Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blogging Buddies: Milo and Me

When I was living in Brooklyn I really, really, REALLY wanted to get my first dog. I spent hours researching breeds online to find the right match for me. One day I came across an online quiz that asked you what traits you wanted in a dog, and matched you with breeds that fit your descriptions. My number one match was Japanese Chin. I had NEVER heard of the breed before that quiz, but started looking into Rescue groups and learning more about them. Eventually, I found a rescue group who needed a home for a 6 month old Japanese Chin pup they were calling "Higgins." I took one look at his photo and knew he was the pup for me.

This photo was taken the day he came home. I had to drive from Brookyn to Pennsylvania to pick him up. He had been a pet store puppy that a woman purchased, intending to breed him to another pet store purchased female. She changed her mind and gave him to the rescue, and I'm so glad she did!

Milo is the best dog I've ever met. I would take him Upstate to my parents' house for visits, and he love running around their yard! When it came time for me to leave Brooklyn, I knew the only place Milo would be happy would be my parents' house. They took both of us in for a few months, and eventually I went back to school and got an apartment. He stayed behind, and has lived with them for the past 5 years. 

Japanese Chin are very cat-like dogs. They like to be clean, they like to lay on the back of the couch and look out the window. They are very mellow, in a cat-like way about 90% of the time. They are very smart and love their families very much, though with strangers they can be aloof. They are a long coated dog, but are often referred to as "wash and wear" because their coats rarely matt, and they require minimal grooming. If you're looking for a real "doggy" dog who chews, barks, likes to roughhouse, the Japanese Chin isn't for you. If you're looking for a quiet, calm, funny companion, you've found the breed for you!

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  1. He's adorable! I've never really read anything on that breed, but now I'm really interested. Must not scour petfinder. :)

  2. He is so cute! I love the picture of his whiskers- he looks like such and old lady! Haha! Now I totally want a japanese chin! I mean seriously, a dog like acts like a cat?! What more could a crazy cat lady want!? I LOVE IT!

    Thanks for sharing all about your sweet little Milo, I really enjoyed reading it!


  3. It's a good decision on getting a Japanese Chin. This is one of the most well behaved and quiet dogs. They are sensitive to cuddling and loves to have companion always.


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