Our little April came to us as the last one of 23 rescued female Chihuahuas from a puppy mill in Coos Bay on the Oregon Coast on July 15, 2010. At the time of adoption, the volunteers estimated her age to be 4-5 years old and claimed she was too damaged emotionally to be very much of a loving pet and would probably never get over her experiences as a breeding female. For the first two years with us, she was very shy, not sure of herself, she couldn’t drink from a water bowl, or walk for more than a few yards at a time.
With time, patience and a lot of TLC, April came out of her shell and began to rule the house, like she’d been there her whole life. My wife and daughter also had ferrets which April made sure they kept in line by a little growl when they got too close for her liking. Over time April would go for little walks down the street to visit our neighbors, seeking and scrap bread crumbs left out for the birds and squirrels. Her other little pleasure was sunning herself on the lawn or backyard.
April’s only stresses were during our neighborhood’s 4th of July fireworks celebration and wind storms. The fireworks are normal for most animals, but we attributed the wind storms from her time as a breeding female on the coast. During these stressful moments, she’d be shaking from fear and seek me out for protection and comfort, until she fell asleep.
Unfortunately, April’s age caught up with her and the health problems that followed. An enlarged heart, fluid on the lungs, plus aches and pains of advanced age. We did what we could for her conditions through medication and diet. But there is only so much we can do, it was when she stopped eating we knew it was time to say goodbye. So on December 20, 2019, we made the decision and said our final farewell to the “broken” little dog named April who became affectionately known as “The Princess,” who ruled the house and the creatures inside, both big and small, including myself. April was, by far, the sweetest little dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving. We miss her terribly.
A donation was made in April's memory and the memorial was created on January 27, 2020.