Sure, the Taco Bell dog grabbed all the Chihuahua headlines in recent
weeks. But he -- who's a she, actually -- may only lose a job. When it
comes to Chihuahuas in peril, the most gripping story may be that of
Tyk Thomas and Litty Leigh, beloved pets of Backstreet Boy Brian
Littrell and his fiancée, Leighanne Wallace. On July 19 both dogs
disappeared from the couple's home outside of Atlanta after an
unidentified woman buzzed at the gate. "I told her, 'No, you can't
come in,' " says Wallace, 31. Soon after, the dogs were missing.
Wallace called Littrell, 25, who hopped a plane back to the States
from Sweden, where he was recording the band's new album. "He was
extremely upset, almost more than I was,"Wallace says. The popster
appealed for the dogs' safe return on local TV and radio. After four
days, "we were miserable," recalls Wallace, "and completely without
Then on July 23 a
tipster alerted police to the dogs' whereabouts.
"When we got home, we got in bed with the dogs," says Wallace.
With good reason. Although both dogs have traveled the world in style,