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Chattanooga: Chihuahua Movie Raises Puppy Mill Concerns

(Chattanooga Times/Free Press – McClatchy-TribuneInformation Services via COMTEX) – Papi, the talking lead dog featured in today’s release of the film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” says he puts “the ‘wow’ in ‘chee-WOW-wa.'”

But pet advocates are worried Papi’s big-screen presence could spark an unfortunate increase in demand for the tiny canine species. Such a spike encourages puppy mills and might fill shelters with abandoned animals after the movie’s appeal wears off, advocates say.

“Unfortunately, whenever a breed becomes suddenly popular, puppy mills will try to cash in on the trend,” said Leighann McCollum, Tennessee director for the Humane Society. “Chihuahuas have already seen their own detrimental spike after the launch of Taco Bell ads featuring the breed and celebrities making them a popular ‘purse dog.'”

As a species, Chihuahuas can be aggressive, territorial and bark a lot, pet advocates say, and they tend to bond only with a single person, even in a family household. When overbred in bad conditions, some of these bad qualities can be amplified, said Guy Bilyeu, executive director of the Hamilton County Humane Educational Society.

“Small dogs, the Chihuahuas and rat terriers, are some of the more notorious biters out there,” Mr. Bilyeu said.

Giving animals human-like qualities, as happens in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” is dangerous, says Donna Deweese, spokeswoman for the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center in Chattanooga.

“Movies like this always irritate me, because they have a tendency to portray Chihuahuas as accessories rather than living creatures,” Ms. Deweese said. “People see the animals as jewelry, and they don’t think about their needs.”

That sometimes means animals that are cute at first will find a home at the shelter in a few weeks, Mr. Bilyeu said.

“The first thing people are going to do after this movie is look in the newspaper for Chihuahua pups, but our advice is to know your breeder,” he said. “If you find a breeder, ask to see their facility. Any reputable breeder will be proud to show off their operation.”

“We have a few (Chihuahuas) in our shelter right now,” he said, “and you want to make sure that these animals have been brought up with the quality you would want to have in your home.”

Disney, the company releasing “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” warns viewers on its Web site not to rush out to adopt or buy the animals.

“Owning a pet is a major responsibility. Dogs require daily care and constant attention. Before bringing a dog into your family, research the specific breed to make sure it is suitable for your particular situation,” the Disney Web site warns.

Ms. McCollum said the Humane Society helped expose a puppy mill in Hickman County, Tenn., in June. About 700 dogs were rescued from the mill southwest of Nashville, and most were Chihuahuas, she said. They were kept in small cages and were diseased, she said.

“We have seen cages of Chihuahuas living in despicable conditions during our recent puppy mill raids, including this summer in Tennessee,” said Stephanie Shain, director of the Humane Society of the United States’ Stop Puppy Mills campaign. “They are one of the most common breeds being churned out by mills due to their small size and the ease in which they can be bred in cramped cages.”

And if you are going to get a dog… decide what type of breed you want, or better yet, don’t want, and then check the shelters and rescues first.   If you buy one at a pet shop, make sure you know they are reputable and do a some questioning and checking into where they get their dogs (animals).  Also ask yourself if you have the ability to properly care for a pet or make arrangements for them if are gone a lot.  Pets like children are a full time commitment and should be a lifetime decision.  

And if you suspect pet abuse or that people are raising pets in unfit or unsanitary conditions, report them.

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October 4, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pet Events, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Opens Today

