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Lucy the Chi interviews her daddy on the day of her surgery.

I’m resting in my blankie on my daddy’s lap but boy do I have a few questions for him.

Lucy: Hey, daddy. Why didn’t I get my usual breakfast this morning? I know I’m a bit picky when you feed me, but I’m hungry.

Daddy: I can tell. You didn’t eat much for dinner last night. I tried to warn you but you didn’t care. I added a few treats, some of Ellen’s Halo Chicken seasoning and even a few carrot slivers. But you did not want much.

Lucy: I wasn’t in the mood. I’m a little Chihuahua girl and I am prone to moodiness. Then you taunted me with that bowl of Chocolate Cheerios this morning, which you know I can’t eat anyway. Who ever heard of Chocolate Cheerios?

Daddy: It’s new. But I can’t feed you anything this morning because you’re going for surgery today. In fact, we have to leave in about 20 minutes. I’m nervous but I don’t want you to be. It’s supposed to be relatively quick.

Lucy: What’s surgery and why do I need it? I’ve been a good little girl, mostly.

Daddy: It’s because you have a few issues that need to be taken care of. You’ve been holding on to that one canine baby tooth. It’s right in front, next to your adult canine tooth. It’s curved and very sharp and needs to be pulled so that your teeth are not too crowded.

Lucy: Sounds gross. And painful. I choose to keep the tooth.

Daddy: Sorry. No can do. You also have a hernia in your tummy where part of your intestine is escaping. That has to be closed up. It’s also supposed to be simple and quick.

Lucy: Yikes. Who did that to me?

Daddy: It could have been your biological mother. Or else you inherited it. And speaking of inherited, you have kneecap problems in both back legs. One is always popping out and needs to be fixed. The other leg can wait for a while.

Lucy: So I’m having a three part surgery? I’d rather not. I want breakfast and a nap instead, thank you.

Daddy: Unfortunately I can’t let you do that. This pains me more than it will you. Plus you need your vaccinations and your nails cut. Think of it as a spa vacation.

Lucy: I’m so going to make you pay for this when I get home tonight. Don’t count on sleeping much.

Daddy: I don’t. Now take a 15 minute nap before we have to leave.

And so I take a nap under my blankie, not really understanding the adventure that lies ahead.


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Help! My Chihuahua ate a Chocolate Chip Cookie.

I ate part of a chocolate chip cookie yesterday and boy was it ever good. And I’m here to tell you I survived. No reaction whatsoever. No diarrhea, vomiting, running in circles. Nada.

You see, my daddy dropped part of his cookie when it broke and I was right on top of it. Nothing gets past me when it’s drops on the floor. It’s mine.

Anyway, research has found that eating chocolate in large amounts can be toxic to dogs. It’s because chocolate contains theobromine. Can you believe it? This is a xanthine compound in the same family as caffeine, and theophylline. For details on how much chocolate is dangerous, what are the signs and treatments and such, talk with your vet.