Breaking news: Cardiogirl Manor now includes a dog

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I have amazed myself. I really didn’t think that was possible — not because I’m amazing — because I am a black and white thinker muddling about in a gray world.

I have never been a dog person, in fact, I’ve written numerous posts about not liking dogs.

I’ve slammed the woman who walks her dog, who I’ve named Nigel, without a leash and I wrote an open letter to the dog behind us who barked non-stop.

Then there was the person who picked up his (or her) dog’s crap and then dumped it — just the loose crap — in my garbage can located on the side of my house behind a chain link fence.

After I wrote quite a few posts I realized it’s the dog crap that I despise and not so much the dog. And I’ve really missed having a cat in the house but since all three of my kids are allergic to cats I can’t have one until they all move away.

I can’t wait that long so in desperation I went to Petco for a teddy bear hamster. Thankfully they were out of rodents at the time but a woman who worked at the store told me there are a few breeds of dogs that are hypoallergenic.

That sliver of hope sent me straight to the Humane Society where they only had very big dogs that freaked me out. However, I did learned that there was a small dog kickin’ it at the Animal Welfare Society one city over. We met, he was cool, he was small and he did not bark.

I told the chick at that place to hold that dog because I wanted my kids to play with him for an hour or so to see if they were allergic to him.

Two hours later the clouds parted and the angels sang for we had acquired our very first dog — Senor Paco. He does bark now, but only when something moves, like a squirrel or a leaf, so that’s not too bad, right? He also likes to Zen out (as evidenced in the photo to the left) and he performs yoga daily preferring both downward dog and upward facing dog.

It’s awesome and he’s fabulous. Viva la canine! And, I guess, never say never.

Chihuahua Min Pin mix, Min Pin, Chihuahua

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  • Faith M. says:

    Hola Chica,

    Long time no post…I am over the moon that you’ve decided to pick up a canine support system. There is no animal as loving as a dog…I am biased. The funny thing is he looks so much like my little guy, Mustafa. I’ll have to send you picture proof. How are the kids and Mr. Cardio adjusting to the new edition?
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    • cardiogirl says:

      Wow, it only took two months for me to reply to your comment, Faith. Supah long time no post. Ugh.

      I definitely have been won over. This pooch is scrappy and tons of fun. He’s sort of cat-like in that he’s totally a lap animal but he also loves playing fetch. That is my kind of house pet.

      The rest of the fam is. In. Love. Desperately, happily in love. And now that the kids are home for summer vacay the dog is getting oodles of attention (but I’m definitely the alpha human and I like that very much.)

  • Wendy says:

    Congrats on the new family member. My boys are hounding me (get it) to give it a whirl again (this time with a smaller, non-shedding breed). Not sure I’m ready.

    Also, wanted to ask you about the proliferation of hits on both my blog and my son’s art blog by various Microsoft IPs from Redmond, Washington. Does this happen on your blog? Are we being stalked? Should I be concerned? Love to hear your thoughts on this since you were the impetus for my entry into the blogosphere. Thanks again. Glad you are blogging again!

    • cardiogirl says:

      Wendy! How you doin’ girlie? I did get (and enjoy) the joke, ba dump bump.

      I haven’t experienced an influx from Redmond, WA however the googlebots stop by frequently (like five times in a row minutes apart) from Mountain View, CA. It’s weird and initially I did worry about the stalking aspect but have since decided it’s nothing to think about.

      • Wendy says:

        I’m doin’ great. Four completed novels, with one in the hands of an agent for consideration. The boys are less needy by the day (although still can’t get their energy levels down, despite forcing them to walk a mile or two on the track every morning with me).

        You’re right. It’s prob. bots and I’m less concerned. There was one post they were honing in on from Trevor’s blog and it kind of creeped me out for a while. I took the post down for a few weeks and since putting it back up, they haven’t returned to it.

  • Awwww! Congrats on the new doggie!

    PS: I’m also terrified of big dogs.
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  • Tracy says:

    That dog is mad cute. Ridonkulously. Ridogulously! Good on you for rescuing him and giving a sweet little guy a happy home with lots of little girls to play with. He looks chill and low-maintenance and VERY personable.

    Congrats to all of you!
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    • cardiogirl says:

      He is definitely all those things. I swear every dog I’ve ever met that came from the pound/humane society is super cool and super thankful. I definitely think they know they were rescued and respond accordingly for the rest of their natural lives.

      He is also extremely lucky he is so cute because I fractured my elbow six weeks ago while running with him. He crossed in front of me, I tripped over the leash and cracked the radial head of my right arm.

      I’m right handed, natch. On the upside, I can now fully appreciate having two functioning arms. You’d be surprised at how often you need to use two arms throughout everyday living.

