What is a Chi-a-poo you ask? She is a Chihuahua/Poodle mix. We became her forever Mommy and Daddy on September 16th, 2007. She was born on July 25, 2007. Her mother Whisper was a white chihuahua and her father Midget was a black poodle. She was born in Buffalo, KY. The weird thing was that when I went to give my final payment to the breeder she told me that she knew right where my house was because she grew up in the town next door. Small world isn’t it? Here are some pictures from the day we met Isabella. (Also if you click the link to her breeder there are pictures from another one of her mother Whisper’s litters)
As you can see, she was quite small. I can’t recall what she weighed, but she was probably less than 2 pounds that day. (Today she’s only a whopping 4.6 pounds) I remember when I got her we didn’t tell my parents because I was quite sure they’d try to talk us out of it. After she came to live with us we finally told them. Of course my Father said that the novelty would wear off and then we’d be “stuck” with her. He couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s been almost 2 1/2 years and we are still as thrilled with her as the day we got her. We still cuddle constantly and play with her like in the beginning. People are impressed with how smart she is and the commands she knows. She knows sit, stay, down, rollover, up, and dance. We can even get her to walk upright with the proper coaxing.
Contrary to popular belief she really isn’t a very yippy dog. People think because she’s small she’s yippy. Small dogs are only yippy if you train them to be. In fact she’s not very vocal at all unless a stranger arrives or we say certain things that set her off. Lately whenever we mention “Uncle Shawn” she goes barking for the door because she thinks he’s here. She especially loves her Uncle Shawn because he stays with her whenever we are out of town and can’t be here with her. He takes care of her as if she were his own – hence why we also refer to him as her God-Father. We’re very lucky to have him as our friend. 🙂
Another great thing about having a small dog is that you can train them to be indoor dogs. Many of my readers are from the northeast so you know how frigid cold it’s been lately. I sure as heck don’t want to go out in it and neither does Isabella. From the day we got her we trained her to go inside on puppy pellets, newspapers and potty pads. We have a little tray with a potty pad and it gets cleaned everyday. She can go whenever she feels the need. No getting up early to walk the dog, no rushing home to let the dog out, none of that! It’s wonderful. When we first started talking with her breeder we mentioned to her how important it was to us to indoor train her. We asked her not to have her go outside with the other dogs. We didn’t want her to get used to it. So she was kept inside and used newspapers. That’s when we knew we had a good breeder on our hands. She answered every silly question we came up with. I had taken care of dogs in the past, but never from puppyhood and I wanted to make sure I did everything right and didn’t have enough time to read everything to learn. We tried to find breeders here in New York but they were impatient with us and couldn’t be bothered to answer our questions.
Isabella has become a HUGE (though small in stature) part of our family. We’re so thrilled to have her here with us. Even when we’re sad she brings joy to our lives. We’d love to get to know your pets. How have your pets impacted your lives?
More to come about Isabella – stay tuned 🙂