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 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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you within 48 hours and will do all I can to help.
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