Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ 2009 ~


[Post By Dinky Daisy] Happy New Year Everyone!!! Yipeeee!!! Mom says that this year will be a great one! We hope you had a safe and happy new year, and have lots of plans for the new year ahead. Mom plans on taking many more photos of us cute little dogs, and posting more often here on her blogs. Best Wishes To Each And Every One Of You! From Dinky Daisy And All Of Us Here At Darling Dinky Dogs.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our Blog Has Been Added To Dogs With Blogs.Com.



[Post By Genny-Poo, The Long-Haired Chihuahua.] Bark,bark,barkbarkbark...Hey, I'm telling the whole world. Today we here at Darling Dinky Dogs found out that our Dog Blog has been accepted to be included in the blog directory Dogs With Blogs.Com. We are #1082 on page #6. We see our friends Haley, Bailey and Max got there before us, and they're number #956 on page #5 for their Dog Blog, Beagle Bitches. Way to go! To be accepted, your Dog Blog has to be just about dogs, and preferably written by dogs. Because we are so many dogs, we weren't sure we would fit in, because most dog blogs are written by one or two dogs, but that's because most families only have one or two dogs, right? Our Mom is known as the Crazy Dog Lady for taking in unwanted dogs and strays, and so our doggie family now reaches 9 dogs. Sadie and Kadie have gone to the Rainbow Bridge, but we would miss them too much to remove them from our blog. We believe that love lasts forever, and when someone dies, they're never really gone. My Mom said that a few weeks ago, she saw my doggie Mom Sadie at the bottom of the stairs at bedtime, even though she had just passed on. And she swears she heard her barking the other day. Us doggies know Sadie and my doggie sister Kadie are still here with us. But most people aren't sensitive enough to feel them. I'm glad that Mom knows as well as we doggies do that we are all still here together. Tail Wags And Doggie Kisses To You All, Genny-Poo~ Woof!

[PS, if you would like to see a short video of me running and barking, look for the link in the sidebar at the right side of this page under, My Videos.]

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Dinky Daisy's Christmas Photo Is Featured At Webshots.


Dinky Daisy and all the little dogs here at Darling Dinky Dogs Wish You A Very Merry Christmas. (This Photo is Featured today in Pets at Webshots, Dec. 24, 2008, and was also featured in Chihuahuas, Dec. 8, 2007, and was Most Downloaded, Dec. 2007.) lovethemsteiff - Dinky Daisys Winter Album.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Some Information About My Waldo And The Royal Chinese Crested Breed.






Meet Wonderful Waldo! Waldo is a Royal Hairless Chinese Crested Dog. He is now one and a half years old. Waldo is an unusual dog, and he's also unusual for a Chinese Crested. The breed standard says Cresteds range from 6 - 12 pounds. Waldo is now 22 pounds! He's not fat, he just grew to be a big strong dog. Also, most Cresteds are some combination of Black and white. Usually with Black bodies. Sometimes Black and White spots. I have seen some with grey bodies and blond hair. Waldo's body was pink as a baby and now is sort of brown. Cresteds tan in the summer and their skin darkens. He has Strawberry Blond hair, which is Blond on his forehead and then Red from there back. His hair goes down his spine, and he has hair on his feet and the end of his tail. His hair is still growing a bit. The rest of him is hairless, and his skin feels like human skin. He's changed so much since he was a baby. Chinese Cresteds also come in a Powder Puff variety that have long hair all over their bodies and are shaggy looking. They carry the gene for both Hairy and Hairless and produce mixed litters. They are not from China, but originally may be from the Egyptian, African area and were picked up by the Chinese ships and developed by them. Because they are Hairless, they are good for allergy sufferers and also there is no shedding or problems with fleas. On ships they were good at keeping the rats controlled.