Beverly Hills Chihuahua” barks onto the scene today to declare an early lead on the Best Dog In A Motion Picture Academy Award. No, it’s not the next Eddie Murphy return vehicle, instead it purports to be a cute story of love, loss and rescue between two diminutive and overly pampered dogs who happen to believe they’re descendant from gods. Well, not exactly, but you get the picture. The film features the voices of George Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, Plácido Domingo, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Luis Guzman, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, and actors Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, Eugenio Derbez and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Critics have not been kind to “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” Rotten Tomatoes has it pegged at 67%. But some have reported that a warm hearted story and a lack of the typical dog jokes make BHC better than the average dog comedy. So that says something.
If you live in the Los Angeles area you can catch a special engagement of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. From October 3rd through the 16th each screening will feature a LIVE stage appearance by the film’s dog stars, “Papi” and “Chloe,” . The film screens daily at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:40 pm. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at http://www.elcaptitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
The full press release is below the cut:  THE CHIHUAHUAS WILL RISE AT HOLLYWOOD’S EL CAPITAN THEATRE FOR SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT OF DISNEY’S “BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA” FROM OCTOBER 3-16 WITH AN ON-STAGE APPEARANCE BY FILM’S DOG STARS “PAPI” AND “CHLOE” BEFORE EACH SHOW
In celebration of its special engagement of Walt Disney Pictures’ howl-arious new comedy, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre is featuring a LIVE stage appearance by the film’s dog stars, “Papi” and “Chloe,” from October 3rd through the 16th, it was announced today by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film screens daily at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:40 pm. Tickets are available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), on line at http://www.elcaptitantickets.com, or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110.
To commemorate the occasion, Walt Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store (located adjacent to the theatre) will be offering the “Beverly Hills Chihuahua Sundae.” This mouthwatering treat comes in a delicious taco-shaped waffle cone, and is filled with vanilla ice cream, drizzled throughout with chocolate syrup, and garnished with fluffy whipped cream and festive sprinkles.
Commenting on the announcement, Breier said, “’Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ is great fun for moviegoers of all ages, and there’s no better place to see it than at the El Capitan Theatre. In addition to our beautiful state-of-the-art digital projection, friendly staff, and classic movie palace environment, this is the only place to actually see the stars of the film live and in person.
We’re very excited about this special engagement and know that our audience is going to have a great time.” Walt Disney Pictures’ “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” follows the hilarious tale of Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore), a diamond-clad, bootie wearing pampered pooch who enjoys her luxurious lifestyle so much that she hardly notices Papi (voice of George Lopez), a neighbor dog who is head over paws in love with her. But when Chloe gets lost in Mexico with only a street-wise German Shepherd (voice of Andy Garcia) to help her find her way home, Papi heads south of the border – joining forces with a motley crew: three dogs (voiced by Placido Domingo, Luis Guzman and Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo), two humans (Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona), a sly rat (voice of Cheech Marin), and a nervous iguana (voice of Paul Rodriguez) – to rescue his true love.
by John Frost, Disney Blog

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More Photos From The Beverly Hills Chihuahua Premier

   

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Premier photos 

Photo by: Marion Algier – the UCLA Shutterbug

A Great Time Was Had By All!!

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Special Screening of Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie for Chihuahuas and Their Owners

Some Days Just Go To The Dogs…”

 

Disney Sponsored a Beverly Hills Chihuahua Movie Premier Yesterday, 9.13.08 at the Fine Arts Theatre In Beverly Hills

 

 

300 Chihuahuas and Chihuahua Mixes Gathered With Their Humans for Photos, Goodies and the First Public Screening

of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, For “Meet-up” Chihuahua groups from Irvine and Los Angeles

 

 Fun was had by all.

 

 

Papi, one for the two main characters of the movie was found and rescued from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter as were many of the dogs featured in the film; who were rescued from shelters in both the Los Angeles area and Mexico.

 


Doggie Treats and Souvenir T-Shirts Were Given to Each Chi…

Their Humans Had To Buy Their Own Treats 😉

 

Our Gang Modeling Their Souvenir Tees…

 

The film opens nationwide on October 3rd. 

“Owning a pet is a major responsibility.  Dogs require daily care and constant attention. Before bringing a dog into your family, research the specific breed to make sure it is suitable for your particular situation.  Learn about and be willing to undertake the serious responsibilities of dog care. Always consider adopting from a reputable shelter or rescue program.”  Animals are not toys… they are live creatures who need love and attention and want to become part of your family.  But there are thousands of animals who are euthanized because they can’t find a home and the shelters are over-crowded… so Adopt Just One More Pet if you can!

By Marion Algier/Ask Marion – Photos by Marion Algier – The UCLA Shutterbug

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September 15, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet Events, pet fun, Pets, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment