If you are the owner of a Chihuahua or any other small-sized dog, it is imperative that you are aware of the dangers that these little critters can face. The Chihuahua is a very feisty little breed of dog that actually thinks he/she is ten feet tall. Not quite so! As the owner of three little Chihuahuas presently (and several that have gone to Chihuahua heaven), I never take it lightly when they are outside. Dangers lurk all around and it is our responsibility as the pet parent to protect our babies.
I am not sure you are all aware of the recent news in the Illinois area about a Chihuahua, out with its owner late at night on a short leisurely walk near home. The weather was cold so the little guy had his winter coat on and dad put on his leash. These items saved his life as a night owl swooped down out of nowhere and grabbed the Chihuahua, attempting to fly away with him. Dad held onto the leash and kept swatting at the owl until it gave up. That leash saved that pups life. Because of the thick coat he was wearing, the little dog only had one little puncture wound that went through the coat from the owls’ talons. Without the combination of the coat and leash the dog would be owl food and/or be extremely injured from the long nails that these birds of prey use to capture their food.
Birds of prey, coyotes and bobcats are not only out in the country areas but have been cited closer and closer to busy city areas as well. News reports stated various situations where people’s small pets have been targeted by many of these animals of prey and we as the pet parents have to be more cautious and aware of the dangers facing our pets.
When your dog is going outside, be aware of the surroundings. As I do, look to the skies for any large birds, in the trees, on the fences. We have hawks galore in our area and one even landed in our yard with it’s’ prey . . . I could not believe it! Do not leave your small dogs outside alone without constantly monitoring them or just stay out with them. When going for walks, whether you have the best well behaved dog in the world, use a harness and a leash. It can save your dog’s life in more ways than one, like the Chihuahua that was attacked by an owl. In warmer climates you won’t find the need to put on a coat as that dog had but if per chance something tried to attack your dog, you can beat it away and save your dog’s life . . . as long as there is a leash on your dog. We never want our pets to get injured but it is more important that your pet is still with you and not as “bird bait”.
Chihuahua owners have these dogs because there is something very special about the breed and we love them. Most of us have more than one. Yes, they can be a little yappy at times but speaking from personal experience, they are so loving, affectionate, playful and fun. We all want to do whatever we can to protect them from all dangers. It is just a matter of being a little more aware of our surroundings and the dangers that lurk . . . everywhere.