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30th-Dec-2013 12:44 pm


Let me back up.

On my way down to Florida, I checked Facebook. My aunt had posted a picture of two adorable dogs - she'd found them in front of the salon she owns. The big dog was filthy and her fur was so matted that she couldn't walk without difficulty; the small dog was in better condition, in no small part because he was short-haired. She'd put out water and food for them, and asked everyone who usually walks their dogs in that area if they'd ever seen these two before - no dice. Nothing on Craigslist, no reports to the Humane Society. So she took them home, got them a checkup, got them cleaned up, and was looking for a home for them.

So we went in there very happy that we'd get to spend our vacation with BONUS DOGS. As I put my bags away, my aunt was telling me I'd love the little one - I don't know, I said, I like big dogs! And both my aunt and my birthmom had told me that the little guy was skittish and would take time to get used to me.

So I walked out there ready to say hi to the little dog and love on the big dog - and the little guy jumped right into my arms. Went into absolute raptures.

And Adam was like "uh-oh."

(My view for much of the trip.)

Apparently chihuahuas bond SUPER HARD to one particular person. That is Their Person come hell or high water. And Nail - so named because my aunt was trying to get my birthmom, who has a dog named Rusty, to take him - instantly claimed me as His Person. He loves my birthmom too, and Elayna, and he likes Adam - he's shown more mistrust of men than people of other genders, but he gets accustomed. But I am clearly His Person.

Adam wasn't sure at first; the pup cried A LOT when unattended. (He was being kept outside til they knew his flea dip had worked.) But he was totally calm whenever he knew we were there.

I fell completely in love with him instantly. Gradually, Adam did too. And the landlord said yes. :)

Oh, guys. I needed this. I needed this incredible, sweet, bouncy, adoring little dog. I needed a little darling who wants to be on my lap - it was breaking my heart to have an empty lap post-Max. All these little shocks. But I couldn't get another cat so soon. Any cat I got this soon would forever just be not-Max, and a cat deserves better than that. A dog? So different from Max that he won't remind me of him, won't be in that same place in my heart. A dog is good.

And he needed me. This poor dear street pup with such separation anxiety and hypervigilance - he slept in my lap all through Doctor Who. For the first few days, he would just conk out whenever he was in my lap, because he knew he was safe.

His name is Nicodemus Pontifex. His '30s mobster name is Nicky the Nail.

He loves it here.

He and Bash are not in love, but they coexist just fine! Yesterday I was knitting on the couch with Nicky on my right leg and Bash right next to my left leg. Bash gives him the occasional dubious glance, but there's no aggression fro either of them.

He had his first vet appointment today. They estimate him at 5 years of age. His molars are messed up in a way that's consistent with living rough; he'll need extractions. And he'll need to be neutered. He has an undescended testicle! That usually costs more, but our vet is doing it at the base cost because he's a stray. We really like our vet. He also has some corneal scarring consistent with puppy street fighting, poor love. He seems to be in good shape otherwise. We'll have bloodwork back tomorrow.

You guys, I have a dog. My heart is overflowing.
30th-Dec-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
you might want to knit him a sweater - chihuahuas get cold in the winter
30th-Dec-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
I got him a nice fleecy hoodie that he's getting accustomed to - will definitely be knitting for him too!
31st-Dec-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
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30th-Dec-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
He sounds like a very good doggie. I am glad he found you.
30th-Dec-2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Cute! Congratulations on the new addition to your home.

I almost typed "new edition." Now "Mr. Telephone Man" is stuck in my head.
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30th-Dec-2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
(My view for much of the trip.)

That is an adorable knee-riding dog.

His '30s mobster name is Nicky the Nail.

He has a good face for it.

I'm glad his home is with you.
30th-Dec-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
I giggled at Adam's initial reaction.
30th-Dec-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
So adorable! Rescuing is so worth it! It'll be interesting to see Nicky's journey as he adjusts to being safe and having a loving home. :)
30th-Dec-2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
30th-Dec-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Adorbs! I love my little puppy-boy like none other.

