Just as every child is different, so is every dog. In my previous Her Life Dog Sitting post, I wrote about Fiona the Pug. Everything Fiona is our yorkie Stitch is not. Where Fiona is confident and down right pushy, Stitch tends to be timid and laid back. Fiona always seems to be calculating her next move, Stitch not so much. One thing that is especially different about Fiona and Stitch and most other dogs I know, is that he’s not a kisser. I’m always expecting kisses, but it’s just not his thing.
Many of the personality differences may be breed related, but their early lives were very different. I had been dog sitting a fair amount of yorkies and I got it in my head that I wanted one too. I looked around and asked people who had a yorkie (most had two) where they got them and the answer was always a store, and that they paid thousands. Well, my husband didn’t like that scenario, so he suggested we check out one of our local animal shelters.
One Friday early January 2016, we went to the local shelter, we walked passed the large barking dogs in their runs, and came around a corner, and their in a dog run was Bacon the Dachshund and Oz the Yorkshire Terrier. I stopped dead in my tracks and said, “I’ll wait here while you get someone to help us.” We were told that Oz was a puppy mill rescue dog, 1-3 years old, and that he was an A/R- animal returned. Since it was early January, we guessed he was probably given as a Christmas gift and was unwanted, so they returned him.
We instantly fell in love with him! We loved everything about him, except his name. Oz was never going to work especially since it wasn’t a Disney name. We eventually agreed to call him Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. We thought he was the cutest thing. We had no clue how poorly he was groomed. Stitch’s beautiful brown eyes were all we could see.
When we took Stitch to the vet the next day we were told based on his growth plates that he was still a puppy, not 1-3 years old. When I looked more closely at his papers, it said that he was born in June making him 7 months old. Who would of thought that we would end up with a cute, little Yorkshire Terrier puppy from a shelter?
Stitch got along great with our chihuahua Gabby, they became great friends-little cuddle buddies. They snuggled together everywhere and soon became inseparable. Stitch also liked the yard like Gabby, and they enjoyed barking at the neighbor’s cat together. Barking at the neighbor’s cat is Stitch’s favorite thing to do. Unlike our chihuahua, we were able to teach Stitch to walk on a leash and loves taking walks around our local neighborhood on the quiet streets, (he doesn’t like the loud streets) or at Old Westbury Gardens on Dog Days. He doesn’t do so well in the car so we tend just to walk him around nearby.
We eventually discovered The Spaw Pet Salon in Westbury. They don’t put the dogs in cages which is great for a puppy mill rescue dog. They just kind of hang out at the spaw. We were very pleased when we found them because yorkies need to be groomed regularly, but we soon figured out that not everyone knows how to groom a Yorkshire Terrier. We bring Fiona and Stitch together to the groomer. Fiona marches in announcing her presence. Stitch reluctantly agrees to be handed over to the groomer, but then he relaxes. He loves getting a bandana each time he’s groomed, and he actually wears it until his next appointment. My husband always says,” Who’s a handsome boy?” He really is gorgeous with his beautiful brown eyes.
Stitch doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. When my chihuahua was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and a leaky heart valve, Stitch was by her side till the end. He laid with her like he was a sick old dog too. When she went over the rainbow bridge, he was lost without her. He remained like an old dog just kind of lying around. The only thing he really enjoyed was having his head rubbed. He’ll let you do it for hours and if you stop he’ll beg for more. He does this with anyone that comes to our house.
We now have a new chihuahua who we also adopted from a rescue and Stitch definitely loves having Andy around. (Andy as in Andy from Toy Story) He loves being a big brother to him, and Andy definitely looks up too him. They only know each other for a few months, but have become the best of friends. Stitch is very happy to have an eating buddy again, and a cuddle buddy too. Andy is good for Stitch because he makes him more active, and he makes him realize he’s not really an old dog. I never thought I’d get another chihuahua, but Andy and Stitch are good together!
Having Stitch is really a blessing. Stitch is our sweet, handsome boy, and we love him. It is true what they say about rescue dogs being the best dogs. They teach you the true meaning of unconditional love. We can all learn a lot from our dogs about kindness and compassion.