March 17, 2004

teacup chihuahua

Teacup Chihuahua, Neiman Marcus, Digital Rebel

This dog was resting in the arms of a sweet man at Neiman Marcus yesterday (shopping with Mom) Apparently he is 3 months old and won't get any bigger than this, no bigger than a teacup! or maybe a latte mug...

His face was so tender and vulnerable. Why do we find vulnerable things so beautiful?

Posted on March 17, 2004 10:26 PM


Posted by: REGINA at April 29, 2004 03:16 PM

aww cute puppy

Posted by: kim at April 15, 2004 02:19 PM

Just so that everyone knows, there is no such thing as a teacup chihuahua. "teacup" chihuahuas are just bred from the runts of the litters of an already tiny dog. chihuahuas are unhealthy enough already because of inbreeding and poor breeding practises designed to make them look the way they do. Buying a teacup chihuahua is encouraging an industry that is cruel to animals. If you want a dog that small, get a hamster.

Posted by: banana at April 6, 2004 05:31 PM

In people, being vulnerable, and allowing others to see it, is often a sign of strength, and not weakness. What I feel when I see someone reveilling their softer side is respect. I will bow to their courage of taking that risk.

Posted by: Adina at March 19, 2004 12:15 AM

Being vulnerable is like allowing the world to look behind the "veil" and see the softer, more fragile side of you. The exterior may be hard, tough, scaly, cold, etc....bit it's the soft inner core that really intrigues so many of us. We all have the need to be rescued and protected sometimes, and I know I'm always drawn to want to help people/animals/causes that seem helpless.

Posted by: Julia at March 18, 2004 05:01 PM

that was beautiful.

Posted by: andrea at March 18, 2004 11:28 AM

I love vulnerability. It is our true nature. The human body, though amazingly resistant, is extremely vulnerable. The human heart, eggshell. Vulnerability is beautiful and real. It is our Buddha nature, our Christ consciousness, our child inside. Vulnerability is not a weakness, rather the ultimate weapon against the only real enemy...our self. When we crack open our hearts wider, wider, wider, we shine a light that illuminates all darkness and transmutes fear into understanding.

I also think that authentic vulnerability is extremely sexy.

Posted by: Donavan at March 18, 2004 11:09 AM


I love what you said here. I have always equated sexiness with strength, confidence, sass... not the vulnerability you describe. But what you wrote is so true!
What you often see out there in the world is the image of women as thing to be rescued, cared for, a flower in the most vulnerable sense.

I think we are all of these things at different times, (men included) but what is portrayed out there is clearly split genderwise.

"Often times people use cuteness as a defense... don't attack me, don't hurt me, be nice. I'm cute."
That one really hit me. This was my coping mechanism as a kid. My only defense against the meanness of certain folks in my world.

It took me a while to move through that one.

Posted by: andrea at March 18, 2004 10:58 AM

i think we find vulnerability so appealing because we all feel vulnerable each and every day. if we recognize the beauty in another object's/animal's/person's vulnerability, we are de facto accepting that character in ourselves. when we open up to others and the world we are making ourselves beautiful in our approach to living.

Posted by: heidi at March 18, 2004 10:56 AM

That's a really good question! I'll be thinking about that all day today for sure.

I think about "cuteness" and vulnerability a lot. It is particularly problematic in people. Often times people use cuteness as a defense... don't attack me, don't hurt me, be nice. I'm cute. Being cute is non-threatening. It's passive but it's actually a fairly aggressive form of passivity.

Then there is the idea that many of the things women do to be sexy is rooted in vulnerability... things that prevent us from functioning easily. i.e. wearing super high heels, long nails... Being sexy is sometimes equated with vulnerability. Obviously not the kind of vulnerability you're describing in the situation with the dog but possibly stemming from the same place? Vulnerability makes us want to care for the vulnerable person, animal, thing. It makes us feel good to have something that needs us in that way? Or maybe it's projecting a sort of innocence and naivete that we wish we could obtain?

Posted by: Gayla at March 18, 2004 10:27 AM

looking up info on Teacup Chihuahua's right now....i want one!

Posted by: brenda at March 18, 2004 09:31 AM

Ohh this dog is just the cutest thing!

Posted by: Bianca at March 18, 2004 08:27 AM