Chihuahuas are Fabulous!

Chi: Short for Chihuahua…….which is hard to spell ChiChi: adjective: frilly, splashy, swank, trendy…….Chihuahuas are all of those things and SO MUCH MORE!

ChiChis And Me is Dedicated to These Amazing Little Creatures.

My Purpose, My Mission, My Passion!

ChiChis And Me is a website dedicated to the care and keeping of these amazing little dogs, with an emphasis on training and changing unwanted behaviors. Chihuahuas are the second most euthanized breeds in the US. Yes, I said THE SECOND MOST EUTHANIZED BREEDS, second only to pit bulls. Are you surprised? Shelters across America (and other countries, too) are inundated with Chihuahuas.

Why?

Why so many Chihuahuas?

Chihuahuas are VERY loyal and protective. But those wonderful qualities can be channeled into not so desirous behaviors by how they are raised and how they are treated.

Many Chihuahuas are surrendered because owners just don’t realize that they may be unknowingly causing some of the negative behaviors in their dog, or how to change those behaviors once they have started. As a result, many Chi owners just surrender them out of frustration. That is why it is my mission to inspire those parents that have Chihuahuas and to educate those that need help, so that surrendering or re-homing their dog will not even be a consideration! And to inspire others to consider a Chihuahua if they are planning to adopt from a shelter.

All it takes is a little understanding, time and know-how spent training and socializing and the Chihuahua is the most amazing, wonderful pet, best friend, constant companion, and awsome little dog.

They’re tiny, they’re cute and they’re besieging animal shelters around the country, especially in California.

In Los Angeles, only pit bulls outnumber Chihuahuas in the city’s shelters. At the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, 60% of the dogs awaiting adoption are pure or mixed-breed Chihuahuas. At the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter, Chihuahuas are 30% of the canine population and rising. At the East Bay SPCA, it’s 50%. Their fate is not much better elsewhere around the country, around the world, really.

Other Factors.

The pint-sized pups with outsize personalities became more and more popular after Reese Witherspoon’s character in the 2001 movie “Legally Blonde” carried her Chihuahua, Bruiser around like an accessory as she walked the halls of Harvard, pursuing her man (if you haven’t seen the movie — “spoiler alert” — she, thankfully realized he wasn’t worth it).

Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, was a regular in all five seasons of “The Simple Life”, and in 2004 published her “memoir”  called “The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries.” then came the 2008 comedy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” about little Chloe, who gets dognapped in Mexico and has to escape from an evil Doberman.

“People get enthralled with the movies and think dogs have a certain type of personality,” ~ said Kathy Davis, interim general manager of the Los Angeles Animal Services agency.

Some people watch these movies and fall in love with the little “movie star” and run out and get one expecting theirs to be just like Bruiser or Chloe. They either don’t know how, or they spend very little time training and socializing this little dog and then they get disillusioned and the poor little pups, through no fault of their own end up in a shelter! I find that unacceptable! I’m sure you do too.

What is a Chihuahua?

Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog. Because of their diminutive size, they need a little different care and considerations.

This website is dedicated to the Chihuahua breed. I want to share what makes the Chihuahua Breed unique and special and to change people’s perceptions of Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas, unfortunately, have a bad reputation.

I want to help all Chihuahua parents to have healthy, happy, well-adjusted dogs. I want ALL Chihuahuas to be the happy and amazing little dogs that they are meant to be. You can help me to do that by sharing with all your friends and neighbors and anyone that you know that may be struggling with a Chihuahua’s unwanted behavior.

Born to be bad?

What are some of the things you’ve heard about Chihuahuas? “Mean little yippie dogs”, “little ankle biters”, “Mexican pit bulls”, etc. Ask people you know if Chihuahuas are nice little dogs and find out what people think. I’ve even heard from supposed “Chihuahua experts” that some Chihuahuas are just born mean! Really??? There are some pretty mean people in the world, how many do you think were “born” that way? Believe me when I say: Chihuahuas are not BORN mean!

A Community of Chihuahua owners, parents and those that just love them.

Do you agree that these things are unacceptable? It takes a community to make changes. This, I hope will be that community! Together, we can change things for the better for these deserving, living, breathing, amazing creatures!

I hope ChiChis And Me will be a website that Chihuahua owners and parents can come to with questions about anything Chihuahua.  Here you will find helpful articles, videos, and resources to help us all learn how to be better Chi parents.

All dogs, pets for that matter, bring us much joy. Chihuahuas too, bring us much love and laughter, so we have fun here too. There are fun videos and photos to entertain you while you are here. Take your time and enjoy.

Together we can make life better for ALL Chihuahuas ~ Linda, ChiChis And Me

Are you experiencing unwanted behavior in your Chi? I will be drawing on the expertise of those in all fields of the pet community.  You can leave a comment, or question in the comments section below or email me at:linda@chichisandme.com and I will get back to you within 48 hours and will do all I can to help.

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4 Responses

  1. Beth Gilliss says:

    About four years we rescued an approx. 9 year old intact male. As I was walking him in the first couple days I picked up a stick ( with the opposite side hand ) to toss on one of the piles we save for kindling. He went flat and whimpered. O. K. Then…… Later his previous owner came to my job to see how we liked him. She giggled when she said her son used to pick him up by his scruff and shake him when he was ‘bad’. My co worker said my face went blank and the ex owner looked embarrassed and left. By the end of the first year he was on Prozac. By then we had permanent scars from bites if we moved too fast or wrong.
    He is better now but we don’t dare let him near a child or people he doesn’t know.( Our other chi chi loves the universe but we raised her from 14 weeks. ) He will still snap if startled. My boyfriend scratched the leg Jasper was snuggled by this afternoon. At least now he usually only grazes the skin. We can pick him up now and he doesn’t try to bite when we attach his leash.
    Obviously we are committed to this little guy. We want him to be the sweetie we can tell he wants to be. He actually looks embarrassed when we say bad dog or bad language if he growls.
    Is it too late or maybe you know of someone else who had this problem? Don’t worry…….he is here forever. We just call him our special needs chihuahua and get on with loving him. The vet says nuetering may have helped but it is too late to do much good now.
    Any ideas?

    • Linda says:

      Hello Beth,
      Thank you for your question. I sent you a private e-mail.

      Linda

      • Jacqueline says:

        People who have never, ever had any dog prior to owning a Chihuahua definitely need to do their research before considering a Chi or any dog breed for that matter.

        • Linda says:

          Thank you for your comment, Jacqueline. You are so right. No matter what breed dog you are considering, people need to do their homework to make sure that breed will fit in with their lifestyle and their family. That being said, each dog regardless of the breed has their own unique personality. As I said on my home page, I think most people assume that all Chihuahuas are like the Chihuahuas they have seen in movies. They absolutely can be! They can be the sweetest, calmest dogs, but it doesn’t happen that way automatically in most cases. Understanding the breed, socialization, and training is a must! Thanks again for your comment
          Linda
          ChiChis And Me

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