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It’s 2010 and I’m still here…blind as a bat, yet feisty as ever! I guess this is a good time to let everybody know what has been happening in my life. There has been some speculation on my Facebook Chi WOW WOW Fan Page and I owe it to my friends to set things straight. So here goes…
No one except me knows my real age so let’s just say I’m no spring chicken but I have lived several lives, one hard one and the current one, blissful. “My Lady” rescued me from a rescue when I was totally down on my luck and 24 hours from being put to death. I pulled all the stops that day and it worked, she “My Lady” as I refer to her, walked through the PetSmart door, took exactly 6 steps (yes, I counted), looked down at me, and it was all over, LOVE at first sight. TRUE LASTING LOVE I will tell you DOES exist and we are proof of that. In fact, many of you know that, having similar stories like ours.
It has been 7 years but seems like a lifetime that we have been together. I wasn’t supposed to live to see the new year and “My Lady” got this crazy idea that she would rent an RV and drive to Texas so we could all be together for my last hurrah! You see, it was in June that I suddenly lost my eyesight, I mean…I went outside to go to the bathroom and on the way back in, I couldn’t see jack. I saw several Doctors, one being a Veterinary Retinologist, nice lady who was smitten with me, I might add. She concluded that I had an unexplained immune mediated response where my own body’s defense system attacked the retinas of my eyes, and they detached. I didn’t regain my sight even after a course of high dose steroids. So no biggy…all seemed A-ok until several months later I had a pretty bad seizure, one lasting over an hour in the middle of the night. By morning “My Lady” and I were exhausted and she was dreading going to the Vet. Our Vet, “Vandy” as I refer to him, delivered some pretty bad news. “My Lady” knew in her heart before he said it…”I’m afraid, ELVIS has a brain tumor.” I heard her ask the dreaded questions, “will he be in pain?” and “how long will he live?” and “isn’t there anything we can do?” and…and…and…………
And so…I’m on a whooping dose of phenobarbitol twice daily and other than it makes me a little loopy, it keeps my seizures under control. We are almost to the maximum allowable dose and Vandy says there is one more drug we can add when we get to the limit but here I am, sleeping peacefully and happily by “My Lady’s” side in an RV park, somewhere in Malibu, listening to the rain and the waves pounding on the beach…defying the odds.
Maybe it’s the constant stream of love from everyone that knows me, the positive vibes, the well wishes, the RV, the trip to Texas, naps in the sunshine…
Maybe the Universe still needs something from me??? I don’t have the answer, but it’s 2010 and I still here, so…
Thank you everyone!
Thank you world!
Peace to all my four legged friends!
August 28th, 2009 · 5 Comments
ELVIS was sprayed by a skunk that was thrice his size, in the wee hours of the night! I am fond of skunks but “Holy Pepe Le Pee Yew Batman!” how do you get that smell out of chihuahua fur??? I bathed him with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap from Trader Joe’s, then sprayed him with powder puff dog perfume. Now I’m burning a mandarin orange scented candle and have the diffuser by the bed and it still stinks. In the meantime, ELVIS is doing everything possible to try to remove himself from the smell not realizing that he himself is the culprit.
I would love to hear from any of you who have been in the same situation.
August 16th, 2009 · No Comments
I’m obsessed with making ELVIS into a cube after stumbling across some sites that do just that. There is one site that I plan on uploading an ELVIS cube to called CubeCraft but this design is going to take a little time (time? what is that I ask?) The site that I made this cube on is Paper Critters.
July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments
This is circa 1978 and truly my kind of Superhero. Why can’t we learn how to make movies like the Japanese? We need more giant robot monsters, samurai swords and kung fu moves in our action films…and how’s ’bout that groovy theme song!
Are you into Spiderman AND crazy about your four-legged companion? Check out the MARVEL COMICS Pet Collection by Chi WOW WOW featuring Spidey!
