Tiny Dog Aims for Big Record
Dancer, an itty bitty, teeny tiny, little chihuahua is aiming to be Guinness World Record top dog for smallest dog. My own two furbabies being Dogster members, we’re quite familiar with fellow Dogster, cute little Dancer and his wonderful mom who had devoted so much time to needy dogs at a shelter and rescue organization until vision loss due to Congenital Toxoplasmosis caused her to lose her drivers license.
Here is Dancer’s ‘Arrival Story’ from his Dogster profile, as told by his mom, Jenny.
I must share how much I love my little Dancer. This little guy has given me a lot to look forward to from the day he was born. It all started when I received a phone call from a friend whose neighbor had moved out of their apartment and left this pitiful little female Chihuahua. I ran right over to check on her. She was underweight, dehydrated and pregnant! I took her to my vet who informed me that all in all she would be ok.
Three weeks later she delivered two puppies. The first was a little girl that was adopted by a wonderful couple. Next came little Dancer. He was 1/4 his sister’s size. I stayed by their sides for the first three days. Dancer seemed to nurse but was not growing at all.
My vet told me he was probably premature and told me we should consider putting him down. He told me he probably wouldn’t develop and would always have major problems. I refused to believe this. Two weeks after he was born he stopped nursing. I took over, refusing to give up on him. He rebounded! He still did not seem to grow much, but he did start to develop normal growth habits.
Now at seven months, he is a normal, happy, playful little guy. He is just very, very small. He weighs 18 ounces and is only four inches tall. While this may not seem like such a big story to a lot of people, this little guy helped me as much as I helped him. I was born with Congenital Toxoplasmosis (Retinal). I lost my driver’s license due to vision loss last year. As the Animal Care Coordinator for a local animal rescue group, I was unable to continue to work full-time. I was feeling useless until Dancer gave me a reason to keep on rescuing. Note, I have recently submitted papers to the Guiness Book of World Records. Once they are final, Dancer will be the shortest dog in the world at four inches tall.
Dancer is now about 10 months old, only two months from his official ‘measuring up’ by officials from the Guinness World Book of Records.
Tiny Dog Aims for Big Record – LEESBURG — Meet tiny Dancer, a rust-colored, long-haired Chihuahua that may just be the world’s smallest dog, weighing 18 ounces and standing not much more than 4 inches tall.
Dancer’s owner, Jenny Gomes, said the diminutive Lake County canine may be on his way to being named the world’s smallest living dog by Guinness World Records.
And Dancer may have a legitimate claim to the title. The last smallest dog — measured by height — was Danka Kordak of Slovakia, which stood 5.4 inches high, according to Guinness officials.
But that long-haired Chihuahua died. And Gomes said her Dancer is slightly smaller at 4.1 inches, from foot to the top of the shoulder.
Born June 8, Dancer can’t officially claim the title until he is 1 year old.
“Then we’re planning to throw him a birthday party, measure him officially and get him into the Guinness records as the smallest-living dog,” Gomes said.
She said a shorter candidate could emerge but that’s unlikely.
Guinness officials require height to be measured up to the animal’s shoulders. A Largo Chihuahua is the smallest in terms of length, at 6 inches. (From Lake County News – 4/27/07 – For the full story Click Here)
So I’ll be waiting to hear the announcement and share it with my fellow dogs lover here!! Go little Dancer!!!
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