Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted January 13, 2015
This is our little 8lb dog Gizmo. She's a Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix. I'm a self proclaimed "little dog hater," yet somehow this small pooch won her way into my heart (the husband too, another little dog hater).
I found her on the side of the road one day and couldn't find her owners although we tried for weeks. Once we gave up looking, we couldn't bear the thought of giving her up.
Gizmo is an extremely smart dog, and very disciplined too. She picks up tricks in one or two attempts, it's quite amazing actually. She learned how to stay for an extended amount of time (at the dog park of all places) in only two tries! She is an extremely obedient dog, and will do just about anything to please us.
I think Gizmo is a great mix of the Chihuahua and Jack Russell breeds. She barely barks (maybe once a week), and is very friendly with everyone. She definitely likes people more than other dogs, but tolerates big and little dogs just fine. Due to the Jack Russell side, she is very fast and full of energy, but isn't destructive if she doesn't get a good walk in for a few days.
Ok, the bad stuff—she has horrible breath. I mean it's bad! I think that is a chihuahua trait. Also, the vet thinks she is between 2 & 3 years old when we got her, and she was not fixed. We actually went through one heat cycle with her before we spayed her. Because of that, she does have an issue with humping, but only does it to a stuffed animal we gave her. She also likes to cuddle up right against your face, and will try to lick it if you aren't careful.
Overall, she's an awesome dog. We have a line of people willing to take her off our hands for us if we don't want her, but she is just such a great dog, we couldn't do it. We now have an exception to our "hate all little dogs" rule. Her name is Gizmo.