How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?
I've always grown up with dogs. My first being a placid mongrel called Snowy who went to doggy heaven at the ripe old age of 16, followed by Spike, a wheaten Cairn Terrier a little more hot natured than the dog before him. My Parents now have Ruby Tuesday, a Parsons Jack Russell named after a song by The Rolling Stones.
A friend of a friend was selling a litter of Chi's & I'd arranged to go & pick up a blonde pub, dragging Jamie begrudgingly with me. The dog looked how I'd imagined; small & cute but was continually yapping at us like mad, reminiscent of a bout of bad tinnitus. Jamie gave me a pompous smug look which said 'I told you so.'
The breeder had 11 Chihuahua's in total. All yapping for attention & all displaying that 'pretty/ugly' bug eyed, tongue out, dome headed look. Then out of no where this chocolate coloured dog came wandering up to Jamie. It wasn't yapping nor begging for attention, just being really laid back & cool...if dogs could talk I reckon at that moment he would have casually nodded & said 'you alright'. It was a welcomed surprised amongst the chaos but I'd had my heart set on a blonde one? I've never even heard of, let alone seen a chocolate chihuahua before? I also wanted a girl & this little one was definitely a boy!
Some having developed physical problems from being carried in handbags or being constantly held & are unable to walk simply because they've never had to. The dogs also get dumped when naive owners realise food costs money & veterinary bills aren't cheap (Loki's recent anaesthetic and tooth extractions cost £700!) Just like a child with a new toy, irresponsible pet owners have eventually got bored. You can read more in this article.
In general, I'm quite hard nosed & blase about what goes on in the world, but I am much more empathetic when it comes to animals & their welfare, as is Jamie. We'd worry that the pups wouldn't go to good homes or that they'd be used as lucrative commodities for breeding by greedy narcissistic people. What if the dogs end up unwanted after they've reproduced - just like Loki was - and we couldn't be responsible for that.
They are the best of friends & the minute Jamie walks through the door I don't get a look in from the pair of them. Loki sleeps in his arms, receives constant cuddles & Jamie even clears up after him ... Ironically all the things my fiance used to do for me!