Heroic Chihuahua who saved owners from potential abduction gets reward of “Security” jumper

Bournemouth Echo: TOP DOG: Chihuahua Piccolo with 18-month-old Lilly TOP DOG: Chihuahua Piccolo with 18-month-old Lilly

A HEROIC Chihuahua who saved a terrified mum and her baby from a potential abduction has been rewarded by a designer dog boutique in Bournemouth.

Standing at just ten inches tall, Piccolo leapt into action and scared off an attacker who was trying to wrestle open the car door to reach mum Charlie Preston and 18-month old Lilly. The three-year-old pooch snarled and barked at the man who repeatedly shouted “Get out and come with me” until eventually he released the door and ran off.

Piccolo has been rewarded with a new jumper saying Security along with a new harness, lead, bowl by Dogue, a Puppy Angel bed as well as a tin of Christmas treats by Chilli-dogs boutique.

Charlie said: “We had a lovely time and wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful gifts.

“Piccolo is very happy with his gorgeous new outfit and his bed, and the other lovely things.

“There has been so much bad press lately about dogs and some tragic losses so it’s good to be able to be involved in a happy ending.”

Tash from Chilli-dogs boutique heard about the amazing story of Piccolo’s bravery and decided the reward was in order.

She said: “Our dogs are an extended part of our family and they completely pick up on our emotions. “Clearly Piccolo sensed his Mum’s fear and wanted to protect her and Lilly.

“He was not worried about his size or what could have happened to him, his sole mission would have been to protect his family and this he did very successfully.”

The drama unfolded while the family’s Vauxhall Corsa was parked in Magpie Lane, Eastleigh.

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7:21am Fri 13 Dec 13

alasdair1967 says...

What was wrong with starting the car and driving off ?
What was wrong with starting the car and driving off ? alasdair1967

7:35am Fri 13 Dec 13

Righteousone says...

What the hell. Surely the story should be about the potential abduction and the fact that some nut job is on the loose trying to abduct children!!
What the hell. Surely the story should be about the potential abduction and the fact that some nut job is on the loose trying to abduct children!! Righteousone

8:16am Fri 13 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Was the offender only visible to dogs as there's no description?

On a more serious note, everyone is ok and safe!!
Was the offender only visible to dogs as there's no description? On a more serious note, everyone is ok and safe!! Controversial But True

9:34am Fri 13 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

Oh please.
Oh please. scrumpyjack

9:44am Fri 13 Dec 13

MissAnne says...

Clothing on pets = ridiculous and unnecessary. This article should be about warning people of the man.
Clothing on pets = ridiculous and unnecessary. This article should be about warning people of the man. MissAnne

9:59am Fri 13 Dec 13

High Treason says...

Now let me guess who rang the Echo to tell them about the free jumper.
No wonder newspaper sales are down over the years with rubbish like this in them.
Now let me guess who rang the Echo to tell them about the free jumper. No wonder newspaper sales are down over the years with rubbish like this in them. High Treason

10:01am Fri 13 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

This 'story' is just an advert for a shop in disguise.
This 'story' is just an advert for a shop in disguise. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

10:25am Fri 13 Dec 13

foggy1965 says...

and the dogs jumper is the NEWS worthy part of the story?
but don't worry about the attacker, as long as you have a dog?
and the dogs jumper is the NEWS worthy part of the story? but don't worry about the attacker, as long as you have a dog? foggy1965

11:24am Fri 13 Dec 13

static kill says...

ffs
ffs static kill

11:42am Fri 13 Dec 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Less about the stupid dog and more about the details of the man so he can be tracked down. Just a thought.............
............
Less about the stupid dog and more about the details of the man so he can be tracked down. Just a thought............. ............ Letcommonsenseprevail

3:03pm Sat 14 Dec 13

honeydoll says...

