Ay, Chihuahua!

MU student and pint-sized pet are inseparable
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:27 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Angela Henson does not leave home without her dog. From class to work to an occasional party, she takes her

10-pound Chihuahua, George, almost everywhere she goes.

“I don’t like to leave George home alone,” she said.

Henson, who plans to graduate in December, takes her dog to all of her classes, unless she has a test. For the record, the only pets allowed in MU classrooms are those trained to assist people with disabilities. However, Henson said her professors haven’t seemed to mind. Once, she said, a teacher stopped a lecture to say she had a cute dog.

George, 2, is a calm and friendly boy. He never makes a sound in class and is quiet as a stuffed animal. Henson said most people do not even realize he is there.

George also goes along for the ride when she works as a food delivery driver; he nestles in the back seat, away from the deliveries. When Henson worked at a video store, she made a barricade behind the front desk so he could run around.

When the little guy was a puppy, Henson carried him around in a purse. Now, she either holds or walks him. In cold weather, Henson dresses him up in sweaters.

She said she started bringing George everywhere before carrying little dogs became popular. She said she might have been influenced by the movie “Legally Blonde,” in which Reese Witherspoon carries around her smartly dressed Chihuahua, Bruiser. Then there’s celebrity Paris Hilton, whose Chihuahua, Tinkerbelle is practically an accessory to her wardrobe.

Henson said she often gets stopped by people on the street asking about her dog. Their most common question: “What kind of dog is that?”

Henson said having George has been a positive in her life: “He gets more attention than anything else.”

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