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Chiweenie Chat

Updated on September 6, 2008

Meet Rufus - Chiweenie Splendeenie

This place is about chiweenies...but more specifically, my chiweenie, Rufus. Yes, ok I'm nuts for him. He has me wrapped around his little paw. That's ok. He came to me as a rescue and I adore him.

The articles and stories you'll find here are about Rufus and his friends. His best friend Marley and he share lots of fun and I'll be posting videos soon.

For those who visit here often to read the new stuff, I'll be placing the stories with the most recent at the top so you won't have to scroll all the way down to read new updates.

Enjoy it here and have fun. Don't forget to sign our guestbook!

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About Chiweenies

Chiweenies are a wonderful cross between a Chihuahua and a dachshund. What results is a sturdy, fun, healthy little dog (about 15 to 20 pounds) that not only knows how to love, but isn't generally saddled with the high strung, hyper characteristic of the Chihuahua. The body is usually longer, taking after the dachshund, although the spine seems sturdier.  They run low to the ground and sometimes with a bit of a bowleg.

My own Chiweenie, Rufus, has the paddle-type front paws of the Dachshund. He's got the little apple head and snout of a Chihuahua. I'm always being stopped on our walks by people asking what he is and they always want to pet him. He loves the attention and struts his stuff. He is a rescue dog; a stray that showed up at my house a few years ago, during a storm, covered in fleas, hungry and thirsty. We've been the best of friends ever since.

Some people call these wonderful little crosses Dachshuahuas

Bath time photo... I'm clean!

Bath time photo... I'm clean!
Bath time photo... I'm clean!

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Bath time and Rufus is NOT impressed

It was bath day today. Perfect day for it, too. Lots of sunshine, it was warm and not humid.

So, Rufus is in the sink, getting lathered, loving the rubs and scratches. He couldn't be happier. He looked like something the largest cat dragged in, as the Chihuahua look comes out when he's not happy. Those big eyes, set wider apart, pathetic looking and just plain sad.

I look past it however, because Rufus can be a dirty little dog. He's built so low to the ground that his belly tends to get very dirty indeed, especially during these dry days of summer.

He got through the bath with much shaking and shivering despite the high temperature of the day and the water. It really is an award-worthy performance.

He's squeaky clean and will be allowed to sleep with us tonight between the covers. He loves that, tucked between the top sheet and the comforter. He knows a bath means that's a given.

He was a good boy despite his over-acting and earned his two little carrots.

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to check out my friend Marley's lens -Shenanigans. He's a Jack Russell and has so much energy I can't keep up!

The Rufus Dinner Dance

Or - Just how far will a little dog go?

Rufus loves his grub. He can't wait to eat. Literally. He has horrible patience skills.

However, there is one thing stopping him. He shares his house with a large sheppoon (another mix - sheppard and coonhound) who tends to lie right across the path to the food bowl.

Mr. Fortunate pampers him like nobody's business. He spoils him rotten. So of course I watch as Mr. F gets a separate bowl, just for Rufus. He puts it near my desk and the happy crunching commences.

But before Mr. F puts that bowl down, Rufus does the craziest dance, all around Mr. F, dancing on his hind legs.

This is one funny picture. He's got little short bowed hind legs, a tail that curls up around his back and a round sausage body with this tiny head atop it. Dancing around like he should have a clown had on.

He's a wonderful little friend.

Fleaweenie Season

Yes, he's too close to the ground!

I have a theory. About why Rufus has more fleas than the other dogs.

We have a large dog, a medium dog (my kid's) and Rufus. Fleas jump to dogs and cats from the floor, carpeting, bedding, etc. Rufus has a six inch clearance from the carpet to his belly. The way I see it, they have a better chance of landing on him than the bigger dogs. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

Flea season sucks for dogs and owners. It means more vacuuming, more doggy baths and more combinb, but in the end it's all worth it. Our friends can't do it for themselves so they rely on us.

Rufus kinows, when I call him from the kitchen door, that it's combing time and he comes running. If you want a laugh, just watch these funny dogs run. I'll post a video of him.

He hops up onto the chair and waits for the flea comb. I comb hard and he leans right into it. When we're done, he jumps off the chair, shakes hard and goes on about his day.

Keeping up with flea season can be hard, but worth the effort.

That treat was SO good!

That treat was SO good!
That treat was SO good!

Little Carrots - Little Dog

rufus is a semi-vegetarian

Our dogs are given a large quantity of raw foods in their diet. About fifty percent. Trust me, they are all healthy and strong.

The "dog biscuits" around our house are mini carrots. Little wee carrots about two inches long. One is a perfect treat and they love them. Sweet and juicy, they are real food with real vitamins and goodness. They also love all kinds of veggies and fruits. We don't give them grapes. Dogs and grapes are a no-no. And they aren't fussy about spinach.

