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Picking a Good Breeder Kylie D. Hart A Country Music ORIGINAL! CHIHUAHUA Connection


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Apr/May 2011 Volume 8, Issue 3, Expanded Edition Publisher & Editor: Tamara Sevigny Contributing Writers: Marilyn Marks, Debra J. White, Beth Lockhart, Scott Hayes, Amy Jarecki, Tamara Sevigny and our readers. Photography: By our readers ON THE COVER: Emma, also known as “Baby Emma,” was born with a cleft palate and was rescued as a baby in 2008. She required hand feeding and a lot of fund raising for her surgeries. More information on Emma can be seen on page 25. CHIHUAHUA Connection is published 8 times per year and is distributed through subscription (for the standard edition, 2836 pages) for an annual fee of $31.95. Foreign subscriptions are $59.95. (Canada/Mexico $49.95). Six month subscriptions are available (4 issues); $16.95 USA, $25.95 Canada/Mexico, $30.95 international. Expanded subscriptions (48+ pages) are available electronically for $14.95 per year (8 issues). Printed expanded issues are currently only available on a per issue basis. Subscribe online at or make checks/money orders payable in U.S. Dollars to Chihuahua Connection; PO Box 579, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Advertising Rates: contact us for current advertising rates:, 860-237-5254, Submissions: Photos, stories about readers’ dogs, events, tips, Chihuahua news, articles, obituaries, poems, birthdays, announcements and other Chihuahua related topics are welcome. Back issues can be ordered at a cost of $10 per copy. Content of the articles or advertisements in this publication do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or opinions of the editor or publisher. We reserve the right to edit any submissions and to refuse any submissions or advertising at our discretion. We are not responsible for copy submitted illegally or containing errors. Published by Chihuahua Connection, LLC. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means: electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher or editor. Individual copyrights may be held by contributing writers, photographers and artists; please consult the editor for more information. For more information on Chihuahua Connection visit CHIHUAHUA Connection


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Letter from the editor: Tamara Sevigny. TUT Tails: The Gang. The First in a Fictional Series from the Chihuahua’s Point of View. By Amy Jarecki. Emma & Kylie D. Hart: A Country Music Original. CHRONICLES OF A FOSTER MOTHER: The Story of Nalla. By Beth Lockhart. A Touching Way to Remember: Artist Gretchen Kiefer Offers a Unique Way to Remember Pets.

18-19 SHOPPING: Great Spring Finds. de-tails 5 Chihuahuas Continue Crowding CA Shelters. Japan’s Newest Police Dog is a Chi. BC Chihuahua Rescue.

14, A New Site for Pets to Meet. Toy Boredom? Tougher Regulations on Flea Products. Food Donation program Feeds Hungry Homeless Pets.

health & well being 6 Health and Wellness Q&A Corner. By Andrea Pallone. 7 The Molera. By Scott Hayes. 20-21 Picking a Good Breeder. By Marilyn Marks. getting involved 4 Pictures from GET RESCUED IN Gulfport, FL. 17 Charley Sue. By Debra J. White. 31 Fosters Needed in San Diego.

Chihuahuas of Tampa Bay. Meet Friendly Chihuahuas and Owners in Buffalo, NY. NYC Chihuahua Meetup.


events: Meetups, Fund Raisers, Adoption Events & Specialty Dog Shows.

Reader contributions 9 Doucie & Isabeau. Submitted by Stephanie M. Carpenter.

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THE ‘MISSING’ CHIHUAHUA. Submitted By Louise Trager. SPECIAL Birthday Wishes. Maxx’s Turn. Submitted by Carol Smet. collage. Pictures From Our Readers. BRAG BOOK: Pictures From Our Readers.

fashion 38-39 The Pre-Westminster Fashion and Awards show.


fashion fotos: From Our Readers.


The Posh Puppy Boutique Teams with Disney in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2.


Jewelry Trends Heading for the Dog House.


Oscar’s gone to the dogs: Ada Nieves Dog Versions of the Gowns Featured on the Red Carpet.

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(L to R) Ricco, Beanie & Tazzy.

Dear Readers,


It was such a long winter in the northeast, I’m glad to see it get warmer. The snow is gone and flowers are blooming. My Chis are loving the sunshine and so am I! I’d like to welcome the newest adopted addition to my furkids, Ricco. He’s going to be 1 in June and is the sweetest, loving little long haired boy! Ricco is technically my daughters dog, so they will be entering in the CT’s Classic Chihuahua & Top Dog Competition together on May 1st. There is still time to sign up for the pageant, or if you want to come just to enjoy the food, vendors and free entertainment check it out at Remember, this fund raising event supports local charities and CT’s Classic Chihuahua winner will appear on the cover of Chihuahua Connection Magazine for July/Aug. Lots of changes will continue coming to Chihuahua Connection this year, and all for the better. An online survey gave me a hint at what readers are looking for. If at any time you have an idea, concern or question please get in touch with me. Aside from the rescues we are working with to raise funds for homeless Chis we will be expanding our online issue considerably as you can see. I know most of the subscribers prefer the printed magazines so I’m working on having a printed expanded issue as well. More articles, information and photos will be used in departments such as health, training, feeding, helpful tips, fashion, readers contributions with contests, photo pages and stories, more extensive event listings, event photos, meetup and rescue information, updates from online Chi groups, articles on rescue and more. There is a lot to come! We have many new writers and contributors working hard on this! If you have a rescue group, meetup or online group who wants to submit events or information please email me at chihuahuaconnection@ On another note, Chihuahua Connection has a great web site with lots of information and pictures. There is also an electronic newsletter that keeps you up to date on deadlines, photo requests, last minute contests and surveys. Chihuahua Connection and I are both on Facebook as well, and quite often I post updates and photo requests there, so check it out! I hope to see you online. If you’ve never sent photos in, send them in! We’re also always looking for reader’s stories, fashion photos, drawings, tips & info., rainbow bridge goodbyes, pictures and did I mention pictures?

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~Tamara, Tazzy, Beanie & Ricco

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Get Rescued in Gulfport was a great success! If you missed it in 2011, check it out in 2012 on February 25 in Gulfport, FL, a dog friendly city. For more information visit

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Chihuahuas Continue Crowding CA Shelters Chihuahuas make up 30 percent or more of the dog populations at many California shelters. The problem appears to be specific to California. Shelters elsewhere would love to share the wealth. Shelters in the east find that small dogs place easily, and Chihuahuas are in high demand. Chihuahuas are the most popular breed of dog in Los Angeles, so it makes sense it is the most abandoned. Some shelters receive as many as 10 a day. That can be as many as 300+ per month per shelter! The popularity is largely due to movies and celebrities. Impulse buys and uneducated owners end up with a Chi they can’t handle because they never trained or socialized the dog. Many Chis that come from puppy mills and pet stores end up with health problems that the owners can’t handle or afford. Sadly many are put on death row in CA. If you are looking to adopt check and search in the CA shelters. Sometimes transports are available!


