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All About a Spoiled Chihuahua

Updated on July 10, 2014

Lexie's Story

This is Lexie Taylor. She may not look it, but she is one very spoiled chihuahua!

But it hasn't always been that way. The first nine months of her life were very hard. She was kept outside, locked in a cage with two very large dogs. She had to fight for her food and she had no blankets to keep her warm. How she survived, we'll never know.

Somehow, our Aunt Wylene found out what was going on and was able to rescue her. She brought her home and kept her for about three months. But an active puppy proved to be too much for her and Uncle Willie to handle, so they gave her to us.

And the healing began.

Lexie being carried around
Lexie being carried around

Saving Lexie

When she first came to us, it was like she was broken. She was scared of people, scared of our other 2 dogs and just stayed curled up in the corner by herself all the time. Because she was kept outside in the middle of winter, she craved the heat. So every night we would warm her blanket on the wood stove before we wrapped her up in it to go to sleep. Because she had to fight those two big dogs for her food, she had what we called an eating disorder. She ate her food so fast, she would choke and have trouble breathing. So we got her the Buster Dog Food Cube. It's a little ball we fill with her food. Then she has to roll it around on the floor and the food will come out one piece at a time. It was a life saver.

We were always carrying her around and holding her every chance we got, so she learned she could trust us. The other dogs were gentle with her, so she learned she could trust them. Lexie very slowly came out of her shell. After a while, she learned she was warmer when she cuddled next to one of us, so now her favorite place to sleep is between our legs. She learned that the other dogs were more interested in playing then anything else, so now she runs around the house with them. She finally realized she's a true member of our family, with all fringe benefits. And that's when she became our very spoiled dog.

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Lexie in her pretty red dress
Lexie in her pretty red dress

First up? A new wardrobe!

Every dog has to look her best

The first thing we did was go shopping. You wouldn't believe the things they make for dogs these days. We found the cutest little shirts for her. One even had wings sewn on the back and said 'I'm an Angel'. So cute! So we bought 5 of those cute little shirts. Then we decided we just had to get her a new coat. We found a pretty pink one with fur on the hood. It even had a pocket so she could carry around a doggie treat. And of course we had to get her a rain coat (she hates the rain). Then we found the best outfit of all, this gorgeous red dress. Isn't she adorable in it?

Lexie even has 3 Halloween costumes and a Santa suit for Christmas!

I don't think she's too sure about her new coat!

I don't think she's too sure about her new coat!
I don't think she's too sure about her new coat!
Lexie's pink toenails
Lexie's pink toenails

Next, a Pedicure

So now that she was stylin in her new clothes, we just had to do something about her nails. They were horrible. Every time she walked on our hardwood floors, all you heard was click, click, click. So we bought one of those Pedipaws nail filers. She didn't like the noise too much, but eventually she settled down enough to let me file her overgrown toenails. In fact, she settled down so much, I decided to give her the full pampering she deserves. So I painted her toenails pink.

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Lexie's first trip to the park!
Lexie's first trip to the park!

And now, a trip to the park

After a while, we decided it was time for Lexie to get out and socialize. So we took her to a park in the neighboring town (can you believe our local park doesn't allow dogs?!). At first she was scared. I don't think she'd ever seen so many people. But then her curiosity got the better of her and she decided to go exploring. We walked the path for a while. Then we spotted a large fenced in area with a fire hydrant in the middle of it. An actual dog park! So we let her run. Then a lady came in with a big dog (named Hotdog!). We weren't sure how Lexie would react. But apparently she was having so much fun, she didn't care. So they ran around together and we got to see Lexie be free and happy for the first time. It was wonderful. And now, she's not scared of other dogs anymore. We even take her to doggie play dates!

Lexie & her best friend Marley playing this summer (Don't worry. He wasn't hurting her)

Lexie & her best friend Marley playing this summer (Don't worry. He wasn't hurting her)
Lexie & her best friend Marley playing this summer (Don't worry. He wasn't hurting her)
Me and Lexie hiking the Fodder Stack Trail
Me and Lexie hiking the Fodder Stack Trail

A happy dog

To look at Lexie now, you'd never know she once lived a tortured life. She's happy and secure with her new family. She's involved in every activity we do, from driving to get the sunday paper to hiking off the NC Parkway. And once a month we take her to visit Aunt Wylene. I swear she knows when the time comes because she always gets so excited. I gotta say, I hate that she had to go through so much as a puppy. But I'm glad it brought her to us. She's brought so much joy and meaning into our lives. I just don't know what I would do without her.

What I love most about Lexie

I love how much she loves me back. When I come home, she's super excited to see me. When I get her out of her crate in the morning, all she wants is cuddles and kisses. She loves and needs me as much as I love and need her.

All Ready For Summer!

All Ready For Summer!
All Ready For Summer!

All ready for Halloween!

All ready for Halloween!
All ready for Halloween!

All ready for Christmas!

All ready for Christmas!
All ready for Christmas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We have a five year old Chihuahua from the animal shelter. She looks identical to Lexi in the halloween photo.Her story is similar to Lexi's. We love her so much. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Lexie is so cute, my sister has a chihuahua they have a different kind of temperament compared to other dogs I find...

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats. Lexie is one loved dog. Love the pedicure.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      Just dropped by again to say congrats on the Purple Star :)

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      One happy little dog. Well done for giving Lexie a happy home.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Congrats on the Purple Star!

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      resabi 6 years ago

      Lexie has such a sweet face. She sure deserved pampering after that terrible start to her life. I'm glad she's part of your loving family. Thanks for sharing her story.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Both of my dogs are rescued. I have a Pit Bull/Lab mix and a black/white chihuahua, and guess who is king! Nope, not the Pit Bull. Daisy doesn't know she is a Pit Bull, and Nico has the heart of a lion. I wouldn't be without my dogs either. They bring such joy, and aside from company when I am here alone, they just want to cuddle up with 'Mom'. I love the food toy. We struggle with toys because Daisy chomps them :(

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on Lexie's purple star- it looks great on her, like everything else she wears -:)

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely lens. congrats for the purple.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I love to serve my pets- they're meant to be spoiled in that way -:)

      They're crate trained, so we just give them some time in their dens if things get out of hand (like fights over who gets to sit where at dinner time).

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Lexie is one lucky dog! Bless you for taking the patience and love to bring her out of her shell. So many darlings never get that chance. With the help you have provided by including BuckHawk Center, maybe we can add a few more names to the lucky list! Thank you so much.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      She is the most beautiful canine. I had decided to not get Yoda (the black chihuahua mix) because its too crazy now, but your pictures here have swayed me back!

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      BelindaBlevins 6 years ago

      Lexie is a cute dog, I like your lens

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      what a wonderful dog! Lexi is very lucky to have such a great family!

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Awww - Lexie is very cute. So glad she found a home with you!

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      Very cute dog, especially in the red dress!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      darling lens and story! Thanks for saving Lexie's life...will lenroll to my Kitty's lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, love the jacket...My dogs bring joy to my life everyday...