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11/17/11 10:08 A

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Ralphie? Nope- he's still a "go-getter"!!! The only thing that's slowed him down a bit is his hearing- he misses when people come to the door now so it's quiet when my daughter greets someone!!! (Her chihuahua isn't a barker!) :-)

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11/17/11 9:58 A

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Ralphie is sure one amazing little super guy. I hope he's done with all his exciting escapades and is content to live a life of peace and quiet :)

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11/17/11 9:28 A

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I so agree with you. The right one will find you. Serena may have come from a puppy mill originally, then again who knows? You are right, there are never any guarentees. I just know from what I've seen folks usually pay much more for a pet store- they have to make money too ofcourse. And I just know what my vets have told me. Whatever, whereever- You will find the Right one when the time comes. I have to admit- I personally want a pure-bred chi so I buy from a good breeder. Picky me! LOL. I'm lucky to have found a couple of good ones in the past.
My daughter years ago purchased a part chi-part pomeranian (He looks like a pure pom, only his face is a bit cuter- shorter nose). And later I found out she had bought from a puppy mill! I was aghast! But he's been the toughest little "nut", Very healthy, and we call him- Ralphie of the 9 lives. He's survived 2 large dog attacks (does have pain now from being shaken- his thick fur saved him), an attack from a large bird (hawk?), and even rat poison- his kidneys were shutting down, I was shocked you could still save him! He lost a little piece of his tongue that time! He was stolen once. He's still "kicking", cataracts, and doesn't hear well, but still a happy-go-lucky little chap. He's somewhere around 12 yrs. So you just never know!

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11/16/11 4:54 P

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Hi Carol, we got Sasha at age 3 from a small breeder. She was the best little companion I ever had. She lived to almost 13. We got Serena from a shelter and found out the very next day from our vet that Serena had a heart murmur and enlarged heart. We loved her very much but she broke our hearts with her poor health. Her teeth were awful and we had to get her dental surgery from which she never recovered. In less than 18 months from when we got her she had a seizure and died very unexpectedly. Our house was so quiet and sad after that and I cried every day because Serena was such a sweet dog. We went to two shelters in our county and there were no healthy small dogs available, only very large, sad looking dogs. To cheer ourselves up, we went to two pet stores, "just to look." I asked the man at the second shop if he was planning to get any Chihuahuas or Chi mixes. He said he was bringing one back to the shop that same night. We decided to go see her and the rest is history. Bella, naughty girl that she is, fills our days with love and laughter. This isn't to say that we would never get another shelter dog, but I have absolutely no regrets about bringing Bella into our lives. I know there are no guarantees about any dog's health but somehow I think the right dog finds its way into our hearts and homes no matter where it comes from.

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Oh, Marilyn, don't go to pet shops! They are often the recipients of puppy mills! Either find one at a shelter (tough to do and you never know what the issues might be) or go to a small, pet breeder like me (not one of the large breeders who have a ton of dogs, all living in kennels!). If they are just breeding a couple of dogs now and then you can see the parents, see the personalities, know they are part of the family and the puppies are in the home with other dogs and people. My vets (there are multiple vets in this clinic) LOVE all my dogs- they are loving and friendly. I never fail to walk out without a compliment on my dogs and their behaviour. I've sold 2 puppies to a gal who works at the vets- now that is a complement! They see ALOT of dogs! I've even had one vet say I am the best breeder they have seen- my puppies are friendly (dogs when they're grown), healthy, no "issues", etc. I couldn't have asked for a bigger compliment. It's because I'm breeding for healthy, happy, friendly- not "show" quality. I don't in-breed. I'm thinking most small, family breeders like me would be trying to do the same. Look at the parents of the puppy- it will give you at least some indication of what the puppy may grow up to be.
OK, off my soapbox! LOL. Enjoy your girl now, and be ready to find exactly the "right" playmate for her when the time is right! Hugs. Carol

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11/16/11 10:57 A

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After having 2 Chihuahuas (terribly missed every day), it's interesting to pick out the Chi traits from my little 1/2 girl. So far I've noticed the "climbing" trait that my chi Sasha had. Bella loves to climb on the back of the couch and walk around or sit there while I'm terrified until I can coax her down. She has her little stubborn streak like my other two did and is very playful and affectionate as most puppies are. She also likes to burrow under covers. As far as differences, the main thing I noticed is that she doesn't chase after every little patch of sun like most Chis do. I still long for a Chihuahua sister for Bella, but not another puppy. Somehow the sight of puppies causes amnesia, so I'm resisting the pet shops LOL.

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