A dog who may be small, but whose heart is notOur little mixed breed is one of the greatest joys that I have known in life. My mom rescued “Malibu” our Min Pin/Chihuahua mix (Pictured left with the pink harness) in California in July 2010. There was an abundance of small dogs in the shelters in California, due to the little dog craze that breed more dogs than proper owners. When my mom brought her home she was my little buddy from day one. Malibu or “Boo” as we call her, is lovable and sweet. I am not sure if I relate that to her being rescued, or to the breeds, but she loves to be around her family. She is very tiny, both in weight and height. Malibu was leashed trained, so she is a great walking buddy. I could take her in my car with ease, and it didn’t take too long to potty train her. Unfortunately, she wasn’t trained so great in that department when my mom rescued her, but she caught on right away once we worked with her. Malibu is a lap dog and will curl up right beside you for an afternoon nap. However, I could never get her comfortable in a bag or purse (dang it, “Legally Blonde” for setting that expectation up). The one thing that I didn’t mind, but many people do not like is Malibu’s desire to lick. I use to say that she had some frog in her because her tongue is always out trying to lick someone. I just think that she has so much love to share, that she can’t help but want to show it through her ‘kisses.’ Our chihuahua doesn’t lick like that, so I don’t think that’s the Chihuahua in her. Malibu is pretty warm to most people, even strangers or people she sees here and there. However, her heart and loyalty is to her family and those she lives with. Kids are at the bottom of the barrel for people that Malibu likes. I took her to the park one time for a work event, and many of my co-worker’s kids wanted to hold her. I had to leave early because I could tell that their energy and inquisitiveness was not something that Malibu enjoyed. If you have very young children, I do not recommend a Chihuahua or Min/Pin for your family. Grooming is very easy since she is short haired. We bathed her every so many weeks, as she got that dog smell or odor if we didn’t keep up. All in all, this mix of mini breeds was a great addition to our family. They have big hearts and lots of love to share. I wouldn’t bring a small pup into your family if you have small children because they may not understand how fragile those dogs can be. If you want a lot of love and a walking buddy that won’t walk you, then adding a mini-mutt may be the best decision you can make – it was for my family.
This post is part of a series in understanding why it’s important to have a companion that will never let you down.Since I feel as though I write a lot about the same things, I thought that I would share some insight on another topic that is close to my heart – pets (specifically dogs). These articles will be a series of blog posts about the dogs that I have owned. I will share some of my knowledge and experience on the breeds that I have had the pleasure of raising. Hopefully you will come away a little more understanding for what owning a certain type of dog entails. **PLEASE NOTE – This is just my opinion based on experience. For any health related information or questions, always talk to a knowledgeable breeder or veterinarian.**
Shelties – A Dog That Will Always Have a Place in Your HeartI grew up with Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) since I was about 14. The first one we had was a wonderful dog that made even my husband (not the biggest dog lover) fall in love with her. When we got married we decided to get our own Sheltie (Layla Rose – Pictured). She has been the best decision that we could have made. If you are seriously considering adding on to your family here a few good, and not-so-good, things about the breed that I have come to find: Shelties are lifelong companions that will nuzzle a place into your heart immediately. They are very easy to potty train, as they are eager to please their owner. Want to teach them a new trick? No problem – these dogs catch on very quick and both Shelties I own/owned knew how to fetch on their own. They are good with children, but are very cautious with them as well. Both dogs were great with other pets, and our current one even plays with our cat. I have found that Shelties also listen to you very closely. They will stay by your side and not let you venture to far out of their sight (They are like Velcro sometimes). Once fully trained, Shelties are a great addition to any family that will welcome them. As for the cons of having them, there only a few that may deter one from getting a sheltie. They have a lot of energy, and some very interesting idiosyncrasies because of it. Our first sheltie ran endless circles in our house (the herding instinct), and our current one chases shadows on the wall, floor, etc. She also has a fetish for our hose, and loves to be sprayed by it. Her barking can be excessive and quite loud. She has a normal bark, but sometimes she lets out a high-pitched one that can bring you to your knees. You don’t hear it often, but when you do it can be a little deafening. Grooming for this breed is what you make of it. We get ours groomed every four months professionally as she does have a lot of hair. We like to get our Sheltie shaved down pretty good going into the summer months. She loses so much hair, so this cuts down on shedding and it grows back in very nice. I find that once you open arms to this breed, you will have to hard time getting anything else. If you want a dog that is loyal, loving, energetic and smart then a Sheltie is the dog for you.