Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bella's First Trip

Tomorrow I am going to go and visit my grown kids and families out of state, luckily it's only 6-7 hours drive and I have made the decision to take Bella with me. Normally, I don't like taking the dogs on trips like that, but in this case, I think it's a must. Shorty and Abbey are older and are used to being out and roaming around the house freely all day, but Bella, well, that's a different story. I had finally decided that when I go out on errands for an hour or so, Bella is able to be with the other 2 dogs because she is potty trained well and I don't have that worry, however....... I have just found out that she has been CHEWING! ....and I mean EVERYTHING. My computer speaker wire is about gone, as well as 2 of my cell phone charger wires, my vaccum cleaner cord, and last but not least, my internet wiring for my computer. I moved my computer up to a higher location, but some of these cords are not moveable. She must be getting bored when I am gone and deciding to find new chew toys, even though she has plenty. So, I am going to take her with me. I don't want to leave her out all day without any supervision, geez, you'd think she was a
I have my son doing the feeding and watering and changing the pee pads but he works very long hours and I just don't think it's a good idea to leave her roaming free willy. What to do about puppies and chewing? Most everything is up now but I still think she will find something to chew on, so she is going to be taking her first trip, and I sure hope it all goes well.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bella Loves Playing With Her Toys

Bella is having such a great time, and she absolutely LOVES playing. She doesn't mind tackling toys even almost her size.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Puppy Chewing Tips

I named my littlest chi "Bella" but am now wondering if I should have named her Miss Bite-Everything-In-Site!.....I know that she is a puppy, and all puppies chew but she has tons of toys to chew on, but prefers to chew on the cords that connect to my computer and almost demolished one totally. I had to raise the computer up higher to prevent her from finishing off that one cord and start on another, and it's not as if I am not home, because I am. She just stays so busy that it's hard to follow her around all over the place.
For this reason, I am now going to give a great tip, especially for puppies.
Puppy-proof the house, and that means tying up all cords, putting away the shoes that you don't want chewed up, making sure that no extra food drops to the floor so they can get it, keeping the rug or floor vaccumed or swept as best you can, and even keep your pee-pads or newspapers out of reach because they will chew on EVERYTHING!
I have found that the "kong" toy with a treat inside will help or even detour some of this but if your chihuahua puppy is as rambunctious as mine, then it's going to be a contstant battle. Just remember, chihuahuas stay puppies for quite awhile and they teeth so they will really need to be watched really well....and don't forget--they are just puppies!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bella Wants To Rule The House

Day after day goes by, and I am watching Miss Bella grow....she's not getting really big, but her body is getting longer and she is starting to have some periods of NOT biting everything she sees. Well, let's back up and say, she's still biting everything, but not ALL the time now. lol. Silly dog.
Bella wants to play with Shorty but he still doesn't have any interest in her, although I have seen him sniff her backside a time or two, and they have managed to sit in the windowsill together without too much problem. All she wants to do is play, and he is just not having ANY of it. Bella is a very forward little chihuahua, and she wants attention. I don't know if it's just female chihuahuas but she wants to rule the house and she puts Shorty and Abbey in their places.....just like Prissy used to do. Oh, I tell you, she sure is the life of the household now, and I am so glad that I got her.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Bella And Her Vet Experience

Today was another day in the round of puppy shots for Bella. Before every shot, they ask if they can give her a diaphenhydrine shot, which is supposed to be like benedryl and it helps to keep the side effects down to a minimum on her regular shot, so I say yes because of what happened to my Shorty dog years ago. It has always gone well, but today was a different day, and what a scary day it was for me, and for poor Bella. The technician gave her the first shot and was supposed to wait at least 15 min before her getting her regular shot. As it turned out, the tech guy wasn't so easy and my poor Bella was crying! But as soon as this shot was done and he went out of the room, Bella started acting funny....and I was very upset. She was moving her head all around like she was trying to have a seizure. I had her in my arms, in her blanket and I pushed through to the vet back room area and started asking for help....and the vet tech comes and another vet was there as well. I asked him WHAT was wrong with my Bella? They took her from me quickly and told me to wait. I was horrified, actually fighting back the tears because it took my mind back to when I lost my precious Prissy dog. The vet tech came back in and told me that they were putting her on oxygen, and for me to calm down because she would be alright. After a short while, he brought her back in, and she was better but still not herself. The vet came in and explained to me that Bella had gotten scared and all of this caused her to be this way because of her worry. The vet came and talked with me, assuring me that he checked her and she was going to be fine. I was MADDER than a wet hen, I tell you. I was not happy. Honestly, I think that the vet tech hurt her when he gave her the first shot. I think that she got scared and nervous. Poor Bella and what a vet experience it was today! After I checked out, she seems less nervous on the way home, but it wasn't until 4 hours later, that she finally went to sleep in my lap. I placed her inside of her kennel where her favorite blankie is and she is sound asleep. Boy what a day! I hope we don't ever have to have this happen again....poor baby!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Bella Updates On The 4th Of July!

Bella gets braver each and every day. She still picks on Shorty and has even snuck up behind him and bit his ear a time or two. Not only that, she has now begun to bark at the other two when they are eating. She doesn't want them to eat while she's eating, and what's worse is that Shorty likes to come over to her plate and try and steal a morsel or two. I had her in a playpen and have now moved her to a large kennel....and that has worked out very well. Potty training is fantastic for the moment and we are still experiencing the biting and chewing of everything she sees in sight. What a wonderful 4th of July we are spending, just relaxing around the house. Couldn't be any better!