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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hiking Without The Teacup Chihuahua | The Perils of Hiking With Dogs

Hiking with dogs is a lot of fun, until one fine day, you find yourself hiking without dogs...

I, Twinkie Twinkerson, the teacup chihuahua, messed up! I messed up big time and I'm here to confess. Yesterday, my pack joined the two rhodesian ridgebacks for a hike. Little did we know, it was going to be the dog hiking experience of the century.

We met at the creek. My pack (my senior sissy, the crazy chiweenie, and I) got there first and when the enormous rhodies showed up we were overwhelmed by the warm welcome. We said our "hellos" (picture the butt-sniff train), and off we went. Our moms are good friends and they started to chat endlessly. After the first half hour, I, Twinkie, the three legged teacup chihuahua, decided to take off. I smelled something I simply couldn't resist and I broke away from the group for just one moment. Before I knew it, I had lost my pack. I looked everywhere for them, and I was starting to panic because even though I act tough, I've not been away from my mommy since my gotcha day. In the beginning, I tried to distract myself, smelling the bushes, the horse poop, and drank fresh water from the creek. Still, no pack in sight. My little heart was sinking as I started making circles looking for my family and friends. I missed them all so much and didn't know what to do. So, I made a decision. I walked all the way back to our brand new car, which I was hoping I'd recognize. I was very lonely and I was shaking all over, I was that nervous!

I was so sad when I got to the car. Nobody was there waiting for me. I looked back and I could tell I was really far away from my pack. Since I couldn't come up with a better idea, I decided to hang by the car, which luckily I recognized, but there were three dogs on a balcony across from where we were parked and they were barking at me. If M was there she surely would have used her ultrasonic dog bark control thingy. I was desperate, but they wouldn't stop yelling and it was very hot in the sun, so I decided to hide under the car until help arrived.

Ages later, or so it seemed to this scared puppy, my auntie pulled up in her car. My auntie? My favorite auntie, here, now? I waited for her to get out of the car and went straight to her. She looked down at me, as if she expected to see me, and she took me gently up her arms. Safe at last, but what was wrong with my auntie? She was crying! I clung to her as she made her way down the creek path with me in her arms.

Out of nowhere I heard a woman screaming my name. For a split second, I couldn't recognize the weird husky hysterical voice, and all of a sudden, it hit me. It was my mom. She was looking for me. Auntie started yelling M's name at the same time. When M and I could finally see each other, something weird happened. M fell down and started to sob. I felt very bad. I knew it was my fault and I hate to watch my mommy cry. She got up fast, ran to me, and grabbed me from my auntie. Auntie took off. Then with the rest of my pack in tow we started running fast deep into the creek. Now M was yelling Hank's name, my rhodesian friend's. I was confused but at least now I was in my mom's shirt, safe and comfortable. She had taken my leash and used it as a belt, tightening it around her shirt, to keep me in place, like a kangaroo. We kept running like this for at least half an hour. Near the end M was yelling both Hank's name and some not so pleasant words. Where we lost again?

Finally, M, very concerned about all the running about and what it's effects on our senior dog would be, took us all to the car and left. I wished she'd kept me in her shirt, but at least I was safe and I was reunited with my pack. They had all been frantically looking for me.

About half an hour later, M returned, dirty, sweaty, but smiling, and she was accompanied by her friend and the rhodies. It was the rhodies' mom's turn to start sobbing. I felt so bad. I started waiving my front paws at her and when she got close enough I jumped on her lap rubbing my head all over her, trying to explain that I was both sorry and okay. She forgave me, I know because afterwards she gave me a huge marrow bone, my favorite dog treat.

I am so sorry! I will never leave my pack again. I will not leave my mommy. I will be a good girl and if I want to keep my off-leash privileges, I will stay close to my pack.

Luckily, it all ended well and we got home late that night tired and hungry. My geriatric sissy had her senior dog supplements and a Rimadyl and she's fine today.

Hiking with a tiny dog is a challenge. The perils are numerous, from large prey birds, to coyotes, fast moving water that can carry a small dog, rattle snakes . . . and the list goes on. M is not giving up our hikes. She is going to be taking new measures though. We shall see what those will be, but I know she's already made up her mind.
Hiking with dogs is fun, but one must be cautious and alert at all times

Go hug your mom!

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Update for the kitten lovers: I've been getting some smart comments from furiends who are teasing me about kitten blog invasions, take overs, and coups. Enough cats on my blog for my taste. I'm going to be posting frequent updates and almost daily photos and videos, over here: Pregnant Cat Info. Today's photos along with an adorable video can be found by clicking here: Kitten Pictures.

Oh, what the pizzle! Here are some kitten pictures:

 Go away bro

Oh, fine! Hug?

My kitten sure could smell better

I guess it's bath time
(even kittens get bathed)

Marilyn's debut
(we call her that temporarily because of the beauty mark)

Okay, now I'm really done. Bye bye.



NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

So, woo channeled your inner husky???

PeeEssWoo: BAD Twinkie!

Anonymous said...

