Well, I finally got to trust my girls & they carry them around everywhere. They've never dropped them (in my recollection - at least they've never gotten hurt being dropped anyway LOL) so all is well.
I also read how Chi's can be weary of strangers and while that does ring true with (most) of my crew...they do warm up fairly quickly and they've been known to happily mingle during birthday parties w/o issue. Still, they give a loud "welcome" to newcomers & most aren't totally crazy about being handled by the "strangers" unless they have been visited by that specific person on a regular basis. Still, they mingle happily & that's all that I really care about!
It's become very clear that my dogs LOVE CHILDREN. For the longest time I was uneasy when the girls would have friends over in fear they'd get biten. As time has gone on...they have gotten to adjust to new children here INCREDIBLY well. With the exception of one time Milo nipping my daughters best friend (who happens to be my best friends daughter) there have been no insidences. And I use "nipping" loosely because he was simply trying to tell her to calm down! They were playing dogs & crawling around & were getting too roudy. Milo got so excited & his excitement went out of his mouth. No harm was done other than some redness...all was good!
Lately, after a very noisey welcome (of course) my Chi's have started being quite effectionate to new children here & it's SO nice to see! We do give warnings about Matilda & keep a harness or collar on her so everyone knows not to try to pat or pick her up (she has a mega fear aggression toward anyone touching her who is outside of our immediate family) but she still loves to be *around* them & will give kisses to the gentle "palm up" hand that is offered to her.
And Maya...Maya came to us not really having been socialized much around children. The first two weeks she was with us she basically tried attacking both my girls whenever they came near or tried to touch her. She absolutely ADORES them now & while she is still a little stand offish to new children around & will growl if they get a little too pushy (not trying to bite - which Ivy informed me was a bluffing bite with no force behind it haha) she did allow a couple children this past weekend to pat her w/o her trying to run away. She for sure needs a confident hand & only becomes uneasy when the approacher is uneasy. If you are sure of yourself she is much more relaxed.
A little addition on Maya - she is starting to relax around houseguests now. For a while she'd sniff a hand that was put down & then bark at them almost like she wanted to bite them (I believe she was teased by guests at her previous owners which did her no favors). Anyway, she is slowly beginning to trust guests & even asked my dad to pick her up a couple weeks ago. Amazing! He didn't quite dare w/o gloves "just in case"...but it was so great to see her so happy with a guest. :o) I have no doubt with some more time she'll have some great manners as far as guests go!
Enough rambling from this Chi Mum today. We've been slack with our blog though we have lots to blog about! No excuses!! :o( If you really want to follow our going ons I'm ashamed to say I'm much better about posting pics & updating the MChi facebook page (link under the picture head on this page) but I do hope to be better about blogging as well!
Here is Mi-Mi loving on, or getting loved on LOL by a new kid visitor. With Matilda happily looking on...