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British Columbia Chihuahua Rescue

BC Chihuahua Rescue takes in dogs from BC, Washington, Oregon and we have recently started reaching out to death row Chis in California. Since last August we have taken in 46 dogs and placed them with their forever families. All dogs taken in by us have been vetted. We make sure they are up to date with shots, spayed or neutered and have dentals. Recently we took in three California death row Chis who were pulled out within an hour of being euthanized. They have the most amazing and loving personalities ever. BC Chi Rescue also uses online social networking sites to help Chis in need. The facebook page M.A.D. About Rescue has grown on a daily basis since starting up last August. It has an amazing network of rescue people that have been invaluable when a dog is in need. Recently we put out a plea to help three dogs “Peanut,” “Lucky Duck” and “Benjamin” who were on their last day in a California shelter. Within an hour of posting, the members on our M.A.D. web site had these dogs arranged to be pulled from their certain death and were in foster homes! Please find BC Chihuahua Rescue on facebook, become a member of the M.A.D. About Rescue page, or visit www.

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Japan’s Newest Police Dog is a Chi Momo (Peach) is one of the world’s smallest police dogs at 6.6 pounds. She passed exams to become a police dog in the western Japanese prefecture of Nara in November, 2010. The long haired brown and white Momo was one of 32 successful candidates out of 70 dogs who passed a search and rescue test. They were required to find a person in five minutes after only smelling a hat. Momo will work on rescue operations in case of emergencies. Her tiny size will allow her to squeeze into narrow places during search and rescue missions. CHIHUAHUA Connection

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Chihuahua Health and Wellness Q&A Corner


To my fellow Chihuahua Lovers, I would like to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Andrea Pallone, 29, from upstate NY. I am an office manager by day and a Chihuahua enthusiast...all of the time! I currently share my home with my husband and four wonderful Chihuahuas: Lucy, Ricki, Dezireé and Mouse. I have raised and grown with the breed for the last 10 years and would like to introduce the opportunity for other owners to ask questions that they may have about their Chi. These can be health and wellness related, as well as training, behavior and grooming issues. I am not a certified or licensed expert, but I promise to do the research needed to get you the correct answers to your questions and / or concerns. Please forward any questions to I look forward to hearing from you! ~Andrea D: WANTE for Photos ue /Aug iss y l u J e h t

Happy Birthday to Chuck, who will be 4 years old on May 13. (AKA The Chuckster). ~Kathy Ungler, Nazareth, PA

“Angel Jimbo” recently celebrated his 12th birthday. Happy Birthday! ~Arielle & Meya Ostland, West Palm Beach, FL

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Beso, Ceja’s Kissed By An Angel. Photo submitted by Danna Ceja, enhanced by Tamara Sevigny.

By Scott Hayes The fontanel, or the molera, is a soft spot on the top of your Chihuahua’s head. It is similar to that of a newborn human. Many Chihuahua puppies are born with the molera, and there are just as many born without one. This trait is normal and common in small breeds, but is seen mostly in the Chihuahua. In the past, the molera was accepted as a mark of purity in the breed, and it is still mentioned in most Chihuahua breed standards all over the world. The fontanel is the area at the top of the skull where the bone plates merge. When puppies are born, the bony plates of the skull are usually partly soft and separated. Generally this area closes to a tiny spot by the time the puppy is about one year old. Sometimes the bony plates never completely fuse, leaving a hole in the top of the skull that has a soft mushy feel when you touch it, and may vary in shape and size. The major difficulty with owning a Chihuahua with a molera is the stress for the owner. There is constant concern that the spot will be damaged, especially since a Chihuahua with a molera will be as active as any Chihuahua without one. As long as the owner takes a few precautions most

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Chihuahuas do just fine. Precautions include protecting the dog from being hit on the head, preventing situations where the dog might fall, and not allowing the dog to jump from furniture, beds, etc. It is not recommended that a Chihuahua with a molera be added to a family with very young children for these reasons. Unfortunately those not familiar with the breed, and even some veterinarians, misdiagnose the presence of a molera as hyprocephalus. Hyprocephalus, also known as ‘water on the brain’, is the accumulation of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and is not at all normal, nor is it curable. The Chihuahua Club of America informs us that through the observations of many veterinarians and devoted breeders, there is adequate medical evidence to support that the presence of a molera in the Chihuahua and/or other toy breeds is normal. It does not necessarily mean it should be associated with the condition known as hydrocephalus. On the contrary, the molera is a very common and perfectly normal trait in the Chihuahua breed. With or without a molera, a healthy Chihuahua that is loved and given proper veterinary care will live well into its teens as a treasured member of the family.

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Three year old Isabeau Ella-Marie in her 1st Tammy Peace dress and five year old Doucie.

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My 1st Chi, PixieDust, was born sick. We had no idea. We lost her at 1 1/2 years old. She loved everyone, from babies to the elderly. She never barked and she was the sweetest dog I ever knew. Losing her was the hardest thing I have ever been through, but I held her lil’ head in my hands as she went to the rainbow bridge. I knew I had to have another Chi, there is just something about the breed that I will always love. About a month later, I got Doucie. Unfortunately, I have had a lot of hardships with her. So I was fortunate and got another pup. It has been wonderful for her and I both. Doucie has mellowed out considerably and the two of us get along better. She gets along well with Isabeau too. Isabeau rules the roost, so to speak, which is comical because Doucie is 17 lbs. and Isabeau is 6 lbs. I love to hear the sounds of pitter pattering paws on the floor, it makes all my troubles disappear. Isabeau is my lil’ love bug. She loves to give kisses and loves to have her belly rubbed. She never has a bad day. I love all dogs, but I love my dogs immensely! God has truly blessed me with the additions to my family. ~Stephanie M. Carpenter Send your story:

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The Gang

The first in a fictional series from the Chihuahua’s point of view By Amy Jarecki Tut, the white-on-fawn long coat, felt bored as he rested his head on his paws and stared at his kennel mates, Austin, a long coat and Poco, a smooth. Mom went out someplace with Samantha, and Tut missed his girl. Ah, Samantha, he thought, she’s what dreams are made of; a petite white smooth coat, with saucy eyes, long slender legs, a cute tail that arched over her back and the prettiest apple dome he had ever seen. But the thing that got him most about Sam was her smell. Every time she walked past, Tut would lose his mind. It didn’t matter what he was doing, he could think of nothing but to breathe in her hypnotic perfume. Tut looked over at Austin, the wimp, who growls a lot but sticks to his crate. Then his eyes shifted to Poco who thought he was a tough guy, but Tut knew who the real stud was. One of Tut’s missions in life was to drive Poco insane. “Come on sucka!” Tut said through the bars of his ex-pen. Poco opened one eye and said, “Shut it, Tut. When Mom lets me out of this pen I’m gonna rip your heart out.” “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that a million times. You’ll forget how tough you are as soon as she lets you out. You’ll be so happy to go outside…and me? I’ll be sooooo happy to see Samantha!” Agitated, Poco paced back and forth in his ex-pen. “You got to leave that girl alone…she’s gonna bite your nose off, and that’s not just talk. I think you drive her crazy.” “Yep. You’re right. I do drive her cr-azy,” Tut said, rolling on his back, rubbing an itch.