Wow.... the comments have been pretty negative for this so far, and that saddens me greatly so here are a few answers just to clear things up:
Firstly... Hi everyone! I'm Charlie. I was the victim of the terrifying episode and I am the proud owner of Piccolo the chihuahua :)
The reason that we did not start the car and drive off was that my partner (the driver) had gotten out of the car to go and collect something from ebay. I do not drive so I was in the passenger seat, and my baby was in her car seat behind me. It was about 9pm. These details was made clear when the story was published in the news originally, but this particular story is about the fact that the lovely owner of Chilli Dogs Boutique read about our brave dog and decided to reward him.
Yes, the event was terrifying. The police were given a description of the man (for those who are interested it was a dark autumn evening and we had parked on a residential road with bad streetlighting. The man was dark skinned, had short hair, and had no shirt - that was all I really saw in my sheer panic as he tried to wrench my door open!) The police launched an enquiry, but have thus far been unsuccessful.
I would also like to say, to the person who wrote that clothing for dogs is unnecessary. I grew up with working cocker spaniels, and happened to completely agree with you that clothing for dogs was just a gimmick used by silly "Paris Hilton" types trying to make their dogs into a fashion accessory. And for working dogs and larger dogs I would still say that this is completely true. BUT.... now that I am the proud owner of a chihuahua I know just how very NECESSARY it is to ensure that smaller dogs are kept warm. Chihuahuas are very small dogs, and their native country (Mexico) is a warm one. They get VERY cold and can easily become ill in the colder UK months, and so as the days and nights get colder it becomes increasingly essential to pop a jumper or coat on them when you go out.
Piccolo gets very shivery without his little coat on, and he adores his new security jumper from Chilly Dogs boutique. The reason that this story is more about the kind reward than about the attack itself is that the story of the atttack was already headlining news back when it happened. It was from that headline that Tash from Chilly Dogs heard about Piccolo and decided to reward him.
I hope that this clears a few things up for everyone, and also I would just like to say thank you to the lovely Tash from Chilly Dogs, whose store we would 100% recommend to dog owners. It is not just the adorable clothing, the entire boutique is full of a wonderful choice of high quality products from leashes and beds to bowls and food. We hope to return very soon. :) xxx
Wow.... the comments have been pretty negative for this so far, and that saddens me greatly so here are a few answers just to clear things up: Firstly... Hi everyone! I'm Charlie. I was the victim of the terrifying episode and I am the proud owner of Piccolo the chihuahua :) The reason that we did not start the car and drive off was that my partner (the driver) had gotten out of the car to go and collect something from ebay. I do not drive so I was in the passenger seat, and my baby was in her car seat behind me. It was about 9pm. These details was made clear when the story was published in the news originally, but this particular story is about the fact that the lovely owner of Chilli Dogs Boutique read about our brave dog and decided to reward him. Yes, the event was terrifying. The police were given a description of the man (for those who are interested it was a dark autumn evening and we had parked on a residential road with bad streetlighting. The man was dark skinned, had short hair, and had no shirt - that was all I really saw in my sheer panic as he tried to wrench my door open!) The police launched an enquiry, but have thus far been unsuccessful. I would also like to say, to the person who wrote that clothing for dogs is unnecessary. I grew up with working cocker spaniels, and happened to completely agree with you that clothing for dogs was just a gimmick used by silly "Paris Hilton" types trying to make their dogs into a fashion accessory. And for working dogs and larger dogs I would still say that this is completely true. BUT.... now that I am the proud owner of a chihuahua I know just how very NECESSARY it is to ensure that smaller dogs are kept warm. Chihuahuas are very small dogs, and their native country (Mexico) is a warm one. They get VERY cold and can easily become ill in the colder UK months, and so as the days and nights get colder it becomes increasingly essential to pop a jumper or coat on them when you go out. Piccolo gets very shivery without his little coat on, and he adores his new security jumper from Chilly Dogs boutique. The reason that this story is more about the kind reward than about the attack itself is that the story of the atttack was already headlining news back when it happened. It was from that headline that Tash from Chilly Dogs heard about Piccolo and decided to reward him. I hope that this clears a few things up for everyone, and also I would just like to say thank you to the lovely Tash from Chilly Dogs, whose store we would 100% recommend to dog owners. It is not just the adorable clothing, the entire boutique is full of a wonderful choice of high quality products from leashes and beds to bowls and food. We hope to return very soon. :) xxx honeydoll