July 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments
Kathy Lee & Hola from the Today Show found 3 pups on the plaza in need of a makeover. Dara Foster, Pet Fashion Stylist from Pupstyle and Jorge Bendersky, Celebrity Dog Groomer gave Godfrey, a Bishon-Poodle mix a makeover. Dara outfitted Godfrey in the Chi WOW WOW MARVEL COMICS “Spiderman” Tank, MARVEL COMICS 3-D Superhero Dog Collar with Lead and the adorable Chi WOW WOW Smiley Face Backpack! You can find those items and more at the fantastic boutiques that carry our collections. In New York City you can find the Chi WOW WOW Collections at Raising Rover Puppies & Babies. Click the image below.
July 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment
I am absolutely in LOVE with this handmade gift made by a friend of one of my Japanese Buyers. This sweet iPhone holder is so beautifully made with little pearls, detailed chihuahua and cute buttons, it’s hard to put a price tag on the love that went into making it. My Buyer, Emi has a boutique in Osaka where she carries these knitted treasures, so click here to see more!
July 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments
On Monday, July 6th TODAY will be ambushing three lucky dogs on Rockefeller Plaza with a doggie makeover! The Princess of Doggie Fashion Style, Dara Foster from Pupstyle and Celebrity Dog Groomer, Jorge Bendersky will be working their magic on 3 lucky pups and word on the street is that one of those SuperPups will be dressed to the canines in Chi WOW WOW’s MARVEL COMICS Collection! POW! Chi WOW WOW will be awarding the entire outfit to the chosen model that sports it on the show! Good luck and can’t wait to watch!
NBC TODAY SHOW
Ambush Doggy Makeovers
Monday, July 6
June 16th, 2009 · No Comments
“The tenor of the world now is when we’re at a point where we want to believe in heroes. Someone who can lead the way,” said Tom Breevort, Marvel Executive Editor. “It just feels like the right time.”
He forgot to add, “…to stuff some more money in our pockets.” Sure, milk the Captain for what it’s worth. The poor guy didn’t even have a chance to rest in peace. Now…I am really curious how a normal buff military guy (remember, Captain America didn’t have any super powers like other Superheroes) comes back to life after being blasted through the heart by a high powerd sniper’s rifle. AND, that didn’t land him in the hospital on life support. Nooo, he had a funeral…coffin and all…attended by all his Avenger friends. Read my previous post, CAPTAIN AMERICA…WHAT?!!!, to get up to speed.
So it will be interesting to see how this turns out. The comic book comes out on Monday and I will probably add it to my signed collection of one (the one where he is killed, signed by Ed Brubaker) if I can get to the Comics Factory.
If you are a Fan of Captain America and have a four-legged Superhero like I do, then check out the CAPTAIN AMERICA Collection by Chi WOW WOW.
April 20th, 2009 · No Comments
Imagine a world without homeless animals. And, imagine a time when all living creatures are treated with the respect that they deserve…
There is a place that is making a difference and working towards this goal. It is located in Angel Canyon, on 3000 acres, in Kanab Utah and that place is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They follow a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.
Chi WOW WOW found out about Best Friends through one of its loyal fans and customer, Fran. Fran herself rescues as many animals as she can and has paid many visits to Best Friends as well as donated her time and money.
When I asked Fran to describe what was special about Best Friends, she had this to say…
“Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, is the most energizing place I know. And Angels Rest overflows with amazing energy, love, peace, and healing. Angels Rest is so special to me. The energy you receive from the animals that have passed is indescribable. Ginger and Mondale get to run free, which I love to see. I know they are safe and protected. I can spend hours in Angels Rest, sitting, listening, breathing, and being entrenched from the energy of this beautiful place.”
In honor of Fran and everything she does, we chose Best Friends as the 2008 recipient for The ELVIS Fund grant. You can read more about The ELVIS Fund on our site.
Here’s a video that I found on YouTube created by another supporter of Best Friends, which gives you a glimpse of this beautiful sanctuary.