Austin was passively listening and growled, “You drive her a bad crazy. She drives you a good crazy, she drives me crazy too; that’s when I’m not trying to sleep. I’m sleeping now so would ya shuddup?” “Common, Austin, get up and lift the latch on my expen,” Tut urged. “Sleeping,” Austin said. The sound of the garage door thundered through the house. “Hey guys, Mom’s home, let’s make sure she knows we’re stuck in the dog room!” “Yeah!” Austin barked, and joined in to sound the alarm. “There she is, hey Mom, look at me, pick me up, me first, me first, oh me, me, me!” They all said at once. “Doggies! Want to go outside?” “Sweet freedom!” Tut ran past Mom and raced the others for the door, but suddenly stopped short. “Sa-MAN-tha!” “Hey Tutty, what’d you do while I was out with Mom?” she asked, swishing that sexy tail. Tut sauntered in a circle around her, breathing in her heavenly scent. “All I did was think of you, gorgeous.” Tut was smitten and Sam knew it. If she asked, Tut would share his weasel squeaky toy with her; all she had to do was wag her tail. …Get to know Tut and his kennel mates. Next issue: Tut and the Red Rock Hike.

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Dolly, Adam and Nalla.


The Story of Nalla

By Beth Lockhart, Phoenix, AZ A cascade of wonderful events led me down the path to becoming a foster mother. I own eight Chihuahuas, and I like helping Chihuahuas in need of a home. I am driven by a love for the breed. I believe that animal rescue has two parts - finding a good home for the animal, and keeping that pet in the home. I have learned a great deal from my experiences. I suspect I will stay on this road for a long time. The day I met Nalla, a foster mother was born. Nalla was my first foster puppy. I was drawn to her photo while browsing Craigslist. At that time, my knowledge of things such as puppy mills, backyard breeders, and homeless pets was just beginning. All I knew then was that Nalla needed a home. I was lucky enough to be the first person to respond to the ad. I went to meet Nalla. She was named after a character in the movie Lion King. Nalla was a 9 week old Chihuahua mix and appeared healthy. She was friendly and playful. The young lady who had her had bought her from another online ad. This lady seemed to have minimal experience with animals. Nalla was sleeping in a cardboard box with no bedding. She had no toys. She was urinating on the carpet. She was treated kindly, but her new owner did not know how to care for her. The young lady was a college student and wanted a dog to take with her to college. She bought the dog without CHIHUAHUA Connection

inquiring if her new apartment accepted pets. Three days after she had Nalla, her mother suggested she check on that issue. When she learned that pets were not allowed there, Nalla was put right back up for sale. Her new owner said she wanted Nalla gone as soon as possible, as she did not want to get attached to her. I talked to this young lady about people who buy Chihuahuas for puppy mills or as bait dogs for dog fights, and she appeared horrified. She did not know how to screen potential dog owners. Something inside me said to just give her the cash to get innocent Nalla out of that situation - and do it now. I always carry a dog crate in my car. Nalla came home with me with a bag of puppy chow, a plastic food dish, and a bottle of puppy shampoo, her only possessions. Nalla was sweet, smart and got along well with my other Chihuahuas. She loved all toys. Her housebreaking skills were actually keen. She only wanted to potty outside. I was told she had had one 5 in 1 vaccine. I took her for a vet check. She had coccidia in her stool. No big deal, I could treat that. On her fifth day with me, she came down with bronchitis. After a vaporizer and some antibiotics from the vet, she recovered. I had her spayed, microchipped, and finished her vaccinations. Now I needed to find Nalla a home.

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• A reputable breeder will provide complete written history on the dog. The parents will either be on site or with pictures available. Ask questions about the dog’s history. How often do they breed? How does the facility look? How do the dogs look and act? Where do the dogs stay? Incomplete information, or hesitance to provide information, is characteristic of a backyard breeder or puppy mill. • A rescue or reputable breeder will carefully scrutinize the new home. Indifference to the new home, but a strong interest in taking your money, is characteristic of a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Diego with Nalla. Photos submitted by Beth Lockhart.

• An experienced dog owner probably knows about puppy needs and puppy behavior. If the new family lacks dog experience, it is the responsibility of the source of the dog to provide education on the life of a puppy, what training needs to take place, and to make sure that the new family is willing and able to meet the puppy’s needs.

I located the ad from Nalla’s original breeder, a backyard breeder if there ever was one. This breeder obviously did not talk to Nalla’s first owner about her living arrangements. The ad claimed Nalla would only weigh five pounds. (She weighed three pounds at 9 weeks, so she clearly would weigh much more than five pounds.) I called the breeder and asked for background information and to see pictures of Nalla’s parents. The person on the phone spoke limited English. I managed to get my request across, but I never received the pictures or background information. I felt fortunate to get her date of birth. For fun, I did a DNA swab of Nalla’s cheek. Nalla didn’t look like a show dog, but she did look like a Chihuahua. The DNA swab was run twice and the report said she was Great Pyrenees. I still can’t figure that one out. I was willing to care for Nalla as long as it took to find her a good family. I mentioned to some friends, Dolly and her husband Adam, that perhaps they would like a playmate

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for their other dog. They decided to take Nalla for a trial visit. The visit was supposed to be for a week, but Nalla fit into their home beautifully, and she never came back from her trial visit. Nalla is totally loved and has an incredible life. She runs through their yard like a gazelle. Their nickname for her is “antelopinga.” She understands English and Spanish. Dolly and Adam have rescued dogs, rabbits and birds. Nalla is best friends with their other dog. In fact, they have enjoyed Nalla so much they have since added another Chihuahua to their brood. Nalla has even learned to play with rabbits. Dolly’s elderly parents live with them. Her parents are home all day and like nothing better than to sit and pet Nalla. Dolly’s father, Diego, is especially fond of her, and Nalla is often in his lap. Her father is now fighting cancer. He not only has the love and support of his family during this challenging time, but now he has Nalla, who never leaves his side.

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13, A New Site for Pets to Meet

Social Media has gone to the dogs (and cats)!, recently launched to provide a place where pets can connect with other pets online, to schedule a walk to the park or a play date offline! It is a supportive online community where both pet owners and their pets can meet with others just like them. In addition to meeting other local pets, members of the community have access to important and relevant pet related information, as well as a variety of beneficial resources. Owners and founders Irving Landesbaum and Robert Faynblut, from the NY area, created the site with their pets in mind. recognizes that people build strong emotional bonds with their pets, often treating them as members of the family. It is important to allow these furry loved ones to also create lasting relationships and friendships with other local animals. Therefore, has created a strong and encouraging community where members and their pets can come together and find security in others who share similar values and interests. For adoption groups, pet shelters and organizations with dogs and cats for adoption, can be a great resource for posting adoptable pets for free online. Looking to adopt or find a second playmate for your pet at home? Browse the adoptable pets online and find the perfect match for your family! After visiting and becoming a free member, users can find additional comfort in joining or creating a group that supports animal rights and strongly encourages humane treatment of pets and people alike. is a unique online community for pet owners who want their pet to enjoy a long, healthy, and fulfilling life in the company of another pet. Users can connect with other pets in their area, see what other pet lovers are talking about, and access valuable pet related resources. To create a profile or learn more, please visit www.

Toy Boredom?

