Chihuahuas Are Funny People
I used to not like Chihuahuas. I always thought they were mean, yappy, annoying dogs. A few months after getting married, a Chihuahua named Jane changed my mind and heart.
My husband and I were pulling into the driveway after a day of errand running on the weekend. Our boston terrier Desiree was out in the yard playing with a little black and white dog we had never seen before. My husband smooched at the new dog trying to get her to come close. She ran off scared. I went inside to put away the groceries. I didn’t give the new dog in our yard another thought until I walked into the den to ask my husband a question. Sitting next to him on the couch was the Chihuahua that had run when he smooched at her. She looked like she was home. I asked what she was doing there and was told that she came in when he opened the door to come in. That was almost six years ago. We named her Jane for Jane Doe. We didn’t know anything about her or where she came from. We didn’t know how old she was or what suffering she had to endure while out on the street. We could tell she was not used to having a warm loving home with plenty of food.
Jane is a man’s dog. She idolizes my husband and rarely leaves his side. She goes into high pitch squeals that almost sound like a baby crying when my husband comes home after being out somewhere. If he goes anywhere in the house, Jane goes right behind him. Jane sleeps in between my husband and the covers. She makes a little nest for herself. Jane is so in love with my husband that when I lean in for a kiss goodbye in the mornings as I head to work, I usually get bit. My husband belongs to her. She does not like for me to get too close.
Jane fancies herself a rottweiler. She has no fear when it comes to protecting us. If Jane thinks the neighbor is walking too close to our yard, she will charge the offender barking and growling to tell them to kindly back away. A wild dog could be invading her space and she would challenge it face to face. She doesn’t realize she is little.
She has a big heart also, just as big as her attitude. When I get off of the bus in the afternoons coming in from work, I can hear her high pitched squeal that she only uses to welcome me or my husband home. The squeal can be heard all over the neighborhood. Just hearing that makes my bad day at work disappear. When we are holding Jane in our laps, she loves for her shoulders to be massaged. If we are lazy in doing so, she will lightly scratch her paw over our hands to remind us to massage please.
When I or my husband don’t feel well, Jane likes to sit right on top of us or as close to us as she can get. It’s as if she thinks she can make us better just by being there. It does make me feel better to have a little five pound breathing heater right next to my legs. She is a wonderful nurse. She takes her job very seriously as a nurse. I know that as soon as I lay down, Jane will be there to help ease the pain or upset stomach.
Jane is a smart dog. She knows where we keep the dog treats. When she comes in from taking care of her outside business, she knows she is supposed to get a treat if everything came out all right. She will go into the kitchen and wait expectantly at the spot where the treats are stored. Most times, after receiving her treat, Jane will put it on the ground and roll on it before eating. Maybe she is tenderizing it. She does this with her regular dog food, also. When Jane eats from her food bowl, she will bring her dinner into the living room where her people are, one mouthful at a time. We think this is because she may have spent some time in a kennel or shelter before she came to live with us. She drops the mouthful on the floor and rolls over it, with her little stick legs kicking in the air. If she hears us laughing at her, Jane’s sensitivities are offended and she will abandon her meal.
Jane loves her vegetables. Baked potatoes and steamed carrots are her favorite. Have you ever seen a dog beg for a bowl of green beans? My Jane does.
Jane has changed my mind about chihuahuas being annoying little dogs. They are loyal and protective to their people. Chihuahuas love their people immensely. I never knew love so big could come in such a small package.
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