“They put it on the scale and this bag is basically like 5½ lbs overweight. Really quick we are like, ‘oh, we have got to rearrange some stuff.’ Opens it up and literally, there’s our dog coming out of my boot with his head bopping up,” Jared recalled.
The couple said that in their rush to pack their bags, they did not realize that Icky had burrowed itself indie the boot. “She’s the borrower, that’s what she does. She burrows in clothes, and she burrows in, obviously, suitcases now,” Kristi said.
Chihuahuas are known to instinctively burrow and like enclosed spaces because they use it as a survival mechanism against predators before they were domesticated.
“She’s very calm and just wants to feel safe,” Kristi said of her dog whom she describes as lazy with a sweet-tempered personality.
Icky was adopted by the couple five years ago when they rescued it from the side of the road in Texas. The Chihuahua is one of three dogs the family owns aside from a rabbit and a fish.
Jared posted the picture of Icky in the luggage while being held by Cathy Cook on social media. It received a lot of reactions from netizens and was picked up by several local news stations. It eventually got featured in mainstream media from People Magazine to the Washington Post.