Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Handmade Chihuahua Items!

Last night, I was poking around my favorite site, Etsy. For those of you not familiar with Etsy, it's a site for independent artists and crafters to sell their work. It's an incredible place to find unique, one-of-a-kind items and support artists.

Well, on a whim, I decided to enter "chihuahua" into the search bar, and found TONS of amazing items. I want so many of them it's ridiculous! So, I decided to share a few of my top favs:

This incredibly detailed chihuahua bead was handcrafted by Nanjo Dogs. I've admired her work via her blog for a long time. She does all kinds of great creature art, including a lot of different dog breeds. You can read her blog here.

Another blogger and Etsy-er is Kay's K9's. She makes the most amazing needle felted sculptures of dogs. Her custom pieces are incredible, and you can see a lot of them on her blog here.

This gorgeous necklace is from Caja Jewelry, and she does them in several different breeds.I just love how simple and elegant the silhouette is.

This pendant from Wild Wild Things is just a tiny sample of all of the wonderful things Dottie has in her shop. She does fantastic art featuring a wide variety of dog breeds, which you can have turned into a pendant or a magnet, or as an art print. She also does custom work. I think everything in her shop is killer.

This grey fleece sweatshirt from No More Nekkid Dogs (great name) features a cute little embroidered dog and the words "This is my other child, dressed in Fur". I'm going to have to get one for my doggies. The lovely Jolene has even offered 10% off any item in her shop to anyone who mentions my blog :)

This stained glass work comes from Trickett Glass and is stunning. I hope I can afford this piece someday soon.

As I said, these are only a few of the great Chihuahua art featured on Etsy. Be sure to go over and check it out for yourself!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Puppy Play Time

Lately we've been working hard on socializing the boys with other dogs. Lately Loki has been barking at every strange dog we come across, and both Ares and Loki show no interest in playing with any dogs that aren't chihuahuas. So, every Saturday we've been taking them to a puppy socialization group at our local PetCo. The boys have been doing better, but are still hesitant to play with any dogs who aren't chihuahuas.
So, we were thrilled when yesterday Sheila, from Silver Spoon Chihuahuas, where we got our boys, asked if she could bring over their litter mate Tequila, and their new brother, B.C. All of the dogs had a blast!

Loki Ares and Tequila all had to give my husband some love

Ares did a great job sharing with the new puppy, B.C.

Even though it was brief, the boys had a great time visiting and playing with their siblings. Rarely do we see them frolicking as happily as they do with other chis.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The New Addition

So, it's official- We're getting another chihuahua baby!
I've been thinking about it for a while now, and really decided we could handle it. We have more than enough love and resources to care for another sweet chihuahua.

I knew I wanted a female, since we already have two boys, and another male could make things dicey. Besides, I need another girl in the house- the boys need a queen bee to help rule the roost. I knew that it would be another long haired chi, as that's what we like the best. I was also set on having a tri-colored girl, as I LOVE the black, white and tan combination.

And so I searched. Unfortunately the breeder we got the boys from would never likely produce the girl we were looking for- they breed for the fawn and white colors, no black in their breeding pairs. Due to that, I began to follow litters from other breeders, trying to look at the parents and see if they might have the dog I wanted.

Finally I received word from Mary at Pristine Chihuahuas telling me her girl Sandy had just birthed an incredible litter of 9 puppies! Three of those puppies were female, and all had black in their coats. I was thrilled!

And then I had to wait a few weeks to see how their coats would develop. It turned out the female I liked the best was long haired and I put a deposit on her immediately. Here is our soon-to-be baby at almost 4 weeks now:

Isn't she just the sweetest little thing you've ever seen? We get to go pick her up in a month, and I'm just counting down the days. Mary has been great about responding to my emails with photos and puppy updates. It will be great to finally be able to meet her in person when we go to get our girl.
So for now we count the days and buy pink sweaters :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Picture Perfect Chi

While I was grocery shopping the other day, I happened to pass by the magazines, scanning the covers without really looking. Imagine my surprise when I spotted a long haired Chihuahua on the cover of Down East Magazine, a lovely magazine about all things Maine.

I was so taken by this great photo that I just had to buy the magazine to read the article about this little guy.

Turns out the piece was all about a gorgeous long haired Chihuahua named Napoleon and his journey from his home in Harpswell, Maine to the Westminster dog show. It's a great read, and you can access it right from their website at

It's a cute read and touches on the issues facing merle patterned Chihuahuas. Check it out.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Keeping Warm

The days have been cold and sedate around the house with heavy snows keeping us all indoors and doing our best to stay warm and not go stir crazy. It's days like these that I'm glad the boys have each other to keep each other busy and well entertained.

Loki's favorite position these days is in front of the space heater. Usually when he's lounging there his ears actually perk up. I think a lot of his floppy eared-ness lately is due to the cold. Poor puppy.

So, having nothing more interesting to report at this time, I bring you some silly chihuahuas

funny pictures of dogs with captions
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funny pictures of dogs with captions
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funny pictures of dogs with captions
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funny pictures of dogs with captions
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