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Saturday, September 29, 2012


I respect a big man that can cuddle and sleep soundly with a chihuahua in her Halloween dress.                   

Puppies n Presents

Shopping for the Little Guys

I first hit Burlington Coat Factory. I found a rope toy with a chew, and my stuffed deer toy that looks like my dog Cosmo Kramer. (well it's his stuffed deer toy) $5 for the deer and $1.99 for toy. I am sure the deer was $1.99 too, but it was the only one and without a price tag.

At Marshall's, my stop two, I found two more toys, and wee wee pads at 50 for $9.99. A purple chew toy and a blue one with a rope. Very reasonably priced at $2.99 and $1.99 respectively. While on line, near the register, I found a $5.99 dress, and $5.99 t shirt. Dress for Georgia P, shirt for Chester.

When I paid, the cashier asked if I found everything alright and was satisfied. My response was,"Why are Halloween pet clothes near the register and not in the pet department? If I didn't get these other items I'd never have found the clothes."

( You can only get to the registers by waiting on several vast aisles of lines)

He replied,"Hello, welcome to Marshall's. Where everything is in the wrong place and is completely disorganized. If you want to find things, wrong place!"

Ramone the (un) Reindeer

This story has all the elements for real drama. An attempted murder, a dedicated search and rescue and a team of 'forensic specialists' getting to the bottom of things.

The attempted murder:

I went to the Burlington Coat Factory pet department. I was taking a few photos, and took one of a  little dog sofa. I noticed a long leg precariously dangling out from the cushion of a leopard print sofa. Then I realized a prankster had twisted the head of a stuffed toy and placed his leg hanging out like he was crushed.

I tried to pry the sofa cushion up to get to him, as though he knew he was mocked and squashed. I pulled him to freedom. Lo, and behold it was a dead ringer for my dog Cosmo Kramer. The reindeer had long skinny legs, and a cute unassuming expression. It was a love thing. I love you Ramone Reindeer!

The mystery:

Ramone had no price tag. I know at Burlington that can turn into the kind of long drawn out thing at the register, where I just say,'forget it' and abandon my potential purchase.

I had to have Ramone though. So I searched through all the stuffed toys for another. As it stood, there was one and only one Ramone, and not so much as another toy by the same manufacturer.

The Finders of the Answer::

I got to the register and when the young man asked how I was, I warned him I had a reindeer with no price tag.  Intensive detective work ensued, with various phone calls and discussions.

In the end I was told Ramone was going to be five dollars. I agreed. Three cashiers were very interested in Ramone.  I taped some of this, and the drama... it was real. Thank you for Ramone, Burlington Coat Factory... although I bet his cost was supposed to be $1.99. Sometimes you pay the price for a dream.... a reindeer toy that looks 'just like your dog'. By the way, he is a regular deer I think, not a reindeer. Oops. :) Ramone, the (un)Reindeer.

Strutting Mutts!

Cosmo Watches and Reacts to His Video

Georgia is not much of a talker, but Cosmo has something to say! I love these characters SO much! :)

Conversations at Puppy Play Group

This is long, and it's a bit scattered. At the time I took it I was utterly fascinated.

Feivel VS Chesterfield


My dog Cosmo learning how to say ' i love you!'

In no time Cosmo Kramer will be proclaiming,'`I love you!'  I am going to give the student a break. He is a quick study though, and if I make noises he will often emulate them pitch perfectly. What a little angel boy! I wuv you Cosmo Kramer!

A Few Pitbulls and Pit Mixes Needing Homes NYC area

Chihuahua on NYC Craigslist

What a cutie!

Free Pet Education Seminar Series at Animal Haven

Dr. Lucy O'Byrne is a wonderful vet, at West Village Veterinary, a practice I use. She neutered my fantastical Chester. He says,'Oh, her? Yeah.' He doesn't grasp the importance of being neutered, but I do! :)


Say Cheese!

Kevin would like to pose for a picture, as puppies run amok playing. He is all ready to pose, and doesn't realize a video is being taken. The location is West 13th St. Biscuits and Bath puppy play group in the West Village of Manhattan. 1 2 3... cheese!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Your Dog! Tell Me...

