Chico wants to be your main ‘man’ this Valentine’s Day



Hi! My name is Chico, and I am a 1-year- old male, brown-and-tan chihuahua. I am sending you and your readers plenty of love as Valentine Day nears.

Don’t let my size fool you – I may be small, but I am pretty vocal when I need to be. I have been living at the shelter since the end of December. I do need a little time to get to know people, but if someone is patient with me and will take the time to get to know me, that would be wonderful.

I prefer women as opposed to men (although I do eventually come around) and I would prefer a home with no children – although teenagers would probably be OK.

I do not like larger dogs (can you blame me? I am peanut-sized) and come to think of it, I would most likely do better in a home where I am the only pet.

I am a good dog and very, very sweet — it’s just that because I am small I have had my fair share of bullies so I tend to speak my mind. Can’t blame me there, can you?

I would be a fantastic companion for the right person and because of my petite size, they would be able to bring me everywhere with them – I would just love that!

Please, everyone, just give me a chance and I promise you will be happy that you did. Small guy. Huge heart — that’s the truth.

Thank you Winston, and happy Valentine’s Day to you, your readers and every animal at the shelter!,

XOXO, Chico

Dear Chico:

Thank you for writing; t was great to hear from you! You would definitely make someone‟s Valentine’s Day extra special. I think you described yourself very well — and that’s important to have that perfect match.

Good Luck to you! Winston


With its big eyes, big ears, and bigger-than-life attitude, the chihuahua is the epitome of cocky canine in a petite package.

In other words, this pint-sized pet is master of his universe and fears nothing, characteristics that make him a most suitable pet for some people and the worst possible choice for others. But a sudden spurt of popularity as the Taco Bell dog has brought notoriety, and demand for the tough and intelligent dogs has increased.

Breed history

The breed was discovered in Chihuahua state in the 1850s and quickly became popular. It was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904.

The chihuahua as pet

The chihuahua’s loyalty and affinity for being close to his master or mistress makes him an amiable companion, and his size makes him a convenient one. Chihuahuas have been known to ride about inside a pocket, in a purse or tote bag, or tucked firmly under the arm of their owners. They fit nicely in soft-sided pet carriers for an airplane ride or a jaunt in the car, and they enjoy outings immensely.

At home the chihuahua is curious and mischievous. Left to his own devices, the little guy might decorate the entire house with a roll of toilet paper, make confetti out of the mail, or commandeer your bed or favorite chair as his own. Although he is not very big, he could also wind up as master of the household, for he can manipulate owners with great finesse.

Chihuahuas have a distinct liking for others of their own breed and an equally distinct dislike for dogs of other breeds. Therefore, if you want more than one dog, make the additional dogs Chihuahuas. And if you already have a dog of another breed, please consider before getting a Chihuahua.

Adoption update!

Dotty, the beautiful 13 year old feline, has found a home! Congrats Dotty – enjoy your new place with your new owner. So happy for you!

Donation wish list:

Cat items: 

  • Medium covered cat litter boxes; 
  • Small plush cat beds;  
  • Scoopable kitty litter; and  
  • Cat toys (especially cat toys that make noise and small tiny mice).  

Dog items: 

  • Nylabone Dog Chew Bones for all size dogs;
  • Dog treats – variety; 
  • Grain-free dog treats; and  
  • Rawhide treats (all sizes).

General shelter supplies: 

  • 13-gallon tall kitchen drawstring garbage bags; 
  • 39-gallon lawn/leaf drawstring bags; 
  • Bleach;  
  • Copy paper;
  • Legal, letter and small notepads; 
  • Post-It Note; 
  • Telephone message pads (2 part carbonless); 
  • AA and AAA batteries; 
  • Stamps; 
  • Blank labels (1 x 2 5/8 inches) and (2 x 4 inches); and  
  • Manila three-tab folders (letter size). 

Seasonal items: 

  • Weed Eater – gas powered;
  • Lawn Mower and/or riding mower in good condition;
  • Snow shovels; and  
  • Pet-friendly ice melt pellets.  

Shelter hours:

The Humane Society of Rome Shelter, 6247 Lamphear Road, is open for people to come and find forever friends and new members of the family from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The shelter is closed on Monday.

For information about the animals, the shelter or the society, call 336-7070 or go online to


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