Good for you, and good for Nicky.
30th-Dec-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
He looks so sweet...and like a miniature doberman!
30th-Dec-2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, so sweet! How is he with other dogs? Winnie will love meeting him. So lucky to have been found by your aunt and you.
31st-Dec-2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
He's happy with other dogs! Will Winnie be at Arisia?
30th-Dec-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, he is adorable. Oh my goodness.

I'm so glad you found each other.
30th-Dec-2013 10:55 pm (UTC) - Wow
The timing for you is just great. Holly didn't bond to the foster mom. In fact she had to work hard to get her to do anything. The moment she got out of the crate to meet us Holly decided we were her people. I totally understand this. If you would like to introduce him to other dogs let us know and I can bring Holly to you (but it can wait till you settle in.) We know how much our lives have been better since Princess Holly Puppyface came into our lives. If you don't have pet insurance we have had good experiences with VPI.
31st-Dec-2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Seconding VPI!
They paid out twice when Mr. P. Had his surgeries.
So happy for you guys! Little dogs are great.
31st-Dec-2013 05:01 pm (UTC) - Re: Wow
He loved his two dog buddies at my aunt's house, but puppy playdates are never a bad thing! Thanks for the VPI rec - we were just about to ask for recommendations.
30th-Dec-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
So cute! I am not usually a small-dog/chihuahua person but I love his colouring and he does, from behind on your lap, look like a bonsai German Shepherd, which is so weird once I see his face!

Edited at 2013-12-30 11:16 pm (UTC)
31st-Dec-2013 01:22 am (UTC) - YAY!!
Congrats to everyone for a new family member.
31st-Dec-2013 01:30 am (UTC) - Good luck!
And good for you and him.
31st-Dec-2013 01:45 am (UTC)
You know, I also thought at first he was some German Shepherd mix, and then blinked at the other pics. But OMG, he is so adorable! You two look great together.

I am so glad he found you.

My congrats as well on the new family member.
31st-Dec-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
What a sweet little guy!
31st-Dec-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
He is ZOMGCUTE!!! Congratulations on your new addition. I find that buddies like these come along exactly when we need them. I'm glad you two can be there for each other. :D
31st-Dec-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Awwwwww, what a cutiepie! Good for both of you!
31st-Dec-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
OMG what a wonderful thing to have happen for you and for Nickie. Dog-love is so special.
31st-Dec-2013 06:10 am (UTC)
When Adam said he was maybe part German Shepherd I was surprised, but yeah, those above shots/shots from above really show it.

Also, yay dog!

Edited at 2013-12-31 06:13 am (UTC)
31st-Dec-2013 06:19 am (UTC)
What an adorable little boy! I'm so glad he found you.
31st-Dec-2013 03:59 pm (UTC) - Welcome to the dog club
If you decide there should be doggie play time let us know. Holly does extremely well with small dogs.
31st-Dec-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
*happytears for you* Reminds me of that pawprint sticker/magnet that says "Who rescued whom?"

PUPPY!!! ♥
31st-Dec-2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
aw! His little faaaaaaaace!
31st-Dec-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! He looks really cute, and I wish you all the luck in the world with him!

As a voice of experience - I grew up with chihuahuas - I've got some words of warning.

They are very territorial, both of their person (which is obviously you!) and their home. From past experience - make certain Adam and Nicky, and Elayna and Nicky, interact, play, whatever. Even if it's just fetch & treats. You want to make sure Nicky knows who family is.

Have a plan for the next party at your place. You may end up having to hold him a lot! Smaller gatherings sooner help - you want him used to the idea that strangers coming to visit is an ordinary thing.
1st-Jan-2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
Nicky already loves Elayna. :) He's been a little slower with Adam, because he started out nervous of all men, but now he goes to Adam for walks, lets him carry him upstairs, and plays with him a little. :) He did react defensively when we had two people visit yesterday, but was totally calm in my arms.... we'll keep having people over individually and in small groups!
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1st-Jan-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hooray for love! I'm glad y'all found each other!
3rd-Jan-2014 12:19 am (UTC)
Congrats!! Dogs are great, and Gods bless you for giving him a great home. You needed him; he needed you. Had much the same experience with my latest pooch, as well. If not for her, who knows where I'd be.
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