Meet the Misfits

Photo by Megan Browning with Ruff Days Pet Photography and Day Care.  See more of her awesome work here

PETER JENNINGS was the “original gangster” of the chihuahua brigade.  He was named after the ABC news anchor of the same name, but shared almost none of the same qualities as his poised, articulate, human counterpart.  In short, canine Peter had no chill.  He barked at everything that moved, frequently perpetuating the “small dog, epic attitude” stereotype, much to his Leash Holder’s chagrin.  He enjoyed eating, sleeping, and being adored.  He was absolutely fabulous.

Update: Mr. Jennings gained his angel wings and crossed the rainbow bridge in the Fall of 2017.  He joins all our other furry friends we have loved and lost over the years, and I will continue to “adopt the un-adoptable” in his memory <3

Nicknames:  PJ, Petey, Mr. Jennings, Skeever (high-five if you nerded out on the Skyrim reference).

Eye see you!

ABRAHAM “LEFT EYE” LINCOLN is a snaggle-toothed chihuahua/pug/gremlin/alien mix with a penchant for the finer things in life and an “eye” for fashion (see what I did there?).  He is almost never seen without his bow tie in place, and enjoys dining on organic sweet potatoes and scrambled eggs (cage-free, of course).  When he’s not curled up regally on his reversible micro-suede bed, he can be found combing the dog beaches of St. Petersburg, desperately looking for his “Mary Todd.” <3  Also, his mouth looks like a bear trap.

Nicknames:  Mr. President, Ham, Abie, Cyclops.

Outta my way, or I’ll run over your ankles!

CHARLIE CHAPLIN was aptly named by his rescuers at Limbo Chihuahua Rescue, for his “happy feet” that never stop dancing.  Abandoned at a kill shelter by his original owners, Charlie eventually made his way to a non-profit rescue in St. Petersburg, Florida, where it was determined that he had suffered a spinal fracture resulting in partial paralysis of his hind legs and a permanent spinal deformity.  However, that hasn’t stopped Charlie from tap dancing his way into hearts all over the world.  He has been featured on websites such as The Dodo and Sniff & Barkens, and has even traveled to New York City to participate in “Wheels on Wall Street,” an event to celebrate and raise awareness for handi-capable pets.  He’s the epitome of a survivor, and if you’re a St. Pete local, you’re bound to see him in his wheels, tearing up the streets of the downtown waterfront or the aisles of Home Depot.  This dog does and sees it all!

Nicknames: Sir Charles, Hot Wheels, Baboon Butt.

Bald is beautiful.

HAIRLESS HARVEY was rescued from a Tampa area kill shelter where he was scheduled to be euthanized “any time after 3pm.”  Instead, Harvey came home to the Island of Misfit Chi Chis at 1:00 that afternoon.  We aren’t sure why Harvey looks the way he does–he can’t grow hair on the majority of his body, and his eyes don’t produce tears, so they always look cloudy.  However, we aren’t stuck on appearances here, and I think he just might be the most handsome of the group (but don’t tell Abraham that!).  We suspect he has an autoimmune disease, so we have to keep him covered in (awesome) t-shirts and sunscreen when he’s out on adventures, but Harvey is quickly learning to love life with his adopted “brothers from another mother.”

Nicknames: Harv, Harvey Two-Face, Cricket.

JELLYBEAN was adopted from Pet Pal Animal Shelter after suffering a broken leg. Ms. Bean spent the first year of her life in and out of casts, but she is recovered now and is always down for a good time. She enjoys chasing the household cats, barking at the mailman, and taking long walks on the beach. Bean is a powerhouse of energy and ferocity in a tiny little body, and we often describe her with this Taylor Swift lyric: “Darlin’ I’m a nightmare dressed as a daydream.”

Nicknames: Jumping Bean, Beanie Baby, Ms. Bean, Jelly Belly

NINJA cane to me in December 2018 as a rescue transfer from Angels Left Behind. He suffered a spinal stroke when he was just 6 months old and wound up in rescue in Belton, MO. The rescue warriors at ALB drove this sweet boy nearly 20 hours until he reached his new home at The Isle. This meatball is now “an honorary chihuahua,” and I can’t imagine life without my gentle giant. In the future, I plan to enroll Ninja in classes at Sit Happens Dog Training so he can begin his journey of becoming a therapy dog.

Nicknames: Ninj, Meatball, Bae.

WALTER CRONCAT arrived to The Isle as a neighborhood stray. He and his family showed up on my carport one day and never left! Born right before a string of hurricanes hit our area in South Florida, taking care of Walter and his family became a labor of love for my next door neighbor and me. Together we had Walter’s entire family vaccinated, neutered/spayed, and chipped with plans to re-release them as community cats. However, one day Walt showed up to my house with a badly broken front leg that required amputation. Now Walter lives inside my house as an honorary chihuahua, and his family lives right next door inside my neighbor’s barn.

Nicknames: Walt, Anchorman, Tripod.

Princess Nala enjoys napping in the sun.

NALA: Our resident Porcine Princess, Nala, has been with us since the summer of 2017. Nala’s family fell on some hard times and had to leave their home to move in with friends. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any room in the new place for Nala, so her family began a months-long search to find their sweet girl a new home. When I was contacted about Nala, I immediately began work on a backyard pen to house our new family member. Napa enjoys lounging in her baby pool, bobbing for Cheerios, and sleeping in her toddler bed. She’s one in a million, and we are so happy to have her with us!

Nicknames: Pig, Princess P, Baby Girl.

Hi my name is Paige, and I’m a crazy dog lady.

THE LEASH HOLDER  My name is Paige and I am a Certified Crazy Dog Lady.  Loud and proud.  I am also a nurse and soap-maker, but those two titles have always taken a backseat to my primary role as Dog Mom to a handful of handicapable pooches.  It’s like herding tiny drunks at my house on a daily basis, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I am hoping to advocate and spread awareness for senior and special needs pet adoptions through this blog, but if all you take away from this site is a smile, then I think that’s pretty cool too.  😉

Nicknames: Hu-Mom, Hooman Slave, The Leash Holder.