Xena: My Warrior Puppy

Xena at 6 weeks old
Xena at 6 weeks old

In the American summer of 1991, I left behind my two dogs--Duke and Dutchess--and was bound for the land of opportunity. It was hard leaving behind my two companions. They were both dear to me and I missed them. I was 7 years old then. I've stopped missing my dogs but I've yearned for a dog for the past 11 years.

As the 11th anniversary of my mum and I being in this country approaches, I began thinking about the things I left behind. I love it here in America but I don't love the fact that I still don't have a dog. Every year I ask for a dog for Christmas and my birthday but dogs are never allowed where we've lived.

This year we will be moving, so I decided... it's time to end this doggie drought.

Persian cat (Google images)
Persian cat (Google images)
Domesticated ferret (Google Images)
Domesticated ferret (Google Images)

A Dog of an Opportunity

While sitting in church the other day, one of my friends randomly turned to me, thrusting her cell phone into my hands. I looked at the screen of the cell phone to discover a digital photograph of an adorable newborn puppy. My friend whispered to me, "My dog just had puppies!"

"Ooh, I want one!" I had said then but I knew that wasn't possible. After all, dogs aren't allowed in my house.

A month later, I'm in someone's house, trying to get the attention of their haughty Persian cat when it dawned on me just how badly I want a pet. Sure I've had fish, I've had a hamster and even a ferret while in this country. The ferret was the closest thing to a dog but still not a dog.

Cats are allowed in most houses where dogs aren't allowed so I turned to my mother and asked, "Mummy, can we get a cat?"

I already knew the answer: "No." My mother doesn't like cats.

Well... it was worth a try. And I tried again.

"Mummy, we can train the cat to be good, not to walk all over the furniture and stuff. Come on. Please."

My mother seemed to be considering it but then she shook her head. "Hey," I said, trying yet again, but this time changing the topic. "You think Ms. T still has those puppies. We're moving soon. What if I ask her to keep one of the puppies for us and I'll pay her in installments?"

My mother shrugged so I took it as an opportunity.

Later that night...

Right there and then, looking at the cute Persian cat, I texted my friend, Ms. T. My text read: Hey, do you still have those puppies. And how much would you charge a broke friend who's desperate for a dog?

Ms. T didn't respond then but later that night, I called her and had a long conversation. She told me about all the puppies. There was Pebbles, Martini, Clementine and Lovey. Ms. T began describing the puppies to me. Lovey and Pebbles were whitish/tanish in colour, Clementine was completely black and Martini, the only male was black and white just like his father.

I told him I wanted one of the puppies although I couldn't keep him or her in my house yet. I explained that I would be moving this year and inquired whether or not she would be willing to keep my puppy until I found a different place to live. Ms. T agreed and then said, "You can take Lovey. She's the slow one."

I wasn't sure what she meant so I asked for clarification.

"She was the last one to walk and she's still not walking good. She's behind everyone," she explained.

"Was she the runt?" I asked.

"No, she's actually one of the bigger ones."

Actually, she IS the biggest one. :)

I told my mother this and she yelled for Ms. T to hear, "Is the mentally retarded?"

"No," said Ms. T. "She's physically challenged."

"I'll take her!" I blurted out.

A few moments later, when I got off the phone, I received a text message with a picture of Ms. T holding Lovey.

"Lovey" before I named her.
"Lovey" before I named her.

From Lovey to Nala

I fell in love with the picture. I called Ms. T and she said, "She's very lion-like and even though she's slow she's very fiesty. We were going to name her Simba, but she's a girl."

"How about Nala?" I suggested.

For a few days, we went with Nala. I stopped by the house one day to visit our Nala... but it turned out that Ms. T's daughter had given me Pebbles. I bonded with the wrong puppy! I was a little upset but this week I saw MY puppy. Pebbles and the originally named Lovey/Nala look very similar. Their hair (yes, hair; not fur) texture is different.

Still, I fell in love with that puppy and I decided then that I was going to take home that puppy to my no-dogs-allowed apartment no matter what. I couldn't leave the tiny little cutie. I fell in love with that little creature! [Don't worry, I persuaded my Landlord to let me keep the puppy until we move]

Re-designed Xena logo for my puppy
Re-designed Xena logo for my puppy

The Namesake

Every special occasion, I purchase a Xena: Warrior Princess DVD boxset. This time, I decided that surviving my first year of college was a special enough occasion. I set July as the month to purchase season 4 (I intend to collect all 6 seasons).

As I was driving home with my mum after seeing Pebbles (who I thought was Lovey/Nala) for the first time, I realized that I couldn't afford to purchase my Xena DVD since I would be deep in expenses for the new puppy. New puppies needed wee-wee pads, a cage, food, milk, toys, treats and so much more. Sure the Xena DVDs are only $20 but that's a lot of money when soon I would also be paying for my fall 2010 school books.

I made a joke and said, "Hey, mum, we should name the puppy Xena!"

I started laughing but realized that my mum was serious. I looked at her and she said very seriously, "That's a good idea."

"I was joking!" I exclaimed, amused.

I texted Ms. T later that day and said jokingly: my mom wants to name the pup Xena.

Ms. T, knowing I love the Xena: Warrior Princess series sarcastically texted back: I wonder why? lol.

I explained that it was a joke but when I saw her in church she said, "We're calling the puppy Xena now. It suits her. Didn't I tell you she was fiesty?"

Ms. T holding Xena (6 weeks) in the T-shirt I gave her to sleep on with her litter mates until I take her home.
Ms. T holding Xena (6 weeks) in the T-shirt I gave her to sleep on with her litter mates until I take her home.

I'm Doggone Excited!

