A Gift for Grandma on Mother's Day

Filling an Empty Nest With a Chihuahua

Empty Nest Syndrome is a term used to describe the feelings or behaviors of parents or, as is the case with many, mothers, triggered by their children growing up and leaving home.

To fill the gap, and loneliness, in their lives that results from their children leaving and taking off on their own, many people turn to pets.

Thus, when we adopted our little chihuahua, Chika from the Humane Society last year, my wife jokingly decided that Chika should fill the empty nest that was forming in our home as a result of the children growing up and moving on.

Chika with the Card for Her Grandmother

I am Too Young to Be a Grandfather

In this vein, my wife decided that, rather than being the family pet, Chika should be the grandchild that our children have yet to give us.  

I quickly objected and said that SHE could choose to be Chika's grandmother but to drop the WE part as I was not only too young to be a grandfather, there was also no evidence of anyone in my family tree having been born with four legs and an tail.

Mother's Day with My Wife's Furry Little Granddaughter

However, the game is fun and, as part of my wife's doting on her little granddaughter, she has been teaching Chika how to model. My wife having done some professional modeling years ago in Russia.

Chika has proved to be an adept pupil and, as a result, has proved to be a great prop in many of my Hubs.

In this vein, Chika, not having a clue as to what she was doing, dutifully went through the motions posing for me as we prepared a Mother's Day surprise for my wife from her little granddaughter.

Chika Signs the Card she Brought for Her Gandmother

Breakfast in Bed for Grandma

Chika gets up early and makes coffee
Chika gets up early and makes coffee
Chika prepares a tray to serve her Grandmother Breakfast in Bed
Chika prepares a tray to serve her Grandmother Breakfast in Bed

Chika Poses with Flowers Sent From our Real, Two Legged, Daughter

Chika Brings a Present to Her Grandmother
Chika Brings a Present to Her Grandmother
My wife and Chika admiring Chika's card
My wife and Chika admiring Chika's card

© 2010 Chuck Nugent

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Chuck 4 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Thanks for visiting. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub and our little dog.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I see this has been here awhile but it is still adorable.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I hope Chika's only making the coffee and not drinking it. I am way too familiar with energetic chihuahuas. I have one named Peanut-also a rescue. Chika is so cute!We got Peanut 7 years ago almost for the same reason you got Chika except we had never filled out nest and thought we probably wouldn't have kids, but now we have a 3 yr old and a barely tolerant Peanut. Enjoyed you hub and pics. I'm a fan!


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efab 6 years ago from UK

Brilliant hub - and very cute Chika ;-)


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Hub Love 6 years ago from United States

Aw that's cute


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The Rising Glory 6 years ago from California

Enjoyable Hub!


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Kind Regards 6 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

Chuck, I love the pictures of Chika. She is absolutely adorable. Kind Regards


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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA

So fun. Thanks for the read. Off to follow you as I'm intrigued by your profile explaining that you can explain economics to students. I may be taking up an economics course in the near future, and am terrified of the results. lol.


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Masumrana 6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Interesting hub.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

OH, my friend chuck, what an excellent hub, I see my dear writer friend is up to his old tricks again. Chika has always wanted to limelight even on Mother day, and I was told the other day that Chika said, "I am the one who really did those 30 hub in 30 days" So watch out my friend chuck...he might steal your wife. llalalalalalalalala


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

That is precious! We have a doggie too - for much the same reasons! My husband refers to me as "Mommy," when he is talking to our 'Lucy' (doggie). I called him "Dad" once and he told me that he , ". . . was not 'dad' to a 'dog.'" Harrumph . . I still LOL at him for that! Chika looks like a sweetheart! Nice hub, loved the pics! - "Grandpa!" ;-)


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kaja_mel 6 years ago from Saraland, AL

What a charming hub. Chika reminds me of a little dog I lost 2 yrs. ago. She was my little baby girl, a new toy every week, pajamas, sweaters, etc.... I miss her. Pets can make a world of difference in someone's life. Thanks and God bless.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

What fun!


sord87 6 years ago

The Heat is still on!Chika seems to know what he writes to Grandma on mothers day!


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bobmnu 6 years ago from Cumberland

Your four legged granddaughter may be cute and enjoyable but it does not compare to the the real thing. I have two granddaughters and one grandson and they are great. You are never too young to enjoy them.

Cute Hub - keep up the writing


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Love Chika!

These guys are very smart. We had one for many years, his name was Casper and he was a coffee addict.

I much enjoyed this hub and the love behind it.


Nan 6 years ago

I love your picture of chika, they are life like, you must have taken them with a special camera. Sometimes we can train a doggie better that a child. This is a Happy Mother's Day imagination. Never grow old chuck!


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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States

Another fun hub, Chuck! That Chika is too cute :D


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

amazing beautiful hub great reading such care thanks

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