Tell me in the comments here, about your dog. Your dog's name and habits, age, and all that.
  Does your dog have any unique personality traits? Can they do any tricks? A favorite treat?
 I'd like to make a blog post about the 'dog of the day' at some point! If you don't have a dog, do you want one?

Chihuahuas made the cut

I Love Animals... Alive!

I don't eat animals. I don't try to force my opinions on anyone, but expressing them is another animal altogether.

All societies put different animals in certain roles. Perceptions of animals across cultures is so widely differing. To me personally, these cultural mores mean nothing to me. All animals are equal in my book.


I  understand how people can think eating dogs in another culture is horrific, but that it's fine to eat cows or pigs or etc.  I understand how they can think it, but I don't relate to that. One man's cow is another man's dog, is another man's horse, is just eat people if you're really starving.

 (although this is not relevant)

Which brings me to this:

I can't stand it. Meat is murder. That said, go back to your burger and fries, have a nice lunch.  I am not a PETA supporter, I am a LIFE supporter.

That's just who I happen to be. Yesterday I cried when my algae eater fish died. He was buried by a tree on 6th avenue. I can't even dwell on it, he was so cute and loved to suck the sides of the fish tank!

Strut Your Mutt

A walk for homeless pets. Strut your mutt is a huge event.

"It's Time to Strut Again for Homeless Pets!

Get ready, get set, get your pooch warmed up's time for Best Friends Animal Society's 3rd Annual Strut Your Mutt in New York City. Join us for a 2-mile, relaxing walk to help homeless pets in the New York Tri-State area, and then celebrate afterwards at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 at our ultimate doggie festival.
Who: Animal lovers in the New York area who want to raise money for homeless pets, and have a great time with their dogs.
What: Leisurely 2-mile group dog walk followed by a festival that includes doggie yoga and massage, photo opp's, free consultations with trainers and pet specialists, complimentary treats for your dogs, fun activities and contests, refreshments and more.
Where: Hudson River Park's Pier 84, located at W. 43rd Street and the West Side Highway (right next to the Intrepid)
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012. Registration begins at 7:30am; walk begins at 9am. Festival ends at 1pm.
Why: To raise money for one of our participating local animal rescue groups (our No More Homeless Pets Network Partners) and Best Friends Animal Society, and help bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets."

 If you want more details, I will state the obvious,  check out the site! Between this and the Coney Island Posh Pets Rescue Event Sunday, the dog scene is hoppin' this weekend.


Cosmo Kramer and Sir Chester Sundae Latte Coco Puff. I let my real name be used, if their real names were used.

So yes, I took Cosmo to a visitation. I am not sure that funeral is the word.  I haven't been to many funeral type events lately*, and not one like this.

I was handed a paper with a URL to her memorial video website. Big flat screen LCD tv sets played the same video montage on a loop while 'Wind Beneath My Wings' played loudly.

I thought I would feel comforted with my little dog tucked in his 'secret' bag, and I did. That was in January though, and since then he has taken to really barking in that kind of scenario if the mood strikes him.

Well, by that kind of scenario I don't mean visitations, funerals, I refer to him being out and about in a now not so 'secret'  bag.


   An edit: I just read the article, hadn't since it came out I guess. Under my name is the name of Stella Panzarino and her dog Chico. I did not know those names then, but I certainly do now. It's pretty interesting to me that much later I met a person  who was underneath me in an article. I guess it's that nyc dog scene thing!  I found out about the NYC dog secret world through  'Felicia M' in that article.

Diets and Dogs

 Someone told me they keep their dog beneath a certain weight, so the dog can fly in a cabin with them. The dog feels bony to me.

 I felt my own dogs and two of them are not at all fat, but I feel no bones. The third, Kramer, is a cryptorchid. A cryptorchid, I have read, can tend to stay very thin. I do feel bones, but not too much so. The vet said this weight was actually perfect from him as he has two luxating patellas, and weight will only serve to cause harm to them. (The weight is 3.8 pounds for the peanut fellow) (cryptorchidism defined) (if you have a little dog you probably don't need a definition of what a luxating patella is, unfortunately.)

What would you suggest to a person that wants to fly with their dog but  said dog is a purebred that perhaps got larger than they expected, and over a certain weight? (so now that dog cannot fly in the cabin, and the owner needs to take the dog out of the country often.)

