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Woops! I'm reposting this, as I realized it really belonged more in Chi Pics, than in Chi Chat...

I had no idea how great chihuahuas were, before adopting our precious Chica back in April...but now that I'm completely smitten with the breed I really want another...specifically this little 3 year old, 7 lb sweetheart, available for adoption at a small-town shelter less than an hour away. The problem is that our city only allows a maximum of 3 dogs per household...and we have, in addition to Chica, also been blessed with 2 other wonderful furry family members (Squirt, our 9 year old toy poodle & Rascal, our 2 year old rescued yorkie-poo). I'm not looking to become an episode of one of those animal hoarding shows or anything, I would just like to adopt 1 more...both for the joy another furbaby would bring our whole family, and also so that Chica could have a little friend. Squirt and Rascal are the best of buds, but Chica avoids them both like the plague. I've heard though that many chis (especially those like Chica, who weren't properly socialized from an early age) strongly prefer the company of other chis.

Anyway, I am finding myself so drawn to this little furgirl, and I only learned about her a few days ago. I even called our city's animal control department, just to make sure that there wasn't some sort of special permit I could apply for that might allow us to rescue this little one, but no. The limit is 3, even if all of your dogs are toy breeds as ours are. I don't exactly understand why this little one in particular has grabbed my heart so strongly, but she has, and it's really hard. I keep an eye on the websites of a few different shelters in our area, so as to post pics of adoptable animals to my facebook page/in order to encourage rescuing. I run across chis all the time, and while I of course wish I could save them all, I had accepted that our furkid family was complete...but not now. It makes no sense to grieve the loss of something you never even had, but I just can't explain it. I've purposefully not driven out to the shelter, because I know if I do I'm in real trouble. I don't believe in knowingly breaking the law, so I know it's best if I never even meet or interact with her. I find myself feeling very protective of her though...like when a woman posted on the shelter's fb page, asking only "Is she housebroke?" and "What are the fees and requirements for adoption", I found myself instantly on guard and quite sure that this woman would not provide this little one with the life she deserved. Anyway, I knew the only place that wouldn't think I was totally nuts sharing this was CP, so there it is. Thanks, guys, for listening. Someone is going to be so blessed to have this little girl in their family, and I only hope and pray she knows nothing but love and kindness the rest of her days.

 

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She is so so so pretty! I think we have a limit on dogs per household too but my dogs are not registered through the town so nobody would know ;)
I think a lot of people have more than is allowed....not trying to twist your arm or anything! I would want her too!! Good luck!


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I can see why you fell in love,i don't look at adoption sites anymore it's too upsetting as i know i can't have one (at the moment )!!!!!!!
I obviously shouldn't be looking at the shelter sites either! ;) I only do it so that I can share posts on adoptable animals, in the hopes of encouraging rescuing...and usually I'm ok with it, but this little one has completely and unexplainably (considering I've never even met her) captured my heart. :love5: I honestly can't help but wonder if maybe that means something. We do have the financial ability as well as the time for one last furry family member (otherwise I would never even consider adopting another). I am soo tempted to drive out there to meet her today, and to see how Chica does with her. My Chica girl is fully up to date on all of her shots, so visiting a shelter wouldn't serve as any sort of threat to her. I'm SO tempted to go see this :angel13: !!
 

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She is so so so pretty! I think we have a limit on dogs per household too but my dogs are not registered through the town so nobody would know ;)
I think a lot of people have more than is allowed....not trying to twist your arm or anything! I would want her too!! Good luck!


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As if I need any arm twisting, LOL! :p I am already SO inexplicably drawn to this little one. It's really strange, because I see pictures of beautiful, adoptable chis online all the time, but all of a sudden now I'm calling animal control (I didn't leave my name though) ;) and stalking the shelter's facebook page like some sort of chi crazed lunatic! I think I might call AC again, and see if I get a different answer. That may sound silly, but I've learned over the years that (when I would call a retail store, for example) oftentimes when asking a question you will get one answer from one employee and an entirely different answer from another. I figure it couldn't hurt to double check!
 

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I would not worry about the limit, the city I live in has a limit of two pets as I understand, I can think of several people I know who have more than that, I don't think it really matters. If you can provide her with a good home and love her then I say go for it.
 

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I can see why you fell for this one - she's precious. I think strict limits are somewhat silly. I agree that some people tend to bite off more than they can chew when it comes to pets, but I think exceptions should be made for responsible owners.

I can't even browse adoption sites anymore. I probably would've snatched this girl up without thinking it through!
 

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You go !!!!!!!!!!!!!! it must be fate you could do with another one (LOL)


You're not helping me avoid tempation, LOL! :D Honestly though, I have to wonder if it's meant to be too. I went to a shelter on my last birthday and left there with Chica, who then pre-alerted to an allergic reaction, and is now in training as my Medical Alert Service Dog. What are the odds of something like that happening?! In other words, I believe that for those of us with hearts for animals, we are brought together with those who are meant to be ours.

