Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted July 10, 2014
When I first adopted Chai, her original name was China, she was exactly what you'd think a scared, rescue dog would be. While gentle with me and my close friend, she did not trust any other moving creature. I knew this would be a long road of constant attention and training. The shelter listed her as a Chihuahua, but immediately upon looking at her, she was a pure mutt.
Potty training her was a little more difficult than I originally anticipated, but within the first month she had a solid grasp of this newly-learned skill. Now, she loves telling us when she has to use the bathroom.
Her activity level is perfect - she's spunky, but enjoys lounging on her back and getting her belly rubbed for hours. I think I may have spoiled her a little, but look at that face!
All-in-all, dealing with a mutt with Chihuahua (and whatever else she has) is a rewarding experience. While she's still not too keen on strangers (especially men), she is slowly changing her attitude toward those we deem "safe." Her best quality - she's the most loyal dog I've ever known...until it begins to thunder - then she's loyal only if I go under the bed with her.