I can just google this. One ..moment... please....

OK, the weight limit varies with different airlines. If you were flying Jet Blue, for example, your dog can weigh 20 pounds or less for a cabin ride. But wait, this includes the carrier too.

This is not an easy  one. If you have a snub nosed dog over 20 pounds, this dog can not fly at all.
 My three dogs could all fit in a carrier or kennel and be beneath 20 pounds. Maybe not 15. This is not relevant as I do not think even one of my dogs is going flying with me or anyone as far as I know.

In other unrelated dog news, I received an email from the Park Manager,Manhattan District 1 & 2 Manhattan Outdoor Pool Manager, regarding the angry dog park volunteer who said I can't bring my dog stroller.

Stand up for your right to stroll your dog! Protest by rolling down 5th avenue with your chihuahuas yodeling. A 3 pound dog with bad knees does not need to be walked to a park. I believe he needs to be walked, yes, but not that far. If he (or my others too, of course) got stepped on, it would be.. well, I am going to choose not to think about it. I think of him mostly, as his legs look like pencils and/or stilts.  I think this also relates to the condition of cryptorchidism. Or the condition of, well being a baby reindeer.

I remember a cashier in a store saying to me, in earnestness,"Is that, yo, is that like, you know, a one day old reindeer?"  And being who I am, I said no, more like a week and a half old reindeer.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chester the Rock Star!

Chester appearing on the Hallmark Channel.

Doggy Madness

When I said there should be better laws pertaining to animal rights, this was not what I meant!  

Calling all Puppies (and puppy like doggies)

Mark Fields with Chesterfield.

Cosmo and Ms Peach

Paco Ramirez (I had mentioned he looks like a teddy bear in an earlier post!)

Carrie Lee and Nathan with Krishna and Chester

Poppy with Chester

Monica and the Cosminator

Kevin and the posse. Kevin was possibly just hit in the head by a shovel.

Feivel F. Fields

The peanut twins

More of my pack.

Fenway the Frenchie

The dogs at last in repose. That was a long playtime!


Broadway Barks :)

Fluffy Dog Time, Featuring Feivel!

It's an exciting evening for my dogs, as a friendly visitor is in their midst. They are all running about, playing quite happily. This is very cute. I am really enjoying this little doggy play party. In a little while they will be attending a puppy play group, although technically none of these guys are puppies! 

A horrific attack involving a pitbull

Who is the dangerous animal? I am never anything but saddened and even infuriated about the laws regarding abusing and killing animals.

I will not fill my blog with animal abuse stories, or graphic pictures. You know it happens it exists, you don't need more visuals. Well, at least I know I don't.

I don't want to get even with animal killers, or call them names. I just want the legal system to give a punishment that is a deterrent.

After the fact is after the fact. Make people think twice, before treating an animal like an expendable object and not a life.

This Corning woman belongs in a psychiatric hospital at the very least. Someone that violently murders their dog is not a member of society to be taken lightly.

It's a flawed, flawed world, though. People don't get fair deals either. Let's get back to my regularly scheduled puppy picture. I am dog sitting a fluffy white and cream dog, Chester's bud Fievel. The cat is enraged by this turn of events.

An exciting adoption event in Coney Island

Sunday, September 30th. I would like to rally some troops and head on over.
 I just got a call from this rescue. My friend had given me as a reference to foster a dog. My friend, Monica Ramirez is such a fantastic doggy mom. Of course, I gave her a review expressing as much. Though it was unclear if this is a foster or an adoption. Whatever the case is, this three year old boy chihuahua will thrive when he gets to Miss Monica.

She adopted a chihuahua named Paco, before moving to New York. He looks like a little bear. I will have to post a picture of him, he is so cute.

Chihuahua Pitbull Mix Needs Home

I found this randomly while searching for something. (clearly a dog related thing!) I was very saddened to read that this adorable pit bull chihuahua mix had lost her home.

If it were not for human beings, pit bulls would not be overcrowding east coast shelters, or in any way be in the predicament they are in currently.



Chihuahuas on the West Coast are particularly suffering for the breed's popularity. I have historically always heard awful things about chihuahuas, but mine are nothing like anything I have ever heard.

