Every girls' choir needs a gang of guard dogs

Chihuahua in a basket

Chihuahua in the Piazza San Marco

A few weeks ago, Cheryl ran across three Chihuahas in baskets who were acting as guard dogs and mascots for a German school choir near the Rialto Bridge. While the girls sang, the dogs sat in their baskets, defending the purses, backpacks, and other items that the singers had piled up behind them during an impromptu arcade concert.

Below is a short video of the concert's highlights, with a cameo appearance by one of the Chihuahuas. (The dogs' names are Daisy, Dory, and Dusty, three monikers that alliterate with "Don't mess with me.")


Maggie starts a fashion trend

We've never thought of Maggie as a fashionista: Her talents have involved herding small children and sniffing out celebrities, as opposed to influencing the clothing and accessory scene. So it came as a surprise when, a few days ago, we discovered that Maggie's gondolier-hat look has attracted a following among other dogs. Who knew that Maggie had a future as a millinery maven?

BELOW: A miniature Maggie lookalike and its human companion in Venice's Santa Croce district. (Note: The bottle of blue sports drink is not paid product placement.)

Dog in pet carrier in Venice

Purse puppy in Venice