3:09pm Sat 14 Dec 13

honeydoll says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
What was wrong with starting the car and driving off ?
Sound advice, but unfortunately I do not drive and was in the passenger seat... my partner (the driver) had left the car to go and collect an item that we had won on eBay. The lane was a residential one but the road was set a long way back from the houses and had bad lighting, and we had parked up in the only space we could find within walking distance of the address. :) xx
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: What was wrong with starting the car and driving off ?[/p][/quote]Sound advice, but unfortunately I do not drive and was in the passenger seat... my partner (the driver) had left the car to go and collect an item that we had won on eBay. The lane was a residential one but the road was set a long way back from the houses and had bad lighting, and we had parked up in the only space we could find within walking distance of the address. :) xx honeydoll

3:15pm Sat 14 Dec 13

honeydoll says...

Righteousone wrote:
What the hell. Surely the story should be about the potential abduction and the fact that some nut job is on the loose trying to abduct children!!
The original headlining story was about the attack, and included a description and news of the enquiry launched by police. The event occured back in September. This particular story is about how Tash at Chilli-Dogs heard about Piccolo and decided to reward him. Unfortunately the assailant has not yet been found :( xx
[quote][p][bold]Righteousone[/bold] wrote: What the hell. Surely the story should be about the potential abduction and the fact that some nut job is on the loose trying to abduct children!![/p][/quote]The original headlining story was about the attack, and included a description and news of the enquiry launched by police. The event occured back in September. This particular story is about how Tash at Chilli-Dogs heard about Piccolo and decided to reward him. Unfortunately the assailant has not yet been found :( xx honeydoll

3:24pm Sat 14 Dec 13

honeydoll says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
Less about the stupid dog and more about the details of the man so he can be tracked down. Just a thought.............

............
The original article contained information about the assailant, but this story is about the kind boutique owner who decided to reward our pooch after she read about him in the paper. He might seem stupid to you, (and actually, he's not the smartest of dogs! :) ) but had he not been in the car, the story could have been a far worse one, so I feel very lucky to have such a brave little dog. I still live in hope that the man will be caught, and I pray that he does not try whatever it is that he was trying to do with any other potential victims.
To anyone parking up in the evenings: LOCK YOUR CAR! - It sounds obvious, but it didn't occur to me to do it until I was in that horrid situation!! xx
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Less about the stupid dog and more about the details of the man so he can be tracked down. Just a thought............. ............[/p][/quote]The original article contained information about the assailant, but this story is about the kind boutique owner who decided to reward our pooch after she read about him in the paper. He might seem stupid to you, (and actually, he's not the smartest of dogs! :) ) but had he not been in the car, the story could have been a far worse one, so I feel very lucky to have such a brave little dog. I still live in hope that the man will be caught, and I pray that he does not try whatever it is that he was trying to do with any other potential victims. To anyone parking up in the evenings: LOCK YOUR CAR! - It sounds obvious, but it didn't occur to me to do it until I was in that horrid situation!! xx honeydoll

3:40pm Sat 14 Dec 13

honeydoll says...

