Category: Dog Birthday Party

21 Sep

The Chiweenie: Understanding the Risks of the Chihuahua/Dachshund Cross

Most Chiweenie owners will agree that these little dogs can be one of the most loving, intelligent, and adorable companion dogs ever. However, those interested in acquiring a Chiweenie should be aware of the pitfalls.

The Chihuahua/Dachshund cross is sometimes called a designer breed. In reality, it is not a pure breed and does not conform to a breed standard.

The Chihuahua Half

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. Chihuahuas were first discovered in Mexico and are a warm weather breed. Preferring sunlight and warmth, they love to sunbathe or tunnel under the covers. For this reason, they also make great lap dogs.

Chihuahuas tend to bond closely with their favorite person or with another Chihuahua and can be very protective for their size. They do not do well when separated from loved ones and may refuse to eat. As with many of the toy breeds, they can suffer from hypoglycemia.

The Dachshund Half

The Dachshund is recognized as a hound by the AKC and was originally bred for hunting badgers. Their long, low and lean body allows them to tunnel into the badger’s den.

Dachshunds are energetic, courageous, and sometimes protective of their territory or favorite person. They are generally tough little dogs but can suffer from disc disease or disc injury due to the elongated spinal column. Their weight should be carefully controlled.

The Blend

The Chiweenie will likely have characteristics from both parents. They are small dogs and if the Chihuahua was crossed with a miniature Dachshund, this Chiweenie will be even smaller. Most of them inherit the long spinal column of the Dachshund. Some have prick ears and some have floppy ears. The Chiweenie tends to shed very little.

Due to their tiny size, they are easy to scoop up and take almost anywhere. This, and the fact that Chiweenies grow very attached to their owner, makes them a great lap dog and companion dog.

Small dogs are sometimes thought of as ‘yappy’ but Chiweenies are not usually excessively so. They do make great alert dogs and can be a bit protective as well.

These little dogs inherit the desire to ‘tunnel’ from both the Chihuahua and the Dachshund so Chiweenie owners can expect to find their tiny dog burrowed under the covers or snuggled into a pile of laundry still warm from the dryer. With their cold nature, warm clothing and booties are a necessity in winter, even for those quick potty breaks.

Acquiring a Chiweenie

Some dog experts warn that ‘designer dogs’ generally come from breeders that have no interest in breed conformation and seek only to profit from the catchy designer name. They claim that many of these dogs come from puppy mills that have more interest in turning a profit than in providing quality housing, food, and vet care for the dogs.

Since inbreeding and early neglect can cause a lifetime of health and behavior issues, it is recommended that those interested in adopting a Chiweenie check with a rescue where all the dogs are evaluated by a veterinarian.

Chiweenie owners who understand their dog and provide proper care can enjoy many years of companionship with this loving pet.

8 Sep

How to Have a Kids’ Puppy Dog Birthday Party

Young kids love pets – especially dogs. Nicole Franklin, of Middleburg, FL, decided to capitalize on her son’s love of puppies by planning a Puppy Dog Picnic themed party for his first birthday. Use some of her ideas along with your own to plan the perfect birthday party for your dog crazed child.

How to Make Puppy Dog Birthday Party Invitations

Puppy dog invitations can be made at home with colored paper and a computer. Use Microsoft Word to insert puppy dog clip art onto a blank document. Change the dog clip art from color to black and white and insert a text box onto the top of the graphic.

Write the party details in the text box underneath the poem, “A Puppy Picnic will be so much fun, and will help us celebrate Sam turning one! With lunch, games and a cool puppy cake, this is one birthday picnic you’ll just have to make!”

Next type the phrase, “Join us for a tail-waggin’ good time!” onto an outline of a bone and print both graphics out on colored paper. Cut out the shapes and glue the bone onto the bottom of the dog’s feet.

How to Make a Puppy Dog and Dog Bowl Birthday Cake

Baking your own puppy-themed birthday cake can be easy to do. Bake two 9-by-13-inch cakes and freeze them overnight. Place them on top of each other and cut the top layer at an angle to form a small hill. Frost the cake and decorate it to look like puppy construction site.

Bake two 6-inch circular cakes and cut and frost them to form a dog dish. Fill the dog dish cake with chocolate donut holes that resemble dog food and place a toy dump truck next to it so that it looks like the truck is dumping the food into the dish. Next secure the dump truck to the cake with toothpicks behind the wheels. Add a plastic toy dog and plastic construction workers to the top of the cake to complete the dog bowl theme.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party Games

Create dog themed games that are fun for all ages.

  1. Pin the Bone on the Puppy is a party game that all kids can play. To make your own paint a dog’s face on a large white poster board and glue folded construction paper ears on it. Cut bone shapes out of brown paper and place tape on the back of each one. The children take turns placing the bones on the puppy poster.
  2. The Hot Dog Game is modeled after the classic children’s game hot potato. The kids sit in a circle and pass a toy dog around the circle as music played. When the music stops the child who is holding the dog was out. The game continues until there is only one child left.
  3. Fetch the Dog Food gets kids moving outside in the backyard. Spread ball pit balls all over the backyard and place a small kid’s pool on the patio. Invite the children outside and tell them that a big dog has made a mess of his food and has gotten it all over the backyard. Explain to them that they have to collect all the food (balls) and place them back in the big dog dish.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party Food

Serve picnic food with a puppy theme at the birthday party. The main dish is, of course, hot dogs and macaroni salad. Set out bowls filled with Scooby Snack crackers and Puppy Chow cereal party mix for the guests to snack on.

Nicole’s son and his guests had lots of fun at their Puppy Dog Picnic. She would recommend this party theme for any young dog lover and felt that it was perfect for a multi-age crowd.