Watch Out for Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in Your New Mi-ki Puppy!

Now that our latest batch of puppies are ready for their new families, we want to provide resources for our new and future Mi-ki adopters. We know you’ll want to provide your new puppy with the very best care.

The most important thing to be aware of is that your Mi-ki puppy may suffer from low blood sugar if not fed small meals throughout the day. Young puppies, especially toy breeds, can quickly burn through their energy reserves with even a heavy play session.

We wait until our puppies are about 2 pounds or are around 10 weeks old to make hypoglycemia less of a risk, but we still recommend letting your puppy free feed with access to their favorite kibble at all times.

Speaking of kibble, what is my Mi-ki eating again?

Our puppies are currently being sent home with the Small Dog Breed formula by Nutrisource as well as Horizon Amicus Small Breed Grain-Free Puppy kibble. Transitioning to the kibble of your choice is easily accomplished with the Honest Kitchen’s Dehydrated Puppy Food (just add water.)

As a side note, we like referring to the Dog Food Adviser when making our food selections. They also keep subscribers up to date with any pet food recalls.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia in Mi-ki puppies

It can be tricky to spot the signs of puppy experiencing low blood sugar. Look for any one or a combination of these symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Glassy unfocused eyes
  • Sudden sleepiness
  • The puppy appears lost or disoriented
  • Your puppy walks unsteadily or wobbly
  • Shakiness or twitching
  • Head tilts to one side (not the cute, alert kind)
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness without the ability to wake

Treatment of hypoglycemia in puppies

As mentioned earlier, the best treatment against low-blood sugar in puppies are regular small meals and/or snacks. But even an active play session or walk can deplete your puppy’s energy (sugar) quickly, so it is important to be vigilant and prepared.

Hypoglycemia is a serious condition and without acting quickly, your puppy could get into trouble fast and possibly even die. Fortunately,  you should be able to recognize the signs early in the process and the low blood sugar is easy to treat at home or on the go.

If your puppy is being transported home by plane, you or the puppy nanny will be given a little oral syringe of Karo syrup in case your puppy starts looking a little spacey or lethargic. Should this occur, squeeze a little syrup in their mouth or rub a little on your puppy’s gums to give them a quick sugar burst.

In almost all cases, your Mi-ki puppy will respond very quickly to this treatment — usually within five or ten minutes. However, if the Karo syrup doesn’t reverse the symptoms within ten minutes, take your puppy to the veterinarian immediately as something else could have caused the signs (such as ingesting something poisonous or contracting a disease.)

Keeping your puppy fed and hydrated on the go

If you’re taking your puppy out and about (hopefully in a sling or carrier until their shots are completed) always have puppy snacks and/or kibble on hand in case your errands take longer than anticipated. You should have received a collapsible dog bowl in your puppy starter pack to help keep your puppy hydrated.

Keeping your puppy safe when you’re gone

If you are leaving your puppy alone at home for more than a couple of hours, we recommend using a puppy playpen or a large crate with room enough for kibble, water, a potty pad with a grate to prevent shredding, and a dog bed.

The traditional crate training method for housebreaking puppies is not advised for long stretches of time for tiny breeds due to the risk of hypoglycemia.

Of course, your veterinarian is your first resource for information about preventing and treating hypoglycemia, but we’re here to support you throughout the life of your Mi-ki. Call or email us with any concerns:

Mary Parker: 303-246-3196, mary@royaltmikis.com

Mi-ki Blessings – 10 puppies in 5 days!

Savannah_Chocolate_Mi-ki_Royal-T-Mi-kisBeing a small Mi-ki breeder, we don’t have litters very often, so we were surprised when our three eligible girls decided to all go into season together.  Their cycles had been delayed by several months so we were scratching our heads trying to figure out if there was a reason. Eventually, we decided to switch their food believing that perhaps there were hidden phytoestrogens that might be affecting their hormones.

Sure enough, a few weeks after switching to Sport Dog Elite Grain Free Active Dog & Puppy, it looked like the three girls were going into heat… all at the same time! This was going to be interesting.

Since we only have one male, as studly as Moses is, I knew he was going to need some help. Plus, it’s better for the gene pool to have more contributing males. I had been making several inquiries, specifically for a chocolate carrying male for Savannah, in the hopes that we could have some chocolate pups from her.

