March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
This week during my afternoon walks, while I performed my regular neighborhood inspection as big-kahuna-head-honcho-brava-sherrif in the barrio, I noticed a particular lawn ornament with a little something extra. I notice everything, of course, keen observer that I am. So after about the third day in a row of this spectacle, I thought to myself: Seriously? Everyday, same place, same time? I know I demand my feedings, walks and belly scratching sessions on my carefully crafted schedule. I am a creature of excellent habits. But what you are up to is just stupid amigo.
I’m not an alpha predator, more of an alpha female by natural selection and proud of it. Still I noticed you there without even trying, chico!
With you so clearly standing near the bottom of the ole food chain, are you really going to flaunt yourself on a regular basis like that? It’s just too easy.
Trust me, pal. As a petite little brown morsel who might be confused with a squirrel from 40 feet up in the air, I know what I’m talking about. And who could blame them. I’m irresistible! So I make mucho noise and stay on guard when I’m out and about. You need a little more strategy, dude. There are muchos big birds in our land of paradise. I advice you to keep lively. I love to bask in the sun too, but mix it up a bit. Keep them guessing.
Well, we’ll see how this turns out. For now, I’ve decided to call my lizard friend Pedro – not muy swift, but steady as a rock 😉 I’ll keep an eye out for my new amigo, but with all those big hungry birds around these here parts, I theeenk he better say his prayers or stay on his toes. High noon and a nice caliente juicy lizard spells LUNCH!
March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Spring has to be one of my favorite seasons. We can finally ditch those awful itchy sweaters Mama thinks I look so “cute” in! (grrrrrrrrrrr) I’m a true beauty. I prefer to go au naturale 😉
“The Beauty 😉 and the Beach”
Mama has a renewed spring in her Spring steps which means more walks para la Chica. There is extra pollen for the natural spring cleaning (of the nostrils … achoo!!!) The birds and the bees and all the pesky lizards are out and about so I’m exercising my dulcet tones and springing into chihuahua pounce action “for fitness.”
Spring veggies, spring clovers, spring chicken (OK, so I’m interpreting with my tummy’s interests I mind. But I looooooove cheeeeeeekin!) What’s there not to like about SPRING. Get out there chicos, and enjoy. I say losing one hour of sleep is no problema. The extra vitamin E will charge you up. Arriba, arriba, vamonos!
December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Ay, but where to begin with this lesson …
By now you have come to know me a little. And though I hate to drift from my favorite subject — me — part of my purpose in life is to share a little basic info on Chihuahuas. You know, for general edification, to enlighten humankind.
Chihuahuas, though small in stature, come from a royal, indeed revered line of canines. Cats may have had something going with the Egyptians, but we Chicos ruled in the new world.
As evidenced in Aztec pictorials on pottery and drawings, Chihuahuas were considered deities, born to rule alongside the Nahuatl pīpiltin, the nobles of the Aztec kingdom. In some interpretations of the artwork, Chihuahuas were represented as being able to communicate with the Aztec gods. Just to check, I tried it out the other day. I said, “Hallo, God? Si, it is la Chica. Can we work out sometheeeg here so my Mama can do her “go to works” from mi casa? My heart is not muy happy when she is not weeeeth me. OK? OK. Gracias!!” I’ll let you know how that works, amigos.
Recent DNA evidence appears to support evidence of the actual genetic ancestors to Chihuahuas, the Techichi, found in ancient graves all over Mexico. But as there is mucho controversy about all of this, and some doubt the origins and truth of this legend, as proof I present a short clip from the feature film, Hollywood Chihuahua. In particular, I would like you to pay attention to the segment at the ruins, where the wise chico, Montezuma (He is muy handsome. Oh, be still my corazon!) shared the history of our noble breed in this clip:
This was very realistic and historically accurate as is the case with everytheeeng in Hollywood. But I digress.
Through a carefully researched ancestry tree, I have learned that our familia comes from the very court of Señor Ahuitzotl, the greatest king in Aztec rule. His loyal companion was not often mentioned, but he was el bravo, Quetzalcoatl, named after their big kahuna. But his little known seeeeester Juanita, was not happy with the macho mentality in the pueblo. So she packed up her closest friends, luxuries and all her bling and headed for the tropics to lead the life of a real Caribbean Queen! Salsa!!!
Several hundred generations later, and a bit of a snag when we lost power to one hairy Señor Fidel Castro, la familia resettled in South Florida. My Abuela tells me that life in America was a bit of an adjustment in the beginning. We were a little lost in the translations. But that is a story for another lesson.
But suffice it so say that we colonized and took over most of South Florida. Chihuahuas are credited (at least by my Abuela) with establishing the Cuban settlement now known as Little Havana, in Miami, Florida. From my abuelitas Carmen Francisca Eugenia Maria and Inocencia Margarita Perlita Maria came my peeps – Cosita (la Madre), Coco (my Papi) and my mucho brothers and seeesters – all hailing from Jupiter, Florida.
And finally …. picture mucho fanfare here, please … came ME, the Princesa of St. Petersburg, busy these past 7 years conquering my pueblo here in Pinellas County and on the internets!
So now you know all you need to know about the smallest yet greatest dog breed known to mankind – Ay Chihuahuas!!
June 15, 2011 § 5 Comments
Though it may not always seem that way from some of my tales, I really do love my big brother, Tigger, aka El Cato. And apparently he loves me too. Heh, heh, heh, and now, he can no longer deny it. Mama stayed home with a bit of a cold and caught him giving me kisses. Here are some snapshots (evidence) of the tender moments to prove it.
