Tina, Carmen, and Chloe are Chihuahuas. Most people assume the Chihuahua originated entirely in Central and South America and derives its name from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. However, another theory holds that it originated in China and was brought to the New World by Spanish Traders, where it was then crossed with small native dogs. Most likely the Chihuahua is a combination of those theories. In any event, it is now one of America’s most popular breeds.
Tina's ready and waiting!
Tina is a long-coated Chihuahua. She has been working as a therapy dog since she was just a year old. Tina certainly has the spirited personality of the typical Chihuahua. In addition to being registered with Therapy Dogs Inc., she is a member of Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs. Tiny Tina easily handles a very busy schedule. Her active life includes visiting several nursing homes, assisted living facilities, an Alzheimer’s day care facility, and an acute care hospital. She also works with special-needs children doing animal-assisted speech therapy.
Tina's preparing to help young readers.
A Chihuahua’s coat can be smooth with soft, glossy hair, or long with a soft texture, either flat or slightly curly, fringed ears and legs, and a long plumed tail. They are small (less than 6 pounds), alert, graceful, swift-moving little dogs, often described as having a “saucy” expression.
Carmen is the smooth coated variety
Adopted by Barbara from the Richardson Humane Society in October 2008, Carmen now leads a busy life. Like Tina, she is registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc., is a member of Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs, and is a Reading Education Assistance Dog®. In addition to her R.E.A.D. activities, she takes turns visiting an acute care hospital, several assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, an Alzheimer's day care center, schools, and libraries.
Always a busy gal, the pictures below were taken to promote a 2008 library event in Allen, Texas. The "Allen Reads One Book" program chose Marley & Me to be the "One Book" everyone in the city was encouraged to read. Children could read adaptations of the story geared to younger readers.
Uh-oh, what's Marley into now?
These are going in my backpack
so I can look at them again later.