|Spike hiding under our bed.|
We got a dog two days ago, a cute medium sized chihuahua terrier mix named Spike. I love dogs and have personally wanted a chihuahua for a number of years. I remember being a child and visiting a relative with a chihuahua. I loved how much energy it had, how it would chase its own tail until it got dizzy and fell over.
Spike has half that much energy, which--now that I'm mother--is a good thing. I think a pure-bred chihuahua would give me too much anxiety with all that yapping and hyperactivity.
However, Spike is flawed. Having been a rescue, it has fear issues. He's trained to scratch on the door when he needs to go to the bathroom, but when you pull out the leash to take him out, he flees the scene like animal control just showed up. Then, you have to retrieve him from his hiding spot with coaxing and treats (and brute force if that doesn't work). That is if you can find him.
I've discovered Spike wedged between the couch and the wall, between the loveseat and the wall, under my bed in a nest of lost popsicle sticks, crayon drawings, and matchless socks. Once he hid on a bookshelf. Another time he squeezed between the fridge and the wall. But my favorite was when he managed to sneak into the garage and somehow got into the car (probably a door was left open by my 3 yo).
All this avoidance only increases the urgency too pee or worse, and he has already had 3 accidents in 2 days. [sad face]
In addition to having the fear factor, Spike is a licker. He waits for you to nestle on the couch or in bed and then wiggles his way into your lap or the nook between your neck and shoulder and proceeds to lick you until you have a tongue burn on your skin. He could be hired by Neutrogena as a new facial cleanser. (That is if they could get past the smell).
|"I pee on the carpet. So what?"|
And the worst part about it is that since we rolled out the welcome mat for Spike, I've noticed an increase in itchy eyes, headaches, and that crummy feeling I get when my allergies are going haywire.
I might be allergic to him.