Friday, January 24, 2014

Chihuahua Update ... and a Name.

After trying names on this little dog for two whole days, I am fairly certain that we have settled on Winnie ... Winnie Pearl.  She just looks like a Winnie and it seems to fit her perfectly.  (Thank you for all of your suggestions of names for her in response to my last post.)



She is getting more comfortable in her new surroundings, and she has started to follow me around for short distances instead of sitting in one spot and looking confused and adorable.  She loves to sit in laps, and she will waddle over and hop right in if I sit on the floor near her.

We were doing this yesterday morning in the dining room, and Dorothy came by.  She walked past us and into the kitchen, checked things out in there for a minute or two, and she walked back out ... keeping an eye on Winnie the whole time.  Dorothy's behavior and acceptance of Winnie will be what finally determines whether we can keep her or not.  As of now, I am very pleased with how well it's going.





While Winnie and I were sitting on the floor, I took this photo so I could show just how small this dog is ... her paw is the same size as my thumb.



Winnie has learned that her home base is her pink fleece bed, and she hops into it all by herself and settles right in.  She and Ruby spent most of yesterday snoozing on the sofa.



Dorothy would come by occasionally to keep an eye on the situation.  Notice that she looks concerned, but it's no longer a look of panic.  It's a huge step for her.



Last night, as I sat on the sofa, watching 'American Idol' and 'Rehab Addict', things took another step toward returning to normal.  Alice walked into the room, hopped up and settled into her usual spot between my left leg and the arm of the sofa, and went to sleep.  (YAY!!!!)  Then it got even better ... when I got up to go to the basement to switch my load of laundry, Alice stayed where she was.  There they were, two dogs and a very brave cat, all sharing the sofa at the same time.



Winnie is settling in very quickly and finding her place in our daily routine.  I never in a million years thought that I would EVER have a dog like this.  It goes to show that the little voice in my gut knows more than I do.  I was recently asked by a friend if I was going to get another dog, and I told her that I wasn't actively looking for one ... but that I would know when the right time and the right dog came along.  Unless circumstances change pretty drastically, that time is now and Ms. Winnie is in her forever home.

25 comments:

  1. Warmed my heart to see these photos and know that Dorothy is warming up a teensy bit. Cats can be such brats. LOL Winnie is simply the cutest and looks very content with her new life and her warm coat and bed. xox

    ReplyDelete
  2. Um that look on Dorothy's face looks like panic to me! lol Since Winnie is older and quiet, I'm sure Dorothy will come around fast! Such a cute family you have!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Winnie Pearl is a perfect name and she is a sweet girl! So glad Dorothy is coming around! Fingers crossed for a forever home for her!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Winnie is the perfect name! She looks more concerned about Alice than Alice seems about her. And it sounds like Dorothy is coming around - yay! Did Maggie just accept her right away?

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love your doggy, such a cutie. Chihuahuas are my favorite. I also own a chihuahua named Tia.

    ReplyDelete
  6. For your husband's response, alone, I love him.

    Winnie teaches us humans much. Elderly with myriad health issues, and lifestyle upheavals she still loves & delights. Not afraid to trust again.

    Few people could come thru as Winnie has .

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    ReplyDelete
  7. You need to know that if, for any reason, this does not work out I will drive down and take Winnie. I mean it.
    I know that it can be so horribly stressful when your babies don't get along for whatever reason. You feel like you are backed into a corner without options. I have your back. You have my word.
    HOWEVER, it looks as if everything is proceeding successfully. Dorothy seems to realize her weight advantage!
    I need to go back and read your old posts. Life has kept me from Blogland as of late.
    I am so blessed to know you, my friend. You make me want to be a better person.

    xo

    Andie

    ReplyDelete
  8. So glad to hear that Winnie and the rest of the clan are adapting to each other! Dorothy's eyes are quite large and round in that photo. She sure looks like she's cautiously taking in the view. I have no doubts they will all be comfortable in no time, although Chihuahuas can be pretty dang feisty at any age and love to try to rule the roost.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I just love the whole thing. You done good!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Maybe Dorothy will realize that Ms. Winnie Pearl does not have ANY teeth and is not a threat in any way.

    It's interesting to see how things are progressing! Maybe Dorothy is trying to figure out why the doggies shrunk? Best of luck!

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a perfect name for that little gal. I have a good feeling about her staying right there on her pink bed for as long as she has. It doesn't take much to give a dog the comfort it needs and deserves :-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. She is so cute. That last picture is priceless with Winnie looking at the cat on the end of the sofa and her staring back. Just darling! xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  13. it's beyond me how anyone can abandon a pet ....makes me cry and I am thrilled you have taken Winnie Pearl in. That's the cutest name ever and I know she is going to bring you years of joy. The cats knew she was a sweetheart....

    ReplyDelete
  14. Aw, what a sweetheart! I love hearing stories like this! Her story reminds me of my LizzieBelle. When I saw her running scared around our church property for several days with her bare back and bottom I just knew when I saw her face that she needed me and I needed her. I never dreamed I would fall in love with the Chihuahua breed but I have. I will never understand how people can abandon their pets. Makes me very sad.

    I'm glad Everyone is adjusting and I know Winnie Pearl will thoroughly enjoy all the love she will get in her new home!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh Connie! What a complete and utter blessing you are to sweet little Winnie. You are just awesome! How could anyone not love that sweet little girl? Her extreme overbite made me giggle, and Dorothy's "drama queen" reaction was hilarious! Oh I can hardly wait to hear the ongoing story of how everyone settles with this darling little lady. :)

    Love you for your loving heart, girl!! ♥

    xoxo laurie

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's funny how animals can figure things out quickly! I hope things work out for Winnie so she can stay with you. She looks like she loves being part of your family. Please keep us updated often, please. Christa

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love her name! And I'm so glad the cats are embracing her. It is truly magical how animals find us at just the right time.

    ReplyDelete
  18. You picked the right name for her, she looks so comfy and warm.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is another ongoing love story, between critters and critters and critters and humans.

    The pictures are priceless. Winnie Pearl is such a little dear.

    I love the look on Dorothy's face in photo #6.

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

    ReplyDelete
  20. Win-win! I hope you all enjoy many happy years together. Now I shall go back to staring at my thumb, trying to imagine a dog paw that small.

    ReplyDelete
  21. A hearty welcome to Miss Winnie Pearl. Wonderful choice, Connie. May your household stay calm and laid back this weekend. Rescue will always remain my favorite breed.

    ReplyDelete
  22. The whole story just make your heart glad!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I'm glad it seems to be working out.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by and reading what I share. Comments are welcome and very much appreciated. Spam and trolls are not!

Related Posts with Thumbnails