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Muskrat Love

Updated on June 6, 2011

Honey Bee and Bison

Honey Bee

We raised Chihuahua's for several years and still have 5 or 6 of the little creatures around the house. Since my wife was a dog trainer for many years, she knew the way we treated them would have a lot to do with how their temperance came out. So it is no doubt that they became a lot of fun and very loving. They are additional heat in the winter when curled up against you and of course they all have their own personalities.

One of our last litters we had which was a little over a year ago, we had two pups born to us. One of them was a runt practically right off the bat. The norm with runts is they usually keep up somewhat to the other pups, at least in ratio of growth. They all usually grow at about the same rate of speed, and sometimes the runt will over take the others and end up not being a runt after all. I always figured that they were shorted nutrition in the womb and once they began to eat on their own they caught up to their own DNA structure and size.

Muskrat at about six weeks

Wondering if she was alright

But this little girl wasn't advancing at nearly the same rate as her brother, he became normal. We decided that something was wrong with the little girl and just helped her along with love and encouragement and all the food we could get her way. We pretty much gave up on her and was wondering if she would even live a couple of months.

They were other pups in the house from another litter in which we would let the two litters play together. The little girl could hardly walk and seemed a whole month behind her brother in not just size, but in motor skills, balance etc.. We were still wondering that she might not be all there.

The other mama dog, which usually loves and plays with all puppies, was also confused about her. She seemed to ignore the little girl and not play with her at all while the whole time treated her brother like one of her own. The little girl pup was surely being treated like a reject.

Well the boy turned out to be a hoss and we easily sold him. We decided after the little girl continued to live that we would just keep her, care for her and see what happened.

Gradually she grew to a weight of almost two pounds. She started acting like a dog should. The first time we heard her bark I knew she was all dog, just a very shrunken version of one.

I'm happy to say that she is full grown an there is no mental or serious physical problem with her. We named her 'Honey Bee', I call her 'Muskrat'.

Full Grown

Guinness Book? Naah..

The last time we weighed her she topped out at two pounds even. We saw that the smallest dog living according to the Guinness Book was about one and half pounds. I told my wife that I was going to fast Honey Bee for about three or four days and then enter her into the contest for smallest dog. I got that look, you guys know that look.

Honey Bee is also all Chihuahua, like you know they think they are 20 times their size. It’s such a treat to watch one of our cats run up at her and roll her as she tries to run, only to watch her get up and chase the cat as it runs away barking that squeal stress bark all the way. Wonder what she would have down it she would have caught them? The cat is almost ten times her size.


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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      Ah yes, we love to life LOL. She would sleep with us if we were not worried about squishing her.

      Thanks for your comments, Lucky Cats so glad you came by, we are definetly animal folk too.


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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      I'n so glad you kept little Honey Bee aka Muskrat. You stood by her and then decided to be with you and your wife was the best possible choice. I love this! Cute beyond belief. thank you for a sweet hub.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      Thanks Sandy, we love our little chihuahuas

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Those photos are so cute. Nice hub.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      Yeah, she's a lot of fun and she really loves our other two chihuahua's that stay inside, like her two aunts. She goes wherever they go. Her bark is way!! bigger than her bit LOL.

      thanks tipoague for stopping by with the kind words

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      What adorable pictures! I bet she kept your family laughing once she was finally on her feet and zipping through the house. Great hub!

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      We always had both. From pointers and setters to muts of all kinds. Had a Chihuahua at home when I was young.

      Thanks for coming by WillStarr

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We've always had large dogs (labs0, but we may now opt for a Chihuahua.

      Nice Hub!