Posts Tagged chihuahua

The Big Room

Jul 3rd, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Papillons | no comment »

Teq does not yet get full access to the entire house for safety reasons (she is pretty small) and she also doesn’t get full access to the backyard like the other dogs yet.  So when she gets to go out in the full back yard we say she is thinking “wow this is a really big room” (yes we are anthropomorphizing, it’s part of the fun of owning a pet) 😛

She burns a lot (A LOT) of energy in “the big room” so I am starting to let her go out there more often now that she is a bit older and has shown she has no desire to try and get under the deck or any of the other teeny, tiny places that small dogs shouldn’t be going, but Papillons all seemed to think were the best places EVAH when they were puppies (I finally learned by the time we got the chihuahua!).

Here are some pictures of the Chihuahua and her Papillon siblings in “the big room” over the weekend (some comments follow):

Pictures of Bun without headgear..it’s a festivus miracle!  Poor Bun, hopefully the allergy shots will start working and he can be permanently headgear free.   I’ve managed to keep some fringe on him despite the headgear (not an easy feat), so you can imagine how much fringe he’d have if he wasn’t wearing that thing 24/7 for the last couple years.   He’s a good boy.   You can see Teq taking advantage of his temporary headgearlessness to jump on his head.   He prefers to play with her WITH the headgear on (I don’t blame him, her baby teeth are sharp).

Kendall is getting so red, which I do not understand, because I don’t see her incessantly licking , but from the looks of her legs you would think that is ALL she does.  She is going to be 9 and is a pet, so it’s not really a battle I am planning to fight, but it’s slightly perplexing.

A picture of camera shy Obie with his *great* front *cough*   That was one of the few times when he has actually posed for a shot.  Usually he runs when he sees the camera. Maybe the prozac is working.

Clothes-a-palooza

Jul 2nd, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

When Teq was very little, her Aunt Lisa sent her a great thermal shirt made by a woman named April from The California Chi.    A while after that, I emailed April about ordering some shirts and then I asked if I could send her some fabric and have her make me some shirts from that fabric.   My original intent was to get a couple Pirates and Steelers things that John would like to see Teq in.

Because I am me, that turned into something much bigger than a couple Pirates and Steelers shirts 😉    When we were done, it looked something like this:

I haven’t even gotten all the stuff out of the box yet and gotten pictures of Teq in everything, but over the next few days, I will be sharing pictures of Tequila in her fabulous new wardrobe.

She particularly loves the sleeveless shirts.   I have to fight with her to take them off once I put one on her.   She wore one for 3 days in a row once before I finally forced her to let me remove it 😉    Usually she will strip herself when she gets too warm or tired of wearing a shirt, but she loves her some sleeveless t-shirts!

OU Softball

Jul 1st, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

Teq and I braved the outside world and went to one of John’s softball games.  Actually 2 games, as it was a double header.   It was fun, but the temperature was approximately the same as the surface of the sun!   We were both quite ready to come back to the air conditioning by the time it was over  😉

Teq had a great time, though.  She thought everyone was there JUST. TO. SEE. HER!    Anytime someone walked up to the xpen, she would throw herself down for a belly rub.  I suggested that maybe everyone didn’t want to rub her belly, but she assured me that I was being silly and of course everyone wanted to rub her belly..duh!

I was ambitious prior to going and wanted her to have “team spirit” so set out to make her a harness in the team colors.   I drug John to the fabric store and set him loose to find the proper green, which was a good thing because I would have gotten the wrong shade.  He, on the other hand, got the perfect shade.  Her harness matched the towel he has perfectly 😉

I also got a O and U to sew on and I wanted a kitty paw (the logo they used when John went there), but had no luck finding one anywhere.   Anna suggested a pin and as luck would have it, I collect hat pins and happened to have an OU “kitty paw” one, so stuck that on the harness to cover the kitty paw aspect.

Some pics from the games:

It was hot!

See, perfect match on the fabric

Did I mention it was a double header?

Run faster dad!

Couple pics of John since we were at his game 😛

For Dr. Julie: A Teq Compilation

Jun 1st, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

Miss Teq is going to visit her favorite person (other than us), our vet, Dr. Julie.    I decided to make a post of pictures since Teq’s last visit to make it easier to pull them up on John’s blackberry than trying to scroll through a bunch of different posts.

Marketing & Self-Promotion A/K/A The Bane Of My Existence!

May 25th, 2011 Posted in General Musings | no comment »

So I am terrible at marketing my store(s).  Terribad.  I hate it.  HATE!  I am so uncomfortable doing it, I can’t even express how much I dislike it.  Ugh!   Mostly I do not do it and surprisingly, I’ve done pretty well for myself considering that I don’t do it.   However, one of my (very) soft goals for the year is to struggle through some self-promotion.  UGH!

Just the thought makes me want to crawl into bed for a week.   *deep breath*     I have several friends online that are such great self-promoters and do the best. marketing. evah!  I am so jealous of them because they make it look so easy and effortless.   Several of them have taken time to email with me over the years and they have been really helpful and they make it sound so easy, breezy and UGH!!!

