Category: Tootsie

Aug 29, 2022
By Michael Rupured

My Teeny Weenie

Things at home have changed since Tootsie rolled into my life three weeks ago. I still get up at 5 and go to bed early, but everything in between depends mostly on the puppy. I don’t mind. She’s adorable and — other than my run, chores, and the occasional errand — I’m home. A daily run is still a priority. Smart little Tootsie starts whining when I gather up my gear. I crate her for my run, errands, and the occasional puppy-free nap. Otherwise, she sleeps with me (often nose to nose) without having to go out all night. Accidents in the house are rare. Our near-constant interaction offers numerous opportunities for training. She’s very vocal without being yappy. I’ve …

Aug 16, 2022
By Michael Rupured

Tootsie Rolls into my Heart

I’ve known I’d get another puppy after Toodles for years. My heart was set on another female long-haired Chihuahua puppy. I was going to name her Toodles II and call her Tutu (Too2). After looking online for a few days, I revised my criteria. Maybe I didn’t have to have a Chihuahua. After all, purebreds are notorious for health issues. I wanted a healthy female puppy (8 weeks to 6 months) small enough to use the existing dog door. Avoiding puppy mills was a priority. I dropped by area shelters (we have two in Athens). Nearly all the available ups were big dogs. The exception was 12-week-old puppies believed to be a Chihuahua/dachshund mix. They were cute, but already too …