MissAnne wrote:
Clothing on pets = ridiculous and unnecessary. This article should be about warning people of the man.
I grew up with working cocker spaniels and a great dane, and previously I would have agreed with you.
However, I am now the proud owner of a chihuahua, and they are very different creatures from larger breeds.
So...do dogs need clothes? While this may at first appear to be a light concern to those who would scoff at the idea of dressing a dog, there are still many dog owners who have seen their dogs shiver violently after exposure to winter temperatures but hesitate to put clothing on their dogs for fear of appearing odd. However, If you are concerned about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on them.
Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted (chihuahuas originate from a much warmer country!) So many small dogs and toy breeds may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures — as uncomfortable as you would be if you went outside without clothing.
A sweater or jacket can be helpful during the cold seasons, especially if your dog is reluctant to go outside in the snow to relieve himself, but also if you tend to keep your home’s internal heating system set low, depending instead on blankets and sweaters for your human occupants.
Conversely, as I mentioned at the start: larger dogs with dense hair coats do not have a need for additional insulation, and would be very uncomfortable if they were forced to wear outer clothing, possibly to the point of physically overheating. Their fur is already genetically designed to protect them from extreme winter temperatures. The Siberian Husky, Malamute, and Saint Bernard breeds are all excellent examples of dogs that are perfectly suited to cold temperatures, while the Chihuahua, Greyhound, and many terrier and pinscher breeds are good examples of dogs that would do well with a little extra outer insulation. It isn't a fashion thing. It is absolutely essential for smaller dogs :) xx
[quote][p][bold]MissAnne[/bold] wrote: Clothing on pets = ridiculous and unnecessary. This article should be about warning people of the man.[/p][/quote]I grew up with working cocker spaniels and a great dane, and previously I would have agreed with you. However, I am now the proud owner of a chihuahua, and they are very different creatures from larger breeds. So...do dogs need clothes? While this may at first appear to be a light concern to those who would scoff at the idea of dressing a dog, there are still many dog owners who have seen their dogs shiver violently after exposure to winter temperatures but hesitate to put clothing on their dogs for fear of appearing odd. However, If you are concerned about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on them. Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted (chihuahuas originate from a much warmer country!) So many small dogs and toy breeds may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures — as uncomfortable as you would be if you went outside without clothing. A sweater or jacket can be helpful during the cold seasons, especially if your dog is reluctant to go outside in the snow to relieve himself, but also if you tend to keep your home’s internal heating system set low, depending instead on blankets and sweaters for your human occupants. Conversely, as I mentioned at the start: larger dogs with dense hair coats do not have a need for additional insulation, and would be very uncomfortable if they were forced to wear outer clothing, possibly to the point of physically overheating. Their fur is already genetically designed to protect them from extreme winter temperatures. The Siberian Husky, Malamute, and Saint Bernard breeds are all excellent examples of dogs that are perfectly suited to cold temperatures, while the Chihuahua, Greyhound, and many terrier and pinscher breeds are good examples of dogs that would do well with a little extra outer insulation. It isn't a fashion thing. It is absolutely essential for smaller dogs :) xx honeydoll

10:41pm Sat 14 Dec 13

ShuttleX says...

