Yuuki, star of the show. Captured from his life as a spy-chihuahua while on a top secret mission, the details of which remain unknown, Yuuki was held captive at an enemy camp known as “Animal Control” for a month before a $25 ransom was paid and he began his life as a “house pet.” Happy to leave the spy-life behind, Yuuki spends his days begging for food and walks, starring in silly YouTube videos and posing for photography, as well as regulating movement around his house. His human has informed him that he is on a “diet,” but he assumes this means he will continue getting his coveted pizza crusts and french fries. You might wonder about the subtitle of the blog. Yuuki is fat. And he is grumpy- but we’re working on that, and he’s getting friendlier with strangers every day. Current weight: 9.8 lbs.
Chilly, princess of the house. Born into a life of luxury, Chilly is the most genetically impressive Chihuahua you will ever meet. Though she’d rather spend the day sunning in the backyard or snuggled up to a willing (or unwilling, if it comes down to it) human, her talents are endless. Agility, obedience, noseworks– you name it, Chilly can do it! As long as it isn’t wet or cold outside, she’s up for any task. Her secret life she leads as a skittle-ninja. When her man-human forgets to put away his skittles bag, she manages to get rainbows all over the bed. She’s developed such a taste for them, she will attempt to use her telepathic powers through staring in order to get humans to share their candy. Favorite foods: gummy bears, skittles and cat poop. Current weight: 9.5 lbs.
Shizuka, freelance hunter. First, but youngest, dog in the house, Shizuka is a lab-somethingorother (Basenji??) mix that believes she is a large Chihuahua. She has the athletic ability and intelligence to do any dog sport you can think of, but barely the attention span to last a minute. Her favorite sport is and always has been: hunting- her terms only. Shizuka prefers that other dogs chase her when she runs, and other humans watch her while she hunts. Her most prominent victories are the opossum casualties earlier this year. Not a scratch, thank you! Favorite foods: Japanese rice fresh from the rice cooker and rotisserie chicken. Current weight: 42 lbs.
And then there’s me. I’m Erika, and I’m writing this blog because my partner in life/crime is tired of listening to me go on and on about my dog and hedgehog craziness. It was his suggestion that I start this blog to record all the things I discover along the path to become a “good” dog owner, whatever that means in the end. Shizuka came into my life as the first non-passively “owned” (if we really “own” other lives) pet I’ve had. Of course, I had pets growing up, but she was the first pet I ever invested research and training time in. I’m fumbling my way through pet ownership, and I figured I’d document it for others I see who are on the same path. I’m not an expert, by any means, but I see other pet owners from time to time who aren’t quite as far down the dog-crazy path as me yet. Maybe I can help someone out there! Because this is my own journey, most of the content is focused around the Hampton Roads area of Virginia which we’ll be exploring on our quest to help Yuuki lose weight.
I’m also (very) not perfect, and this blog will be a testament to that and all the things I will do wrong in my quest to do right. First and foremost, my fat chihuahua has been on a weight loss plan for two years now. It’s time he actually lose the 1 pound his cardiologist suggested. Will it happen this year? We’ll see…I’d love to hear from you- we can learn together. You can email me, or Yuuki, at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to get back with you right away!