The Macho Minute is about my dog Macho, a chihuahua I rescued in January of 2010. Macho was rescued from a house in Dearborn, MI where 100+ other Chihuahuas were found alive and another 150+ were found dead amongst garbage piled from floor to ceiling. Due to these living conditions, Macho is very timid at all times. I created the Macho Minute to share Macho's stories and progress, as well as my joy of rescuing a dog who needs extra love and care.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Story That Changed My Life

One year ago I was sitting at work, reading the online news, when I came across this story.

I had been following this story of the chihuahuas since it was first announced a few months back, so I knew it would be a story I would want to read. I clicked on the headline for the story, and immediately I fell in love with the dog in the picture. Before even reading the story, I read the caption about this adorable dog only to find out that he was one of two chihuahuas from the Dearborn house that needed a forever home.

That night, while laying in bed still thinking about the dog, I told Nick about him. He said he didn't really want a dog, especially a chihuahua, but if he needs a home and I set everything up with the animal shelter, he would buy him for me for Christmas. The next day I called the shelter and he was still available. With much excitement, I filled out an application, and within the next couple days, I got a call that I was approved for adoption!

One Friday during work, Nick and I went to the shelter where Macho was in a separate little room with another terrified chihuahua that was so small I could hold her in one hand. Neither dog wanted to come out of the cage, but with some cheese, I was able to get Macho to come to the front of the cage. After our first meeting with Macho, Nick was really hesitant about getting him since he is obviously a lot different than a dog with a normal upbringing. As lame as it may sound, I felt a connection with Macho and didn't even want to think about him being adopted by anyone else. I wanted him to be my dog so that I could give him the loving home he never had but deserves so much.

After much convincing (and a lot of crying!), Nick agreed to adopt Macho. On January 5th, we drove to the Dearborn Animal Shelter and picked up our dog.

Who would have thought that one little news story would change our lives? :)


Cyndie said...

I don't think it's "lame" at all to have an instant connection with an animal. We had our Gunther, who my husband picked out from a shelter cage, who he claims to have had an instant eye-contact, bonding thing with and we both went on to have 15 wonderful years with him, though Gunthy was always closer to him. Sometimes we just know it when we see it.
PS - Happy Holidays to Macho from Chaps & Mike!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful story! You followed your intuition, what a wonderful thing! We all need to do that more and I don't think it was "lame" either. You were meant for Macho and he was meant for you and your Husband! I don't believe there are any accidents in life. Just think how much you are all going to teach each other and love each other! Thank you for sharing your story!

Deborah said...

AWWW, that was a nice story...I love happy endings like yours!

Oskar said...

Pawsome story for the holidays!

Nubbin wiggles,