There are a lot of things that go into why we like the things we do. For as long as I can remember, I’ve preferred medium to large dogs. It’s not that I have anything against small dogs, I’ve just always preferred larger dogs. I’ve had some experiences with smaller dogs that I didn’t particularly enjoy, so maybe I’m slightly biased. It’s funny, though, how sometimes you meet a dog that’s an eye opener for you and makes you rethink some of your ideas.
Chihuahuas have never been a breed that I was particularly keen on sharing my life with. While they are cute, I’ve never been drawn to them and my view of them has been that they’re a little nervous and high strung. I’m sure they are great for other people, but I’ve always been happy with my hounds and shepherds.
There’s a little girl in my class who loves animals. She’s a second year student in my class and there’s no animal that she won’t try to get close to. From worms and bugs to her pet rabbit, she loves them all. I honestly believe that if a lion or a bear walked across her path, she’d walk up and try to pet it. When school started three weeks ago, she very excitedly told me that she was waiting for her puppy to be born. For a week, she had a different name for her puppy every day in anticipation of its arrival. When I talked to her mom, I learned that the puppy had been born, they were just waiting to it to be old enough to come home with them.
The young lady was surprised by the arrival of the puppy two weeks ago. Her name ended up being Peaches and the girl’s parents didn’t tell her about picking the puppy up until the day it happened. Most days since then, her mom brings the puppy with her to pick the girl up from school. In the two weeks since Peaches came to their house, she has become a celebrity in our school.
A lot of kids see her on their way out as they head to the bus. She patiently lets each one of them pet her on the head. In our classroom, she lets the other kids who are waiting for their parents to pick them up to pet her before her mom hands her to the little girl who carries her out each afternoon. That little dog is so calm and quiet, at first you can’t believe she’s real.
I love seeing her with the little girl, who clearly adores her and is going to grow up to be quite a dog lover. Her mom and I were talking about how the girl has been calmer since the dog came into their lives, and I told her that I wasn’t surprised because dogs generally have that effect on us people. She’s also changed my perception of Chihuahuas. I’m not sure that I’ll ever look for a small dog until I’m not able to care for larger dogs anymore, but I could definitely consider one at some point in the future if I could find one that had the right personality. Meeting Peaches has been an eye opener, and I consider myself lucky that I got a chance to rethink some of my ideas.