Hollywood hounds

Check out the above link if you are considering buying a puppy. Beware of PUPPY MILLS!! See what employees at a famous pet store in Hollywood have to say to undercover investigators… Don’t take their word for it, WATCH THE VIDEO!!!
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Chihuahuas are fast becoming rising stars in the Hollywood Scene. These little dogs might be tiny but they hold mighty power for marketability. They are adored for their unique personalities and precious little bodies. They top the charts on the most pampered pooches of the rich and famous. Disney has recently released Beverly Hill’s Chihuahua, which will in no doubt increase the magnetic draw to these furry little friends.
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I will admit that I took my son to see this movie twice in one week. With the exception of one part that focused on dog fights, I laughed out loud through the entire movie and by the end was ready for a little bundle in my arms as well. Now I will say that a Chihuahua has been on our wish list for over a year so it really didn’t take much persuading. I am a believer of the old folklore that dates back to the 1950’s that Chihuahuas can cure asthma. Actually research shows that having these dogs around children can help with allergies and asthma. Being a lifelong animal lover and having a son with asthma, I thought what a perfect pet.
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We have had our Chihuahua now for a little over a week and every day, as well as every sleepless night, has brought new awareness of this breed. I will start off by saying that I love this puppy and I still believe it will recover and be a perfect pet. However, this puppy has been a lot of work due to its size and fragility. I think by now my car should be able to drive itself to Westover Animal Hospital. My veterinarian Dr. Henry Hart explained to me something that I had never thought of, “I look at toy breeds as premature babies. They often have underdeveloped organs and depending on the dog may need to stay with its mother for longer than the average 8 weeks. They need to be kept warm, well hydrated, and fed small meals often. Some states like Florida actually have a law prohibiting the sale of toy breeds before a certain age but Georgia does not.”
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“Dogs are the only species that range from one pound to two hundred pounds, for example a Chihuahua and a Great Dane. There are a few things that man has not considered when breeding, like underdeveloped organs and joint problems,” said Dr. Hart. “Within this weight range I consider the healthiest dogs to be those that are the average 35 – 40 pounds.”
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I had never looked at it in this way before. It seems like these tiny little dogs are cherished for their size and many feel like the smaller the better, as supported by the growing popularity of “tinys” and “teacups”. I spoke with a woman that breeds her pet teacup Chihuahua every year, and she said that she is constantly getting phone calls from parents that want a very small dog because they have a small child that would love to carry it around. “This is like handing over a premature baby that should be nursing still in the warmth of its mother,” she said.
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Another woman said giving your child a toy breed such as a Chihuahua is like buying your teenager a NASCAR as their very first car.
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Reports show that a fall from less than even two feet high on padded carpet can cause a break to the leg of a small dog. Puppies are not dolls, they wriggle when you least expect it and I myself have had my precious pup almost slip out of my arms. Pet Health Insurance is recommended for these tiny breeds. Putting a broken leg back together can require micro surgery and cost you around $2000.
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Fortunately, we have not had any accidents with our pup but we have struggled with what seems to be hypoglycemia, a very common condition and major concern in toy breeds that can lead to death. It is basically the inability of a puppy to maintain proper blood sugar levels. Most Chihuahuas will outgrow this condition as they get bigger and their organs develop but for some it can continue into their adult life. For us, it has been quite costly, very stressful and time consuming.
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So if you see me out and wonder why I’m not looking as cute and perky as Parris Hilton or Hillary Duff with my Chihuahua in arms, it’s because I have to syringe feed my pup every two hours through the night or he crashes. According to Dr. Hart, their little stomachs are so tiny that they can only handle a certain amount of food and they burn through this energy reserve quickly. My pup’s case is extreme and we feel like there may possibly be something else going on.
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This article is not to discourage anyone from adopting Chihuahuas or other small breeds. To the contrary, he is one of the sweetest little souls I have ever been touched by. Even considering everything we have been through, I am still glad he is a part of my family. I mostly want to raise the awareness of impulse “shopping”. The humane shelters were filled with unwanted Dalmatians after Disney’s 101 Dalmatians lost its flare. The main complaint was their hyperactivity and not enough time to walk them. I ask that you consider these issues first. Research your breed of choice and honestly evaluate your time and accommodations that you can provide for a dog.
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I also want to stress the importance of researching the background of who you buy from. It is sad to say that puppy mills are a major business. There’s a hip new lingo out now encouraging folks to “adopt not shop”. Hillary Duff has a picture on her blogsite of her newly rescued Chihuahua that came from a shelter. I happen to know of two Chihuahuas that are at the Albany Humane Society now and one with the Humane Society of Terrell County that are in need of good loving homes and they are past the fragile puppy stage.
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My sweet Poppi Seed has snuggled his way into the hearts of many. We appreciate your concern and your prayers. I will continue to keep current information and of course pictures posted to my blogsite. http://www.beegreenbuzz.blogspot.com/. For more information on Westover Animal Hospital please visit http://www.westoveranimalhospital.com/.


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