Other than that, salad time means good stuff drops on the floor and Rufus is weaving in and out of dog legs to get to the front of the line.

The others will catch the food when I toss it. Rufus sees it coming and puts his wee head down, letting it nail him between the ears, for some reason. He checks it out, picks it up in his teeth and scoots out of the kitchen to eat his treasure on top of our bed. We have tried everything to break him of that habit. So we've just gone with the flow and thrown an old blanket over our bedspread.

He does this almost as if the other dogs won't steal his carrot while he's on our bed. They still do.

Oh, and olives...he LOVES olives. That's my boy.

Ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives.

Rainy Day Rufus

Me? Go out there? You're kidding, right?

Rufus doesn't like rain. As a matter of fact I could go so far as to say he hates it with all his little pea-pickin' heart.

Maybe it's because he's closer to the ground. Splash back, mud drops, that kind of thing. Or maybe it's because when he came to us he was obviously ignored and kept outside, his fur matted and muddy, infested with fleas and afraid of black or green big garbage bags.

Mr. F and I figure he was probably kept outdoors by the garbage area of whatever house he lived at. He had a bad habit of peeing on the big garbage bags and we thought probably his chain or leash wouldn't reach beyond the garbage. He was a mess when he came to me.

I cannot understand how anyone can ignore an animal, let alone an adorable little dog. Cold hearted beyond belief.

Other than not liking the rain, Rufus is pretty normal, running down the stairs (that's a comedy show all on it's own, his butt being weightier than his front end...arse over tea kettle) and running after the bigger dogs. The big ones run after sticks and Rufus races after them barking way too much. His bark is high pitched and annoying as hell. But all in all he's an amazing little guy.

A friend on a board I frequent once said that big dogs look at little dogs and think they're little, too. While little dogs look at big dogs and take on the attitude thinking they're big dogs, too.

That spoke volumes when I read it. If you've met both little and big dogs, you'll see what I mean.

:)

Quality Dog Treats You Can Make at Home

by guest author Ron Ayalon

Quality Dog Treats You Can Make at Home

Nothing can make your canine friend more excited than the sound of a crackling bag being opened. Fido knows that within lies the most precious of treasures, the delectable doggy treat! But just like we humans love a bag of Hershey's Kisses, that doesn't necessarily make it good for us. Treats for dogs are just that, treats than can be considered in the same category as junk food for humans. Some dog treats have healthier ingredients, and others are the doggy equivalent of a Twinkie. To start with, let's look at how to buy quality dog treats at your local pet store.

First of all, you have to realize that the same nutritional conventions that apply to your dog's food also apply to his treats. This means that soy, corn, and animal by-products are low quality fillers which are not good nutrition for your pet. Unfortunately most cheaper dog treats contain all of these ingredients in the top five list. In addition, many dog treat utilize animal fat to make the treat smell and taste better to your fluffy friend. The bad thing about this is that animals cannot process cooked fat. If your dog has ever gotten into cooked bacon grease, you know of the horror of which I speak.

There are some good ingredients you should keep an eye out for however. Barley, brown rice, oatmeal, and quinoa are all grains that are good for your dog's digestive system. Also look for animal protein (not by-products) in the top five ingredients. Finally, don't forget those veggies! A good dog treat will have some veggies in the mix as well. My favorite dog treat has sweet potato, blueberries, carrots, and apples as well as flaxseed in the mix. Vegetable matter is an important part of a dog's diet and he needs to eat food and treats and quality vegetables in the ingredients.

Of course, there are bones and chewy treats to consider as well. Many products will claim that they can act as a treat and a dental aid, which they do for the most part. Personally however, I prefer natural bones and pig ears as chewy treats for dogs. These natural products were chewed by dogs for thousands of years, and their digestive systems know how to cope with the chewed matter. Though man made chewy products claim to be digestible, they aren't as natural as a bone or pig ear. I have also had personal experience with a pup getting a clogged intestine because he wasn't digesting his man made chewy properly. You can even feed you pup the beef or roast bones at home! But please, make sure to never feed your pup and chicken or pork bones. Their strong jaws and sharp teeth can splinter the fragile bones, creating sharp little daggers of bone which your friend can swallow. Always stick to a beef bone, and keep a close eye on your canine companion while he munches.

Of course, if you are of a culinary bent, you can always make your dog's treats at home! This is a great way to control the ingredients that go into your dog's treats as well as to make something tasty for someone you love. You can add veggies, flaxseed oil, and all sorts of things that are good for your dog. The negative side to homemade treats is that they have a shorter shelf life because they lack preservatives, but at least you won't be feeding the chemicals to your dog. Some of these treats are so yummy they are even appealing to people. In fact, to get a close approximation to chocolate treats you can add carob to your dog's treats, which tastes rich and delightful (I like to eat it too). Remember, don't add onions or raisins to any treats, because these foods can cause renal failure in dogs. Below I share with you one of my favorite dog treat recipes. My pups love apples, but perhaps you could try pears for a special spin?

