Toy Surprise on Christmas Day
Chihuahuas are loving, loyal to their families and have big personalities for such little dogs. A toy dog breed small enough to fit in a purse as well as a stocking, Pebbles was the best Christmas gift for Kimberly and Bob Borner’s 11-year-old twins, RJ and Scarlett last December.
Four years ago, the Borners lost their beloved Chihuahua, Lola. At the time, they were not quite ready for another dog, but over time, Kimberly searched the internet and came across Pebbles.
“I instantly knew she was the perfect addition,” said Kimberly. “She loves our whole family fiercely, and we all have so much fun together running around.”
Full grown at five pounds, Pebbles rides in the car alongside Kimberly in her sling purse. While the rest of the family may not take her out, they do enjoy couch time watching family movies with Pebbles.
One of the oldest breeds in America, the Chihuahua lineage dates to the pre-Columbian era. The smallest among dogs and named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua and the national symbol of Mexico, a Chihuahua’s nature ranges from feisty and outgoing to shy and timid. It is not uncommon for Chihuahuas to settle in their owners’ laps, providing comfort and warmth especially during colder temperatures.
The Chihuahua’s “apple” shaped head is a trademark to the breed as well as upright ears and large, expressive eyes. Their coats come in various colors and patterns.
Chihuahuas need 20 to 30 minutes of exercise daily and can run for longer than one might expect.
Pebbles is mostly an indoor dog but does enjoy the outdoors – running around in the Borner’s backyard, going on neighborhood walks to visit her dog friends, and playing endless games of fetch.
Pebbles has brought so much laughter and love to the Borner family. She celebrated her one-year birthday over the summer with puppy cake and ice cream. “We definitely cannot imagine life without her,” said Kimberly.
By Julie Matuszewski; photo courtesy of Kim Borner