Does your Chihuahua have a basket full of toys that he ignores? Don’t shop around for exciting new ones, save some money by changing things up. Go through your current toys and pick out 2 or 3. Put the rest away where your Chi can’t find them. Every few days or once a week rotate the 2 or 3 you have out with 2 or 3 that were hidden. Be enthusiastic when you bring out the “new” toys. Throw the toys around and act silly ~ your Chi will love it! Keep special toys out of reach all the time until you are ready to offer your undivided attention for special play time. Put the toy away as soon as you’re done. Your Chi will come to expect a special one-on-one play time whenever that toy comes out. By rotating your toys every few days you will keep your Chi from getting bored too easily with the “same old toys,” while saving yourself a few dollars.

Tougher Regulations on Flea Products

Increased reports of adverse reactions to spot on flea and tick controls has prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to toughen testing for new and existing flea products. Complaints went from 28,000 in 2007 to 44,000 in 2008. While most reactions are minor, some were more serious including seizures and even death. The EPA found that the products affected small-breed dogs more often than larger breeds. Check with your vet for actual doses needed for your dog. Some are as little as 0.03ml. per lb. The larger doses provided can be divided up and administered with a syringe. So not only will the “monthly” doses last you longer, but your Chihuahua will be getting the proper amount. Changes by the EPA will include labels with narrower weight ranges so dogs receive the correct dose for their size. Labels will be easier to understand. More information can be found at pesticides/health/petproductseval.html.

Food Donation Program Feeds Hungry Homeless Pets Scott Morgan and one of his four-legged companions.

Share the Love Pet Food Bank is a unique company geared toward feeding hungry homeless pets. The nonprofit started last year by Scott Morgan in North Carolina. So far more than 75,000 pounds of food has been distributed to dozens of animal rescue groups and shelters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. With a “Robin Hood” type philosophy Morgan acquires discarded food from major manufacturers and distributes to where it’s needed most. Thousands of pounds of perfectly good food gets thrown out simply because of mislabeling or damage. This is where Morgan steps in and connects the supply with the demand. Share the Love distributes not only food but supplies from the Winston-Salem warehouse. Plans for opening three more distribution points are in order to help reach more animal groups in need. Share the Love Food Bank hopes to be national eventually in order to help shelters and rescue groups in the struggling economy. To learn more visit

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Charley Sue Tina Eacret and Charley Sue. Submitted by Debra J. White.

By Debra J. White No one wanted Charley Sue, a ten year-old Chihuahua, at the county shelter in Phoenix, a dismal fate shared by so many other dogs and cats. Rescues take as many as they can for a second chance at life. That’s what happened to Charley Sue. A worker who evaluates dogs and cats saw something special in Charley Sue and brought her back to the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA, the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Being unwanted was the least of Charley Sue’s issues. Neurological damage threw her off balance. She didn’t walk but spun in circles, leaning to the right. Her eyesight was nearly gone. Strangers terrified her. And she wasn’t potty trained, despite her old age. Enter Tina Eacret, Chihuahua lover extraordinaire and director of volunteer services and special events for the shelter. As Charley Sue underwent a thorough evaluation in the shelter’s clinic, Eacret passed through. The frail Chihuahua grabbed her attention. “I found out she needed a foster home so I said she’ll come home with me,” Eacret says. She currently has 9 dogs and 3 cats. All the dogs are Chihuahuas. Eye Care for Animals in Gilbert evaluated Charley Sue. A veterinary specialist diagnosed a condition called moth eaten retinas, Eacret says. It is possible that Charley’s mother received little or no veterinary care and her puppies were infected with distemper. No one really knows. Eacret says Charley Sue has accidents in her crate and CHIHUAHUA Connection

throughout the house including her bed. “She often urinates where she sleeps,” Eacret says, which is unusual behavior. With time, patience and diligence, however, Charley Sue improved her potty training. “She’s not perfect but she’s better,” Eacret says. Interestingly, Eacret says Charley places her front paws on visitors, other pets and family members, almost in the same way a blind person greets people – through touch. “It’s like her way of exploring, and I find her fascinating.” Regardless of the etiology of Charley Sue’s vision loss and neurological deficits, the shelter deemed her unadoptable. Who would want an old, nearly blind Chihuahua with serious house training issues? On December 30, 2010 Eacret and her loyal and loving husband Tim made Charley part of their family. “She comes to work with me almost every day,” Eacret says. “She sleeps in a cozy bed next to Mabel, a 15 year old Chihuahua I adopted from the county a few years ago.” Eacret is thankful she’s in a position to give Charley Sue the second chance she deserves. No doubt Charley Sue agrees in her own way. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says that rescue partners like the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA are a valuable asset to their shelter by finding homes for animals that may not be adopted under regular shelter circumstances according to Aprille Hollis public information officer for the shelter.

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Chihuahua Easter Mug “Happy Easter...or what’s left of it”. Featuring a naughty Chihuahua wearing bunny ears, bunny tail in his mouth, surrounded by his half eaten candy. * Measures 3.75” tall, 3” diameter * Dishwasher and microwave safe Product Number: 030-437768364 877-809-1659 $16.99

Te Quiero Chihuahua Rescue Me Tote * 100% cotton canvas shell. * Built in leash clip. * Includes 1 micro mink (not animal fur) snap out lining (1/2” diameter gold snaps) and one flat cotton signature lining. * Removable, signature lined support board. * Hanging interior pocket. * 4 quality gold paw purse feet. * Padded, non-slip, dual shoulder straps. * 10” high x 9” deep x 16” long, strap: 24” long, 1 1/2” wide, 10” drop. 234-PET-BAGS (738-2247) $209.95

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Daisy Swirl Harness Dress Pink/green/black swirly fabric with daisy appliques. Trimmed in pink gingham fabric with 2-tone tulle underskirt. Accented with a detachable satin bow. D-ring harness for easy walking. Velcro Closures at neck and chest. Custom made in the U.S.A. Dry Clean only. Sizes: XS-XL 403-472-1919 $41.97

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Breeder By Marilyn Marks Certified Professional Dog Trainer from The Good Dog Spot in Bloomfield, CT

Are you planning on getting a puppy? You’ve researched breeds and are picking Chihuahuas because they suit your lifestyle, right? Well, then you’re ready to shop around. You want to pick not just the right breed, but also the right individual puppy for you! If you’re into showing dogs, then you know exactly what you’re looking for and how to tell if a certain puppy has it, and you may not care whether the pup is difficult to housebreak or nips too hard. But if you’re looking for a pet dog, what should you be looking for? You probably would like a puppy that already knows to potty on grass, will rest calmly in a crate, enjoys meeting new people and dogs, listens when you set limits and isn’t going to become aggressive as an adult. In that case, you need a puppy who got a good start in life, not just from good genetics, but also from the breeder’s efforts. What a breeder does or doesn’t do during the time they have the pup has a huge impact on how easy or difficult it will be for you to raise the dog. From birth to 16 weeks, the pups learn how to think and feel

and react to their environment at a time when they are developing their brain cells and neural connections faster than ever. These experiences form a foundation that will last them the rest of their lives. Their ability to handle stress by adapting (vs. giving in to fears), their ability to use their teeth lightly and their understanding of how to keep themselves clean are all things they learn early-on. The guidelines on page 19 show specifics about what to keep an eye out for and why. You may feel that the standards are too high, but don’t believe the puppies’ pen can’t be cleaner because they are just puppies; don’t believe it’s ok if the parents or relatives of this pup are aggressive for any reason; don’t believe that it’s normal for breeders to keep dogs and pups kenneled all the time and don’t believe them when they say a dog over 16 weeks that has mostly been kept in one or two environments (such as a kennel run and the family room) will become less fearful and shy once they go home with you. Keep your standards high, ask questions, and since each situation is different, use your good judgment. If you shop around, you will find a breeder who you feel is doing a great job.