A whirlwind trip to California for a boyfriend

Ultimately, we selected Sinbad on a hunch, based on the photo of one puppy he’d produced. We heard Sinbad had a gorgeous, non-matting coat, beautiful eyes, and perfect structure. So I  hastily booked a flight to California with a car rental. Early in, drive 6 hours, and fly home late in one day. This was a crazy plan since I was told Sinbad wasn’t very successful. In fact, he’d only produced that one puppy we had seen!

Once I was at Brumby’s Run, I finally got to see Sinbad and their wonderful Mi-ki pack. He really was handsome. The Thomson’s were gracious as always, taking me to lunch, and letting me borrow their boy as long as we needed… perhaps even to keep, if the puppies turned out nice.

As Sinbad and I drove back to Los Angeles, he wasn’t sure what to think. I kindly asked him to be quiet, and surprisingly, he listened. From that moment on, we got along splendidly, and he’s my little shadow. At least he was until I brought him home and he realized he had a job to do. Which he did very well within 10 minutes of arriving. So much for basically being unproven!

Evie’s delivery – 1/3/18

Approximately two months later, the puppies were just about due. I wasn’t too worried about Evie, because she is an absolute pro. I’d been taking temperatures to help judge the arrival, but I wasn’t too concerned. I’d predicted the exact right birthing date the last time, and I’d scheduled time off in a two more days.

Perhaps I should have been more worried, because Evie started delivering while I was at work. I knew it would be soon, but based on her patterns before, and the fact that she’d eaten breakfast, I thought we had 12-24 hours. Still, I knew she’d shown a bit of nesting behavior that morning, so at lunch at work, I texted my son Keegan, age 17, “Could you check on Evie?” to which he replied, “She’s had three.”

I thought he was joking so I called. She really did have three puppies right there in the family room on a blanket by the garage door where she was probably waiting for me to come home. So I raced home and kept Keegan on the phone during the drive. “Which one is the driest? Which one is the wettest? And that was how we determined the birth order.

I’m very grateful that Evie is such a good natural whelper. We’ve heard several stories of puppies that didn’t make it out of the sack and died without help, but Evie had everyone cleaned and nursing without intervention, just as nature is supposed to work… even with the other dogs nearby watching, as well as the cat.

After I got home, Evie delivered two more. Three girls, two boys! Everyone was healthy and had nice even weights. One down, two more litters to go!

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The newbie Mi-ki moms made me nervous

As exciting as the thought of puppies are, my Mi-ki moms are our babies, first and foremost. How would our new moms do? How many puppies would they have? Would they be able to deliver naturally? Could we really be so lucky and not have any losses when the average is as high as 30% puppy mortality without any intervention? I was trying not to let my concerns show to the girls because I know the sensitive Mi-kis pick up on these things.

On Saturday, I knew Rayne and Savannah were getting pretty close to their deliveries but I really didn’t know what to expect with these maiden moms. Our vet said it was a good idea to get x-rays of them to see if the heads were small enough to pass, and he graciously squeezed us in between appointments.

It looked like everyone was appropriately sized, and Rayne would have three, and Savannah had two. Both girls’ puppies were entering the birth canal, so delivery was likely going to be within 24 hours.

Rayne’s delivery – 1/7/18

Rayne’s big day was Sunday. She was nesting, panting, and had skipped breakfast. Despite my nervousness for my littlest Mi-ki, she did really well. Being so small, we weren’t surprised that we needed to help Rayne with a Woods maneuver to help ease the pups through the birth canal. Three dark girls! They looked a bit brindled and matte at first. The third was the tiniest we’d ever seen, weighing just 3 ounces.

I was actually a bit concerned about this last girl. She was just so tiny! I’d had to intervene with tube feedings on other puppies in the past, and I was thinking it was a good thing I’d already made plenty of Myra Savant Harris’ puppy formula.

We decided to name the littlest girl Denaya after our beautiful neighbor, Denaya Desormeaux who was crowned Miss High School Colorado at the same time this tiny princess was born.

I’ve included a video of Rayne and her littlest princess Denaya so you can get an idea of just how small she was. Keep in mind that Rayne is barely 5 pounds and is quite petite herself!

 

As it turned out, Rayne is quite the “helicopter” mom – always hovering, always mothering. She never let any of the other dogs get anywhere near her puppies. Her vigilance really paid off because I never had to worry about her tiny puppies. They all grew nicely and I didn’t have to do any supplemental feedings!