  • Cheryl P. says:

    Congrats on your new dog. I currently have two cats because they are easy to leave when I travel but I miss having a dog. I LOVE dogs. Senor Paco is adorable!!!
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    • cardiogirl says:

      He has definitely enriched our lives and that’s saying a lot from a cat person. Although, being sans cats for almost ten years has probably helped with that transformation.

  • Linda says:

    He looks like a very sweet dog. I’m sure he’ll give your family lots and lots of love.
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    • cardiogirl says:

      He really is a lover and has made a huge, positive, impact on me and the rest of the family. While the kids don’t scoop poop just yet, they do feed, water and walk him so they’re learning some responsibility.

  • I love the zen photo :)

    way to go, rescuing that cutie :)

  • Lin says:

    And he’s sorta like an Orange Stripey….except without the stripes and the poundage. (I think Hobbes out-weighs your dog by 17 lbs) Paco is lovely. Just lovely. I dig his zen.

    Congrats on the new family member! The best part of having an animal friend in the house is that now you can tell the kids that the dog is your favorite–not any of them.

    • cardiogirl says:

      Love that Hobbes is still ottoman-sized — in an awesome, lovable way! I never thought of that — transferring the favorite issue onto a somewhat neutral target — yay-yeah, Lin! Excellent suggestion.

  • OMG, how much do I love Senor Paco zenning out?! I’m happy for you and your family, poop aside. I hope he knows and understands what it means to have been selected by a non-dog person. That is why he’s so zen, I think. Congrats, CG!
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    • cardiogirl says:

      Isn’t that funny how he channels his inner Ghandi? He really is the perfect dog for us and seems to innately get how rare a specimen he is at CG Manor.

  • He’s adorable!! I recall a time when I professed not to be a “dog person” either. It only took one dog and now I can’t imagine my life without the joy a dog brings. And how wonderful that Senior Paco now has his fur-ever home!
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    • cardiogirl says:

      I have to say he’s broken down a few of my black-and-white thinking tendencies and that’s a good thing. He wiggled right into all of hearts a few seconds after we met him. Plus, it’s awesome knowing he’ll be with us fur-ever and a day.

  • Brenda says:

    Senor Paco is a good name for him. He seems regal in a beastly sort of way. I have two cats and long for a dog. My concern is one of my cats is of the bobcat size and rules his domain with a might paw. And never, say never.

    • cardiogirl says:

      Yes, he is quite regal now that you mention it. He frequently uses that Zen pose when outside but usually he lifts one of his front paws. It’s like he’s a judge at the Westminster Dog Show assessing the various scents wafting about.

      “You, there, the one with the Taco Bell scent. Your smell is intoxicating what with the undertones of chives and sun-dried tomatoes. I dub thee winner of the Olfactory Award. Judges? Award the Blue Ribbon.”

  • I’m so happy for you all. I was a cat person all my life, believing dogs to be much too needy and kind of suck-ups. Then a friend insisted I take a dog she could not keep back in 2003 and I was hooked. Cannot imagine living without such constant love, entertainment and pure joy. Plus the unconditional adoration ain’t bad either. Your pup is adorable. I’m so glad he now has a loving fur-ever home!
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    • cardiogirl says:

      That’s so funny about dogs as suck ups because I used to talk to the cat (many years ago before we had kids) about the dog that lived next door. They kept it on some sort of leash with a stake in the ground in the *front* yard.

      As you can imagine, it barked its head off at everything. So the cat and I would sit on the couch and watch the dog out the window. I’d tell her, “Dogs are so needy and sloppy aren’t they? You’re so cool and elegant, you don’t need to scream at the world.”

      And here I am now, livin’ with a screamer. It is totally amazing to me how jacked he gets whenever I walk in the door. Does not matter if it was 30 seconds or 30 minutes. He cannot contain his joy when I walk in the door.

      Hey, I should do that to my husband when he gets home from work tonight. He’ll probably push me away and say, “What’s with you, spaz?”

  • Shawn says:

    Cute dog. My wife wants a dog. I just keep telling her the condo association doesn’t allow them. I will have to think of something else once we move into a house. I like dogs. Other people’s dogs.
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    • cardiogirl says:

      I’ve just come in from cleaning dog droppings in the backyard and I’m starting to re-think this whole thing. He’s very lucky he has a cute face. Extremely lucky.

  • Samantha says:

    What a cutie Senor Paco is!
    I’ve recently rescued a little dog that looks a lot like him. Have you any clue to what breed(s) he might be?

    • cardiogirl says:

      Hi Samantha! Welcome to the Cardiogirl Empire. He’s a Chihuahua/Min Pin mix. He looks and acts more like a Min Pin but he’s high strung (especially around other dogs) like a Chihuahua. He’s one cool customer around us, though.

  • We moved to a new place and have brought all of our furry friends to new place. We’re now at 1 cat and 1 and a half dogs.

    The chihuahua doesn’t count as a whole dog yet. She needs a bit more size.
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