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Chooses which pups go to which homes; breeder interviews you as much as you interview them.

Lets new owners choose the one they want; doesn’t ask anything about you.

Good breeders use their knowledge and reputable temperament tests to determine the pup’s personalities and what homes they are likely to fare well in. They do not make this choice based on looks or sex of a dog. Temperament tests are performed by someone not well-known to the dogs.

Gives first puppy shots and informs you of your role in the rest of the series the pup requires.

Gives shots too early (before 6 or 8 weeks) or not at all; does not explain what vaccinations the pup still needs (note: it has become fashionable in holistic circles to not vaccinate, but if you’re not into that as a pet owner, talk to your breeder. If no shots, it should be done for a reason, not out of cost factor or ignorance).

Puppy shots are coordinated to when mom’s immunities, which she gave to the pups through her milk, wear off. The new owners will often have to give the third set, and sometimes even the second.

Sends pups to new homes between 8 & 12 weeks.

Sends pups home prior to 8 weeks or after 16 weeks.

The timing allows for the pup to be at the best developmental moment to transfer to a new environment. Mom and litter mates teach so much prior to 8 weeks, especially how to use teeth lightly. After 16 weeks the socialization window is closed and new experiences may seem threatening.

Gives pups lots of time and experience out of whelping box, so they get handling and exposure to new things from birth on.

Keep pups isolated, often in a garage, Being handled from birth by people backyard kennel, room, cage, etc., who don’t over-do it and scare them until they get a home. helps pups form new bonds later. Exposure to things like a variety of floor surfaces and people helps them adjust to new things later in life. The activity of puzzling out all this “newness” creates neurons, which makes them smart. This cannot be done at a later time in the dog’s life.

Gives pups access to mom even after weaning starts at 4 weeks.

Keeps mom away from pups when she tries to start weaning them.

Mom starts teaching her pups their first lesson in life via weaning: You can’t always get what you want. She does this with gentle but insistent growling and correcting, which unknowledgeable breeders think is aggression. Without this lesson, the pup will be very hard to train!

Allows you to pet mom in the presence of her pups, and to pet all other adult dogs in the household.

Keeps mom away while pups are out; has certain dogs around that you’re only allowed to see, not pet.

If you can’t go near mom with her pups, there is an aggression issue. If certain dogs have to stay in a separate enclosure while you’re there, there are aggression issues. When you’re looking for a pet dog you do not want to any aggression.

Gives pups housebreaking help early by providing adequate space to “go;” keeps the space and the pups clean.

Keeps pups on linoleum or concrete; Pups need to be able to go to another pups’ area is so small they must sleep side of the room or box to do “busior step on their excrement. ness” and not run through it to play or greet people. Whenever possible, pups should have access to grass to potty on (apartment and city-dwellers will prefer pups raised indoors on puppy pads).

Is involved with dog showing in some form, breeds with champion bloodlines or is very knowledgeable of the breed. The dogs are registered through AKC; does not require breeding contract; does require spay/neuter; will take pup back at any age.

Registers with other organizations; doesn’t care what you do with the dog after you buy it.

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By Louise Trager, Sun City, AZ Murray and Louise Trager have two Chihuahuas, 1 year old Cami (L), and 3 year old Max (R). One evening Murray was in the shower and I was sitting on the couch watching television. I had both dogs in the kitchen. We had all just finished eating. It was probably about 7:00PM. About 10 minutes went by, and I noticed Max, but not Cami, at the gate coming into the living room. I walked into the kitchen, calling Cami the whole time, no response. I went out onto the back patio, calling Cami, no dog, no response. Murray, at that point, came out of the shower. I told him Cami was missing.... he proceeded to go through the house looking in every closet in our small house, calling her name - no Cami, no response. Max was just sitting in the kitchen shaking. I went out onto the back patio and checked the door to the yard. It was closed, but unlocked. I went out into the yard area, calling Cami. Murray got dressed and went down the street calling and looking for Cami. He came back, got his pistol and got into the truck. (Wild animals are a problem in our area.) Murray drove down around the block asking some people who were out walking if they had seen her with anyone. I went next door and asked my neighbor if he had seen anyone over at our place during the day. I explained that Cami was missing and he came out to help me look. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I had called my daughter in a panic, she suggested I call 911 and report Cami stolen, which I did. CHIHUAHUA Connection

In the meantime, we walked in back of my house and down behind the houses to the east of our place, probably about 4 or 5 houses (none of these yards are fenced). By this time, it was dark outside and we were using a flashlight. NO CAMI. We walked back up to my back patio area talking. In a panic, I had left the kitchen door open... my neighbor was talking to me when we heard a muffled bark. Mike, my neighbor, thought it was Max but I knew different. It was Cami, but it sounded as if she was in the garage, or in the wall? I walked into the kitchen calling her, nothing. I looked into the garage, no dog, no barking. I was calling her name this whole time. My neighbor yelled into me, “Did you find her?” Again I heard Cami barking, but this time I could tell where it was coming from. Cami had somehow gotten into the cabinet under the sink. She jumped out to me as if to say “Well it’s about time!” I called 911 and reported her found, under the kitchen sink. I’m sure those operators, like my neighbors, had a good laugh that night thinking about the old lady in Sun City with the stolen Chihuahua! Murray and I were never so happy to see a dog as we were to see her. She only barked when she heard a strange voice near her house. Now who said Chihuahuas don’t make good guard dogs?


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BIRTHDAY! This is Mimzy.. .He’ll be 4 May 5th and he’s been with me since he was only 4 weeks old! Happy birthday my little hero! I love you! ~Fawn Frazer, Winchendon, MA

Happy Birth day Nilla (aka Nilla will be Vanilla). 8 years old and shares my d au the 29th of M ghters birthday, a Sweetie..... M y..... Love you om (SueElle n)

Welcome Mimzy’s little brother, Merlin! Merlin’s BIRTHday was Feb, 21, 2011 and he will be joining the Frazer Family in Winchendon, MA

This is Bella and she will be 3 on April 20th. ~ Denise Bast

Happy 3rd Birthday to our darling Bella on May 17. A bright spot in our lives. ~Eric & Shannon Titchnell

Happy Birthday Cody!!! He will be 7 years old on April 15th, he is a sweet and spoiled boy!! Love you!! Jess & Patrick D., Abbeville, LA

Lincoln will be 2 years old on April 19. Proud parents are Turk and Jill Hampson, Chambersburg, PA Walle will be 3 in April. Happy Birthday! ~June kaiser Your Logo & Information Here

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My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies, It comes from the love in my dog’s eyes... Happy 3rd Birthday Little Pedro!

