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Hi, I’m Cathy Bendzunas, and probably like you, I love Chihuahuas! Kilo (pictured with me below) was my first Chi but I have been a lifelong dog owner and lover.

Cathy and Kilo
 

Kilo passed away in June 2017 and at the end of July, I adopted Lucas, a 2-year-old Chihuahua-Yorkie mix. He is one of 4 dogs that live with me along with 5 Sugar Gliders and an Asian Fire-Belly frog.

Several years ago I adopted a pretty little 6-pound Lucy. She is the sweetest, calmest little dog I have ever seen and every time I sit down, she is in my lap. The ultimate lap dog.

Lucy the chihuahua

Before I had Kilo, I never knew what special little dogs Chihuahuas were. I have lived and worked with dogs all my life. I would love to have another one…or two…or three.

Although not a Chihuahua, I also have the sweetest little Yorkie you could ever meet, named Ziggy.

Yorkshire Terrier

I also got a second Yorkie, an all-black puppy named Bear.

black yorkshire terrier puppy

I have been a dog groomer, worked in a Pet Hotel at  PetSmart, and worked in a kennel. I used to breed and show Yorkshire Terriers many years ago.

One of my rescues was a therapy dog for several nursing homes and a local disabled children’s home.  I currently do some pet sitting though I have scaled back my client list as I have gotten older. As you can see I’m a lifelong pet lover!

Anyway, I decided I wanted to start a website, really a community, where others who love the Chihuahua dog breed can share our problems, heartbreaks, and the joys we have with our Chi babies along with providing info that pet parents need.

I’m an experienced dog mom who shares what I know about Chihuahuas and dogs in general. Some of what I share are researched facts; some of it is what I have learned from living and working with dogs all my life, and some is just my opinion or the opinion of other pet parents. Please check with your veterinarian before taking medical advice, introducing a new food, treat or supplement, or to confirm anything else I suggest here to be sure it is a good fit for your dog.

Our Veterinarians

Most of our health-related articles are fact-checked and certified by veterinarians. Meet our vets:

First, we have Dr. Paula Simons an Emergency and Critical Care Resident who aspires to be a veterinary criticalist. She is originally from Pennsylvania but ventured to Canada where she pursued veterinary school and a rotating internship before returning to the United States.

She is passionate about supporting pets and humans during their times of need. She has a special interest in critical care nutrition and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering abroad, and spending quality time with her cats Moo and Kal.

woman kneeling in front of a dog outside in snow

Next, we have Sara Ochoa, DVM graduated from St. George’s University Veterinary School in 2015.  Since then, she has been at a small and exotic animal practice in Texas.  In her free time, she loves making quilts and spending time with her husband Greg and their 4 fur kids.  Two dogs, Ruby a Schnoodle, and Bug a Japanese Chin, one cat named OJ, and a leopard tortoise named Monkey.

female vet holding fuzzy dog

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at cathy@ilovemychi.com

Cynthia

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Right now I have two mixed chihuahuas Snoopy and Frannie. They are both mixed, and we got them from a shelter 12 years ago. They are my babies a boy and a girl. But they have Chihuahua traits. They love to snuggle we are on a schedule we all eat at the same time and take naps at the same time. However us all being seniors they nap a lot on the one. Both of them enjoy their walks, dinner time is their favorite time of the day lol. It seems that like so many dogs do not like that's not strong enough fireworks, thunder and lightning. One of my dogs Frannie is afraid of the broom she's afraid of nothing else. Snoopy however is afraid of everything. LOL I am his thundershirt he always goes under me to sit when he feels threatened, on me and I tell him it is all right in the coming voice. I can go on and on. I am so glad I found you. Sincerely Cynthia

Cathy Bendzunas

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

I'm glad you found us too Cynthia. It sounds like you have an awesome little fur family there.

Eileen Howard

Friday 21st of July 2023

I have the most sweetest, loveable,, kindest, etc. longhaired, fawn/white Chi. Got her when she was 3-1/2 yrs. old. She is now 10 and so attached to me and me to her.

Cathy Bendzunas

Friday 21st of July 2023

She sounds wonderful

Karen

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

Are chis good at obedience training, if so, what should I start out trying. My chi is a 3 yo that I got from the humane society, She (Condi) is my dog in every way but I would like her to trust and go out w/ my Hubby ocassionally. She takes treats from him, he pets her if she is beside me, but that is all. Oh yes, she will sleep up against his back at night if she gets chilly. Other than that, she is glued to me. Thanks for reading my long comment.

Cathy Bendzunas

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

Chihuahuas are smart so they can be easy to train but they are also very stubborn. They do tend to pick one person that is "their" human and she will always prefer you over your hubby but you may be able to get her to form a bond with him by getting him to do a lot of enjoyable things with him. Get him to take her for walks, have him feed her all her meals that you can for awhile and all the treats too.

Eric matson

Friday 20th of January 2023

Hi I have been a subscriber for some time I have 2 chi's Poquito and Franki

Cathy

Saturday 21st of January 2023

That's great Eric. 2 chis are better than 1.

Sharon

Friday 9th of December 2022

I'm so glad I found your website. I look forward to every one. Thank you so much for all the articles you post. I have found many very helpful. I'm a first time Chihuahua owner and I learn something every time I read your emails. I pray you get rid of the cancer. Know you are very much appreciated. Thank you.

Cathy

Saturday 10th of December 2022

Thank you Sharon!