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Bad ‘Fad’ Causes Good Dogs to Suffer in Shelters

Written by PETA | December 10, 2009
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Just think—if wasn’t for Louise Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, and Brooke Shields, Americans might never have discovered the glories of the bob, the LBD, and bushy eyebrows (which, BTW, I hear are making a comeback). And if it wasn’t for today’s celebrities* like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, who “accessorize” their red carpet looks with Chihuahuas, animal shelters wouldn’t be deluged with pint-sized cast-asides. Oakland Animal Services reports the facility sometimes receives 10 Chihuahuas a day. That’s mind-boggling, don’t you think?

Sure, it takes only a minute to fall in love with the perfectly trained pooches on starlets’ arms or featured in films like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but in real life, dogs chew, bark, make messes, and require a lifetime of love and commitment. They may be small, but like all dogs, Chihuahuas need daily training and walks, expensive veterinary care, and a ton of love and attention.

New York Post columnist Cindy Adams recently wrote, “Paris Hilton with her kennel-to-kennel Chihuahuas? She hasn’t even been in bed with as many TWO-legged dogs.” While PETA pleads with Hilton to curtail her consumption of Chihuahuas (and other animals), please remind everyone you know that dogs are not “fads.” They’re a lifetime commitment. Forward our beautiful new ad featuring Joanna Krupa to everyone in your e-mail address book—and learn more at

Written by Karin Bennett

*I use that term very loosely.

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  • Saucy says:

    Christmas came early this year when what looks like a chihuahua terrier mix greeted me at the bus stop. Skin and bones. No collar. She was starving and I had a bag groceries. We became fast friends. I buddled her shivering little body up in a sweater I had just bought and hopped into a taxi. If only doggies could talk.

  • Jenith says:

    Ugh and the bimbo got an African Gray so I’ve heard. I REALLY hope that doesn’t become another fad. They have the I.Q. of a 2 year old and can live 60 years. You ever see the one genius parrot on youtube? I think it was Alex. I’m sure you’d find it if you looked it up. The thing is smarter than most people. I’d live in a car with my animals before I’d ever abandon them. Pets are family.

  • Bluebell says:

    Ugh! These women are so ridiculously shallow. Why can’t they just stick to what they’re good at i.e. making awful music movies etc. instead of promoting the idea that there’s no distinction between a handbag and a living breathing creature.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    I am not surprised. About six months to one year after a breed becomes a fad it starts showing up in the country’s animal shelters. Dalmations 101 Dalmations Pugs Men In Black Bichons As Good As It Gets and Briards Married With Children have all had their turn at being “fads.” I expect the Portugese Water Dogs to start showing up any day now. A dog should never be obtained just because someone you admire has one or you have seen it in a movie or on t.v. and it looked cute. That makes as much sense as adopting and having babies just because Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt do it. Dogs should be adopted as permanent members of the family.

  • Moriah says:

    thanks for giving us all a reminder about pet adoption.THEY ARE A LIFELONG COMMITMENT! my husband and i recently went to our local shelter thinking about adopting another dog and i was shocked by the number of chihuahua puppies and dogs