Sable (L) and Ginger (R) are sisters and will be 3 May 3rd. They both came into our lives and have changed it for the better. They have a brother Chachi that they love and terrorize, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. ~Cheryl and Roger Whitford, Troutdale, OR

Macy will be celebrating her 7th birthday on May 12th. Happy birthday sweetie, Love, Mommy & Daddy

Paco will be 3 years old on May 22nd. He has enriched our lives in so many ways! ~Sandi & Jim Bargioni, Sun Lakes, AZ

Daphne was my first Chihuahua and the start of my love for the breed. She will be 5 on May 6th. And my Luke will be 3 May 25th. ~Amy Little, Bedminster, NJ

Happy 1st Birthday Monte! It seems like just yesterday you were the little puppy in this picture! We love you bunches! XOXO, Mommy (Nikki) & Daddy (Jayson), Pennington, NJ

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A Touching Way to


hat your furry companion leaves behind is a legacy of unconditional love. Deciding how to pay tribute to your pet’s life can be overwhelming. For those struggling with what to do comes an unmatched alternative that combines the respectable option of an urn with the accentuated beauty of an original, distinguished plaster portrait making the final resting place as unique as the love you shared. Gretchen’s Creations provides a patent pending 3-dimensional plaster portrait of your pet with the option of ash cremain embedment into the plaster portrait. Gretchen Kiefer, sole artist and owner of Gretchen’s Creations, feels her service, “offers the grieving pet owner a discreet, and dignified way of memorializing.” Whereas most fine art discourages touch, Gretchen’s artwork encourages the opportunity to “touch” the portrait helping keep the joyful memories alive. Gretchen handcrafts each portrait based a personal photograph of your pet. After a photograph has been chosen the process begins. First, a limebased plaster background is created. This foundation is then covered with

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What your furry companion leaves behind is a legacy of unconditional love multiple layers of synthetic, waterbased plaster. Your pet’s ashes are mixed into the first layer of plaster. The remaining layers are manipulated

and accentuated using artist tools, colorants, and sealant with each layer of plaster requiring at least 12 hours of dry time. If this idea seems foreign, it is. Gretchen’s ash-embedded artwork is the only one of its kind using this medium. Gretchen’s journey has been heavily influenced by an inspiring woman, her mother. Gretchen reveals, “My mother taught children who were blind to experience life through touch, which has led to my ongoing appreciation of texture”. Although Gretchen lost her mom and best friend too soon in June 2006, her giving spirit lives within her. Gretchen describes her work as an opportunity to help people heal and begin to enjoy the memories. Again stating, “My hope is one’s hand is drawn to my art before the eye and after the heart.” Gretchen also offers the same style portraits for those pets that are still full of life as the ash cremains are optional and not required for the completed piece. Regarding her work, “I take great pride in what I do especially if in the process I can help people heal.” For complete information including a video on how a memorial portrait is created please visit

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Meet Maxx, a two and a half year old male Chihuahua. He had a home but something went wrong there and his owner went away leaving him abandoned. Lucky for Maxx a friend stopped by and realized Maxx was left alone in the house. He trapped him into a crate and took him to the Animal Welfare League. I have no idea how long he was left alone with no food or water. So begins Maxx’s journey. Maxx was evaluated for behavior when he first arrived. This meant he bit the lady that was trying to remove him from his crate! So he was titled a biter and placed in a pen. Now don’t misunderstand me, this is a top notch heated shelter. Maxx had a nice pen with toys and fresh food and water. But as time went by without socialization Maxx only became less friendly with people. When someone would stop and look at him he would growl and bark like a real killer, so they walked on by. Two of the men at the shelter worked for eleven months on befriending him. But this was not a daily thing and it was just not enough to change him. Then one day I learn about Maxx’s plight and decided to make a visit to this little fellow. I had no intention of adopting him, just looking. Maxx was brought into the visitation room and was just wonderful. He was excited to be out and happy to get some treats from me. But he didn’t go too far with his happiness. He did eventually climb into my lap for the treats and

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licked my chin. I knew he was meant for me. After filling out my application and a home visit they approved Maxx’s adoption based on my experience with Chi rescues and the understanding that if it didn’t work out Maxx would be returned to the shelter. So several days later, armed with a carrier, I headed to the shelter to bring Maxx home. I was so excited, Maxx, not so much. He growled, barked, showed his teeth and bit my hand. I just ignored his behavior and crated him. When I got him home I set up an x-pen in the kitchen and placed the carrier inside with the door opened. The first two days he hid and came out when no one was around. I sat on the floor waiting for him to come out just in case. By the third day he was out lying on a pillow. I removed the carrier and from that moment on he would allow me to pet him. By the next day I was able to pick him up and hold him. He was starved for attention and love. He has now gone on car trips and is willing to allow strangers to pet him. All cases like Maxx’s don’t work out this easily, but how will we know if we don’t give the dogs a chance? ~Carol Smet and Maxx

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Giving the gift of fostering a Chihuahua is an opportunity to experience firsthand the affections and gratitude of our precious friends on their journey to a forever home. It’s fun, rewarding, and in some cases, it’s the most unexpected gift you can give to yourself and/or your family. Chihuahuas offer unconditional love and such wonderful companionship. Please contact Sabrina with the Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego at 858-245-3317, or visit for more information.

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Lynne Tonte started the Chihuahuas of the Tampa Bay Meetup Group in June 2009 and it has grown to 220 members and counting. Socialization is so very important for the Chihuahua breed and we are always planning fun get togethers. We enjoy festivals, supporting the local rescue groups, dining at restaurants, water parks, kayaking trips, dog park off leash play dates, movie nights, shopping and the list goes on. We are a very active, passionate group who enjoy taking our Chis on all kinds of new adventures. We do love to “spoil” them! Our members have made some special friendships along the way, helping one another with Chi-sitting, supporting and advising on various issues, etc. The Chis all get along so well. I must say we do have an awesome group! For more information visit

Meet Friendly Chihuahuas and Owners in Buffalo, NY

We are a fun group of people with fabulous little dogs and we try to plan interesting and fun play dates at different locations around Buffalo each month. All Chihuahuas and Chi mixes are welcome. Other little dogs who weigh less than 10 pounds are welcome too. It is so important for the little dogs, especially Chihuahuas, to become social and make friends. Watching our little ones get over their shyness and become more playful and make friends is just wonderful. Of course we also notice who is wearing the newest and most fabulous dog clothing styles too! During the summer and warmer months we have outdoor play dates at local parks from the Japanese Gardens in Buffalo, to Como Lake Park in Lancaster, or sometimes at a member’s home who has an enclosed back yard where our dogs can play off leash. We plan walks on weekend afternoons for an hour or so and bring water for the dogs and stop and chat along the way. During the winter and colder months we have indoor play dates at Purrfect Paws Behavioral Center in Tonawanda. We have had birthday parties, Christmas/Holiday celebrations, Valentine’s parties, Mardi Gras events, etc. We bring treats for the little ones and refreshments for us. Staying active in our community is important to us and we help with fund raising events for SPCA, Pet Emergency Fund and other groups that help animals. New members are always welcome! For more information on Buffalo Chihuahua Meetup visit Chihuahua-Buffalo-PlayGroup/

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Happy Easter from Amy Jarecki and Maya (MISTY MORN JUST CALL HER SAM ). Maya is 3 years old and lives in Cedar City, UT.