Chinese Cresteds can be aloof and a bit timid, developing a close bond with their families. They are not for everyone. You have to be very patient with them. You mustn't scold or punish them, or you will lose their trust. Teach them with gentleness and love and they will return your affection. (I recommend the training methods of Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. See the link to his Website in the sidebar at the right of this page.) Cresteds are also known as the Healing Dogs, and I can say that my own health problems have lessened since Waldo came to live with me. Holding Cresteds have been proven to reduce high blood pressure and other problems such as arthritis. I love my Wonderful Waldo. He's a goofy, funny, silly, intelligent dog, and I love to hold him and kiss his silly face. Waldo came to me because he was unwanted by his first owner, so if you are considering getting a Chinese Crested, please learn as much as you can about them first, and spend time with the dog before adopting it to see his personality. There seems to be a lot of difference from one individual dog to another. Even the breeders often have different opinions about the breed. ~Carol Jean~

(To View Waldo's Photo Album At Webshots, Click On His Photo Named Wonderful Waldo That Can Be Found In The Sidebar At The Right Of This Page.)

How I Trained Waldo My Chinese Crested Dog To Stop Biting Me.








When Waldo first came to live with me, he was a biter. I don't believe he had been raised in a loving household. He would struggle and squirm and chew on my hands and face if he could reach it. I was determined to tame him, and I would hold him and talk gently to him while watching the clock. After 30 seconds, it was all I could take, so then I'd put him down and give him a cookie. Each day I did this for 5 weeks, and was still only holding him for 30 seconds at a time. I was at the point of thinking I may not be able to keep him much longer, when suddenly he let me hold him, without biting me for 3 minutes! I was amazed. Then each day I held him longer. Soon it was ten minutes then twenty then thirty. And all the time he grew and grew and got heavier and heavier. Now he's 22 pounds, and I hold him and kiss his silly face for up to 30 minutes at a time. He loves me now and doesn't bite anymore. He does still nibble on his friend Sophie now and then though, as you can see in the photo collage above. ~Carol Jean~

Wonderful Waldo, The Royal Chinese Crested Hairless Dog Wishes You A Merry Christmas! (Notice His Adam's Apple.)








[Carol Jean made the Christmas Quilt Wall hanging with Miniature 4 inch blocks that is behind Waldo in these photos taken last Christmas when Waldo was 8 months old.]

Waldo is a Royal Hairless Chinese Crested Dog. He is now one and a half years old. I had fun dressing him in a winter scarf and making this Christmas arrangement. Notice that in one of the photos, you can see Waldo's Adam's Apple! Yes, dogs DO have Adam's Apples just like people, but you usually don't see them because they are hidden by the dog's fur. Since Waldo has no fur on his neck, his Adam's Apple is easily seen. Isn't that a funny thing to know? To see any of these photos larger, just click on them. To see a video of Waldo's Adam's Apple going up and down while he eats Peanut Butter, look for the link in the sidebar at the right of this page beneath his photo named Wonderful Waldo. You can also click on his photo to see his photo album at Webshots. ~Carol Jean~

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sophie The Chihuahuas' Terrible Adventure.


[Post By Sophie, The Smooth-Coat Chihuahua.] Oh My, the most terrible thing happened to me tonight! I'm not sure I'm over it yet. Here's what happened. Mom let us out into the snow to do our business as usual, and even though it was almost zero out, I took a quick trip to the back of the garden, to look for signs of rabbits in the yard. I know where they go out by the fence, but to get there, I had to squeeze between the fence and some stuff Dad had stored there. There are a few bikes, storm windows, lattice for the fence and long boards. I pushed the lattice aside and squeezed into the space. Then I couldn't get out again. I looked all around me, but I couldn't remember how I got in there. The wind was blowing and it was so cold. I heard Mom calling my name over and over again. The other dogs had gone back into the house and I was out there all alone. I've never been so scared. Every few minutes, Mom would call my name again, and I could tell she was getting frightened because I hadn't come back. Then after what seemed like a very long time, I finally gave a little bark so Mom would know where I was. Then I could hear her coming out to me, with her shoes crunching deep into the frozen snow and calling my name. The wind had erased my footprints, and if I hadn't barked, Mom wouldn't have ever known what had happened to me. By the time she found me, she was crying, and the tears were freezing on her cheeks. She had to move a lot of the things out of the way, and then finally, I was free, and I jumped all around her legs to show her I was OK. We struggled back to the house, all the time Mom was saying, "Oh Poor Sophie! I was so afraid I wouldn't find you." When we got in the house, Mom wrapped me up in a towel and held me for a long time to warm me up. I kissed her face over and over again and kissed away her tears. I even licked her ears to comfort her. Then we both gave a big sigh and just rested there, glad to be together again. I'm so glad Mom came out and found me. I hope nothing like this ever happens again. When Dad came home, Mom told him that I had been outside for half an hour. Luckily, the area I was lost in had a roof overhead, or I would have been buried in the snow. The next time us dogs went out tonight, you can believe that I was the first one back in the house. I think I've learned my lesson. Whew! Now, all I want is to climb into Mom's warm bed with her and have a good night's sleep. My wish tonight is that all good little Doggies have a warm place to be out of the snow, and someone that loves them, as much as I am loved. Doggie Kisses, Sophie.

