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, September 12, 2011

Macho's New Home!

I haven't been posting on the blog for a while since we have been moving! It's been a little over 2 weeks since the move, and we are finally getting settled in.

Macho has been great during the move. The first few days were tough as he didn't know where to go to the bathroom which caused a few accidents. But since we have a fenced in backyard, we can take him out a lot more. He is slowly catching on that he is supposed to relieve himself outside instead of inside. He still has the pee pads to go on for moments when he is too impatient, but for the most part he has been waiting for us to take him out.

Last night was the biggest breakthrough in the house training. We had a few friends over to watch football, and Macho decided to hang out in the bedroom as more than 3-4 people in one room makes him a little nervous. He was in the bedroom from noon until about 10:30 at night. I had checked on him frequently, and I noticed that he really hadn't moved from the bed the whole time. Once everyone was gone around 10:30, Macho hopped out of bed and came to me. I knew he would have to go out, so I got his leash and put it on him. Usually in the morning when we do this, he can't hold it in and usually goes on the pee pad. I thought he would do it this time, but he let me take him out and he waited until he was outside to go! I am excited
for him that he's learning.

We moved in on a Monday and on that next Saturday we lost power during a pretty bad storm. We didn't get power back until Wednesday, so there were a few days that we were copping without having a refrigerator, TV, or even light once it started to get dark around 8:30 at night. Macho started to get sick of it too, as we weren't as lazy as we usually are when we don't have a TV to watch. I snapped this picture of him, and it looks like he is adjusting well to his new home :)


Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

YAY Macho!! Hope you like your new home!

Did you move to the Ferndale area? I know they were without power til about Wednesday, so that is why I am asking.

Macho (And Nicole!) said...

Hi Caren!

We are still in Royal Oak, but got hit almost as hard as Ferndale did. It was pretty scary. Our new neighborhood had trees down all over, some had hit houses. I was thankful that we were alright!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I didn't know you are in Royal Oak!!

We should meet one day for coffee or something somewhere in between!


Macho (And Nicole!) said...

I would love that! I think I remember you saying that you live in Farmington Hills? Too bad Macho wouldn't be able to join!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

actually you gave me an idea! Does Macho like other dogs?

Yep I am in Farmington Hills but maybe somehow we could get Macho and Dakota together (you know I have a Sheltie, right?)

We also have a Chihuahua that lives across the hall from us

Macho (And Nicole!) said...

Macho really just kind of ignores other dogs. He's only been around 3 other dogs since we have had him, even though he lived with over 100 dogs before! We are curious how he would be around other dogs since we are thinking about getting another. When another dog comes in the house, he usually just goes to a comfortable spot where he can be away from them. But maybe if he was brought to a place where another dog was, it would be different. Getting him together with Dakota might be good for him, and hopefully he would actually be engaged and not terrified the whole time!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Macho sounds a little like Dakota.

Dakota goes BERSERK when he hears/sees the Chihuahua and Shih Tzu that live across the hall, until...they come over to visit (which they do occasionally)

When they come in Dakota goes and sleeps on the other side of the room, he is an AWFUL host! lol

We will have to keep this in mind and possibly think of somewhere in the middle that we could meet w/both doggies!

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

I am glad that he is settling in :)

Stewey said...

Looks like he is adjusting well!