Ohhhh I’m soooooo excited for this post ( even though it took me 2345872435987 hours ).
BECAUSE THIS POST IS ABOUT MY BABIES.
Fur babies, specifically.
They both believe I actually birthed them ( also, they seriously think Michael breast fed them. Weird? I guess ):
Do you guys know how obsessed I am with dogs?!!! It’s stupid how much I love dogs. They can do no wrong. They’re vulnerable, lovable, & oh SO intuitive.
Anyway, today I wanted to give you a peek at my two chihuahuas who enhance my life in every way…& I want to share some tips/tricks for keeping your pup as healthy as possible.
Last week you guys met one of the loves of my life so this week it seems totally fitting that you meet the other two lovers.
So drumroll pleeeassseee…meet my two favorite bugs: Pixy Bean & T.Boone Pickens:
gender: female || age: 9 || color: dirty blonde
I got Pixy in high school. I was graduating, confused, & wanted a little friend. She was super shy at first and then she came out of her shell. She has a very charmed life. Lots of comfortable beds, play dates with other chihuahuas, & a lot of love. Also her favorite pastime is sleeping in till noon, model life can be stressful. Pixy’s my side kick, ride or die, best friend on earth. I am so obsessed with her it hurts. My tiny chihuahua has been there for every sad, happy, depressing, romantic, upsetting, exciting moment for the past 9 years. Even when Michael proposed, Pixy was by my side! I could go on & on…
Hobbies include: hiding under see through curtains, snoring, laying on top of her dad’s face, following me around like a stage 5 clinger, playing with her ball AKA her POM POM, sun bathing, sighing heavily when she doesn’t get her way, dressing up for specific occasions, rolling her eyes, going by 65 million nicknames, spooning Michael & I at the same time, making odd faces like the above, wearing a top hat, growling at Boone if he comes near her dad, hanging out at her grandparent’s house, listening to Brazilian lounge music, & eating ice cream/cucumber/kale/strawberries/carrots.
gender: male || age: 1 || color: winter white
We went to buy another chihuahua recently & ended up adopting T.Boone Pickens instead. The best decision EVER. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend adopting. Boone is so grateful. He was kept in a kennel for a year of his life so he’s quite the free spirit who’s also a little timid. The other day we were all laying in bed and out of nowhere, for no reason at all, he started wagging his tail…really it’s just because he’s very, very appreciative to be loved. I melted. He’s a very kind, sweet creature. Boone can be a little dirty ( BOYS! ) but we’re working on it. Also, his chocolate incident was a real hoot. Regardless, we’ve welcomed him into our family & we can’t believe how in love we are!
Hobbies include: eating his own poo ( like I said work in progress ), laying on top of Pixy while she growls, barking at doorbells in commercials, listening to the American Psycho soundtrack, hopping in the shower with me, sitting on our heat-up mattress for hours, peeing on all his clothes ( he has a HUGGGE you know what, I mean it’s ridiculous ), eating my Nippies ( this happened ), burrowing deeppppp under the covers, staring wide-eyed at Michael one inch from his face while he’s sleeping, eating everything ( including an attempt to eat nails, yes nails like the tool ), & he lovessss watermelon!
Pixy and Boone have been eating Paleo Paw for the past year & it’s awesome! It’s gluten-free, non-GMO, organic dog food. Their food contains beef, quinoa, sweet potatoes, turmeric, eggs, safflower oil, apple cider vinegar, bone meal, nutritional yeast, kale, spinach, parsley, & sardines. I mean, I would eat all these things!! Their almond dog treats are GREAT too.
Obsessed with the black & white detail.
Also, we bought them bone shaped place mats from FOREVER 21!! Who knew Forever had dog swag?
We found this amazing lady who comes to our house in a HUGE doggie trailer. She cleans the babies with all-natural soaps, dries them, & even gives them a little robe!! Both of the dogs love this. We do this once a month because Pixy & Boone love to go on walks & nasty-ass crap gets on their paws. Or maybe they just love #robelife.
Sometimes we bathe them in our bathtub but we always use soft dog soaps, nothing too harsh. I like this lavender one & this mango one. I loveeee when they smell like lavender especially. True life: I spray essential oils on their coat too. Like lavender when they’re tired & eucalyptus in the AM for energy. LOL. I actually bought one made for dogs. I know, I know I’m psycho.
We try to walk the Burrow Twins ( LOL, such burrowers ) once a day but Pixy has bad knees : (. They LOVE their walks. We even have a song we sing before they go so they associate the song with the walks.
