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PREACH IT! 'Jersey Shore' fans: Help me shed my Chihuahua shame

December 10, 2009 |  5:39 pm

Wawa That Chihuahua problem you’re reading so much about? Yeah.

I did that.

Apparently California animal shelters have been glutted with tiny, adorable, fish-eyed dogs for almost two years now, and, so the reports go, pop culture and its champions are largely to blame.

Being a pop culture reporter myself, I riffled through my personal archives shortly after reading of the Chihuahua Crisis of Twenty Ought Nine.

To my horror, I found that I have mentioned Chihuahuas twice in recent years, once in a column and once in my book, which came out this year and which no doubt fueled the mass dumping of these googly eyed pets. I owe the Chihuahuas. Big time.

Jerseyshorerefer I also really like the show "Jersey Shore."

I humbly submit this photo gallery of eight immediately adoptable Chihuahuas, each of which perfectly embodies the look or spirit of a "Jersey Shore" cast member. (Click the cast picture at right -- the one cleverly labeled "Photo Gallery" -- to get to the photo gallery.)

Click on the gallery's links to pics of the cast members, and for information on adopting the dogs, which are being housed in L.A.-area shelters.

-- Leslie Gornstein

[Update, 10:25 a.m., Dec. 11, 2009: Via Twitter, @spcaLA has lots of wawas too.]

Photos: John Gordon, top, cuddles abandoned Chihuahuas at the East Valley Animal Care Center in Van Nuys on Dec. 10. And look, there's the cuddly cast of "Jersey Shore," right. Credits: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times, top; Scott Gries / MTV, right.

More PREACH IT! magic from the Ministry of Gossip:

PREACH IT! C'mon, you already knew Tiger Woods cheated

PREACH IT! Pass the peppehs, we're going down the shore (the 'Jersey Shore,' that is)

PREACH IT! Just for you, ABC, a post about Adam Lambert that is Totally Not Gay

PREACH IT! I'll Buy that kid for a dollar, Jennifer Hudson

PREACH IT! Hey Tiger? Gonna take a Big Bertha to your plea for privacy

PREACH IT! And Leslie Looked Upon the Ministry Readers, and She Saw That She Was Good (an introduction to Ms. Gornstein and her mission)

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