You too can donate to this amazing place and help to create a better world through kindness to animals…
April 1st, 2009 · No Comments
If you come to L.A. or live here in town, The Modern Dog pet boutique is worth checking out for the hippest designer dog clothes. Owners Guy and Lance opened shop in a fantastic California Bungalow in one of L.A.’s hottest new places to hang out, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in Venice Beach. Besides carrying great clothes, accessories and other treats, The Modern Dog holds fun events at the store like free photography shoots and trunk sales. Make sure you get on their mailing list!
The Modern Dog features the MARVEL COMICS Collection along with streetwear from the Chi WOW WOW Vintage and Signature Collections.
March 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments
I’m totally into the vinyl toy craze now and with the recession, it’s the only way for me to get my shopping fix on without breaking the bank. It only becomes slightly expensive when you become obsessed with having all in a series and you can’t stop buying blind boxes, just to complete the set. For those that don’t know how this works, most of the toys are sold in boxes that are sealed and you don’t know exactly which toy you are going to get. This opens the collecting craze to trading with other fanatics like yourself. I think it’s fun not knowing what I will get.
So, this past weekend I went to a very cool gallery and tea cafe named Royal/T to meet the Italian Artist, Simone Legno for Tokidoki and have a spot of tea. The gallery is a great space and the cafe is modeled after Japanese cosplay cafes where the waitresses dress up as maids.
Simone doodles a Bastardino on a
Chi WOW WOW Vintage Carrier for ELVIS
March 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments
People born on this day:
Jon Bon Jovi
February 19th, 2009 · 3 Comments
When you only weigh 5 lbs., the little things YOU take for granted can be a menace to little guys like ME.
Let me demonstrate…
YOU: Snuggled up all sleepy and warm under the fluffy down comforter.
ME: Snuggled up all sleepy and warm on top of the fluffy down comforter.
YOU: Flipping your sleepy warm body from one side to the other.
ME: A 5 lb. limp sleepy chihuahua hurling into the air and onto the floor with a startling thump…
YOU: <groggy> “what was that…?”
ME: <dazed & confused> “uh…hello? more like, WHO was that!”
Aye Bendito! Any suggestions???
February 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments
February 7th, 2009 · No Comments
What’s another arrest for Shepard Fairey but great press for a once underground graffiti artist. Fairey was arrested “again” entering a new exhibition of his work in Boston…he was going to be a guest D.J. for the opening. How cool is that? And you’re responsible for making pop art out of Barack Obama. I’m sure he’s saying, “bring it on!”
Now eveyone knows about the exhibit and the Institute of Contemporary Art is ecstatic!!! Yay!
January 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment
This article stopped me dead (no pun intended) in my tracks because I often wonder what it would be like to clone the love of my life, ELVIS. What a bummer that he was neutered; one of the requirements when taking on a rescue. Lost was the opportunity to sew his seeds and make little ELVIS replicas. Then came the thought of cloning, quite natural of a thought coming from someone who worked in biotechnology for many years. So now I see that it is actually happening and where else but in California. The company BioArts International has the “Best Friends Again” program that begs the question, “What if you could be best friends…again?”
Looking at the site, I can’t help but think of Stephen King’s, “Pet Sematary” where the family cat named Church is brought back and all appears good but only for awhile. I guess my luck would be that ELVIS’s clone turns out to be like Church from the book, taking pleasure in only things that annoy a person and void of emotion….oh yeah, and smelling like roadkill.
So I guess I will finish off with a quote from the Humane Society as the disclaimer to all this sci fi, new age-y pet experimentation…
“For those looking to replace a lost pet, cloning will not create an animal identical to the one who is gone; cloning cannot replicate an animal’s uniqueness. Cloning can only replicate the pet’s genetics, which influence but do not determine his physical attributes or personality.”
- The Humane Society of the United States
Just in case…I’m going to save some of ELVIS’ DNA, it couldn’t hurt?
