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Hold My Chihuahua

Today we will talk about Chihuahuas, one of my favorite breeds. The chihuahua dog has a long history, dating back to the ancient Aztecs and Mayas, possibly as far as the 9th century in Mexico.
The earlier ancestors probably had been present before the Mayas as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, antedating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula. However, a genetic study indicated that there was less than 2 percent pre-European mitochondrial DNA in modern Chihuahuas due to admixture with the European dogs.
In a 1520 letter, Hernan Cortés wrote that the Aztecs raised and sold the little dogs as food. Colonial records refer to small, nearly hairless dogs at the beginning of the 19th century, one of which claims 16th-century Conquistadores found them plentiful in the region later known as Chihuahua. Small dogs such as Chihuahuas were also used as living heating pads during illness or injury. Chihuahuas as we know them today remained a rarity until the early 20th century; the American Kennel Club (AKC) did not register a Chihuahua until 1904.

Breed standards for the Chihuahua do not specify a height, only a weigh and conformation, with weights ranging from tiny teacups at 1.5 pounds to 6 or 8 pound dogs. Chihuahuas occur in virtually any color combination, from solid to marked or splashed, allowing for colors from solid black to solid white, spotted, sabled, or a variety of other colors and patterns. Colors and patterns can combine and affect each other, resulting in a very high degree of variation. Common colors are fawn, red, cream, chocolate, brown, mixed, white, and black.

On April 23, 2012 Amaretto released K-9 Update Version 1.4 and these Non-Starter Coats were added!
The Chihuahua is one set of many exciting possible Non-Starter coats that can come from breeding “Starter Coats”.
You can have a chance at one of these exciting Non-Starter coated Chihuahuas by breeding any K-9 with a starter K-9 or by breeding together two starter K-9s.
These coats CAN be passed on.

Since that release, Amaretto has used the Chihuahua for lots of Special Editions and other coats, including the 2012 Fresh Baked Gingerbread Chihuahua, the 2014 Valentine Chihuahuas, the 2015 Spring Edition Chihuahuas, the 2015 Halloween Chihuahua, the 2017 Cinco De Mayo, and the 2nd Anniversary Fireworks and Confetti dogs. We also have a Chihuahua Mutt and Blanco, a Chihuahua Best in Show, the Zodiac Libra Chihuahua, the Elemental Heart Chihuahua.They’ve used it for the Chorkie and Staffhuahua Twist dogs, a combination of breeding 2 different coats, and the Crazed Coat Chihuahua.

You can see all these coats on the Amaretto K9 Wiki here.

https://k9.amaretto.wiki/index.php?title=K-9_Coats

As you can see, the tiny but mighty Chihuahua is a versatile coat. What is your favorite one?

Celebrate Canada!

Happy Hump Day Fellow Breeders!

July 1st is Canada Day! Canada Day is a celebration of Canadian nationalism, heritage, and pride; and commemorates the joining of Canada’s original three provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which is now Ontario and Quebec) as one nation in 1867.  

The holiday was previously called Dominion Day, for the Dominion of Canada in the British empire. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.

To celebrate this National Day of Canada, on July 1, 2013, Amaretto slipped in a random drop eye. Breeders had just 24 hours to get this beautiful eye. Luckily, the eye was/is passable so, even now, you can have this trait for your very own.

Other Canadian traits include the Canadian Flag in the Flags of the World eye collections for the horses, k-9s, and barnyard birds. These eyes were random drops from January 1 – 31, 2018. Theses traits are passable, as well.

The maple leaf represents unity across the entire country – regardless of birthplace. It is an inclusive symbol, and by removing the association with the Union Jack on the old flag, the maple leaf has become a symbol of Canada’s nationality and independence.

Wishing all our Canadian breeders a very Happy Canada Day! 🍁

Until next time…HAPPY BREEDING EVERYONE!

Ponie Bandana!

Hey guys! Its Tuesday and it just happens to be the last day of June! We are officially in the summer swing! I know its warm around here!

Since the release of the new Ponie update lots of really cool Ponie traits have been coming out and i just wanted to share one with everyone today and that is the Bandana trait!

Red Paisley

Rainbow

Leopard

How do you get your hands on one of these? Well hopefully you bought some new Ponie starters when they were released! But if you didn’t the good news is that you can still go get some!

These awesome Bandanas DO have the ability to pass! I think that these are really cute so keep your eyes out for Bandanas!

This is Ava over and out happy breeding everyone!

Albino Miniature!

Hello everyone! Its another Magnificent Monday! How is everyone today? I hope that you guys are safe and healthy.

I wanted to share something pretty awesome with you guys in case you have not seen it yet. Lets take a look at the Albino Miniature!

Amaretto Albinos have become somewhat famous in the Amaretto Community. To have such a prized horse born is very exciting. Plus they come with a very special eye that will be sought after by many.

The Albino Miniature comes randomly from full siblings.

In order for a chance at an Albino Miniature one of these full siblings MUST BE a Miniature.

Full siblings are siblings that come from the exact same mother and father. Siblings do not have to have the same traits they only need to be full sibling.

So get to breeding those Miniature siblings and remember you could get a regular albino! This is Ava over and out Happy breeding everyone!

Steer Horns!

Hello everyone hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying your Saturday!

Today the spotlight is shining on the Steer Horns!

When the version 6.01 Horse update came out on Apr.27,2019 these exciting new horns were hidden in new starters. The Steer Horn are one of many exciting possible Non-Starter traits that can come from breeding “Starter Horses”.

You can have a chance at one of these exciting new Steer Horns by breeding any horse with a starter horse or by breeding any 6.01 starter horses.

On July 12, 2019 Amaretto held the Amaretto Country Fair and and unveiled the fifth Horse in the line of Seven Heavenly Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins Horses! Hiding in these OOAK was the Indolence and Intensity Horns!

