Mikki was adopted 4/11/03 from Table
Mountain Animal Center, the local animal shelter. She is a 11 lb. Chihuahua
mix, about 11 years old as of 2009. Our cat Connie was afraid of dogs so we acquired a cat-sized dog
that would be less threatening. Mikki ignores cats so after about a month,
Connie got used to her. Mikki is a very sweet, affectionate dog with us though not
friendly with strangers or small kids, like most Chihuahuas. Also like most
Chihuahuas, she crawls underneath the covers to sleep, not on top. In fact, she
loves us to raise the covers so she can go underneath and plop down in a perfect
spot. We don't know why she doesn't suffocate but that doesn't seem to be a
hazard for Chihuahuas.
Mikki is very bright and active and
went to agility class until she got bored with it. She is a "four on the floor"
dog—that is, she would rather walk around like a dog than be carried like a toy.
She doesn't even like to be in a backpack when I bicycle unless I run her for
several miles first to get her worn out. It is difficult to imagine how she
became a stray and ended up at the shelter. We got her from the
Table Mountain Animal Center
in Golden and encourage anyone looking to adopt a pet to visit their local
animal shelter (and not a pet store, which typically get their pets from "puppy
We feed Mikki numerous brands of
premade frozen raw food.
We give her meat-based rather than grain-based treats, like meat jerkies from
the natural pet food store, as well as
Active Care Joint Treat Chews, to help prevent arthritis. We give Mikki
BioPreparation formula F-2+
to help her fully absorb the nutrients in her food and prevent her from
developing the degenerative diseases that plague so many dogs, like cancer. Like
many toy dogs, she is prone to bad teeth so we have her teeth cleaned frequently
by Cindy Lloyd of Natural Pet, who offers
anesthesia-free teeth cleaning.
Cajun & Iris
We adopted Cajun and Iris in August
2007 from the Misha May Foundation. Cajun was a Hurricane Katrina rescue in
September 2005 when he was 6 months old. He was adopted and went to live with
Iris who was 3 years old, but then in July 2006 they both lost their home.
Click here to read their story.
We adopted Simba in November 2008 at
the age of 8 months from the
Cat Care Society to
be a playmate for Cajun. He is so young and lively that Cajun fights as often as
he plays with him. Simba also drives us crazy at times--we're not used to having
such a young, boisterous animal around after years of elderly cats. Everything
you have heard about orange cats is true--they are wild and crazy! Apparently
the white in Cajun tempers his orange cat craziness.
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