honeydoll wrote:
Wow.... the comments have been pretty negative for this so far, and that saddens me greatly so here are a few answers just to clear things up:
Firstly... Hi everyone! I'm Charlie. I was the victim of the terrifying episode and I am the proud owner of Piccolo the chihuahua :)
The reason that we did not start the car and drive off was that my partner (the driver) had gotten out of the car to go and collect something from ebay. I do not drive so I was in the passenger seat, and my baby was in her car seat behind me. It was about 9pm. These details was made clear when the story was published in the news originally, but this particular story is about the fact that the lovely owner of Chilli Dogs Boutique read about our brave dog and decided to reward him.
Yes, the event was terrifying. The police were given a description of the man (for those who are interested it was a dark autumn evening and we had parked on a residential road with bad streetlighting. The man was dark skinned, had short hair, and had no shirt - that was all I really saw in my sheer panic as he tried to wrench my door open!) The police launched an enquiry, but have thus far been unsuccessful.
I would also like to say, to the person who wrote that clothing for dogs is unnecessary. I grew up with working cocker spaniels, and happened to completely agree with you that clothing for dogs was just a gimmick used by silly "Paris Hilton" types trying to make their dogs into a fashion accessory. And for working dogs and larger dogs I would still say that this is completely true. BUT.... now that I am the proud owner of a chihuahua I know just how very NECESSARY it is to ensure that smaller dogs are kept warm. Chihuahuas are very small dogs, and their native country (Mexico) is a warm one. They get VERY cold and can easily become ill in the colder UK months, and so as the days and nights get colder it becomes increasingly essential to pop a jumper or coat on them when you go out.
Piccolo gets very shivery without his little coat on, and he adores his new security jumper from Chilly Dogs boutique. The reason that this story is more about the kind reward than about the attack itself is that the story of the atttack was already headlining news back when it happened. It was from that headline that Tash from Chilly Dogs heard about Piccolo and decided to reward him.
I hope that this clears a few things up for everyone, and also I would just like to say thank you to the lovely Tash from Chilly Dogs, whose store we would 100% recommend to dog owners. It is not just the adorable clothing, the entire boutique is full of a wonderful choice of high quality products from leashes and beds to bowls and food. We hope to return very soon. :) xxx
Nice one Charlie.. Who cares if the shop got a bit of free publicity? It was a nice gesture. Glad you and Lilly are ok.
[quote][p][bold]honeydoll[/bold] wrote: Wow.... the comments have been pretty negative for this so far, and that saddens me greatly so here are a few answers just to clear things up: Firstly... Hi everyone! I'm Charlie. I was the victim of the terrifying episode and I am the proud owner of Piccolo the chihuahua :) The reason that we did not start the car and drive off was that my partner (the driver) had gotten out of the car to go and collect something from ebay. I do not drive so I was in the passenger seat, and my baby was in her car seat behind me. It was about 9pm. These details was made clear when the story was published in the news originally, but this particular story is about the fact that the lovely owner of Chilli Dogs Boutique read about our brave dog and decided to reward him. Yes, the event was terrifying. The police were given a description of the man (for those who are interested it was a dark autumn evening and we had parked on a residential road with bad streetlighting. The man was dark skinned, had short hair, and had no shirt - that was all I really saw in my sheer panic as he tried to wrench my door open!) The police launched an enquiry, but have thus far been unsuccessful. I would also like to say, to the person who wrote that clothing for dogs is unnecessary. I grew up with working cocker spaniels, and happened to completely agree with you that clothing for dogs was just a gimmick used by silly "Paris Hilton" types trying to make their dogs into a fashion accessory. And for working dogs and larger dogs I would still say that this is completely true. BUT.... now that I am the proud owner of a chihuahua I know just how very NECESSARY it is to ensure that smaller dogs are kept warm. Chihuahuas are very small dogs, and their native country (Mexico) is a warm one. They get VERY cold and can easily become ill in the colder UK months, and so as the days and nights get colder it becomes increasingly essential to pop a jumper or coat on them when you go out. Piccolo gets very shivery without his little coat on, and he adores his new security jumper from Chilly Dogs boutique. The reason that this story is more about the kind reward than about the attack itself is that the story of the atttack was already headlining news back when it happened. It was from that headline that Tash from Chilly Dogs heard about Piccolo and decided to reward him. I hope that this clears a few things up for everyone, and also I would just like to say thank you to the lovely Tash from Chilly Dogs, whose store we would 100% recommend to dog owners. It is not just the adorable clothing, the entire boutique is full of a wonderful choice of high quality products from leashes and beds to bowls and food. We hope to return very soon. :) xxx[/p][/quote]Nice one Charlie.. Who cares if the shop got a bit of free publicity? It was a nice gesture. Glad you and Lilly are ok. ShuttleX

2:57am Sun 15 Dec 13

poolepaul says...

So can someone tell me exactly what the echo will not report on. I missed my bus yesterday. Who should I contact to report this?
So can someone tell me exactly what the echo will not report on. I missed my bus yesterday. Who should I contact to report this? poolepaul

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