Pepe and Pee-Wee Make Paths Through The Snow.


[Post by Pepe, The Tri-color Long-Haired Chihuahua.] Snow, Snow, Snow. All we've had for three weeks is snow. It's getting deeper everyday. This photo was taken of me with my son Pee-Wee before it got so deep. In the afternoon when the sun's out, we like to make paths through the snow. Pee-Wee is always looking for bunny-poop treats under the bushes, but I don't care for them myself. Mom always keeps an eye on us so we're not out in the cold very long. Tonight it was down to zero and all we did was run in and out in one minute, and when I came in, my back foot was so frozen, I couldn't walk on it at all. I looked pretty silly hopping back into the house on three legs. Mom said, "Oh, Poor Pepe. It's too cold for little doggies outside tonight." Then she gave us all doggie cookies to cheer us up. I sure hope this white stuff doesn't stay here forever. Whatever happened to sunshine and green grass? I wish summer was here again. Maybe I'll dream of it tonight. I hope so. Woof, Pepe.

Woof, Woof. We've Been Awarded These Cool Awards.



We're Barkingly Happy Today! Our Good Friends Bailey and Haley from Beagle Bitches have awarded us these lovely awards! It's enough to make us want to pee on the floor! Woof, Woof. Let's tell all the neighborhood! Thank you Bailey and Haley! Back at ya, for sure! Tail Wags and Doggie Kisses, From All Of Us Dinky Dogs, and Mom Too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dinky Daisy's Christmas Photo Is Featured At Webshots.


Today Dinky Daisy's Christmas photo is Featured, [Photo Of The Day, or POTD] at Webshots in Pets, Chihuahuas. I'm so proud of my Daisy and Sophie for being featured this week. Happy Holidays To Everone! ~Carol Jean~

Monday, December 15, 2008

~ Inner Strength ~ (Clancy The Pomchi.)


Here's a sweet photo of my little dog Clancy.
His personality matches the sentiments in this e-mail I got this morning.

~Inner Strength~
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct her/him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of medication,
..Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Sophie Is Featured At Webshots.


This Christmas photo of Sophie is featured at Webshots today. The same photo has been Featured in the Editor's Collection of Holiday Pets. Nov. 27, 2006. (Photo also Featured in Pets, Chihuahua, Member's Choice. Dec. 2006, Jan. 2007 and Dec. 2008.) To see Sophie's photo album at Webshots, click on her photo named Baby Sophie in the sidebar at the right of this page. Sophie and all the Dinky Dogs want to wish you all a Merry Christmas Season. Tail wags and Doggie Kisses to everyone! ~Carol Jean~

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sadie Throwing Leaves On Herself.



Here is a Joyous photo of my Maltese Sadie throwing leaves on herself! She used to love to jump in the newly raked piles of leaves and burrow tunnels into them. If the other dogs came close enough, she would push them into a leaf pile and cover them up. It was so funny to watch. She was a funny, silly dog that knew how to have a good time. (I miss you Sadie. Here's a Hug for You in Doggie Heaven with Doggie Kisses and Tail Wags from the Dogs.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Darling Dinky Daisy's Halloween Photos.





Last year Dinky Daisy attended the local "Dog-O-Ween" Dog Halloween Costume Contest at the Mall. There were over 100 dogs entered in the contest and it was a lot of fun to see all the different dogs in costume. Daisy didn't win, but I thought she was the cutest little dog there in her Pink Bunny outfit. I call her "Daisy Bunny" when she has it on. Although Halloween has passed for the year, I thought you would like to see these photos of my Dinky Daisy for Halloween. (Some of these photos have been Featured in Pets, Chihuahuas at Webshots.)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Here Are Some Photos Of My Sweet Cats.







