For the majority of her life, Chuleta was kept tucked away during parties and sizable gatherings. I realize, now, that those were training opportunities that I not only missed, but may have contributed to her anxieties. Sunday, I chose to bring her to my grandmother’s to celebrate Easter with our family because she is older and I feel terrible having her miss out on any experience. I also know that my father’s dog, Godzilla, is a dog who will be tolerant of her random, aggressive outbursts.
All of that being said, I am super proud of her. She was not only well behaved, but as a dog who has a history of chasing children, she refrained the entire visit, which is extraordinary. She also approached people on her own and even allowed my cousin to pick her up! Perhaps, in her old age, she is beginning to understand that she doesn’t have to be fearful of everything. She did, however, bite Godzilla in the face, multiple times. She doesn’t understand that she should not instigate the 150lb. Rotti/Mastiff mix. I’m just really thankful that he is tolerant and adorably stupid.
[Intended cupcake fail. At least they tasted delicious.]
[Chihuahua naps in my grandmother’s dated living room.]
[Here she is begging for Easter brunch scraps.]
[I also put Chuleta’s flower collar together. I bought an adorable, 10-inch Fou Fou lavender dog collar for her from Amazon. It is sturdy and leather and if you wait for the right time, there are amazing sales! I think I paid a little over $4 for this one.]
[This adorable polka dot flower came from A.C. Moore in a pack of 2, attached to a clothes pin. It is a wooden rose that I ripped off of said clothes pin and attached (carefully) to her collar with a thin rubber band, which is clearly invisible to the eye. I also ripped the second one of its respective clothes pin and used it as the hair tie for my side braid.]