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The Pre-Westminster Fashion and Awards Show ended a night of exhibitions, recognitions and pure dog fun with the puptials of Champion MORGANS SMALL TOWN SCANDAL aka Gogo and ENVI’S WALKING ON SUNSHINE aka Scarlett. Their wedding court included the celebrated new TV reality show DOGGIE MOMS as flower girls, brides dogs and charm bearers. Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder Nikki Figular with her boy Manny as grooms dog, Nicole Hoffman’s pup Boots as Best Dog, Janie Ohalloran with her CH Rafina Leather N Lace or Lacey as Best Bitch (oops maid of honor!) As dog minister, NYC Celebrity Chihuahua, Eli, with his mom Karen Biehl and celebrity magician Matt Wayne as Usher. After the ceremonies, guests were invited to enjoy cake and cupcakes by Lucy Elba Cupcakes and to take pictures on a beautiful setting made by celebrity events designer, and Macy’s feature floral artist, Jorge Cazzorla. All doggie fashions are by Ada Nieves for dogs. CHIHUAHUA Connection

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OSCARS gone to the dogs...

Tabasco channeling Ann Hathaway ...hey if James Franco can be Marilyn Monroe...Tabasco can be Anne.

Of course my Queen, Vanilla, can’t be left out. Being a more classic Bitch, she went for Reese Witherspoon. Don’t you think they have the same smile? I’ll let you be judge of that!

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Ada Nieves’ Dog Versions of the Gowns Featured on the Red Carpet.

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This is LillyBeth, a rescue foster at the Chihuahua Nieves home in NY. She hopes to find a loving home after many see how pretty she looks in a Penelope Cruz replica of her gown. LillyBeth comes from a PA Amish puppy mill where she was bred and lived in a cage. She deserves her special home and family to love. Even though she gets along great with other pets, we prefer a home where she will rule on her own.At only 10 years of age, she can bring lots of unconditional love for another 7 to 8+ years. For information call 212-477-9119. Way to go Penelope! I’m sure you never thought how much you help just by looking good! Deserves an Oscar!

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Teams with Disney to Give Dogs and Their Owners a Chance to be Spoiled

2 The Posh Puppy Boutique, a leading online boutique featuring clothing and accessories for dogs of all breeds and sizes, teamed up with Disney in a special promotion for the DVD release Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. A simple entry process at could bring anything from a Funjet Vacations Beverly Hills getaway for four to a “Posh Puppy Pack” from The Posh Puppy Boutique, their exclusive vendors and business associates. The Posh Puppy Boutique’s association with Disney came from their being selected as a supplier of clothing, accessories and costumes, which were used in the making of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Jennifer Kirk, owner and President of The Posh Puppy Boutique, took it as a great honor to assist the costume designers working with Disney Productions and realized the opportunity it meant for her business. Kirk commented, “Every area of the pet industry has always been extremely competitive. The Posh Puppy Boutique had always been able to stay ahead of the competition and maintain the level of growth in revenue and inventory I had envisioned. When the realities of the economy came to light, I knew it was time to get creative. These are the moments in business the text books can’t teach you. You have to go with your gut and trust in your product. Our association with Disney for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 was an exciting opportunity for The Posh Puppy Boutique, which has exploded now with this fun contest.” The union that’s been cultivated between Disney and The Posh Puppy Boutique will result in Kirk’s company being recognized online at the web site as well as with flyers inserted in millions of the Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 DVDs. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 features the return of everybody’s favorite talking Chihuahuas in a comedy that’s a pack of outrageous fun for the whole family. Newlywed Chihuahua parents, Papi and Chloe, take on a new life with their playful puppies. But, when their human owners find themselves in trouble, the tiny pups will stop at nothing to save them--because in good times and hard times, the family always sticks together. Papi, Chloe and the puppies embark on a heroic adventure, proving once again that big heroes come in small packages. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 features an all-star cast led by comedian and now late night talk show host George Lopez as Papi. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 is available in a Blu-ray combo pack (includes Blu-ray and DVD of the movie), 1-disc DVD and Movie Download. The Posh Puppy Boutique’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 sweepstakes launched January 1, 2011. Every puppy and dog owner should visit to enter for a chance to win the “Posh Puppy Pack” valued at over $3,000 of clothing, accessories and treats for the canine companion, as well as a trip for four from Disney, Funjet Vacations and The Posh Puppy Boutique to Beverly Hills. The Posh Puppy Boutique’s Jennifer Kirk summed up the teaming with Disney so far by saying, “I know that thinking outside of the box can create some surprises, but this ride keeps getting more fun every day!” About The Posh Puppy Boutique Posh Puppy Boutique is an upscale doggy boutique headquartered in Rocklin, California and online at They cater to give their clients’ dogs only the best in life. The Posh Puppy Boutique offers a large selection of clothing, accessories, beds, carriers, gift ideas and more for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Posh Puppy Boutique also supports a variety of local and national dog welfare charities and organizations. CHIHUAHUA Connection

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According to the 2010 Pet Products Trend Report, more and more companies traditionally known for human products are going to the dogs, and cats. Big name companies including Paul Mitchell, Omaha Steaks, Origins, Harley Davidson and Old Navy are now offering lines of pet products ranging from dog shampoo, pet attire, and name-brand toys to gourmet treats and food. The jewelry industry is no exception to this trend and many designers are expanding their lines to include pieces made specifically for dogs. Sandra Winick, born in Brazil and a former international model, is now expressing her passion for design through a line of jewelry for dogs and dog lovers called Bling Bone. Sandra, whose family has been in the jewelry business in NYC for over 50 years, has broken into a whole new market for jewelry with her beautiful line of personalized puppy tags as well as a ‘grab n go’ pet jewelry line, any diva could drool over! The idea for these glamorous accessories with dogs in mind came to Sandra in October of 2008 when she designed a jeweled “woof” necklace to donate as a prize at a “Chil-o-ween” event, Halloween for Chihuahuas, and the crowd went wild over it. Seeing the overwhelming popularity for her doggie necklace combined with her own personal dedication to pets inspired Sandra to create more “woof” charms and necklaces for other dog lovers to buy. Additionally, she is donating 100% of the proceeds from one of her products, the Beth O. Bling Bone Diamond Charm Bracelet, to the North Shore Animal League. Sandra is especially dedicated to helping pets in shelters and donating to organizations that help pets with no home. To learn more about Bling Bone and to take a sneak peek, visit the web site at or call 212-730-CHIC (2442).

