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Chihuahuas...The New Generation Rottweiler?


Next door to me, a very likeable three legged chihuahua, known by the moniker "Hashbrown," resides. "Hashbrown" probably weighs in around the eight pound area. Losing her left rear leg in an auto accident probably cost the poor pooch a pound or two. She is as sweet as any dog can be, quite happy to jump onto your lap and curl up like a donut and quietly snooze until you decide to move. I love that little piece of canine sweetness. She is the dream dog until......

Alas, there is another side, an evil, satanic side to this little dynamo. You see, when left alone in her yard this little bug-eyed pup can bark for twelve hours straight. She can bark at the fall of a leaf, the movement of a earthworm, the gurgle of a nearby drain or, for that matter, at absolutely nothing at all. She never wavers in her constant vigilance of all things seen or unseen. She can reach a barking cadence that no human could hope to match.

My neighbor, the owner of this pint sized baritone, is completely understanding of this problematic continual concerto. She graciously has provided access to a key to her abode allowing me to put the offending puppy inside at times of my personal strife. This has allowed for myself and Hashbrown to live in relative peace.

In an attempt to understand a bit more of the breed, the Chihuahua, I did a little Internet research and found some stories that, while they didn't address the issue of any Guiness world records for continuous barking, they did offer some curious and humorous stories involving these tiny Fido's.

The first story, and my favorite, was filed by Fox News on Thursday, June 08, 2006. The headline read as follows:

"Woman Attacked Dog Breeder With Dead Chihuahua, Cops Say"
It seems a St. Peters, Missouri, woman became very angry that her newly purchased puppy had died. The woman felt that the breeder has sold her a 4 week old puppy. She went to the breeders house, forced herself in the door and demanded a "new" puppy. A fight ensued as the breeder wrestled the woman out to the front porch, where the lady proceeded to hit breeder over the head numerous times with the dead chihuahua. It was reported that as the pertrubed driver drove away she waved the dead puppy out of the car's sunroof, while screaming deranged epitaphs at the stunned breeder.

I just couldn't leave this story without a resolution. On June 17, 2006 Lisa Lynn Hopfer, was charged with trespassing and third-degree assault An unidentified man at Lisa's home told the St.Louis Post-Dispatch that "there's another side to the story." After a trial that featured X-rays and pictures of the dead dog, Ms. Hopfer was found guilty and faces up to 18 months in prison and a fine. There's a moral here, I am absolutely sure of it.

"Paris' clothes make the dog at this home"

Paris Hilton owns 10 Chihuahuas. She has them groomed every two days and has a security guard to carry them to and from her various homes.
According to an USA TODAY article, She also dresses the dogs in fashions from her own line of dog clothes. last summer, she has been taking them for walks outside her Malibu beach house. "They like going to the beach," Paris says. "I have little bikinis in my line, so they wear their swimsuits." Did I need to know this and why am I telling you?

"Hearing officer rules Chihuahua is vicious"

A 6 pound Chihuahua was declared vicious by a local court. "Squirt", the offending perro, was found guilty after he nipped two children. Neither child was seriously injured but the hearing officer has mandated that his owners purchase a $100,000 insurance insurance policy or get out of Dodge.

Squirt is rumoured to be lying low at the home of a family friend in northern Iowa.

Meanwhile, "We've got another case coming up that is similar to the Chihuahua case," police Sgt. Raudabaugh said. "Except this one is a Rottweiler."

"Mexican status-seekers drawn to 'gringo' Chihuahuas"

USA TODAY reported, "Some Mexican pet stores have begun selling U.S.-bred Chihuahuas to well heeled customers drawn by the cachet of a American pedigree.----The "imported" tag heightens the allure, says store managers." A local Mexico City store was advertising "imported" puppies for $1,530 each.

In a store in the State of Chihuahua, where the breed draws it's name, about a third of the Chihuahuas sold came from the U.S. It seems the American bred dogs have become a "status symbol". There is a rumor that Mexican breeders are lobbying their President to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop the influx of the illegal undocumented pooches.

The picture above is Elwood, a Chinese Crested-Chihuahua. In June of 2007, Elwood was crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog." I believe he deserved to win.

"No hay mal que por bien no venga" (There's no bad that something good doesn't come from it) -

The Des Moines Register and AP

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By Jen on October 05, 2007 at 03:58 pm
My comment was going to be "That dog is definately a contender for the ugliest dog contest", but since the title has already been rewarded I'll simply say that the image of a woman waving a dead Chihuahua from her sun-roof is both disturbing and hillarious. GREAT imagery!
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By VeroniqueChevalier on October 07, 2007 at 10:00 pm
A friend who is originally from the Mexican state after which the little critters are named, told me that the indigenous people used Chihuahuas as guard dogs. Before scoffing allow me to continue. Their haciendas were surrounded on three sides with cactus thickets (Nature's barbed wire), and the other section was left open. Why, well because each clan had a resident pack of Cheeches. Big deal you say? Well, just imagine if you are an intruder to such premises, and are suddenly confronted with a choir of yappers, and then their 10 of more sets of needle-sharp teeth find their way to your ankles. Would you be likely ever to return if you lived through the melee? There is strength in numbers, even with these tiny canines. Personally, I pity Paris if her pack animals ever develop amnesia and turn their teeth on her. Their ire at being forced to dress in drag would probably make her time in the slammer seem Disney-esque by comparison.
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