On the good occasions, I see Chihuahuas at the homes of my careful, considerate and loving clients! All too frequently, I see these dogs, on the streets, with no collars, and literally harassing and following all other dogs that are on leashes; as they should be!! Have any of you seen or been in this situation?
It's also very unfortunate, but all too common, to eventually see (Have you seen this dog?) signs up on poles, looking for that very dog! The same one that I have had more than one encounter with! Why do these people not get it! These are little dogs! That's why people buy or adopt these cute little pups! Don't people realize that these dogs can escape from many barriers, fences, and even across a few castle, moats! They are champs at this, but often are found without even an ID tag of any sort! They don't get it! But we are supposed to!
These little street walkers, love to follow other, bigger dogs on leashes, and that in itself can bring up some disturbing incidences! Unfortunately, I myself have witnessed the killing of one of these little dogs. It was by my own greyhound that had been harassed by a unleashed pup, who looked much like this snarly little guy, above! I was walking my three very well behaved dogs, when this little Chihuahua, with no leash or collar, decided to get as close as possible to my leashed dogs. He was making the situation, quite unbearable for all of us...until he got too close, and was caught by my sweet greyhound girl, who was only reacting to the taunts that were thrown at us by this unleashed dog!
I did manage to get this pup to a vet, who told me to not put up signs to locate the owner! When I inquired why not, he became quite animated, and told me that he is so tired of seeing these animals come in, because the owners were just too uncaring, to make sure that an escape did not happen. He said that if the dog does pull through, that the owners have shown how little they care, already, by not properly securing the little dog, or tagging him or chipping him! He would see that it went to a shelter (no kill)! Unfortunately, after a week, the little guy didn't pull through!
Today, while walking Boomer; up ahead of us, there was another one of these pups, who I know, used to be on the other side of the fence! That was before figuring out that he could get out! Yes, another Chihuahua! The problem is, this pooch can probably get back under as well, which might just mean that his owners were not even aware that junior can get out! After leaving a note for the owners, we will see if the fence has been repaired! I fear not, but I can hope!
Dead Dog Walking? I'm afraid so!