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Events April 16 - 2nd Annual Boutique Crawl (limited space) with Chihuahuas of the Tampa Bay Area, 10:00 AM. Downtown Dogs, 1631 W Snow Circle Tampa, FL. April 16 - The Buffalo NY Chihuahua Meetup Group playdate, 5:15 PM. PurrfectPaws, 2925 Sheridan Drive, (corner of Eggert) Tonawanda, NY. April 17 - Chihuahua Club of Atlanta - Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA. For additional information contact: Onofrio Dog Shows, L.L.C., Superintendent, PO Box 25764, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0764, (405) 427-8181, mail@ Types Offered: S / SWPC. Judges: S: Mrs. Charlotte P. Patterson, SWPC: Robin Herbert. April 17 - SPCA Walk - Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD, 11 AM. For more information contact or visit April 22 - Chihuahua Club of Maryland - Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD. For additional information contact: MB-F Inc., Superintendent, PO Box 22107, Greensboro, NC 27420-2107, (336) 379-9352, (Morning) Types Offered: S. Judges: S: Rita Holloway. (Afternoon) Types Offered: S / SWPC. Judges: S: Mrs. Fidelma Doherty Dixie, SWPC: Melanie Newel. April 22 - Chihuahua Club of Northern California - Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, CA. For additional information contact: Bonnie Prato, Event Secretary, 5252 Shafter Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1051, (510) 653-8883, Types Offered: S / SWPC. Judges: S: Donna Greenamyer, SWPC: Sue Chulick. April 23 - Chicks, Bunnies and Chis! - 10:00 AM with Chihuahuas of the Tampa Bay Area. Crest Lake Dog Park, 1556 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, FL. April 24 & May 22- Chihuahua Meet Up San Diego - 4:00 PM. Capehart Park - Felspar/Soledad Mt Rd San Diego, CA. www.meetup. com/chihuahua-10. April 29 - Southern California Chihuahua Club - Ontario Airport Marriott, 2200 E Holt Blvd, Ontario, CA. Closing Date: Wednesday April 13, 2011. For additional information contact: Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows, Superintendent, PO Box 227303, Los Angeles, CA 90022-0718, (323) 727-0136, Types Offered: S / JSHW. Judges: JSHW: Mr. Frank T. Sabella, S: Mr. Frank T. Sabella. April 30 - Chihuahua Club of America, Inc. - Ontario Airport Marriott, 2200 E Holt Blvd, Ontario, CA. Closing Date: Wednesday - April 13, 2011. For additional information contact: K. Suzanne Stephens, Event Secretary, 6612 Blue Heron Dr, Huntington Beach, CA 926482652, (720) 987-8444. Types Offered: PS / JSHW. Judges: JSHW: Ms. Patricia A. Larrissey, PS: Ms. Patricia A. Larrissey.

May 7 - Cinco de Mayo Festival and Chihuahua Races. 10AM-7PM. Downtown Chandler Public Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware Place, Chandler, AZ. May 8 & June 12 - Brooklyn Chihuahua Group Monthly Meetup Paws In Paradise - 410 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY, 2:00 PM. www.meetup. com/chihuahua-308. May 9 - PAWS, PALS & PUTTS Golf Tournament - Del Paso Country Club, 3333 Marconi Avenue, Sacramento, CA. Visit to register today! May 20 - Chihuahua Club of Oklahoma - Biltmore Hotel Oklahoma, 401 S Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK. Closing Date: Wednesday - May 4, 2011. For additional information contact: Onofrio Dog Shows, L.L.C., Superintendent, PO Box 25764, Oklahoma City, OK 731250764, (405) 427-8181, Types Offered: S / SWPC. Judges: S: Mr. Stephen P. Regan, SWPC: Mr. Clarence (Jay) Lee. May 15 - Chi Splash & Playtime - 12:00 PM with Chihuahuas of the Tampa Bay Area. Love My Dog Resort & Playground, 6427 54th Ave N St Petersburg, FL. May 28 - Heart of New England Chihuahua Club - Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA. Closing Date: Wednesday - May 11, 2011. For additional information contact: Thomas Baldwin, Event Secretary, P.O. Box 243, Ludlow, MA 010560243, (413) 583-3128, Types Offered: JSHW / O / LB. Judges: JSHW: Mrs. Florence A. Males, LB: Mr. Norman L. Patton, O: Ms. Janet Lewis. June 5 - 4th Annual Whisker Walk - Lancaster Fair Grounds, Lancaster MA, 11 AM - 3 PM,

ADOPTION EVENTS ARIZONA 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of the month: Petsmart, West side: AMC shopping center at 17 and the 101, Scottsdale, AZ, 11 AM - 3 PM. 4th Saturday of the month: Petsmart, 4374 N Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ, 10 AM - 2 PM. 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month: Petsmart, 1900 E Rio Salado Pkwy/101, Tempe, AZ, 10 AM - 3 PM. Arizona Chihuahua Rescue, GEORGIA Sunday Adoptions: Petco, 4209 Washington Road, Evans, GA, 12:30 PM - 4 PM. CSRA Chihuahua Rescue, Inc., 706-863-8071,

May 1 & June 5 - The Tucson Chihuahua Meetup Group - 2:00 PM. Reid Park, 900 South Randolph Way (by the entrance near the Cancer Survivor’s Memorial.)

OKLAHOMA 1st Saturday of each month: Petsmart, 2932 Northwest 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK, 11 AM - 4 PM. 2nd Saturday of each month: Petco, 7001A NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK, 11 AM - 4 PM. 3rd Saturday of each month: Petsmart at I-40 and MacArthur Blvd., 6327 SW 3rd St., Oklahoma City, OK, 11 AM - 4 PM. 4th Saturday of each month: Petsmart, 1921 S Broadway St., Edmond, OK, 10:30 AM - 4 PM. Because Of You Chihuahua Rescue, Inc.,

May 1 - Chi Mother’s Day Brunch - 11:30 AM with Chihuahuas of the Tampa Bay Area. Sweet Sage Cafe, 16725 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach, FL.

TEXAS 2nd Saturday of every month: Petsmart, 3333 Preston Rd., Frisco, TX, 11 AM - 3 PM. CRT,, 972-668-4311.

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Brag Book

This is Daisy meeting with the Easter Bunny. ~Maggie, NY

My name is Lil Bit and this is my way of gett ing attention. It works very wel l with the treats I always get. I’ m so cute! ~Donna Cossa boon, Cedarville, NJ

~ Brenda DiGiovanni


air Chihuahua Bella, a two year old long-h loves to wear lla from Northern Vermont. Be on agility perforrk wo to es lov dresses and she companion. mances. She is a wonderful ~Cyndi Newett


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This is our baby Prada, taking her first bath. She is the sweetest little girl and loves to give lots of kisses to everyone :) ~ Parastou Emami, UK Submit Your Brag Book Photos!

This 9 year old girl is all tuckered out! ~ Carolann


Submit Your Birthday Wishes! $5 donation

support Chi Rescue! When you support us, ~ Remember, Free ofweCharge, as space permits. you support Chi Rescue too! Photos will still be accepted FREE of charge, as space permits. Or mail to: Chihuahua Connection PO Box 579, Old Lyme, CT 06371 . Include a SASE for guaranteed return of photos.

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Maxi h. We love him very muc This is our dog Maxi. ranjo, Ceres, CA Na ~Anthony & Areline

My name is Hershie Bloom. I’m very sweet and love to give kisses, but you never get any calories. ~XOXO Hershie & Pamela

This is a picture of Puppydog, my 10 year old Chihuahua. My name is Wanda Harrison and I’ve been the organizer of the Dade County Chihuahua Meetup Group since 2003 located in Miami Beach, FL

Bella Fox

g-haired Chihuahua, This is my beloved lon Bella Fox. mond, VA ~Samantha Seay, Rich


Pigglet with her buddies, Millie (white Poodle / Chi) and Dunkin (Bloodhound mix).

Belle, adopted from the Arizona Humane Society, competing on the agility circuit. Belle is owned by Carole Weiner of Sun Lakes, AZ

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