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Thursday, October 19, 2006

The "Critters"

Soon after I began my Blogroll this morning, I discovered a comment from my nearest and dearest saying "Fortunately (or unfortunately) chihuahuas are very much real life for me; I have a couple of the critters."

When Gray married me I came as a package - not only did he inherit two teenagers but two chihuahuas as well, and I must say everyone welcomed him with warmth and enthusiasm to the family.

I thought I'd use this opportunity to post a few pics of Rocky & Rambo. Yes, you heard right, I confess I did name them after Stallone. What can I say, we all make silly decisions sometimes...

Okay, so Rocky (the long-haired white one) does like to show his affection by kissing - frequently! But, how else is he to show how much he loves the master of the house?!

And, Rambo (the short-haired one) is the biggest wimp of the K9 world - he cries at anything and everything! He leaps into his master's arms at the slightest 'scary' thing.
This pic was taken a couple of years ago on a trip to the seaside and this is one very wet and bedraggled Rocky (who incidentally is the naughty and mischievious one of the two)!

7 comments:

Sharon J said...

Aren't chihuahuas pretty aggressive? I've trained dogs for years have yet to come across a chihuahua that was happy to learn anything without a fight. Still, it could be that some people are attracted to them for that very reason... I don't know. They're not for me, though, but then I'm sort of anti-breeding anyway. Too many unwanted dogs around as it is.

Sharon J said...

Just re-read that last comment and I sound awfully snotty, don't I? I didn't mean it that way. Honest. I'm sure your furry friends are wonderful companions :-)

Sue aka MsCreativity said...

LOL Sharon, thanks for your comments. I didn't think you were being snotty at all. :-)

Yes, chihuahuas can be aggressive - I was bitten by one as a small child - but neither Rocky or Rambo are typical of their breed. (My ex bought them for me soon after I became ill. We thought it'd be cruel to have a larger dog when I would rarely be able to take it for walks etc., but they would be great for company. And they are :-)).

As for breeding, I understand what you're saying. I do think however that a good breeder increases the chances of dogs being looked after. If people have to spend money on something, they're likely to take ownership more seriously than if (as with many 'Heinz57' varieties) they're given them for free.

I've previously owned a German Shepherd too, and know from experience that a good breeder genuinely cares for the animals and ensures that puppies only go to loving homes and to people that understand what they're taking on.

It's sad the number of unwanted dogs (and cats for that matter)that are around, especially the ones that aren't pure breeds. If I was in better health I'd rescue as many as I could from the animal shelters and live with a menagerie of pets!

Sue :-)

Karen Erickson said...

Love the pics - I think they're cute. :)

Caroline said...

I have hopped over - via Sharon's blog - and I'm glad that I have.
Dogs fascinate me. I think it is about the expression. They look so thoughtful and wise.
Hi - by the way,
Cx

Melissa Marsh said...

Cuties! We have three dogs - all monstrously huge (two are St. Bernard's.)

Sharon J said...

Yes, I see what you're saying about breeders but I wish "ensure they go to good homes" was always the case. Good breeders ask all the right questions etc but what happens when puppy gets to its new home isn't always the same as the breeder thinks will happen. I know because I've spent a lot of time in a professional dog breeding/training environment and seen far too many dogs being mistreated, from tiny Papillons to German Shepherds, all of which were bought from responsible breeders (I'd always report these things back to the breeder in cases where I knew which kennel they came from but sadly there's little that can be done without concrete proof, even though breeders often have a clause stating that if the dog is mistreated they have the right to reclaim it).

I agree that there's a greater chance of people thinking twice before acquiring a dog if they have to pay £300 or more for it than if they can just hand over £50 with no questions asked but there are still lots of pedigree dogs in rescue centres (usually breed rescues rather than general rescue centres).

When my dog had her heinz pups I was very careful who I sold them to but I still have no guarantee for how they've since been treated :-(

You've got me on my soap box now. Dogs have been part of my life forever (and hopefully always will be) but I'll shut up now :- )

Sharon xx

PS: I'm with you on the menagerie. My mum said she was always worried about what new pet she'd find in our house whenever she came home from work!