My Dog Wouldn't Do That!

Written by Ed Williams

What’srepparttar world comin’ to?

I know that’s notrepparttar 125618 typical opening to one of my columns, but this one is different because I’m having a real hard time writing it. I’m in pain. Real physical pain. There are two holes inrepparttar 125619 back left knee of my sweatpants, and I also have about a one inch scratch right onrepparttar 125620 back of that same knee that’s really stinging. And guess why? A &%*@ dog bit me!

That’s right, a dog just took a little chunk out of me. And ya’ll might be wondering just how it happened, at least I hope y‘all are.

I typically walk a couple of miles each day, and I do it onrepparttar 125621 roads that wind through our subdivision. It’s a pretty hilly walk, you get a nice view of some great houses, and I typically enjoy it.

Today, I was out walking and was working my way through one of our side streets. I’d just walked past this one house with an open garage, and when I did, I heard some barking. Didn’t pay much attention to it at first, but that changed when it became obvious thatrepparttar 125622 barking was getting closer and closer to me. I turned, and found myself staring straight intorepparttar 125623 eyes of a chocolate brown lab.

This lab was a good sized dog, and he was growling like he meant business. I figured thatrepparttar 125624 best thing to do was to just slowly walk away, which is exactly what I tried to do. I took a couple of steps, and then felt something nip up againstrepparttar 125625 back of my left knee. When I turned around,repparttar 125626 dog jumped back, tensed, and I thought it was gonna try and bite me again. Note that I said try and bite me again. I’m not ashamed to admit that that I was going to kickrepparttar 125627 living hell out of him had he gone for a second helping. Fortunately, he backed off and I got out of there as quickly as I could.

Know what cheeses me offrepparttar 125628 most about this whole situation? There are leash laws in our community, and those laws are in place for a reason. Suppose this dog had been bigger and had inflicted more damage? Suppose he’d charged out intorepparttar 125629 road after a ball and had gotten struck by a car? Suppose he’d bitten a small child? That’s why leash laws are onrepparttar 125630 books inrepparttar 125631 first place.

Celebrities Discover The Amazing Chihuahua!

Written by Bill Knell

Celebrities Discover The Amazing Chihuahua!

By Bill Knell

Some say it started withrepparttar Taco Bell dog. A five hundred million dollar ad campaign featured a talking Chihuahua which continually repeatedrepparttar 125617 slogan, “Yo quiero Taco Bell,” which is Spanish for “I want Taco Bell.” Then camerepparttar 125618 Legally Blond films andrepparttar 125619 unstoppable Bruiser. The topping onrepparttar 125620 cake was when Paris Hilton appeared onrepparttar 125621 cover of Seventeen magazine and later tried living The Simple Life on Fox TV with Tinkerbell, her pet Chihuahua. Celebrities have discovered what many pet owners already knew: Chihuahuas arerepparttar 125622 best dogs to own and care for. Inrepparttar 125623 process, they’ve set off a Chihuahua Craze that is reaching towering proportions.

When most people think of Celebrities and their toy dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Toy Poodles, Pekinese, Lhasas and Shih Tzus usually come to mind. That’s because famous folks like Audrey Hepburn, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mia Farrow were regularly photographed with their beloved pets. In Audrey‘s case, it was a Yorkie. In her early days of fame, Mia Farrow was rarely seen out in public without her Lhasa. Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor loved to walk throughrepparttar 125624 hot spots of Beverly Hills and be photographed with a multitude of Toy Poodles, Pekinese and Shih Tzus. But times have changed!

The always innovative Madonna may have setrepparttar 125625 standard for change not long ago when she sported her beloved Chihuahua, Chiquita, for a press photo op. Noah Wyle, one ofrepparttar 125626 hot stars of ER, was recently photographed with his Chihuahua while on holiday. Jennifer Lopez has also joinedrepparttar 125627 exclusive club of famous Chihuahua owners. Younger celebrities like Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Paris Hilton, Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon and members of Simple Plan have found themselves attracted to these fabulous canines and brought a huge amount of attention to them.

Chihuahuas make great pets because they are very low maintenance,repparttar 125628 world’s smallest dogs and longest lived breed. Celebs loverepparttar 125629 fact that Chihuahuas preferrepparttar 125630 company of humans more then they enjoy being with other animals and can easily accompany their owners everywhere. Chihuahuas love to be held or carried around in their very own shoulder bag and that makes them especially attractive to busy celebrities and people who are always onrepparttar 125631 move.

Unlike most toy dog breeds,repparttar 125632 Chihuahua is not a created one. The first widespread mention of Chihuahuas occurred duringrepparttar 125633 mid to late 1800's in weekly or monthly tabloids that specialized in tales ofrepparttar 125634 American West. Highly fictionalized accounts ofrepparttar 125635 small dogs spread by these publications claimed they were actually a mix of rodent and canine or had been magically created by Medicine Men. In reality, Chihuahuas were first noticed alongrepparttar 125636 Arizona-Mexico border by settlers, ranchers and those passing through. This lead torepparttar 125637 animals becoming originally-known as Arizona Dogs. Once it began obvious that these cute little dogs were actually coming out ofrepparttar 125638 Chihuahua region of Mexico where they had been discovered inrepparttar 125639 early 1800's,repparttar 125640 regional name stuck.

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