We also go on a thing called “SMALKS” which is a smelling walk so we’re really technically not moving…just smelling the smells in the grass.
Also, we have tons of toys for them & try to play fetch. Surprisingly small dogs are VERY VERY VERY good retrievers. Pixy is obsessed with her POM POMS that can only be found on eBay & are actually cat toys. Finding her POM POMS on eBay is like doing a drug deal, it’s that gnarly. I can rarely find them but when I do I buy tons!
Another weirdo thing I do: stretch them. I stretch out their legs & arms regularly. This may sound odd but they love it! I call it their “yoga.” When I say “do your yoga!” they lay on their backs ready to get stretched. Haha. This also includes a full body lymph deep tissue massage by yours truly. I mean I can’t make this up!
They sleep on our face.
Both the dogs sleep in the bed with us. Michael has to sleep like a corpse because they literally harass him all night while I sleep like Sleeping Beauty on my own huge side.
Also, they love sleeping during the day in the sun. Lazy ass! I just heard about a doggie sun vest from a sweet reader so I might look in to getting Boone & P one.
Their day beds & my favorite ones can be found here ( <<< how CUTE!! ).
We don’t give them ice in their water. It can give dogs stomach spasms.
Also, I always try to give our pups bottled water because the faucet water has fluoride in it, which is NO bueno for dogs. Read why here.
We get their anal gland expelled ( gross, but it has to be done in small dogs ) & their nails trimmed once a month. We also try to weigh them because Pixy can sometimes get a little hefty…let’s just say she’s bigger boned. She won’t be skinnista of the month anytime soon.
PUMPKIN ( ORGANIC REAL PUMPKIN ) is our best friend. Every morning each dog has a scoop on their food. They LOVEEEE it. Literally though, they live for their pumpkin.
When the dogs smell & I don’t have time to bathe them, I’ll use Real Shine Canine which an amazing reader sent me! It’s all natural cleaning spray that gives dogs a shiny, pretty coat without an overwhelming smell. Plus it has unrefined, organic coconut oil & helps with rashes, dandruff, & coat color.
I know this sounds weird but I love to set the energy of the room for our dogs. I put on music, light a candle, dim the lights, & make it comfortable for them every night. Also, if the house is warm, they’re happy! I want them as relaxed as possible because chihuahuas can be overly anxious.
♡ Clothes/teepees/closet life/etc.:
Pixy has a full blown closet. Like really though. A full.blown.closet. This was a gift from her “grandma,” our friend, Jen, who Pixy adores! Jen bought Pixy tons of little outfits with hangers. Some of these outfits include: a raincoat, a Snuggie, boots ( knee high ), socks, & a parka. Boone has decided he only likes black & white. So we are keeping his wardrobe more simple, lol.
Also, Pixy LOVESSSS her clothes. Every time I put clothing on her she tries to put her arms and legs in herself because she associates the clothing with hanging out with mom & dad outside of the house. She HATES to be left alone, so clothes equal hanging with her parents!
P.S. Pixy is definitely wearing a wedding dress in the above pic.
♡ Stores in San Diego:
My favorite store to shop for the fur babes is Dirty Dogs in San Diego. My friend, Elias is the owner & only has the BEST of the BEST foods, milks, toys, etc. He really does an unbelievable job of supplying San Diego with a bunch of natural options.
I also like Muttropolis for clothes. Pixy loves to swipe that credit card ( like mother, like daughter ). Boone just likes food. That’s it.
PAUSE. LITTLE INTERMISSION. HERE’S A QUICK VIDEO OF ME GETTING READY WITH THE BUGS:
♡ Doggie charities/get involved:
As you guys know I’m big on charities for dogs. There are two that are important to me. One of them is with The Rancho Coastal Humane Society. You can read more about that here. And the other one is a doggie charity that I was just introduced to. It’s called Operation ResCUTE. This one is super cool because it gives 100 percent of profits to animal shelters in support of their adoption efforts. I can’t wait to become more involved in this charity!
♡ Favorite tips:
And my last & favorite dog tip: RAW GOAT’S MILK. I add a little raw goat’s milk on the dog’s food a couple times a week for some probiotics. They love it! It’s SO great for dogs— it helps with liver disease, poor digestion, & diarrhea. You can read about all the benefits here.
Ok so am I a psycho dog mom? I knowwwwwww. I can’t help it. I’m like Dance Moms but not.
What are your doggie tips/tricks? I would love to hear anything & everything about your dogs!! Spill!
If you’re looking to adopt a chihuahua, PLEASEEE E-MAIL ME!! I will help you!!
– Lauryn, xx