Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Small Dogs

This is Chloe. She sleeps on your lap. She fits in your purse. She doesn't pull you on leash. She gets lots of oohs and ahhs at adoption day.

I giggled when I first saw her run the length of the condo—almost exhausted by the time her little legs got her to the other side. It cracked me up to find that a tennis ball was bigger than the size of her head. I even oohed and ahhed at her cuteness myself.

But she doesn't make the bed warm and cozy. (Actually, she only makes it warm and not in the way you want it to be warm.) She hops from one pieces of furniture to another without regard for other living things. She yips. She yaps. She squeals at a high pitch just below what is inaudible to the human ear.  She can't possibly knock you over with hugs when you come home from work.

She is a small dog.

Growing up with golden retrievers, I was always of the mindset that anything smaller than 65 pounds was not really a dog. I thought taking Chloe in for the week might change my mind. I said, "How much trouble could be a 9-pound living thing be?" This is what people say who have never had a small dog or a cat or, worse yet, a baby.

Luckily, Chloe, or Piglet as we've come to call her, is going home to her adopters on Saturday. They probably don't want a big, drooling dog that sheds all over the place and takes up half the bed. But we do. We definitely do.


  1. haha this totally cracked me up. i'm not a little dog person either, but the way you tell it with absolutely no shame is so funny.

  2. I am glad that Chloe has found a home. We feel the same way that you do; give us a big dog any day :)

  3. I have to say that I lean the other way - towards little dogs! Don't get me wrong, I love ALL dogs, but prefer little dogs. I have two Chihuahuas and while they don't knock me down with hugs when I come home, they are still way overexcited to see me and greet me with kisses and wagging tails. And in bed? Forget it! They provide tremendous heat during the winter, and sweats in the summer and both of them sleep attached to me, so much so that it's hard for me to turn over! Watching TV I got one snuggled between my legs and one snuggled on top of me. They follow me around the house and are always checking up on me. I love my Chihuahuas!!

  4. Hehe, Nadine. I was waiting for someone to defend the little guys! :)

  5. I have to agree with you. I am always worried I will step on a small dog, but they are easier to have in your lap!!