Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Loving Felipe All Day, Every Day

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Loving Felipe All Day, Every Day

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For nearly two years, FurKid Rescue has taken in dozens of homeless dogs and puppies from the streets and beaches of Puerto Rico.

"So many adorable fluffy little dogs and many beautiful purebreds" including shih tzu, said Jennifer Bird of Bethel Park, who has found homes for about 170 dogs and puppies each year since starting FurKid in 2008.

Last January, her shipment of Puerto Rican dogs included a beat-up looking Chihuahua with virtually no hair. He was blind in one eye and he had a large black mole on his face.

"I looked at him and said, 'What am I going to do with this dog? He is ugly and no one will want him.'"

Meanwhile, physician Colleen Krajewski was looking to bring a third dog into her Lawrenceville home. She went to FurKid Rescue asking for "an old, decrepit dog" that many people would be unwilling to adopt.

It was a match made in heaven, although Ms. Bird thinks the Chihuahua is only 6 or 7 years old.

Not content to merely adopt the dog she re-named Felipe Ferdinand Krajewski, the ob-gyn specialist aims to make him a "social media phenomenon," according to the tiny business cards she hands out to everyone she meets.

The cards emblazoned with a little Chihuahua face direct people to www.instagram.com/alldayfelipe. Photos include Felipe in Halloween costumes and lounging in his tiny condo, which contains a cushy bed, wallpaper and a crystal chandelier.

Making cameo appearances on the site are Coco, 14, and Levi, 14, the black and tan miniature pinschers Dr. Krajewski adopted when she was in medical school.

Dr. Krajewski said it was initially challenging to adopt a dog that had never lived in a house. "At first Felipe just always wanted to be close to me. He didn't like toys" because he never had any, and didn't know what to do with them.

"In the last three or four months, his personality is really coming out," she said. His tail is constantly wagging and he has become "a personable sweet pea." He's smart and eager to please and most of his hair has grown back.

The alldayfelipe Instagram page currently has 649 followers, which means he has a way to go in the "phenomenon" category. Roxy, 8, and Greyson, 3, two Italian greyhounds who live in Washington, Pa. …

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