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April 3, 1998

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Vinny, the Pet of the Day
Name: Vinny
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Chihuahua
Home: Glendale, New York, USA
   This is Vinny my very special one year old Chihuahua. Whenever we go out Vinny sings his little heart out to everyone. He is the most affectionate dog I have ever owned - he follows me everywhere. Sometimes when I come home from work and it has been a rough day he climbs up on me and "hugs" me with his little paws and leans his head on my shoulder.

    Chihuahua's are one of the most affectionate breeds I have ever had the pleasure of owning!! If Vinny could glue himself to me, he would. I also have two large dogs - Bull Terriers which Vinny mercilessly bosses around all day long. He steal their toys, cookies and barks in their face to get his way! I don't think Chi's are particularly nervous but they do have a tendency to shiver which makes them appear that way. Chi's are also a little wary of children - sometimes because of their small size kids tend to run right up to them and squeeze them or just be a little too rough - but with the proper supervision and showing children the correct way to handle such a small dog Chi's and kids can get along just fine. Also I would like to mention that Chi's are a little difficult to housebreak. Their size makes it easy for them to go and sneak an accident in the house without you catching them in the act. But with persistence and crate training it can be done if you are constant and patient!! Also lastly Chi's do have a tendency to be a little on the barky side - Vinny barks at everyone in the street but almost everyone thinks this is cute - he is defending his Mom!! But in the house they are usually quiet little dogs just happy to sit on your lap or follow you around.

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