I know firsthand, how you socialize your dog is so vital to the dog's ultimate temperament. This is not to say there are not certain cases of a dog being an aggressive dog. The problem is, it is the same deal as with stereotyping humans. It's basically the equivalent of 'All pit bulls eat watermelon and drink grape soda', 'All chihuahuas are frugal and cheap', 'All German Shepherds are illegal aliens' etc.

I only needed one analogy, but I was ready to keep going. Anyway, dog's have been man's best friend for so long,  it's time to collectively be a best friend to them back.

Pitbulls are dogs. Some have serious behavioral issues. Some certainly don't. That can apply to any and every type of dog, or other animal, including the human variety.

If a person has a known vicious or dangerous dog of any kind, that is a menace to anyone in society (owner included) I can understand a landlord wanting the dog to go. Or understand laws in place.

But condemning a breed this way? I can't tell anyone how to feel or how to think, but I know how I feel on the matter. That said, I think a chihuahua pit mix is absolutely, fantastically adorable.  (want)

Petfinder 2

I was on Petfinder for under a minute and I found a pup that looked just like my dog Miss Georgia Peach.

I also saw a multitude of other wonderful faces!

Pet Finder

I have met many people that said they bought their dog at a pet store as the shelter just had 'big' dogs and they wanted a little dog.

While I thought everyone knew to look on Petfinder, apparently not so much.
 So, if you are seeking a specific breed of dog and wish to <3 rescue <3 a dog and you are not familiar;

Before I had my first dog Chester, I scoured Petfinder relentlessly. There are lots of resources out there, but this is one of them.

In fact, to torture myself, I am going to look up dogs on Petfinder now.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Tale of the Doody Thief

This is my father on the Hallmark Channel with his long haired chihuahua Ginger. He wanted a dog similar to my dog Chester. He and his wife adore their dog to no end, though she turned out to be very different than Chester. That was for the best. Chester is not a dog that goes shopping in a bag, and he is a ruffian. Their dog Ginger is dainty, sweet, and far smaller. In comparison to her, Chester is a big bruiser!  I know he has Chihuahua in there, but his traits more fit those of the Papillon breed.

His energy level is off the charts, and he definitely fits the profile of the 'eighth smartest' dog breed.

For the sake of honesty, my one clearly purebred dog fits neatly in at the 68th smartest dog (out of 79)
 spot. (

Cosmo is very min pin like, which seems to fall at 37. I know eating terds (spell check wants me to say terms) OK.. I know eating feces is not a sign of stupidity. It is something lots of dogs seem to do.

That said, he is really my only doody snacker. He can be just awful with the poop. If another dog drops one out, he will try to quickly snatch it and run off with the perceived 'goods'. At a lot of puppy play gatherings, these antics have  resulted in screaming women.

 It's hard not to anthropomorphize this dog, and think,'You're eating terms (feces) dude!'

The trio (and fun times on the bed)

Update: Feivel F. Fields is not spelled 'Fievel F. Fields.' That 'i before e except after c' threw me off. Note of apology to a very cute dog. Corrections have been attended to!



Kevin and Maltipoo Cuteness

This is Gracie. With Kevin.

Gracie, the maltipoo,  belongs to writer and designer Elissa Stein, and her family. ( She has a 'sister' Moochie, who is not pictured. Moochie is a 'mystery' mix, I can't tell what breeds are involved in her ancestry at all. 

Barking at the Moon

Sort of. If the moon is in my room, and making a cute face is barking.

Dog Friends

My dog Chester has two best friends outside of his immediate pack. This is Feivel Floccus Fields, his first close pal. Fievel is a Coton de Tulear, and he has the market on 'cute white fluffy dog' pretty much covered. He often serves a a chair for Chester, and the two of them have been playing non stop since they met in 2010.

Socializing my chihuahuas as much as possible, from day one with them, is part of why I always am asked,'Why are your chihuahuas so nice?' I must say, chis do get a bad rap. I will add to that, coddling these dogs and not treating them as full out 'dogs' does a disservice to them. They may be small guys, but they are dog throughout.

Chester met his other BFF this past spring, Camilo. He and Camilo are really chihuahua soul mates.