so i was just enjoying my first of four days off, dropping off kittens for neutering, running some errands, planning to do some crafting, some house cleaning, when i once again “caught” myself perusing the free section on craigslist only to find an add for puppies and dogs, etc. i clicked and saw pics of teeny chihuahua babies and and their mom and the add mentioned several dogs total. this add had been there a few days and usually chihuahuas go fast, but not these little guys! why i couldn’t tell you but next thing I know i’m on the phone dialing, which i shouldn’t have, but i did and 2 hours late i’m driving 2 hours up the road to pick up these little ones and their mama.
what was i thinking?? (that after talking to the man on the other end of the line that this guy is desperate and those puppies and mama could wind up in very bad hands). i have no experience with chihuahuas! i can’t even spell the word for crying out loud! (don’t worry you’ll figure it out! it’s a tiny dog but a dog no less!)
i met the man and his “wife”,( who looked down her nose at me from the other side of the window of the front passenger seat of their big gas guzzler), in front of the mall where my office for work is located. he wasted no time in handing me the puppies or the mom. in the carrier went mom and two puppies, who were in an open box, followed. in the crate they went and off went the man and family. i climb into the passenger side of the car, and as i get in, mama is growling and bearing her teeth. greatt! what have i done? what was i thinking? i have no knowledge of chihuahuas or their puppies for that matter. i’m a cat lady who takes in the occasional medium sized dog! and now i have this little piranha bearing it’s teeth at me when all i want to do is help?!!! oh lordy what have i done??
i “introduced” myself to mama, much to her dislike, and that’s when i noticed her feet. the nails were so overgrown i was shocked! it’s apparent that she’s been getting fed, but come on can’t you even cut her nails people?? (lordy?!! what have i gotten myself into here??!!)
this picture does not do them justice! so i called my fellow board member, jamie, who happened to be working tonight and she was able to put together some doggy goodies for me. i drove over to pick them up and showed her mama and the pups. jame has one of the mellowest natures and mama didn’t growl. i guess she saves that for me. aren’t i special? lol
pups are TINY! and both mama and pups were quiet all the way home. no more growling, and the treats that jamie had poked thru the cage mama felt comfortable enuff to finally eat. she doesn’t seem to be starving, but definitely DEFINITELY needs those nails trimmed, which I pondered all the way home. how am i going to work with a viscous, scared chihuahua mom who won’t even let me near the crate? ugh! again…. WHAT WAS I THINKING??!!! i’m a cat lady afterall, i mean…granted i was clueless when it came to working with Clementine, see previous blog entry, but now i have her eating, literally, out of my hand. (we still have a ways to go with her tho). Jackson Galaxy’s website helped me thru that challenge, but i can’t find anything anywhere…ANYWHERE on his site about how to handle scared chihuahuas!!
i was hoping that the calm would remain when i got mama and her puppies home. when the man handed her over to me, it was all so quick he didn’t even tell me her name, but for some strange reason, all the way home Barry Manilow’s song “Lola” kept coming to mind. (yeah don’t ask cause i have no idea!) I dunno if it’s the mexican thing, or what, but i kept seeing her as Lola the show girl jilted by Tony. this is how she got her name. i think i began focusing on all of this in order to shut down the voice in my head that kept saying “WHAT ARE U DOING??!!! i even at one point began singing it to her. i don’t know if it soothed her but it did me, apparently!
upon arriving home i knew that i needed to get Lola out to at least potty. based on watching several reruns of the dog whisperer, i decided to try “scootching” out Lola from the crate using the blanket she was on, and then gently dropping a “noosed” leash around her neck, meanwhile trying to keep my fingers intact! i “prepped” the area where this was to occur with a small amount of dog food and water, and the intentions of moving them into a bigger crate. well the idea wasn’t a bad idea, just Lola didn’t really wanna come out of the crate! finally, the pup was out and i managed to get the noose around her head…. with one of her legs caught in it! great! now to untangle that mess and still keep my fingers??
interestingly, once outside the crate, Lola wasn’t being the little piranha she was inside of it. and shock…………….gasp! i was able to take my hand even and remove her paw from the noose with all fingers intact!! ok…mama is scared and mama is just wanting to protect her babies! i got Lola outside and there she did her doo doo. not a bark, not a squeak, not a growl of any kind! hmmmm…..maybe i can do this afterall! jamie had said that her sister was looking for a chihuahua, and i knew one of my coworkers at work was a shoe in for one of the puppies.
speaingk of puppies! they are pretty darn cute! i am calling them coco and channel at this point! they look like they might have terrier in them, but i’m not sure.
i can now say that i do feel good about taking them in. the man mumbled something about “having to throw them in the river” if i hadn’t taken them, and of course i was so shocked he had left before i had my wits about me to even think of responding. it’s obvious to me that some neglect had gone on what with the shape those nails are in! i am also just glad she and the pups are safe! the man was actually willing to part the pups from mom at only 4 weeks of age, and that is why i said i would take mom too. i’m not even sure these pups are that old!
anyhow. the house of Planet Kitty is VERY full, and we have 5 female kitties to spay along with the care of this little family. if you can chip in for us, that would really REALLY help! i will be honest here. i really can’t do this without help! should you be able to throw a nickel our way, you can do so at this link here.