his previous owner. It was pretty hard. He went on a hunger strike, too. It was hard but so worth it. Thanks for sharing your story.
 
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