UPDATE: Lolli-pup has been adopted and is being well loved and cared for in her new home. Consider fostering or adopting for a Wichita rescue. It means saving a life like little abandoned Lolly.
I had contacted K-9 Karma rescue about another dog–one the owner had to surrender because they lost their home and the shelter told them that it would likely be euthanized. The reply was what is too often heard these days: “sadly we are still buried in foster dogs right now.” But in that reply was the statement that in his own home were three Chihuahuas that had been there more than six months. And there was a link to a separate web page for a little Chihuahua mix who had recently come into their care.
At the top of that page it reads: “Just Another Sad, Lonely, Forgotten Little Dog.” Lolly’s story is heartbreaking. Abandoned by her family in her backyard, this little Chihuahua mix waited. And waited. She cried, grieving for her family. She dug a hole under the house to get out of the rain.
Fortunately a neighbor took pity on the little dog, taking her food and water, but she had no place to keep her. The neighbor called a friend, a “dog person,” who took in the little dog to give her shelter, even if only temporarily. While at this kind person’s home, the little dog got a name–Lolli-Pup, Lolly for short. Ads were run, posters were put up, but no one came to claim this sad little girl who missed her family.
The woman couldn’t keep her, so she called K-9 Karma Animal Advocates. They agreed to take her in even though they were already fostering other Chihuahuas with no prospects for adoption on the horizon.
Lolly is about three years old and weighs 15 pounds–a dog who doesn’t take up much room, but who is “a joy to have around the house.” Curt and Debbie Farrington, her foster parents, say she loves to play with her foster brothers and is deeply devoted to her “person” which right now is Curt. She is gentle, loving and sweet-tempered, but naturally wary of strangers.
“Because of her small size, she doesn’t require a lot of exercise and would make a good city dog,” said Farrington. “We hope that someone will step forward to help write the happy ending she deserves.”
He adds: “Sadly, we currently are seeing a lot of Chihuahuas in rescue. Much of the problem is created by celebrities and their ‘pocket book dogs’ and movies like ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua.’ Fans of celebrities love to copy what their idols do. If the accessory of the moment happens to be glittery sunglasses or bright orange flip-flops, these can be thrown in a drawer or closet.
“When the accessories are little dogs that fit perfectly into designer handbags, however, things can be much worse. The problem with using animals as accessories is that little dogs are still dogs. On realizing that their adorable little dogs behaved very much like any other dog, owners have been dumping their miniature dogs on animal rescues in ever greater numbers. Most rescues are seeing large increases in the number of tiny breeds they are taking in.”
Lolly and the other small dog fosters at K-9 Karma and rescues throughout the country are a reminder that dogs are not “things” to be consumed as the fad of the day, but living sentient beings who feel love and sadness and confusion when abandoned by the people who were supposed to be their family.
If you have room in your heart and home for a little Chihuahua mix, who shows she has room in her heart to trust and love again after being abandoned, contact K-9 Karma Animal Advocates at firstname.lastname@example.org.