She had me at "Hola"...

Suki, is my faithful companion and knitting partner. She's a five year old long haired chihuahua who weighs in at a whopping 4 lbs, but don't let her diminutive size fool you.  This furry little nugget is a feisty, alpha Latina on the inside who's not afraid to put 85 lb submissive pooches in their place!  It's hilarious to watch my sister's boxer/lab mix (pictured right) playing beta  to a dog that's almost 20 times smaller than she! 
"This is the money shot!"
So you may be asking yourself, "What is a 6'2", 225 lb man doing with a 4 lb chihuahua?"  Well, historically I've always had larger breeds.  I wanted a dog that could accompany me on hikes and camping trips, as I used to be a pretty avid outdoorsman when I lived in the Southwest.  My late Aussie, Ariel, was just about the best hiking companion you could ever ask for.  After living in El Paso for a decade I was exposed more than ever before to chihuahuas and had developed this secret desire to own one.  I love their spirit!  They're bright, brave, head strong, loyal and have a wonderful sense of humor.  The breed has been described by many to be very "cat-like," and I have to say it's a pretty accurate comparison.  Ariel, was getting along in age and I wanted to adopt a puppy that would help ease the blow when the day came for her to pass over to the next realm.  I found a WONDERFUL breeder on the East side of El Paso and was smitten with Suki instantly.  It's nearly impossible to imagine anything cuter than a chi pup!  She was only the size of a large hamster when I brought her home and could easily fit into my shirt pocket!  Ariel tolerated her, Biscuit (the cat) adopted her and just as I had predicted, Suki provided me much comfort through a devastating loss.  

She never fails to put a smile on my face and feeds my soul on a daily basis!  I'm pretty crazy about her! (Hey, you don't see her picking up my poop!)

Suki's Favorites

  • Favorite treat--Beggin' Strips Mini's
  • Favorite human food--McDonald's french fries
  • Favorite past time--Sleeping
  • Favorite human--Dad
  • Favorite TV program--The Dog Whisperer
  • Favorite Movie--Good Boy
  • Favorite toy--Buddha the elephant
  • Favorite place to sleep--Dad's bed (I let him sleep there too)
  • Favorite activity--riding in the car
  • Favorite animal actor--Flipper (well...that's Dad's favorite animal actor, but I haven't acted in anything yet so I couldn't put myself)
  • Favorite stupid human trick--watching Dad throw my toys across the room after shaking them in the air and watching him retrieve them a few minutes later.  LOL...oh that Dad!
  • Favorite outfit--Petcetera t-shirt stating "What happens at the dog park, stays at the dog park!" (but, tell me something I DON'T look good in!)

Suki's Least Favorites

The narcoleptic chihuahua
  • Hollywood starlets who use chihuahuas as fashion accessories on the red carpet
  • Humans who get in my face and say, "Yo quiero Taco Bell!!"
  • Getting my anal gland's manually expressed (don't ask)
  • Baths or anything to do with water in general
  • Being woken up by Dad early in the morning (see pic-->)
  • An ambient temperature below 80° F
  • Small, precocious children who should have been drowned at birth carrying me around by one leg and my tail
  • Having my nails clipped (I prefer a buff & polish)
  • Not being able to reach the kitchen counter

Suker Powers

  • I follow commands in English, Spanish and French
  • I can eat two slices of pizza in one sitting without a single bout of diarrhea (although it was touch and go for about 12 hours)
  • The ability to make grown, very large, men ooh & ahh and speak in baby talk with one look
  • I can turn away from my human of choice 180° & hunch my back as I wait to be picked up from the floor
  • I will sit on command (well, if the requester is holding a good enough treat and there's a solar eclipse)
  • Can sleep for 12 hours straight without eating or taking a potty break
  • Will cover my face with my front paws if you ask if I am shy in a high-pitched voice (I'm not really)
  • I can shake either my right or left back leg when scratched in just the right spot at amazing speeds


I miss you every day good girl!
MY BELOVED ARIEL (1994-2008)


  1. If this were "" I'd so ask Suki for a date. :)

  2. Mill, if I didn't know better (and if I didn't think my husband wouldn't approve) I'd totally ask YOU for a date! I love you man!

  3. Ahhh Ariel was such a sweetheart!

  4. The pic of Ariel really touched my heart. I have four, 3 Yorkies and 1 Maltese (two of the Yorkies are rescues - and my vet knows I'm a softy). I am going to lose Fannie soon to cancer, and it breaks my heart to think about it. I feel your pain, Millard! But I can tell that Ariel had a great, pampered life, and Suki is living the dream as well. God bless our friends, no matter the leg count.

  5. What a cutie pie!!! I have a longing for a cheeewahwah as well. One day!

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Ariel is lovely. Suki is adorable, I have FIVE Shih Tzu (also very much like cats) I love large dogs, but now am thinking of a little Chi.....:) Your knitting is just beautiful, you are a very well rounded man. It is a pleasure to read this, I never have read anyones blog, and never have felt the need to comment, until now! Keep up the good work, on every path of life's journey. Good for you!

  7. Shelby Anne, Thanks so much for your sweet compliment! I really love Shih Tzu's and have thought about getting one several times over the years. I'm so flattered to have had you comment and extend well wishes! Comments like yours is what keeps my interest in keeping up the blog. I hope you continue to enjoy it!


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