For a closer look at any of these horns you can check them out on the wiki https://horse.amaretto.wiki/index.php?title=Steer_Horn

Until next time this is Snookie hoping you have a great weekend!

Happy Breeding!!

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! If you work from home it’s no problem, but if you work in a business, your boss might take some convincing. Here are some suggestions to help you convince your boss to allow dogs in the office:
Ask your co-workers.
Focus on the benefits for the company.
Offer to dog-proof the office.
Set up rules and regulations.
Ask for a test week.

Each year on the Friday following Father’s Day, social-media platforms are flooded with posts bearing the #TakeYourDogToWorkDay hashtag and businesses across the U.S. and beyond open their doors to employees’ four-legged pals—all for a good cause. But where did this loveable holiday originate? Take Your Dog To Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. TYDTWDay was first celebrated in 1999, and June 26, 2020, marks the 22nd annual event.
Always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day, this annual event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one fun summer Friday to support their local pet communities. Through the event, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their co-workers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own.

Maybe you can post some pics in chat of taking YOUR dog to work?

July Unique Breeding Qualifiers!

Hello everyone! How is everyone doing today? I know that all of you guys have been waiting to hear word about what next months special breedings will be!

Well there is no time like now to reveal what Amaretto has been cooking up!
This month is going to be a little different so PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

We are calling these Monthly Unique Breedings! Each month we will announce new qualifiers for that month, anytime you breed the qualifiers together you will have a chance to get a surprise that will change every month!

Starting July 1, 2020 at 12:01 AM until July 31, 2020 12:00 PM any time you breed the following qualifiers together you have the opportunity to get a awesome surprise!

Horses
The qualifiers are one parent must have a Water Element Eye and the other must be one of the following Craved Stormy Coats:
Craved Stormy Amaretto Opkai – Beryl
Craved Stormy Blue Raspberry Appaloosa
Craved Stormy Black Walker
Craved Stormy Ivory Dunn
Craved Stormy Silver Arabian
Craved Stormy Silver Walker

K9s
The qualifiers are one parent must have a Water Element Eye and the other must be one of the following Craved Stormy Coats:
Craved Stormy Black Beast Wolf
Craved Stormy White Snow Wolf
Craved Stormy Pug Solid Silver
Craved Stormy Blue Raspberry Pug

Barnyard Birds
The qualifiers are one parent must have a Water Element Eye and the other must be one of the following Craved Stormy Breed:
Craved Stormy Rhode Island White
Craved Stormy Black Australorp

Ponies
The qualifiers are one parent must have a Water Element Eye and the other must be one of the following Craved Stormy Style:
Craved Stormy Painted Ivory
Craved Stormy Star Coal

So everyone having fun hunting for the Unique Qualifiers for the month of July! Happy breeding everyone! This is Ava over and out!

It’s World UFO Day!

Happy Hump Day Fellow Breeders!

World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2.

Why two separate dates? The first, on June 24th, recognizes the first widely reported UFO sighting on this same day in 1947 by aviator Kenneth Arnold. On July 2nd, the date commemorates the incident that took place in Roswell, New Mexico, in the same year.

Before 1947, a written record of humans sighting unusual and unexplained objects in the sky existed, however, after the Arnold and Roswell incidents, reports increased dramatically.

As a result, those investigating the sightings rated them on a scale. One particular astronomer studying the sightings, Josef Allen Hynek, wrote several books about the UFO research. The Hynek scale ranks sightings by proximity, from Nocturnal Lights to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

All around the world, unusual lights in the sky or strange occurrences keep humans always curious about otherworldly beings. Movies and television series keep our imaginations alive as well not to mention conspiracy theories.

By the 20th Century, H.G. Wells had already published a story entitled War of the Worlds (1898). In 1938, when it was made into an Orson Welles narrated radio play and broadcast across the airwaves it spurred some frightening results! Panic’d listeners in the radio audience actually believed the World was under attack by Martians!

HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD UFO DAY

  1. Check the skies and see if you can spot an Unidentified Flying Object!
  2. Watch an interstellar movie. Like Mars Attacks, Independence Day, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, just to name a few.
  3. Create your own cosmic Amaretto horse project using this awesome UFO trait:

On October 16th, 2015, Amaretto celebrated Halloween 2015 with some awesome Limited Edition Horses. One of these was the Take Me To Your Leader Horse with UFO eye. The Eyes on this amazing horse did/does have the ability to pass.

Pair it with the, now available, matching wild hair and other complementary traits and you’ll have an out-of-this-world creation! Far out!

Until next time…Look to the sky and happy breeding!

Flags of the World – Belize

Hey everyone! Its a terrific Tuesday here at Amaretto! I know I am a little late this month with posting about this months FOTW eye but, better late than never!

Without making your wait any longer take a look at this months brand new Flags of the World – Belize!

Belize is a Caribbean country located on the northeastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala.

Remember that this eye DOES have the ability to pass! Be sure to keep your eye out for brand new FOTW eyes every month in the Horses, K9s, and Barnyard Birds!

This is Ava over and out! Stay safe out there!

Community Meeting Reminder!

Hey guys its a day here at amaretto! I wanted to shine my Spotlight this week on one of my favorite things each month …. The Community Meeting.

Last month we had a great Community Meeting with many of you showing up with lots of great questions and some really good suggestions.

We are now having the Community Meeting on the last Thursday of each month, this is a great opportunity for breeders to connect with Amaretto and ask all those questions that you have been wanting to know the answers to.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next Community Meeting on June 25, 2020 at 1 o’clock SLT. Side note you never know what you might learn at the community meeting as well! Happy Breeding everyone this is Ava over and out!