You see, usually when the humans are away at work, we like to let down our guard and enjoy lounging carelessly in the warm sunny spot next to the sliding glass doors. Gone are the age-old sibling rivalries. Forgotten are the infamous animosities of “cats and dogs.” And that eternal struggle for the Alpha position of our pack? Well at least during nap time that’s on pause too.
Oh, Kitty Cato, you who like to give the impression of being aloof, inscrutable, fickle and wildly unpredictable. I know you have a reputation to maintain, but well chico, the jig is UP! Now the world will know that deep down inside you are a sweet lover boy. But no matter, that does not lessen my admiration of you, big brother. Deep inside, La Chica loves you too.
Have you hugged your cato today ;o-) ? Spread the love. It just feels good.
June 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Deputy Chanel here, once again out and about on my regular neighborhood patrol. And I must say, the days here in Florida are getting longer and hotter. Ay, Caramba! Talk about dragging and panting. So to take my mind off the effects of the 80% humidity on my otherwise flawless and luxurious coat, I sometimes like to pretend I am on safari with Mom. Me, the great adventuress, exploring the wilderness … or the a rain forest (on sprinkler days). Hey, it is NOT such a stretch – after all, we HAVE had an alligator in the neighborhood pond!
I love to stalk through the “savannah” and sneak up on the exotic birds – you know, the occasional spoonbill, Blue Heron or Egret – so focused on their hunt for lizards that they don’t see me coming. Heh, heh, heh, they are awfully funny scrambling to take off when I run up behind them with my lightning speed and barking my head off – long legs, beaks and feathers go EVERY which way.
In my stealth mode I can also get the vantage position on the “great cats” of the southeast – OK, so here they are mere house kitty catos with attitude. But like their greater cousins, they often lounge on the “open plain” (driveways) baking in the warm sun. They are muy silly and sleepy so I can spook them and make them scram. Just like the silly squirrels that I catch snacking on their buried nuts. I like to stand between them and their tree and watch the little wheels turning in their nutty heads as they try to figure out how they’ll get around me to scoot up to safety. I am such an imposing adversary.
But mostly, on our excursions, Mama and I focus on the flora rather than the fauna. This week we have the Crepe Myrtles blooming all over the neighborhood along with some stunning lilies. The beauty of Nature never ceases to amaze.
Ciao for now, chicos, ’til our next great adventure! And Happy Saturday Pet Blog Hopping!
April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
So there I was, minding my own business and keeping a vigilant eye out for the gator threatening our otherwise peaceful neighborhood, when instead I spotted the dastardly squirrel. One of the evil rats with bushy tails that have taken residence in the big oak tree in the front yard.
But then, when I barked my objections at her intrusion on MY yard, she just looked at me with careless disregard! Like she had no worries at all – as my Mama would say, like “Pedro por su casa.” That despicable fiend just proceeded to munch on her acorn as if I was not there!
Then as I continued to bark my head off at the blatant disrespect, she casually sauntered across the front walk and climbed up on a small tree we have near the front door. But mind you, this was not an attempt to get away from my great fierceness as she should have, amigos. No, rather it seemed this was just an attempt to get a better look at me through the window. Ooooooo, it was infuriating of her to just stay there looking down at me as if making up her mind about whether or not I posed a threat. Hrmph!! How dare you?!?! I’d tear your fluffy tail to pieces, Chica!
Can you say, “here, gatah, gatah …” Oooo geez, it would be a shame, nay, a tragedy if that big ole alligator were to show up and … snap! We’d see who was laughing then. I might be stuck inside and presently unable to get you, but I’d be safe and sound from Señor Gator. Grrrrr … it would serve you right, you shameless pest. Now, get off my lawn and show some respect!!
My daddy says maybe the squirrel wasn’t taunting me. Maybe she just confused me for a fellow squirrel and could not understand the strange language I was speaking. Oh, daddy!
April 9, 2011 § 3 Comments
For those of you who sometime envy la Chica and her leisurely life here in sunny Florida, I am here to tell you, it comes with certain risks! Mama was going off to work today when she spotted this little message casually posted on the community announcement board:
What, no “don’t speed and be careful over the new ‘speed bumps'”? Or “watch for children at play and other ankle biters”? Or, “don’t forget trash day is Thursday but be sure to look under your cars for unusual “yard stuff'”?
Sure, “next board meeting is on April 25th and top of the mornin’ to ya”?! Right?!?!?!?!? Helloooooooo! We are talking ALLIGATOR!! I say they’d BETTER get that trapper out here and PRONTO!!!
You see, we have a small pond in the neighborhood and several in the immediate area. And I guess spring IS the season for love even in the alligator world. So this is the time of year for a lot of gators “sightings” as they are on the move professing their love for one another. Funny thing about Florida though, is that a gator has to become a “nuisance” – that is get big enough (hmmm … I wonder eating what?) AND “threaten” residents or pets – before a complaint can be taken seriously enough for the authorities to send a trapper.
“Seriously” enough?!?! This is an “Eeeeek,” “Ay Caramba!” and “Help! Get me outta here!!!” all combined moment if there ever was one.
So yeah, I don’t know about the rest of my peeps around the ole barrio, but I think until further notice me and my Cato will be sunbathing safely just inside of that lanai sliding glass door. Thank … you!!
P.S. Happy and SAFE Saturday Pet Blog Hop 🙂 And to quote another famous chica, “There’s no place like home … There’s no place like home … There’s no place like home … ” Stay safe, amigos.