Will Chihuahuas be victims of movie fans' interest?

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'Dogs are not accessories'
Will Chihuahuas be victims of movie fans' interest?

September 23, 2008
They're cute, feisty and like to give kisses.

They're portable, too.

They're tiny, fearless and tough to own, but Chihuahuas aren't toys.

The Oct. 3 release of the Disney movie "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" has animal advocates worried that people will buy the breed -- and then dump dogs at shelters.

Call it the "101 Dalmatians" phenomenon.

"Everybody was out looking for Dalmatians, and then about a year later, we were getting tons of Dalmatians," said Linda Estrada of the Animal Welfare League, which has shelters in Chicago Ridge and at 6224 S. Wabash.

Movies can be "the worst thing that can happen to a breed," said Bonnie Beaver, past president of the Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association.

She ticked off films and TV shows that caused surges in interest: " 'Lady and the Tramp' [cocker spaniel]; 'Rin Tin Tin' [the German shepherd]; 'Lassie' [collie]; 'Frasier' [Jack Russell terrier] -- it happens every time."

"You see a breed in a movie and people erroneously think it's representative of all dogs of that breed," said Lisa Peterson of the American Kennel Club. "These dogs are highly trained professional canine actors, and it takes a lot of work to get them that way.

"Dogs are not accessories," Peterson added. "And Chihuahuas, in particular, can live to be 20 years old. It's almost like a mortgage."

Watch the trailer of the new movie, being released in theaters this October 3rd.

Please heed this notice and share it with others! And if you're a rescue or shelter please screen your potential adopters carefully during this time. Chihuahuas aren't babies, with baby clothes; and certainly deserve the best home for their entire lives.

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