My main concern though, if I call and do get the same answer from animal control as before, but yet move forward with this anyway...the biggest concern(s) are my neighbors. I have some great ones and some not so great ones, and the ones in that last category are just the type to call us in/report us to animal control. I know, because they've called on other people in the neighborhood before...and on petty, ridiculous crap too. They're just unfortunately the kind of people who love stirring up trouble/creating drama. So I'm afraid of what they might do, and what the ramifications could be. I'm still going to call AC though, to see if I get a different answer than before, since I've oftentimes found that to be the case when dealing with govermental agencies. :p
 

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I would not worry about the limit, the city I live in has a limit of two pets as I understand, I can think of several people I know who have more than that, I don't think it really matters. If you can provide her with a good home and love her then I say go for it.
That's what I think too...that it should be about whether or not you can provide a good home and love, not about some random number. For goodness sakes, in our city you can have 3 Saint Bernards, but yet our 3 total add up to like 23 lbs! I could also have 5 cats if I wanted (however I am severely allergic to cats, so that's not an option) but heaven forbid if we should adopt just 1 more chi, so that we have 2 sets of best buddy pairs! As mentioned in one of my previous replies, I wouldn't even be worried if it weren't for some of my neighbors. I've heard, through the neighborhood grapevine, how some have called animal control on eachother, and over ridiculous stuff too, not actual valid concern for animal welfare...so that potential problem really scares me, as I'm not sure what happens if you get caught. Do they make you give up one of your furkids?!! I would NEVER allow that to happen!!!
 

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I can see why you fell for this one - she's precious. I think strict limits are somewhat silly. I agree that some people tend to bite off more than they can chew when it comes to pets, but I think exceptions should be made for responsible owners.

I can't even browse adoption sites anymore. I probably would've snatched this girl up without thinking it through!
I definitely agree that exceptions should be made if people are responsible, and also considering that all 3 of our dogs each weigh 8 lbs or less! We could own 3 Great Danes, but not 4 toy breed dogs? That just doesn't make sense! If it weren't for some of my drama loving neighbors (see my previous replies for more on that), I wouldn't hesitate one bit. I'm hoping that, when I call again here in a bit, I'll find out about some sort of legal loophole the last animal control officer I spoke with maybe didn't know about. The lady was really nice about it when I called yesterday though, saying she wishes more people would call in wanting to adopt another shelter dog.
 

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Is there another address you could register a dog at? It could just be "visiting".


Just register her at a family members address....


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I'd be afraid to go that far (only because of some of our nosy, love to stir-up-trouble neighbors) but I like the way you both think! :p Our dogs don't cause problems around here...ie I clean up/bag their poo right away, and they don't bark much compared to some others in the neighborhood, but one of our neighbors (who has called AC on at least one family around here, that I know of) definitely doesn't like small dogs and has snidely commented before that he can't believe we have 3 of them. :mad: I'm just afraid that if he called and AC came out, what happens then?
 

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It would upset me seeing a woman ask if she "is housebroke", too. Obviously and dog you adopt is going to need some potty training, if you're not going to read/watch/etc up on adopting dogs at least, then you probably shouldn't be getting one.

I would probably ask a family member if they would register her under their name and address... not sure how you'd feel about that though. So sorry you can't keep her :(
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Honestly, those limits are ridiculous and extremely hard to enforce. Just don't register her! 4 small dogs doesn't make you a hoarder! We had 5 dogs before our older ones passed- ranging from a beagle (40 lbs) to a chi. We provided excellent vet care and nutrition and they were all loved. We had a limit of 3- we just didn't register the last two. There was no way anyone would ever know.

She's precious. Go see her.


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Honestly, those limits are ridiculous and extremely hard to enforce. Just don't register her! 4 small dogs doesn't make you a hoarder! We had 5 dogs before our older ones passed- ranging from a beagle (40 lbs) to a chi. We provided excellent vet care and nutrition and they were all loved. We had a limit of 3- we just didn't register the last two. There was no way anyone would ever know.

She's precious. Go see her.


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That's how I feel, lol! Though, I wouldn't be able to get away with it. My cocker spaniel baby was stolen, so I MUST have my dogs microchipped. Here, when they microchip your dog, or when they're seen at the vet, they alway send something in to the Sherrifs office, then the Sherrifs office sends you something saying you need to register them or pay a fine :(
 

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Oh Yeah! She is precious. I think deep down inside, you know you cannot conscientiously adopt her! BUT. . .I don't know. It's a tough one. Hubby would tell me not to ask questions on how many we could have! Also, don't the regulations change from time to time? And don't you have an older dog that isn't doing so well . . .wink - wink! You would just be saving her place!!

Even here in MA our town has a limit of four. I think, that if you want to go over the limit it should be taken on an individual basis. Besides, weight would be the best way to decide what you can have. I have 2 dogs and one cat. The cat does not have to be registered!! What's up with that?? My neighbor has 9 - yes 9 cats!! They are all indoor, half of them were ferel and she can't even pet them!

I feel for you. Every once in a while I look at the sites, but luckily haven't seen anything I could "fall in love with!"
 
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