Chihuahua therapy dogs

I’ve always thought chihuahuas would make great therapy dogs because they are portable, natural lap dogs and have entertaining personalities. They could easily share a patient’s bed and sit on the laps of children or very weak patients. Last week there were several news stories that featured chihuahuas as therapy dogs.
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Hero chihuahua alerts owner to fire

Southtown Star News - Hubcaps can do more than just jazz up a tire. They can smell smoke and alert their owner of a potential danger.

That’s what happened early Monday morning in Burbank.
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This is why people should not breed chihuahuas

Pasadena Star News - “Having to put down a beloved pet is every master’s nightmare.

The Noriega family of Norwalk was faced last month with the cruel decision when their 5-year-old Chihuahua, Susie, had severe complications after giving birth to a stillborn puppy.
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Editorial: Pets and real estate

The New York Times recently had an article, “So, Do I Make the Cut?”, highlighting the problems pet owners faced when renting or buying apartments in Manhattan.

Among the ridiculous things mentioned in the article:

  • Bogie, a 12 lb shih tzu, had to pass an “admission exam” in front of the building manager and lawyer of a luxury rental building. (Bogie passed, but his owner opted for a more pet-friendly building in a $7000-a-month-2-bedroom.)
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Editorial: The rising popularity of small dogs

The New York Times recently published an editorial by Mark Derr titled “The Little Dog Has His Day,” that embraced the rising popularity of small breeds. Mr. Derr is better known for being fond of larger dogs and critical of the breeding practices that has produced mutant toy breeds. According to him, toy breeds are “eentsy, primped and preened, frivolous creatures that tremble and yap.” He is a self-professed “canine sizest.” More on Editorial: The rising popularity of small dogs

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PETCO’s Search for the Fastest Chihuahua

As a volunteer for Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, I’m working with PETCO again this year to promote its 3rd annual Search for the Fastest Chihuahua. This year, 15 cities have been chosen for the regional races to be held over 3 weekends (May 5: Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Miami. May 12: Boston, Phoenix, Anaheim, San Francisco and Dallas. May 19: Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Houston and Washington, D.C). The winner of each region will be flown with their owner to San Diego for the National Finals on September 2, at PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. The best thing is that the final race will be held in between innings during a major baseball game! More on PETCO’s Search for the Fastest Chihuahua

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