I know this is a Dog Blog, but I would also like to share my kitty family with you. At the top of the page we have a photo of Baby Kitty. She is nearly 20 and is the only cat I have that's still living. Every day when I pet her, she kisses my hand.
Next is Spot, a Calico who lived to be 15, and Fuffy, a Calico who lived to be 14. Next we have Darlin' a Persian who lived to be 18, and then Kidden who had extra toes, who lived to be 16, and Trissy, who we just lost 2 weeks ago at age 19. In the last photo, we see Trissy in the Cat Porch my husband made for him. He loved to look out at the garden and watch the birds from his own private sun porch. These kitties were spoiled! And I miss each and every one, everyday.

Here's Sadie with Purple and Kadie with Yellow Scarves. (They were Maltese Chihuahuas.)





Both Sadie and her daughter Kadie have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. I have a short video named "Dogs Return To The House" of Sadie and some of the other dogs in the garden this year. I've also found a music video at Youtube of the song "I'm Ready To Fly" with photos of Animal Heaven, under the name "Our Angels". Links to both of these videos can be found in the link lists in the sidebar at the right side of this page. I hope they give some comfort to others, like me, who have lost their beloved pets. We will all meet again in Heaven some day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Sadie Passed Away On November 4, 2008.








I'm so sorry to report that My Sadie (in the first photo)passed away this week. She was almost 12 years old. I knew I was losing her for some time, but was still so sad to see her go. Pepe (in the second photo) was the father of her puppies and he loved her so much. The last few hours he sat by her side and gently washed her face, the same way he did when she was in labor. Then, when she was gone, he lay by her side for quite some time, and wouldn't let anyone else get near her. Finally, I had to move her to the other room. The next day we buried her in the garden, beneath the lilac bush. I'm surprised how quiet it is without her. She was always so exuberant...leaping and barking and demanding attention. She was the top dog and all of the others followed her lead. When she said it was time to go out, they all went out. When it was time for a cookie, they all got a cookie. I took photos of the fall garden after her burial, and also took some photos of the dogs. I was very touched to see the sad expressions in their eyes that the camera had picked up. Pepe cries actual doggie tears when he's sad, and you can see them brimming in his eyes in this photo of him, below the photo of Sadie. Sophie the Chihuahua was also so sad, but all the dogs were downcast. We will miss her. I found these two poems that I thought I would share. I just hope that someday, there really is a Rainbow Bridge and I'll get to see My Sadie again.

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an
animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet
goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our
special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of
food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and
vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong
again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times
gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left
behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly
stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his
eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group,
flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been
spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling
together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses
rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and
you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your
life, but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
~Author Unknown~

Where To Bury a Dog
If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call.
Come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death,
and down the well-remembered path to your side again.
And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall
not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there.
People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass
bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper; people who may never really
have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is
hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best
place then, to bury a dog, is in the heart of his master....
~Author Unknown~

Monday, October 27, 2008

Darling Dinky Daisy As Art.






Here are some photos that I created using a photo editing program to dress up one of Daisy's photos. Click on the photos to see them larger.

Pee-Wee, A Long-Haired Chihuahua.

This is my Sweetie Baby Pee-Wee. My husband named him Pee-Wee because he was the runt of Sadie's litter of 7 puppies and was only half the size of Duke when he was born. I've never known such a sweet gentle soul as this little dog. Over the years he's grown in size and now has a definite waddle to his walk. I love him dearly and everyday he looks up to me with those big brown eyes and hopes I'll take the time to pat him on his sweet little head. His fur is so soft, it's like stroking velvet. Please view a short video of my Pee-Wee having a waddle around the garden. The link is provided in my link list in the sidebar at the right side of this page.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dinky Daisy Dons A Pumpkin Sweater.


[Post By Dinky Daisy] Well, it's that time of year again! Time when humans seem to go berserk and decorate every thing moving and not moving with pumpkins, ghosts, witches and the like. Last year, Mom had me wear this Pumpkin Sweater she bought for me, with a Ribbon on my ear. Mom's So Silly! At first I thought it might be a bad idea, but once I had it on and saw how cute I looked, I decided that Halloween might be fun for Doggies after all! Especially since Mom always gives me extra Kisses and Hugs when we play Dress-Up-The-Doggie. ~Dinky Daisy~