My newest pet is a chihuahua named Sparky - an 8-pound chihuahua! He is supposed to be purebred and certainly has many of the chihuahua traits that If-if and Taco had - but 8-pounds?
A couple of nights ago Sparky spent about 10 minutes watching a bug on the porch. It would disappear down a crack only to re-appear a few minutes later. He kept following it with his eyes, occasionally pawing at the crack. Never hurt it, but had to figure out what was what.
Chihuahuas are notoriously possessive of their owners. Frequently, they are one-person dogs who won't hesitate to challenge any intruder. Sparky certainly challenges all intruders ... as he moves quickly behind me!
A vet has told me that some chihuahuas lock their jaws when they bite. You can raise your arm (or a stick) and they won't let go, even when they're two or three feet of the ground. If they decide you are an enemy - watch out.
Sparky is still very young. He loves to chew, and play and eat, and is quite convinced that the only legitimate place for him is on the my lap.
Have to admit, Sparky played it fairly safe most of the time. Once he got out of the court, he ran along the sidewalk and grass. Only occasionally did he run onto the road - but everytime he did and everytime a car went by, I was sure I was going to have a heart attack. Now we're really careful about him getting even close to the front door!
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