Friday, September 3, 2010

Featured Rescue - Toby Taco Bell the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua ... if ever there was a breed that is misunderstood, it is you. In the midst of the "he's so kyoot" and the "oh look - he's so little" people tend to forget the most obvious one ... "He's a Dog". People get these super cute little guys and don't bother to do ANY training. Come on ... how many of you know of a Chihuahua who does Agility? Or Flyball? Or Rally-O??

Because of their small stature, most people don't treat these little guys "like a dog". In fact, I am willing to bet that more than 95% of dog owners out there treat a Chihuahua differently than other breeds. Why? Why not? Don't they deserve to be treated equally? They can bite just as easily as a Pibble ... so why don't people bother? Could it be because they are "so kyoot"? I'll remind you of that next time you have a Chihuahua hanging off you by his teeth.

I believe their size, lack of training and the massive amount of media attention this breed receives accounts for the reason why there are currently over 13,000 Chihuahua's listed on TODAY!

Today's featured rescue is Toby Taco Bell who is listed with the Mississauga Humane Society. He lived with an elderly couple until, yep - you got it, they moved to assisted living and couldn't take their dog. He has been retraining (behaviour modification) at a foster home for 5 months.

If this story makes you go "Aawww ... how sad ... " then please give your head a shake. Remember, this is a dog. He has been poorly trained and poorly socialized. If he was a Pibble, do you think someone would have given him 5 months worth of retraining?? Certainly not in Ontario - he would have been euthanized immediately after the surrender papers were signed.

Is anyone asking why these people couldn't be bothered to train their dog? No, because they are elderly and are in a home now and "Aawww ... how sad ... " comes out most people's mouths for them too, right? But who suffers in all this? The dog.

Why aren't we making people responsible for their actions? Why is it always the animal who suffers?


Roberta @ Silverwalk said...

I agree about small dogs often not being well trained. I tell people who want to let them get away with stuff - "If that were a German Shepherd Dog, would you let him do that?" "No." "You should not let your small dog do it either." Whatever it or that is :).
Here is my real question - what is a Pibble?

bichonpawz said...

Yes indeed! We agree!!!

Debbie said...

I think that before people get a dog in their household, they should find out all they can about the breed they want. Chihuahuas are small dogs but they are very loving too! It's a shame that dogs are having to pay for what people do....a terrible shame.