She’s In Easter Parties

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.

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[I attempted to make elegant, lavender-honey cupcakes. Somewhere along the way they became kitschy green and orange-vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.]

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[Intended cupcake fail. At least they tasted delicious.]

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[Feeling extra crafty, I made my grandmother a centerpiece. It was fine, but no great shakes.]
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[Chihuahua naps in my grandmother’s dated living room.]

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[Here she is begging for Easter brunch scraps.]

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[Begging gets lazy.]
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[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.]

IMG_0628[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.]

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Victoria Carter
Victoria Carter

Glad your Easter was enjoyable! And yes the more experiences a dog has (particularly when young) the more well-adjusted they will be so the better they behave!

Abby Chesnut
Abby Chesnut

I am starting to bring my girls to more social places too. It is nice to see improvement!

Riley Shih Tzu
Riley Shih Tzu

I just love the flower! It so awesome she was able to partake in the festivities... I'm sure she was happy about it too.

Spencer the Goldendoodle
Spencer the Goldendoodle

Those cupcakes look amazing!!! And I love your flower, super cute! So glad you were on your best behavior! ;)

Dog Mom Days
Dog Mom Days

She looked so fancy! You know, I'm guilty of this with Wynston because when I rescued him, he was so fearful, that I sheltered him, instead of attempting to slowly introduce him to scary situations. But once I started to take him out more, he adjusted very quickly! As mom's, we just don't want to traumatize our babies!!! I'm just happy Chuleta did so well!

Heather Lynn
Heather Lynn

Thank you! I think because I was so young when I took over Chuleta's care, I didn't know as much then and when I realized what had happened, and how sheltered she had become, I thought it safer to keep her at home. In retrospect, obviously not the right choice, but I'm really happy to see her blossoming, now..

Jillian Cameron
Jillian Cameron

Awe, so glad to hear that Chuleta was well behaved, and had a fun time with family on Easter! Up until a few months ago I was afraid to bring my 9-year-old min pin around kids, but he has actually really surprised me with how much he LOVES them now! I think little dogs might become more friendly with age. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading your post.

Heather Lynn
Heather Lynn

Thank you, Jillian! And I think I agree, but Chuleta may be becoming more friendly due to dementia, rather than intolerance, lol. As long as it is consistent and she is safe to be around, I don't mind the reason for it!

Jennifer
Jennifer

How awesome that Chuleta was well behaved with all the hooman guests. Thank goodness Godzilla didn't care that Chuleta wasn't so nice to him. I hope this experience allows you to keep Chuleta in attendance of parties and gatherings. I love her name and she is adorable in the pics!

Heather Lynn
Heather Lynn

Thank you, Jennifer! She is definitely on the guest list for more parties, now.

Heather Lynn
Heather Lynn

Thanks! It only took fourteen years, but I'm super proud of her, lol!

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