UPDATE TO POST (June 1, 2013): Read why BioArts International is no longer cloning dogs
Six Reasons Why We No Longer Clone Dogs
January 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment
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My first attempt at making a video…
December 17th, 2008 · No Comments
My dog Jessie
I heard a little puppy crying
in a garbage bin
My daddy picked her out cause she was
scared and very thin.
we took her home and bathed her
then to our surprise she wasn’t
black but golden brown with big brown
puppy eyes. We took her to the doctor
and he said she’s doing fine
how can people be so cruel
Why can’t they just be kind?
- Calli Vanderaa (9 years old)
Click on Calli’s picture to read the full story in Modern Dog Magazine’s Rescue Blog.
December 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment
and Spiderman is loving your four-legged grrrly girls!
These cute pictures of Brussels Griffon, Gigitte were sent in to us by Buyer and professional Photographer, Lisa Brewer, Owner of the pet boutique, Too Cute Dogs in Henderson, N.C.
Too Cute Dogs
Pet Boutique & Photography Studio
420 Warrenton Road
Henderson, NC 27536
November 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment
Places like Randy’s Donuts and Tail ‘o the Pup are great pop icons in Los Angeles. I think I remember in “Mars Attacks”, the donut is zapped off the building and then rolls down the street?
The HOLLYWOOD sign
On a hot summer night, with little constructive to do, some friends and I decided that we wanted to get up close and personal with the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in Hollywood Hills. We were prepared to climb, hike, do whatever it took to touch one of the letters. Let me just say, winding up the narrow streets to get close was a feat in itself. We never made it even close because it is so protected, you practically have to be air-lifted in to the area. Better that it’s off limits and safe from the L.A. crazies.
This guy and more in Venice Beach
Whether it’s the roller blading, guitar playing sihk, the tattoo’d muscle men lifting weights at Muscle Beach or the disco dancing roller skaters in the central park area; Venice Beach is a fun place to hang out to get a taste of the really wacko side of L.A.
Dogtown & Z Boys
Surf & Skateboard Culture
November 1st, 2008 · No Comments
VOTE “YES” ON PROP 2
IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
I’m willing to pay a little more if I have to….what about you?
October 26th, 2008 · 5 Comments
We just rescued our third chihuahua and I blame my own father for this one! Last week my Dad who lives in Houston, Texas mentioned that he was fostering a young chihuahua that was listed on Petfinder.
So what did I do?
I went online and started looking at chihuahuas…then saved some profiles…then sent some emails and made some phone calls. Next thing I know, I’m setting up an appointment to pick up Twinkie, a 4 month old male apple head and cute as a button! He now sleeps soundly, snuggled up by my side with ELVIS and Izzy close by.
ELVIS, Izzy and now Twinkie are all rescues and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Twinkie was being fostered by Pups and Pals, a rescue covering L.A. and Orange Counties. They get high marks from me for their professionalism, compassion and efficiency in placing animals in good homes quickly.
October 22nd, 2008 · No Comments
Yup, they’re at it again…
The lawyers for Target are barking up the wrong tree again. Read the previous posts from the last round of letters:
WTF Target?…leave us alone.
October 12th, 2008 · No Comments
Peamutt Butter & Pumpkin Pupcakes
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup peanut butter (chunky)
3 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl mix water, pumpkin, egg, vanilla, and peanut butter thoroughly. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix wet and dry ingredients together and stir well. Spoon into a greased mini muffin pan, making sure to fill each cup completely and piled high. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm (but not too brown). Cool completely and refrigerate.
Makes 30 mini pupcakes
October 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments
Pic from Hollywood on Sunset
Well surprisingly the Disney movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” was #1 in the box office for this past weekend.
September 29th, 2008 · 5 Comments
I’m all about peace, love and harmony which is why I support Barack Obama.
Please get out and cast a VOTE on November 4. Your chihuahua will love you for it!
Now who’s with me on this Obama thing?