When we first adopted Leroy and Betty, one thing I wanted to make sure is that we kept them socialised with other dogs. But because they’re very small, it can be hard taking them to public spaces with lots of other dogs. There have been several stories in the news recently about chihuahuas being mauled by bigger dogs so this has made us very selective about where we take them for walks.
Late last year a couple of different people suggested we join the Small Dog Socials held in Petone on the first Sunday of every month. It’s a place to get together as a group and socialise smaller dogs in a safe environment. Unfortunately we have had something on every Sunday afternoon it was on for the last few months, but finally we were able to take Leroy and Betty along today!
There were so many dogs – my guess would be at least 40-50. I was very impressed by how well behaved all the dogs were, many were even off their leads.
We led Leroy and Betty to a large group of chihuahuas. I think there were around 10 or so chihuahuas in total at the meet up. Leroy was right away in there meeting lots of different dogs and Betty slowly joined in too. I met several owners who had also adopted chihuahuas from the lot at the SPCA of 60 or so that Leroy and Betty came from and it was so great to see so many of them doing so well. We even met Betty’s sister!
After socialising the dogs for a while we went for a walk along the beach. Some dogs went zooming into the water and swam around. Betty and Leroy held back a bit but did manage to get a little bit wet (Sorry about the blur on these photos, it was so sunny today that I didn’t realise the lens on my camera was dirty until it was too late!).
We ended the afternoon with more socialising time. Betty and Leroy got to know some of the other chihuahuas and we bought them some treats from one of the stalls set up.
Leroy and Betty scoffed their dinner and have been sleeping since. They had such a fun time that we will definitely be back next month!
If you want to find out more, check out the Small Dog Socials page on Facebook.