Tonight, I decided I *had* to make some kind of progress on this (very) soft goal because we are almost half-way through the year and I’ve done pretty much doodlysquat so far.  In my defense, I had a kind of shitty start to the year with losing Cajun.  That pretty much sucked the life right out of me for several months and I am still not back to 100%, but it’s time to get moving in this area.

So tonight I set up a Facebook page for my Etsy store and added the widget over there to the right.   I also did something I swore I would never do and joined Twitter.

It’s a start.

Here is a cute Chihuahua picture for your trouble 🙂

Chihuahua Fashion

May 22nd, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

I usually keep several of Teq’s different clothes items in a basket on my desk, mostly out of laziness.  Her “dresser” is the bottom drawer of the organizer next to my desk and it’s sort of a pain to get into it, so it’s just easier to keep the stuff she wears the most on my desk.    She will dig through the basket and pull out what she wants to wear some days, just like she hands me the container of cheerios when she wants to train (or be fed cheerios).

I had John pick up another basket so that I could put all her clothes in it and she would have some more options to choose from.  I have custom ordered her some clothes from The California Chi, so wanted something for when those get here (which I’m very excited about, as an aside).

So when I was pulling stuff out of the bottom drawer, I decided to see if any of the stuff I bought for Teq when we very first got her fit her yet.   It was all WAY too big when we got her and I wasn’t sure she would ever grow into some of it.

Yes, I will be sleeping with one eye open for the next few days, in case you were wondering 😉

As always, click on the images to make them larger.

Just so you don’t think I was being horribly cruel, I did not make her wear the bunny ears hood for any longer than it took to take the pictures and once cheerios were involved, she decided the hood wasn’t *that* bad.  Several of the pictures where it looks like she is mad, she’s actually either eating a cheerio or looking at me holding a cheerio off camera 😉

The one that surprised me was the full body jammies.  I did not think she would particularly like those, but when I tried to take them off her, she threw a fit and wanted them left on.  She ended up wearing them most of the afternoon and was happy with them, even though they are still slightly too large.   It was a bit rainy, chilly that day though so that may have influenced her.  She really likes to be pretty toasty.    She will go under blankets even when it’s quite warm out.

Teq Loves Her Chewie!

May 19th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

This is a series of pictures I took while Tequila was chewing on her beloved bully stick.   I think there are probably 30 pictures in the whole series.  She was having so much fun with the chewie and really moving around tons while chewing on it.  I was taking pictures as fast as the camera was cycling.   Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Mini Dress Part 2

May 18th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

I also decided that Teq needed a mini dress in her own size so she didn’t have to hold her breath all the time.   I wanted to learn how to make ruffles as well, so figured this would be a good project to try that out on.

Since this was just for us, I did not put any ribbon or other covering over the seam on the ruffle, so please excuse the rather rough/unfinished look in that area.   Teq has been wearing this little dress on game days to cheer on the Pirates and it’s holding up very nicely to her playing while wearing it, I’m happy to report.

Mini Dress Part 1

May 17th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

As I said in New Coat Part 2, I was side tracked by Mini Dresses.    Anna got some darling mini dress harnesses for her little 1+ pound puppy, Gracie and wanted to know if I could make them.   I figured I could at least try, so I set about to do just that 😉

Here is my first attempt at one.  This is just a dress, not a harness and it’s for a 1+ pound dog so Teq at 2+ pounds is being asked to kindly hold her breath while I squeeze her into it for pictures!

New Coat Part 2

May 16th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

As I mentioned in my previous post, I adjusted the pattern originally made.   I wanted to make it a bit longer on her back and I did not like how the neck piece was.   On the first coat, I sewed the neck part, rather than using velco.   On the second coat, I did decide to go with velcro closure rather than sewing it (and I didn’t like it any better lol).

Here are pictures of the second attempt at the longer coat (click images to enlarge):

As you can see, it is longer, but unfortunately, I ended up enlarging the entire coat way too much as well and the neck strap is just all kind of messy for a dog Teq’s size.   On the positive size, for a slightly larger dog, this coat will be fine.

Keeping in mind what I needed to change, I drew up yet another pattern and gave it another go.   This was my next result (click the images to enlarge):

You can see this one is a marked improvement in sizing, but it’s still just a shade too long and I think that it could be tapered a bit more where it comes up on her hind legs.   I changed that on the newest pattern, but I haven’t cut a new one out yet because I’ve been sidetracked by mini dresses!   That is Anna’s fault.   So I will be trying out the newest pattern in the next few days and post the results when I get one made.

One last thing about these 2 coats, I am super happy with the way the neck strap is working out now.   I made it more narrow on this pattern and that helped a lot.  I really like how it’s hitting on her neck now.  It’s not up high and pushing right on her throat like many of the coats/harnesses do, which is important on these little dogs, the pressure is more on her shoulders.

Here is a comparison shot of the 2 coats to show the difference between the 2 patterns: