Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tidbit's Tribute

Tidbit is barely 4 pounds as a full grown adult, though size-wise he is about the same size as a kitten. As a puppy he was extremely tiny; about the same size as a mouse. From the moment his eyes opened and he could see and hear me, he's had a crush on me. As an adult, most of his toys are still bigger than he is. As a puppy, he was dwarfed by his toys.

Tidbit the Chihuahua
"Here's the rope, sir"
But even as this tiny little mouse thing, he would bring me what I call "tribute" from the time he was able to physically bring me the toys. Every time he saw me, his eyes would light up, and he would immediately begin looking for some type of tribute to give to me. It seemed clear from the beginning that he saw me as the pack leader, "the man."

It's been a running joke in our house that every time I see Tidbit we think we understand his communication. Like he is saying: "Here comes the man, look sharp! Where's the Racoon toy? You bitches can all stay in here, because I roll with the man now!" Yes, he curses just like his papa Lenny, with the same level of enthusiasm as his papa.

"Wait! You'll be needing the Monkey!"
Two years of having various forms of tribute brought to me, and it's just as entertaining as ever. If he sees me, he will stop whatever he's doing and put on a show with one of the toys. Before it's given to the man, it must be hunted, pounced on, dominated, brutally killed, and then dominated some more. He makes it a point to show the man his prowess in battle for every encounter with the toys.

Now, if I walk into the family room, the wife will even say "here comes the man, look sharp!" as Tidbit rushes to his stash of pre-killed and pre-dominated toys to find suitable tribute for the man. Some of his toys, like the wily Fox and quackity Duck are still several times larger than he is, so it takes all his strength to carry them over to me. But he has enough moxy for a pack of Chihuahuas.

"You cannot have! This Monkey am for the man!"

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