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When Julie Docherty first laid eyes on Sir MoMo, her first senior Chihuahua, she fell madly in love.

And honestly, how could you not?

The newspaper clipping where Docherty first saw MoMo (she later shortened his name). She held onto it for years.


Even though she had only just moved to Los Angeles, she was so taken with this little face, she simply had to have him. So she headed over to Tiny Loving Canines Rescue (TLC), and with their support, she brought MoMo home.

MoMo had been neglected by his previous owner and thus needed some extra care. Docherty was more than up to the task, and as a result, their bond grew exponentially.

According to Docherty, MoMo's super calm but also a people-pleaser, aka the perfect dog.

"I realized how ideal having a more mature pup was and how bringing him along to work with me was easier than I had imagined," Docherty wrote in an email.

Since her first foray into senior Chihuahua motherhood went so well, she decided to adopt another one. And then another one. And then another one.

Now she has a proper Chihuahua posse.

From left to right in the top photo, meet Choli, Paloma, Benito (also known as RL or "Really Literally"), and MoMo. Docherty rescued Choli and Paloma from TLC, the same organization where she found MoMo, and Benito/TL from Animal Synergy.

Now that they're together, they're pretty much an unstoppable force of hilarity and cuteness.

COUCHella 2016 #ChiLaxing #chihuahuas #superseniorsunday #rescuedogsofinstagram #coachella

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And their owner couldn't be happier with her "mature" charge.

Docherty with her four pups and a friend. Photo by Julie Docherty.

They love greeting the mailman.

And of course, taking naps. Well, some of them anyway.

Choli's the bossy class clown.

He's a genius photo bomber. Photo by Julie Docherty.

"When he gets to know you, he becomes a fearless rag doll who will throw himself onto you," Docherty said.

And Benito squeaks like a cat when he's excited.

Meanwhile, Paloma's the unassailable diva.

"This is my most recent portrait. Don't I look FABULOUS?"

And finally, Sir MoMo, the original senior Chihuahua, is the lover.

"He's gentle and sweet and loves meeting people, which is pretty special for Chihuahuas who can be a bit overprotective," wrote Docherty.

Sure, it's not the easiest taking care of elderly dogs, but Docherty says the rewards far outweigh the costs.

None of the pups have teeth anymore, and they all take meds for arthritis, but that doesn't stop them from being playful and loving with their human mom and each other.

Senior Chi style back massage😴 RL & Choli ⭐️ #chiatsu #chihuahualife #chilaxing

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So if you're thinking about adopting a dog, don't overlook the older ones. They might not be as spry as puppies, but they possess all the cuteness, silliness, and warmth you could want in a dog with maybe just a bit more of a yen for naps.

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