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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. So 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

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Wednesday 30th of June 2021

Hi My Name Is Stephanie Morales And i Really Won't a puppy that i will love and hold in my arm's and he will be my baby


Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Can someone give me advice on food for your chi's? I have 2 and they are so picky. I wish they would run to their food.

Thanks in advance


Thursday 2nd of April 2020

I have heard that picky dogs love Royal Canin for chihuahuas. My Ziggy is picky and will not eat kibble. But he likes the fresh delivered meals like Ollies, PetPlate, The Farmers Dog, etc. It's more expensive than kibble but much healthier too. You can also make the same kind of food at home for them. We have an article on that here:


Thursday 13th of February 2020

Hi, Cathy! Just now seeing this - forgot to check “notify me box!” Yup . . . discretion is the better part of being a superlative Dog Mum! ✨♥️?♥️✨


Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Lucy is so sweet! I want another Chi - but need to reign in my maternal instinct. Latest photo of my girls, Gigi the Chi & Mia the Mix!


Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Oh Anni! Your'e girls are gorgeous! Love them! I know what you mean about wanting more but having to reign it in, I really want at least one (possibly 2) more but I know it's not a good idea right now.


Monday 13th of January 2020

Lisa - It is really obvious to me that you are called to give love ❤️ to and nurture dogs! You have a gift!!! There is a pup “soul mate” out there waiting to find her-his furever home with you! By the way - I’m 5’1” if I stand up REALLY tall.


Monday 13th of January 2020

That's nice of you to say. I sure wish that Australian Shepherd neighbor dog liked me. I guess she is who she is and just hope she never gets to sink her teeth in me.

Like Montana I'm sure I'll find my new dog soul mate. Furever home. I love that! I'm a Hobbit compared to you! Chuckle.

When I was looking for my girl I test drove several dogs. A Greyhound who was intent on untying my shoe laces, a White German Shepherd who thought my knee was a chew toy but gently, a Keeshound who got too excited and klunked me in the head, a Jack Russel more interested in his toy and a Lhasa Apso who moved in slow motion. But when I saw my girl and she was brought to me and yes it was at a pet shop, in the crowded room her eyes locked on me as if she knew. It was instant connection. I didn't know about puppy mills then and when I got no papers on her then I knew. She had a back problem and an eating issue that we worked around. She even saved my life a couple times. She was special and my parents always said I was special. Never knew what that meant and all of my past pets have been shall I say...different. The only time we had a dog was when my brother brought one home. Everyone had to take care of her but my brother the dog knew was her real parent.

I'll know the minute I see him/her they'll be the one. You just know. I'm busy saving so I can get my new special one.