Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Story of Chi Chi - Photo of Zena and Jeanne

I have a very special story to write for my blog today. My mom told me about her first beloved dog that was named Chi Chi and how much that little dog meant to her as a six year old little girl. It made me so happy to realize how much my mom loves dogs and the best news is that I realized I am the most special puppy of all and that my moms life is so much happier and richer because of me.

When she was little my mom liked to dress her cat in doll clothes, put the kitty in her doll buggy, cover the cat with a doll blanket and skate around the block pushing the buggy.

One day while taking her kitty on a skating trip around the block in the buggy a Pekinese dog came down his front steps to the sidewalk and started following the procession. Mom was a little scared of him because the kids on this block said he was mean and would bite so it was with trepidation that she skated the two blocks home with the dog following her. She got home safely and when she looked in the buggy the kitty was still laying on his back wearing his baby sweater and bonnet and with his paws out over the top of the blanket just as he was when she tucked him in for the ride.

The next day the dog was waiting for her when she reached his house and the lady that owned him told mom that his name was Chi Chi. Chi Chi followed her home again and sat on the stairs going up to her house and whined until she petted him. She sat down by him and he layed his head against her leg and she petted him until her mom called her in for dinner.

The next day and everyday after that Chi Chi was waiting for her when she came home from school. From then on it was Chi Chi that got dressed in the doll clothes and taken for a buggy ride around the block every night.

When my mom was a little girl they didn’t have measles vaccine and my mom became seriously ill with the measles. In fact she was so sick that they had to call the doctor to come in the middle of the night because her temperature went up to 105 degrees. Chi Chi was so worried that he sat and scratched at the back door until her mom let him in. My mom was sick for two weeks and that little dog sat on a chair by her bed and would only get down to eat and go out for a potty break a few times a day and then back again on the chair to be close to her.

One day, not too long after my mom got well from the measles, she was skating around the block with Chi Chi all dressed up and tucked all snuggly into the buggy and when she came to Chi Chi’s owners house the woman came out to talk to her. Mom was scared because she was afraid that she was mad that she had Chi Chi with her so much and that she wanted him to stay home. Mom couldn’t believe her ears when she said “would you like to have Chi Chi? He won’t stay home anymore because he wants to be with you.” Mom was incredulous that anyone could possibly give up such a prize but quickly said , “yes, yes I do want him.” She skated home as fast as she could because she was afraid that the woman would change her mind and take him back since he was such a wonderful and precious pet. Mom said that was one of the happiest days of her life.

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