Mickey is a 4 year old, 24 pound Shih Tzu-Maltese cross, or so they say. Originally expected to be an eight pound pocket-dog, Mickey is a huge overachiever. When he was small, we were worried about an eagle, hawk, or owl swooping down and carrying him away. Now we are not so worried as, being a dog of adventure, he would likely enjoy the ride.
Mickey, along with Minnie, (whom who will meet in a future blog) are affectionately and ironically labeled “The Twins”. Mickey is smaller, whitish (when clean … which is hardly ever), doesn’t like water, is rather bossy, and isn’t interested in meeting strangers. Minnie, as you will see, is rather the opposite and hasn’t met a person yet who is a stranger. As we purchased both Minnie and Mickey when our daughter was young, she wanted to name them after Disney characters. Hence the names Mickey and Minnie.
Mickey’s favorite activities include hiking, riding in and chasing Tractor, and of course eating. One of his favorite treats is organic wild blueberries. He mows through them like a cow would eat grass. We took the dogs to non-organic fields on other farms to see if Mickey and Minnie would eat their berries in the same manner, but lo and behold they would not. Somehow they know which berries are best for them. Smart puppies.
Mickey is all attitude. If he wants in or out of Tractor, he will let you know with a loud and bossy bark. When he is not roaming around the blueberry farm, he can be found hanging out under the table waiting for an errant scrap of food or following us from room to room. Small children are a magnet for Mickey and he adores playing with them. They tend to bear hug him and affectionately drag him around and he just goes along with it. Mickey also loves hanging out with horses, nibbling on their food and trying to get the horses to chase him. He might have been a horse in a past life…or a food vacuum.
In the evenings, Mickey often lazes about on or around the couch, with his favourite spot being the top level of any chair or couch. He prefers to be perched on the highest point on the back of the couch like a cat. Later, he can be found curled up at the foot of the bed. Our little Ewok foot-warmer.