They are still at the rescue here in this pic, in 2011. The rescue is Pet Social Worker and is located in Maricopa City, AZ. It's run by a fellow pet sitter, and wonderful person Kimberly Dietrich. Here is her website.
Kimberly was great about letting Charlotte stay with her sibling and mom until she was almost 10 weeks old...something I requested, since pups often are separated from their family way too soon.
About 2 weeks after I brought home Charlotte, Mae (my daughter) adopted Ruby.
Lilly came to us early in February, 2006. One morning she was running as fast as she could down on one of my neighborhood streets. I spotted her from way off, and since she was running straight at me...I simply waited for her and caught her in my arms. She was shaved all the way down to the skin, very dirty, underweight, and covered in ticks. Clearly being kept outside...somewhere. She wasn't spayed either, so I surmised she was meant to be breeding material at some point...not a real family member for someone.
I cleaned her up, had her chipped and spayed, and she's had a wonderful time being a member of our family. I love grooming her gorgeous coat....it's one of the best I've seen among Shih-Tzus.
The first shake-down trip mae and I took in her that was actually away from home, was at the Flagstaff KOA.. That weekend a Vintage VW group was also there. What a sight that was! Restored Beetles, Buses and Westies (Westfalia Campers) everywhere!
Every morning Mae and I would round up our 5 dogs and take them on a walk around the campground. The VW group also would be out of course, and on the second day one of the guys saw us and abruptly stopped talking to his neighbor to watch us walk by. Suddenly he said, "Look! It's the Tiny Dog Parade!"
So that is how the Tiny Dog Parade got its name!