10 Things You Know If You're A Chihuahua Owner

10 Things You Know If You're A Chihuahua Owner

Both of my Chihuahua's light up my life and I wouldn't be where I am without them, always giving me a reason to continue on.

There are so many stereotypes around owning a Chihuahua and I'm here to set the record straight. People say they are stupid, vicious, and annoying but I know they aren't. If you own a Chihuahua you know they aren't too. You know they are lovers, not fighters. You know they are so smart that they outsmart you sometimes. You also know they can be annoying but it's the amusing annoying. The annoying you laugh at and love. Here are 10 things you know if you own a Chihuahua:

1. Someone always calls them a rat.

Does my lil' baby girl look like a rat? I think not.

There is always that one person who calls them rats. I promise you my DOG is nothing like a rat. You resemble a rat more than my dog.

2. People always say they hate small breeds, especially chihuahuas.

Umm...excuse me, sir. You can let yourself out of my life. I don't need this negativity. Also, can I have facts for why you hate them? Or are you just jumping on the stupid opinions bandwagon? I'm betting the latter.

3. Chihuahuas are bed hogs.

Don't even get me started on their snoring. Most people don't think something so small can snore so loudly but they do! It's actually really cute and you can't help but smile to yourself. You love hearing them dream and make these soft little noises. These little dogs stretch out so much that they literally take up half the bed. Having two of them, I only have so much room to maneuver at night but we make the best of it. And now after several years, I can barely sleep without them near me.

4. The love cuddles.

If I am writing an article, email, or basically doing anything that my dog can lay on or near me for, he will. They both love being warm and close. My little boy even gets mad at me if I don't put a blanket on my lap so he can cuddle under it on me. He loves just being close to his mommy. My little girl likes to be close but not on me, unless she's cold then I'm fair game.

5. They are always giving kisses (or you are).

They just love to love. They give kisses because they love you and want to show affection. The kisses make you giggle and, for me and my babies, that makes them kiss you more. And you can't help but grab their little face and kiss attack them. They love it and soon, it's a kiss war. She always wins.

6. They have attitude problems.

Yes, she's so vicious. *rolls eyes*

If I leave my house for more than a day, you can bet all your money that my little Lizzie has shredded, broken, or knocked over something to punish me for being gone. And yes, she really does it punish me. They have a bad side, but honestly, what doggie doesn't? And their bark is kind of ear piercing but you love when they talk. They have so much personality that they don't seem like dogs but instead they seem like people. Chihuahua's get a bad rep and it's totally undeserved.

7. But they are actually the sweetest little dogs.

My dogs are a part of the Small Dog Syndrome, which is when people think small dogs are untrainable, ugly, and mean. All wrong assumptions let me say. They learn very quickly and my dogs know tricks I deem necessary. I, personally, think training my dogs to "give paw" is stupid. Instead they know come, lay down, and where are the treats? It's all they need to know. They aren't pets to me that I train but rather, my children that I love.

8. You buy more clothes and treats for them than you do for yourself.

My kids are so spoiled. I know it and they know it. We have so many treats and clothes it's kinda hilarious. With them being small we have so many more options than people with big dogs. We have hoodies, leashes/collars, Halloween costumes, and more. The funny thing is they love it. People say, "It's so mean to do that to your dog." But honestly, they love it. I go to their drawer (yes, they have their own drawer) and as soon as I open it they come running over, full of excitement. They get cold and their sweaters keep them warm and comfy. I swear, they love it.

9. They are all eyes and ears.

My dog actually sleeps with his eyes open. It's super creepy but kinda cute at the same time. I love when my dogs hear something or get excited, their ears perk up and you can't help but be in love with it. They are all ears and eyes but that makes them unique and adorable.

10. You love your fur babies more than anyone could ever understand.

I'd die without my babies. I'm not kidding. When I got my Maxie, things weren't great in my life. When we rescued him, I finally had someone to be around. I love him, for all the times he licked away tears, for all the times he made me laugh, and for all the times he had my back. He protects me and I protect him. I know it's kind of silly but my dog really is my best friend. Honestly, Max nor Lizzie, are just "dogs" to me. They really are my best friends and my fur babies. I wouldn't have all the laughs I do now without them. Both of my Chihuahua's light up my life and I wouldn't be where I am without them, giving me a reason to continue on. Not only, do they need me but I need them.

They make me smile everyday. I love them more than words can describe. Some people say dogs are "just dogs," but I say dogs are family.

Cover Image Credit: Catherine Urbanski

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An Open Letter To My Dog In Heaven

You're so incredibly loved and missed.

You have been there every day for so long. I woke up and went to bed every day knowing you were there and would still be there when I awoke the next morning. You never failed to greet me with an ecstatic wagging tail and an adorable toothy smile whenever I walked into the room. I missed you every single second that we weren't together. We have been the best of friends since the day we met, and our bond has only strengthen throughout the years.

However, as I grew older, so did you. As I was able to do more, you were able to do less. I was able to drive, go to the movies on my own, and apply to college. But you, you couldn't jump as high anymore, you couldn't run as fast as you used to, you couldn't swim as much as you would have liked. Even when your abilities declined, you still remained the happiest pup I had ever met and would continue to always try your hardest to make me happy.

Then the day came. That dreadful, dreadful day. The day where I had to watch you take your last breath as I laid by your side, the day where I had to watch the vet take away the best friend that I had ever known. As horrible as that moment was, and as sad as I still am, I am at peace.

I am at peace because I know that you are in a much, much better place. I know that as soon as you took your last breath here on Earth, God swept your beautiful, innocent soul from the ground and flew you to Heaven. I know that you have gained your furry little wings that you so rightfully deserve, and I am proud that I was able to know and love such an amazing little angel as you.

As I am still here on Earth, I can't say that I know what Heaven above is like for you, but I hope that you are truly having the time of your life. I hope that you are surrounded by perfectly green meadows filled with colorful flowers and blanketed by the bluest skies and the brightest rays of sunshine. I hope that you have hundreds of different lakes, ponds, streams, and even oceans to swim in as much as your sweet little heart pleases. I hope that you have already met with all of our relatives up there and that they give you endless treats and belly rubs, since I no longer can. I hope that all of your pain and suffering has vanished, allowing you to be the young, energetic pup that you once were and have been longing to be for so long now.

Even though we are no longer physically together anymore, you will forever remain in my heart and soul. You were a blessing sent from above, and now, God needs you back. Thank you for completing me and teaching me important life lessons; I will carry you with me everywhere I go until we meet again. I love you, my guardian angel.

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Bring Home The Bagels And 4 Other Phrases PETA Thinks You Should Know About

Right when you thought PETA could not get anymore ridiculous, they release anti-animal language!


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) focuses their work on animal rights specifically in the food, clothing and entertainment industry as well as in laboratories. They are known for having a somewhat quirky view of things that tend to have a negative response. Most recently, they are facing backlash for promoting the idea that anti-animal language is the same as racism and homophobia. While they have given us some new phrases to consider, the internet has turned the idea into a meme. Listed below are the phrases they are trying to promote. This anti-animal language is sure to not "bring home the bagels" after all.

1. Feed two birds with one scone.


Instead of saying "kill two birds with one stone", PETA wants us to start saying this. Out of all 5 phrases PETA is promoting, this one probably makes the most sense. Kill two birds with one stone is a popular idiom that is just that - an idiom. If you have not heard this phrase before it means to get two things done at once and there were no birds harmed in the making of this term.

While feeding two birds with one scone is kind of getting two things done at once, it loses the value the original expression has. But more importantly, bread is not good for birds and somebody needs to tell PETA this. There is no nutritional value for the birds and while it is fine in small doses, it is ultimately not healthy for birds. Knowing that makes it not-so-anti-animal, huh PETA?

2. Be the test tube.


Okay, in what world does this make sense? PETA wants to replace another common phrase, "be the guinea pig", with this nonsense. A test tube is literally a glass tube closed on one end used to hold material for laboratories and experiments. While a test tube assists in experiments, it is not what is being tested. I get that "be the guinea pig" goes against their mission of ending animal testing, but at least match the phrase with something that makes sense! If this phrase goes into your repertoire, I am sorry but we cannot be friends.

3. Feed a fed horse.


"Beat a dead horse" means wasting one's energy on something that cannot be changed. Instead of saying this we should say, feed a fed horse. Honestly, I love animals as much as the next person but they do not understand what we are saying or get offended! My dad is a veterinarian who works specifically on horses so I can attest that every horse (not including ones that malnourished and abused) are fed multiple times a day and giving them more food will not hurt them because they can regulate themselves. Feeding a fed horse is not wasting any energy on something that cannot be changed, you are just saving yourself energy for later honestly.

4. Bring home the bagels.


Apparently "bring home the bacon" is too offensive for the members of PETA. This means to succeed or earn a living. I think PETA is against this phrase just because they are miss the taste of bacon but that is neither here nor there. Bring home the bagels does not correlate or make any sense in this matter. Has PETA ever seen Veggie Tales? Because if we are going to think by their logic, Veggie Tales proves that vegetables, or in this case wheat, have feelings. I certainly will not be bringing home the bagels but I will be bringing home bacon.

5. Take the flowers by the thorns.


PETA's last suggestion was to replace "grab the bull by the horns" with a saying that does not compare to the meaning of the original phrase. I remember reading somewhere that flowers cry when we cut them - take that PETA. When someone "grabs the bull by the horns" that means they are taking charge of a situation. If I were to grab the flowers by the thorns, I am just causing pain to myself for no reason that is avoidable. This one is probably the worst of them all because there is no way one can comprehend this to make sense. Instead of causing harm to animals, let's cause harm to ourselves via thorns.

Not be anti-animal, but they say a leopard cannot change their spots and it seems that PETA cannot avoid being ridiculous. Overall, the thought was there but they could have presented new sayings that made sense and were parallel with the old, anti-animal phrase. Since releasing this new language on December 4th, PETA has turned into quite the meme on the internet that does not seem to be changing soon.

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