Yes, here she comes!!! Minnie is my white long haired, 2 pound teacup Chihuahua, named Minnie Mouse. She turned 2 years old last Sunday, and to me anyway, she is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!!
My children warned me when I got her that I’d better not turn into one of these weird women with a Chihuahua, but clearly I have. I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life, but some are extra special. I can think of 3 before Minnie whom I loved a lot, a pug dog named Jamie that I had as a child, a black miniature Brussels Griffon (they look like an Ewok) named Greta who had a fierce underbite (Brussels Griffs have squashed noses), and another Griffon (a fawn colored one) named Gracie……and now there’s Minnie.
I was looking for a dog small enough for me to travel with and take her in the cabin on the plane (in a little travel bag), going back and forth to Paris, and the weight limit for that is 12 pounds. All the other dogs are bigger, but Minnie is certainly very, very tiny. I’ve never had a dog this small. Two pounds is very small. She’s about the size of a (sorry, Minnie) small guinea pig. I found her in a pet shop in New York, when she was 2 months old, and weighed just over a pound. It’s a reputable shop where I know the people who work there and have bought great dogs there before. She had to stay there for another month until she was big enough to go home, and you’ve never seen anything so tiny.
She has an adorable personality, and is a really easy little dog. She travels everywhere with me. She has sweaters, warm coats, a couple of really silly little ‘dresses’ that I’ve only put on her once, and a gray sweater with a pink flower on it. Oh, and some raincoats she has yet to wear. When it’s cold, I don’t take her out, because she’s so small. She has an igloo bed, sleeps in a playpen (I can’t sleep with her in case I’d squash her, or she’d fall out of bed and get hurt), and she loves her toys!!! (Her favorite is a little gray mouse toy I got at Ikea, and she got a new pink mouse for her birthday.) She is playful, loving, funny, loves to run around the house, and hates the fax machine and the ice maker. She has lots of personality, and loves to fall asleep in my arms. So as you can see, I love Miss Minnie. And she has inspired me to write about her.
I wrote a book not only about her, but about all our family dogs over the years. It’s full of funny stories about my kids and dogs, with 40 photographs. The book is called “Pure Joy”, and will be out on October 29, for all dog lovers!!!. And having written that book in great part about her and my experiences with her, and our other dogs (Minnie is on the cover, a great photograph), I wrote a children’s book about her too, called “Pretty Minnie in Paris”, about a little girl in Paris who has a Chihuahua just like her. It’s wonderfully illustrated, and I’m working on a second children’s book about Minnie now. Minnie is a star!!! There are also going to be Pinterest Boards about her in September, she’ll have her own page on FaceBook, probably in October, and I’m going to Tweet about her on Twitter…..so watch out world, here comes Minnie!!!!!