Good luck picking out the perfect treat for your canine companion. As for baking treats, well, you couldn't possibly have a more thankful audience!

~ Apple Cinnamon Delights ~ 1 large apple 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup of water 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1-1/2 cups oatmeal 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/8 cup whole wheat flour

Directions: Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Core, slice and mince apple. In a large bowl, combine the minced apple, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough. In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F (165°C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight. Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on cookie size.

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3 Easy Ways To Stop Dog Chewing

So you are one of the many people who have just gotten a new best friend, whether it be a puppy or a grown dog. There is also the possibility that you have had this friend for awhile and he/she is behaving badly and leaving a path of distruction in your home. That's ok i will give you three ways to stop dog chewing and by the way they are very easy.

Step #1- If you just brought your furry friend home and have not doggy proofed your house or apt. yet then it needs to be done. Why is this relevant you may ask? Well the thing about dogs and puppies is they like to get in to all sorts of things that they aren't used to especially if it is a new environment to them because they are anxious. So if cabinets are easily accesseble to your dog then they can get into them and start chewing and having a hay day with the food and even with all the house hold cleaners which i'm sure you know is very dangerous. So just make some homeade rigs to lock the doors to cabinets, tuck away those wires that have been hanging around,pick up clothes etc. Just think of the dog as alittle baby which it pretty much is. Out of sight out of mind the wont find it to chew it.

Step#2- This step deals with most people including my self when i first started with my two dogs. I like to think of it as "setting up for failure". This means you cannot give your dog something to chew on tha may be ragety and yell or hit him/her when they chew on the same thing but its your favorite. That was vague so here is and example. Let's say tou have a favorite pair of socks that you just love they are reliable tough strong you just love them. But you also have all kinds of holy stained no good socks so you think well I will just give them to "Dusty" (your dog)no harm he can have a hay day chewing on them. So he does then one day you leave and he goes snooping around and finds your favorite socks in the laundry and starts chewing them. You get home and get angry. That is an example of setting up for failure. "Dusty" doesn't know the difference between good socks and bad he just knows he was given a pair as toys so they all are to him. So stick with dog toys is the moral of the story.

Step#3- This last step is by far the easiest and will be the shortest explanation. Give your dog lots of toys from the pet store! It is as simple as that and as easy. The more toys he/she has the happier they are the more occupied they are so the don't have to go looking for things to tear up and the happier you are right? Like I stated earlier dogs and puppies especially are like babies or small children they need to be kept occupied in order for them to stay out of trouble. YOu would aor do buy your kids toys so you have to buy your dog toys as well.

Those three ways to stop dog chewing are what i found to be the best with my dogs. Dog Proof,Don't set up for failure,and give them lots of toys. Easy as pie.

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About the Author

My name is Harvi and i get the urge to write a lot but usually have nothing to write about so i figured i would take up writing articles see how it goes. If any of the information in this article is helpful or you need more or if you have other dog behavior issues please visit this link Click Here!

If you've known or loved one of these wonderful little dogs, leave Rufus a comment. He loves hearing from his friends.

Rufus and I would love to hear from you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just got a chiweenie yesterday... he is ADORABLE!! my neighbors are already jealous of him(: how long does food go through a chiweenie puppy's body?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have a Chiweenie in our house....we thought she had some Jack Russell in her too, but after watching Rufus on U-Tube, I think not. She is definitely a Chiweenie too. Great pet. Smart dog. .

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      Jenn3 6 years ago

      I am fostering a dog who I believe is a Chiweenie. She is about 2 years old. Ready for adoption in Orange County, CA. She is very smiley! Here's some photos I took of her: http://www.flickr.com/photos/60360842@N05/sets/721...

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      cooldiet 6 years ago

      Nice dog!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hey rufus,

      i've had my sabre for almost 2 yrs now and just thought he was a 15lb mutt. after seeing a show on animal planet and doing some research i now believe he is a chiweeie just like you!!! i was wondering if you could help me find out for sure.

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      awakeningwellness 8 years ago

      I volunteer at the Humane Society and had never heard of a chiweenie! 5*

      I enjoyed hearing about Rufus and have added his story to a collection of dog stories I have put together. You can see it at www.squidoo.com/dogstories

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Rufus is one good looking Chiweenie! Cute len! I have a few dog lenses as well. 5 stars!

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      squidom 9 years ago

      Rufus sounds like such a happy dog. I love this lens! Loves to be brushed and eats carrots! How cute!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Thanks for the lensroll. I lensrolled you to My Dogs

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Great dog lens! I have a dog lens on my dogs also. 5 *****

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      alslad 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Gone to The Dogs Group. I loved reading your lens and Rufus looks such a cutie!

      Darren

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