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.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sick as a Dog!

The past four days have been awesome for Macho. Ironically, the past four days have been awful for me! I have been super sick, unable to go to work or leave the house, and have been doing nothing but sleeping or hanging out on the couch.

Macho, however, has been happier than ever since all he ever does is stay in the house sleeping or hanging out on the couch. Now he has a buddy to do all of this with. He got to sleep in bed a lot this weekend, and that's his favorite thing to do! I made Nick sneak a picture of us yesterday on the couch. He's so happy! I felt bad having to go back to work today (even though I'm still sick). I'm hoping to be back to normal soon, but I know Macho is hoping for the exact opposite :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Macho's "Playtime"

Although I've been logging in to read other blogs, I've realized that it's been a while since I've actually posted!

Not much has been going on in Macho's world. We haven't had too many nice days since Macho had the good weekend, but he does seem to be happier lately. The other day when I came home he actually walked up to me at the door, but ran away when I bent down to say hi. I was really surprised as he usually just stands there looking at me when I walk in the door.

I am trying to get a video of Macho "playing," but every time I try to take a video, he's more concerned with the camera than playing. I sit on the bed in our bedroom and call him, and he will run really fast into the room and jump onto the bed. Sometimes he runs right up to my face if I am laying down. He will stare at me for a second, and when I move or put my hands on the bed, he will do this little jump where he looks like he's about to play with me. Then he will scurry off the bed and run back in to do the same thing. The move he does reminds me of this awesome chihuahua that I've seen videos of on youtube named Burger. The link to the video is here, and in it you see Burger puts hits front paws down on the bed really fast around the 23 second mark. This is what Macho does, but right after he does it, he will run away instead of play. I keep trying to get him to do more, but as always, Macho only wants to do things when he feels like it.

Nick thinks that I am probably just scarring Macho and that is why he is running away. But I think this is playing that he is taking him time to get used to. Nick hasn't seen Macho actually play like this though, so I am guessing he would change his mind if he saw a video.

Tomorrow Macho is going in to get heartworm medication and to get his nails clipped. I'm worried about him as usual, but I'm going to request the same doctor who cleaned his teeth since she did such an amazing job with him. I'm sure the nail clipping will be just as awful as it usually is, but I'm hoping Macho won't hold as long of a grudge against me as he usually does. Wish him (and me!) luck!