Ohmidogness, Twinkie! I was feeling all shaky and shivery reading abouts your Very Big Adventure. I know you and your mom were both skeered to death! But I think you were very, very, VERY smart to go back to the car and wait. I'm not so sure every doggie would keeps their head on straight in such a Most Skeery circumstance.

I am very glad you are safe. Hold your mom real close tonite and tell her how much you luvs her, okay?

Wiggles & Wags,

Stella said...

Oh Twinkums, thats just too scary!

I am so glad you found the car and that your Mom called your Aunty. All worked out and you say no more leaving your pack, so all will be well.

Sleep tight!


houndstooth said...

My goodness, Twinkie! I knew it had to work out okay, since you wrote the story, but you really had my heart pounding! I am most sorry you had such a scary experience. They sure must love you to go looking all over for you like that! You're a lucky, lucky girl!


Unknown said...

Twinkie, my moms was all teary eyes thinking bout how terrified your mom surely felt.

We are all so glad that you are all safe and sound!

Extra hugs,

PeeS...I'm glad you posted those sweet baby kitteh pikturs to make us smile after your skeery adventure

JacksDad said...

Wow, what an adventure! I knew it all came out ok because you were writing it, so that made it very exciting!

Is that one kitten ok? It's all pinky....

Martine said...

Caps is in LOVE with the tiny pink kitten paw pads!

Now on to the most serious concern! We are so glad you found your new shiny car, you are so smart... but not so smart to get yourself lost and away from your family.

Is M going to be leashing you up to a super long lead for future hikes?

xo martine & the kiddlets

kks said...

oh Twink....i was so scared for you and my eyes welled up during the happy heart was happy nothing bad happened and all were reunited! yikes....
the kittens are darling...

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

OMD, Twinkie. That was a truly scary, dangerous situation. No wonder everyone was so upset. You were very smart to find the car and wait there. That's the best thing you can do when something like that happens and that's why it turned out all right in the end, except for the few years you shaved off your mom's lifespan. Please never, ever do anything like that again.

And there's nothing wrong with posting your kitten pictures here, is there. I thought we were all going to watch them grow up together and you'd tell us about their progress. After all, they're your kittens, it's your blog. It all works, doesn't it?

wags, Lola

Dexter said...

Oh dear! Please don't run away. I have to say that even though it might be fun to run around loose, Momma never takes us off leash because it just takes one good smell and even I can go pretty fast.


Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

Oh Twinkie - that sounds scary, you were smart to go back to your car though. Mom is always worried about one of us running off so we are always on leash if the area is not fenced in :(

We LOVE the kitten pictures - they are so precious.

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Twinkie you made me cry this morning!! Big teary drops got stirred into my coffee.... so happy for everyone to be reunited, we don't need to send your mommy sympathy cards, thank Dogness!!!! Thankfully you found your car and your Auntie found you and everyone found the Rhody, whew!!!

Pee Ess, our sonic barking thingie is still on order... we expect it sometime in July. Can't wait (NOT!) Love, Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle xoxo

the magic sleigh said...

Woooos Twinkie! My Mum knows just how yours felt, after all I am a husky, are woo certain woo are not part husky?? After all that is what we do...Anyway, Mum NEVER lets me off leash on a hike.She hates that scared feeling, wndering if she will ever find me, your Moms heart must have been breaking, and poor Twinkie, alone and afraid hiding under the car, my heart broke fur woo. Please be careful, we love woo and do not want to lose woo!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful
Pee Ess Woo-
Mom says thanks fur the kitty pictures, awwwwww.....

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD TWINKIE !!! That is scary!! Do you realize that you might have been TwinkNapped by some wicked woman or something. Stay with your pack... I'm thinkin' a walking string is in your future!!!

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

Twink, that was some very scary adventure. Our Mom's eyes got all teary eyed too just imagining what your Mom was going through. We know that our Mom would have been hysterical, like your Mom, if that had been one of us. Butt you were a very smart girl to head back to your car and wait there. We are so furry glad that you are safe and sound. You be careful from now on, you hear?

Waggles & Chi kisses, Chewy & Lilibell

Anonymous said...

Scary story Twinkie... glad it turned out okay in the end.

pam said...

Oh Twinkie yer story had our mommy leaking all over. You musn't ever ever ever do that again. Promise?

Bobo and Meja

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Oh Twinkie we are so very glad you are ok. My Mama was leaking with happiness that you are such a smart pup to head to the car....Sounds like you learned your lesson.

Smileys and Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

Sagira said...

Oh Twinkie you shouldn't scare your mom like that. she was so happy to see you safe and sound.

Olivia and her M said...

Miss Twinkie -
That was a very smart thing to do, to go back to your car and wait for your family to find you. I know you will stick closer to your hiking pals, M, and your sissies on future hikes.

So glad you are OK!

Olivia and her M

The Thundering Herd said...

Very, very, very Siberian of you (except for the coming back on your own part). Our hu-dad suggests that you don't ever try that again.

Draco and his Mom said...

Good thing you were sooooo smart and found your car. I am pretty good about finding my car too, but my mom makes me wear a leash most of the time now cause I like to explore stuff like you and she REALLY freaks out if I don't hear her call me. I am so glad you are safe.

Anonymous said...

Really good post!

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