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Friday, June 8, 2012

Charlotte: The Strangest, Weirdest, Rarest

So I am home now, I got home late Wednesday night and I snuggled into my oh so comfy bed with my oh so snuggly husband. After an 10 hour fantastic day with Ms. Ivey and 9 hours of traveling that shower and that bed and the husband was better than anything ever before!

So I am home and I am weeding through the MOUNTAIN of photos from my trip and I am reminiscing about all the fabulous and rare things I got to see. There were four new birds to cross off the nerdy birdy list, I got to sit four feet from a gigantic Golden Eagle, I got to see the really creepy Stag Beetle, I found the really strange Snowberry Clear-winged Hummingbird Moth, but the strangest weirdest rarest thing I got to see on this trip was a dog.

Ms. Ivey’s dog is a Xoloitzcuintli, a rare Mexican hairless dog. AKA the most fabulous and rare thing I got to see of all!

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“Xolos were considered sacred dogs by the Aztecs (and also Toltecs, Maya and some other groups) because they believed the dogs were needed by their masters’ souls to help them safely through the underworld, and also they were useful companion animals. According to Aztec mythology, the god Xolotl made the Xoloitzcuintli from a sliver of the Bone of Life from which all mankind was made. Xolotl gave this gift to Man with the instruction to guard it with his life and in exchange it would guide Man through the dangers of Mictlan, the world of Death, toward the Evening Star in the Heavens. “ – Wikipedia

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The breed almost went extinct in 1954 when a program with just ten dogs was developed to save the breed.

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This dog is considered a very primitive dog, the characteristics because of its lack of selective breeding.

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She was super sweet and took to me right away. Since she is a rescue dog she is a little shy. I just adored her many outfit changes, since she is hairless Ms. Ivey often dresses her in shirts to keep her comfy.

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I just love the bond that Ms. Ivey and her dog have formed already. Rescue dogs come with a whole slew of issues brought on usually by their previous owners. I am glad this little girl found such a great home.

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2 comments:

Jennifer Arens said...

Interesting dog :) Glad she has a nice home to live in!

paul peggy zeus said...

He's cute! At least he had hair on his face unlike the Mexican Hairless who is UGLY!!!

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