I live in Southern California and have just decided on getting a toy poodle. This comes at the end of a tragedy.
My 27 year old daughter is a veterinary technician and helped deliver a litter of chihuahuas by c-section 3 years ago. All the puppies died at birth but one. She weighed 2.5 oz and the owners of the mother claimed the mother didn't produce milk and rejected the puppy. My daughter brought her home to try to save her. We bottle fed around the clock. The puppy at two weeks got pneumonia. The vet said there wasn't much chance for survival. She pulled through. As she got older she started having liver problems. At first we thought shunt, but she slowly improved. Finally at 2 1/2 years her liver enzymes were good enough to have her spayed and she was gaining weight. Her weight at 2 1/2 years was just 3.5 pounds.
On October 19, 2012, I was bringing in groceries from the car. I opened the front door to get more bags. Little Isabel was next to me, she would wait right by the door so she could follow me back and forth from the front door to the kitchen. I didn't know it but there was a loose Pitt Bull at my door. It must have seen me go in and was waiting for me to come out. The Pitt Bull lunged into my house and grabbed Isabel. It happened so quick! I had the Pitt between my legs and was trying to get her to let go. My oldest daughter was kicking the pitt in the stomach and my youngest daughter was trying to pry the mouth open from the front. My husband was trying to get his gun out of the safe. The Pitt finally let go, and looked up at me and wagged her tail. We rushed Isabel to the vet but she died on the table. The bite had punctured her lungs and broken her ribs.
I had been bitten several times on my hands trying to pry the mouth open. My youngest daughter was also bitten.
Anyways. It has been a hard few weeks. A lot of crying and not a lot of sleep. We have two neutered male chihuahua's and they miss Isabel too.
The owners of the Pitt Bull hadn't vaccinated or spayed their dog. Because of this the humane society had to keep the dog for 2 weeks. I found out later the Pitt Bull was destroyed because this was not the first time it had been vicious.
We have agreed not to sue the Pitt Bull owners if they payed all the vet bills and bought us a new puppy of our choice. They agreed and promptly took care of the $675.00 vet bill.
We have decided on a toy poodle puppy. When I was 2 months old my parents got a miniature poodle puppy and we grew up together. Niki died when she and I were 21 years old!
We have found a puppy, and she will be ready to come home Dec 22. This is NOT a Christmas present. I would NEVER get a dog for Christmas.
I am so excited about the puppy, but still grieving over Isabel. Such an emotional time! When we get her I will post pictures!
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So very sorry for the loss of Isabel, so very happy that the pitt bull was put down. Welcome to the PF, we will be looking forward to the picts of your new little poodle baby. And no, nothing will ever take the place of Isabel, the new baby will make its on place in your heart.
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Names of dogs: ♥DUDE*&*DAISY ♥ A.K.A."The.Doozies"
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Ugh- that makes my stomach hurt to read. I have witnessed not one, but three of my animals being attacked by loose pit bulls; one was killed. The images and sounds are hard to keep from replaying in your mind, but as time goes on it does fade a lot-I promise.
Anyway, I look forward to hearing about your new poodle. Welcome to the forum!
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So very sorry for Isabel's untimely passing, and the horrific circumstances. Adding a toy poodle to your family will be wonderful! You deserve the unbridled joy a poodle brings. Something you well know after 21 years with your childhood mpoo. Looking forward to your new toy baby's arrival and her forum debut. Get your camera ready now!!
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Wow, thanks for the warm welcome! I do think I will really enjoy having a poodle again. Niki (my childhood poodle) was so very smart! Out of my remaining chihuahua's, Pablo is very smart (but not poodle level) and Emilio is let's say, "not the sharpest crayon in the box". Though he is the sweetest thing! Isabel was smart like a poodle. We had two pugs for awhile. They both only lived to be 11. I also had a jack russell at the same time and he live to 11 as well...died of pancreatic cancer of all things!
I think a poodle will be a perfect choice. My other daughter works at a groom shop which will help
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I'm so sorry to read of your loss of Isabel - I have tears in my eyes. So very sad. I cannot begin to imagine what you went thru. I am sure your new toy poodle will brighten your lives again. I look forward to hearing all about your new addition and, of course, seeing photos.
"Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative" - Mordecai Siegal
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What an awful experience! My Standard was attacked by a Pit Bull that "broke her leash" while we were walking last August. My boy was only 7 months old, and all i could think of was saving him. he was already over 50 lbs so picking him up wasn't an option. I received a nasty bite on my hand that required sutures trying to get her off of my pup. We have only recently gotten comfortable taking walks again - it's hard to explain how horrifying that was. I'm glad you are making a new beginning : )
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