So, now I'm just waiting for next Friday when Xena turns 8 weeks old so I can bring her home. I bonded with her and her other 3 siblings the other day. It was so fun. Puppies really are a handful; they're like one-year-old human babies.

Xena likes me, my mum and I like her and Ms. T says, "I know you'll love her no matter what."

"Slow" or not, I think Xena is the puppy for me. I'm excited.

For now, I'll be puppy-proofing the house. I've already purchased a food bowl, a collar and customized name tag, a leash and harness (which she won't be using right away), and wee-wee pads for housebreaking. I've been doing my research on new puppies.

If anyone has any advice for me on taking care of a new puppy, please leave a comment or feel free to contact me. I'll love to hear some tips on housebreaking and other essential puppy training stuff.

Oh, by the way, Xena's a shih tzu and bijon mix. And adorable, already-spoiled little shih tzu bijon.

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oscillationatend 6 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

Oh wow, glad that you finally have a dog again. :)

I know you'll enjoy her, spoil her, and love her to death. Keep us updated! Would love to see some pix or youtube uploads.

I'm not much of a dog person, but as a kid we kept one dog at a time. After our first one had to be put to sleep, we never really had another one "like" her again.

My step-daughter-type-person has a dog, kinda big, but still young, and I can't stand how prancy and active she is. I guess I've spent so much time with cats and rats, I'm just no longer used to bigger animals. :)

But when my rat Chi gets really hyper, she's so much like a minature version of the dog..

Ah, and, I can see how a ferret would feel like such a dog-like companion, having rats, I call them the smallest dog breed because of how smart, sweet, and affectionate they are.

My rat comes when I call her more often then k@ri's cat.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

That puppy is adorable - no wonder you couldn't bear to give her up. And Zena is probably the perfect name for her. Keep us informed of your progress in house-breaking your pet.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello oscillationatend. I totally agree that rodents can be like dogs sometimes. It amazes me the large personalities those little critters can have. My hamster, Ginger had an attitude problem. Once I gave her a banana because I ran out of food and she threw it at me. She always escaped from her cage somehow but would return days later when she was hungry. She was too much for me. I loved her. Too bad hamsters don't live very long.

Thanks for commenting.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello, drbj. Nice to see you again. Yes, Xena is simply adorable. I keep looking at her picture. I think I look at it 5 times every hour! I can't wait until I have her in my possession. I'll definitely keep you all informed and up to date on Xena's progress, especially in house breaking. Stay tuned for more Xena adventures. :)


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Journey * 6 years ago from USA

Oh, what a nice story. I'm glad you were finally able to get your puppy.


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

I think dogs are the most adorable pets. Have fun with your Xena.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Good story, gratz on getting a puppie. Pets are awesome.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello Journey, I'm glad I'm finally able to get my puppy too! I can't wait to have her in my possession.

Marvalous, dogs are the best! A man or woman's best friend. :)

John, pets really ARE awesome. Thanks!


Alexandria 6 years ago

Congratulations on your new puppy!! I'm so glad to see pictures of her! She is precious and I know will be well taken care of. God Bless her!! :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you, Alexandria! You're too sweet.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I'm thrilled for you that you finally got a dog! And such a cutie, too!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello again, Nellie. Thanks!


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

Well done on your persistence!!! I got my first toy breed puppy three and a half years ago. Since then I have added two more. Having owned dogs most of my life I thought I had lost my touch when it came to housebreaking and then I discovered, through some research that small dogs bladders do not fully develop until two years of age so they can't "hold it" like larger breeds can. Your practiced persistence in getting a puppy is going to come in handy with the housebreaking! Loved the hub! Well Done!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi rasingme. So smaller breeds have bladders that don't fully develop until 2, huh? Great. I didn't know that. Thanks for telling me. I hope my persistence would come in handy for housebreaking as well. Thanks for your nice comment.


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

You have a lovely style of writing, and I'm sure you're going to publish a few books very soon. I enjoyed this.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you, Pratonix. I really do which I would be able to at least publish one book in my near future. Thanks for the encouragement!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Xena sure looks cute. I like the names of your previous puppies - Duke and Dutchess. How cool is that... :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi Lady E. Thanks for the compliment on my previous puppies' names. I don't know how I came up with those names when I was little.

Oh and don't be fooled by Xena's cute looks. She's a feisty, ferocious little thing... but hey, I love her.

Thanks for commenting!


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Boo Boo likes Xena. Is such a nice hub. Xena warrior puppy!

Will you teach her Waka Waka?

Lizzy


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

LOL. Xena and I were dancing to Waka Waka a few days ago. Then she ran away from me because she probably taught I was a little mad. I grabbed her front paws and made her dance. She didn't like that. haha.


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

It is a silly think to do to grabb her paws. Bad girl!! You can hurt her you know? I am a patrol of dogs so I will be right after you if Xena calls me you did it again. lol


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha. I'll be sure not to give Xena, your number, Lizzy. Or your e-mail. She's always trying to type on my computer.


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St.Jimmy1 5 years ago

i love dogs : ) just not small ones... i have a whippet and a rottweiler. their great dogs, but people get scared when i bring them out off of the leash. if you havnt seen a whippet, there about at tall as the average man standing up and run about 30 mph. is Xena a crazy dog or is she good around people?


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

haha. Xena thinks she's a big, bad dog. I actually like big dogs as well. I used to have a rottweiler-richback mix. I rode him like a pony when I was little. ^^ Xena is very good around people and other dogs. She's very friendly. :)

Thanks for the comment. :D

P.S. Oh yeah, whippets. They look like cheetahs when they run. :D Cool dog!

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