This is Mia. She’s our house guest and so far, we’ve been entertaining her for almost three days. What you can’t tell from looking at this photograph, is that Mia has just spent about 40 minutes (or more) playing all manner of “Catch me, guys!” with our dogs.
That tongue hanging out was your first clue. The gleam in her eyes the second. There are a few blades of grass that you can sort of see near the bottom of the photograph — they are clue number four.
Mia likes grass. She likes to pull it, chew it and catch it between her paws.
We think she came from a pretty quiet home. By that I mean that she’s the only dog. There’s at least one cat – maybe two. But cats think that dogs are pretty insignificant and tend to ignore them as much as they can. Unless they need to SWAT a dog nose.
Besides that, cats don’t bark. Nor do they want to play “Catch me, guys!” outside. They don’t even play THAT game inside.
What’s a fun-loving dog to do?
Mia was more than ready for doggy-fun, but, her human family had NEVER had dogs before. They were prepared to have just one dog. They were pretty smart about that.
The mom in the family made a list of what she wanted in a dog. She wanted a small female dog would weigh under 20 pounds when full grown. Maybe a Cavalier King Charles.
The little girls in the family just wanted a dog. They would have taken ANY dog they wanted one THAT much.
And, the dad in the family loved his daughters SO much that he decided to go along with whatever his wife decided. He was pretty smart about that.
The family looked for their perfect puppy at a local shelter. They saw lots of BIG dogs. But. There were no small female dogs. Not that day.
So, they looked some more. They found Mia in a pet store not too far away from where they live. Mia is a Cava Chon. (More about THAT in a later blog post.)
They loved her immediately! And, so, they brought her home. Who could resist that adorable face. Not them.
They bought Mia a crate and lots of toys and a tiny harness for her tiny body with a matching (very cute) leash. They found her a vet and even found a dog trainer. They were VERY smart.
They were so happy with Mia that they completely FORGOT about their vacation.
What would they do with Mia while they were on vacation?
The mom in the family is one of my DEAREST friends. I told her to leave Mia with me. She wasn’t sure at first. Mia was such a handful for them. They were still figuring out how to housebreak her and she was puppy-nipping and they were just figuring out how to make her stop. What if Mia was too much trouble for us?
I said, “What’s trouble for you won’t be trouble for me.”
Finally, the mom said, “OK.” She was VERY smart.
Which brings me back to that photograph and what you can’t see.
Remember I told you that I thought that Mia’s house was pretty quiet? Because she’s an ONLY dog?
Wait til you see who her new friends are! [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]