Rayne’s puppies all looked like black brindles at birth. Rayne is herself a black brindle, but she also has the black and tan saddle pattern, so she mostly has the brindle silvering on her legs and chest while the remainder of her has retained her beautiful black coloring, which is unusual for a Mi-ki. Often black puppies silver as they mature.

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Rayne’s puppies looked slightly brindled at birth.

Interestingly, Rayne’s puppies all looked shiny black within a few hours of her getting them all “spit and polished” without any brindle pattern. Many Mi-ki breeders say that the shiny black puppies are sometimes the ones that stay black, so it will be interesting to see what color these girls end up being. Danica has the most white on her chest and paws. Dakota is solid black with a bit of bronze undertones. Denaya has a thin white stripe on her chest and just a touch of white on a couple of paws.

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Savannah’s delivery – 1/8/18

Savannah, our chocolate Mi-ki girl, graciously gave us a little breather and waited a day before going into labor for her big debut. She was very relaxed about laboring. She was so relaxed, in fact, that I was worried. She’d push a little, then take an hour off. Basically, she pushed off and on casually starting at 2 p.m. but really didn’t get serious until after the local vet clinics were closed (of course.) Was this uterine inertia?

Based on her behavior and the fact that Savannah didn’t seem to be in any distress, I decided not to freak out and mostly just let her be with the exception of a bit of supplemental calcium to give stronger contractions. With only two large puppies, it was in the back of my mind that she could get into trouble. How much bigger could the puppies have gotten in two days since the x-ray? Would they get stuck?

Finally at 8 p.m., Savannah seemed to be getting into some serious pushing. This seemed to be more difficult, but she just kept looking at us with her big trusting eyes and didn’t seem very stressed. More time passed. More pushing. I eyed my Stuck Puppy Kit. Would I need to use it?

After more pushing with no delivery, we decided to try the Woods maneuver on Savannah as we had done on a couple of Rayne’s. This did the trick! Soon a big black baby girl was born along with the placenta, and we were thrilled.

Ugh! What is that??

Savannah, however, was not thrilled. She took one look at that ugly placenta and was horrified. Instead of trying to take care of her new puppy, Savannah wanted to hide that terrible glob of tissue. She most certainly wasn’t going to eat it.

So we removed the sack, got the puppy rubbed down, gave her a bit of oxygen, and got her breathing, and cut the cord. Savannah still didn’t know she had a puppy. She was still working on covering that nasty placenta thingy.

Finally, Bill just removed the placenta so Savannah could relax and concentrate on the fact that she’d just given birth to a big pretty baby. We had a good laugh because we always joked about how much of a licker Savannah is, and how her babies would be the cleanest on the planet. But now that her puppy was finally here, she didn’t lick her. Nope.

“Hey Savannah… here. Look. Here’s your baby. Want to see her?” There was a halfhearted lick. Finally. Eventually, the puppy’s instincts kicked in, and she made her way to the warmth of the nipple. I knew that nursing would help mom’s instincts to work better too, as well as start the contractions for the next baby.

The next puppy didn’t take long. We had to help pull the next puppy a little bit, but she slid out fairly nicely. Another girl! She needed a bit of work to get her moving and breathing. A little oxygen helped pink her up.

Surprise! This one looked like a little black and white Boston Terrier! Huh. Interesting. Both Savannah and the sire are solids, so I really expected we would have solids. But Savannah’s mom is a parti, so we had a little chance of getting some white patch puppies. What fun!

This time, Savannah decided she’d at least try to eat the placenta and try to chew the cord. She wasn’t very good at it. I guess she’s a bit of a diva. But she did do better and was cleaning her babies pretty well this time. Eventually, we ended up disposing of the placenta in the end so she could focus on the pups.

We waited a couple of hours to make sure there weren’t any hiders on the x-ray (this has happened to us before). We were finally able to rest with three boxes of healthy puppies and content moms on three sides of our bed.

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We feel really blessed to have so many cute Mi-ki puppies that are all healthy and all gained without any supplementation.

Differences in parenting style

In addition to differences in whelping styles, the new moms have their own styles of parenting. Being the experienced mom, Evie is pretty relaxed and doesn’t stress as much when the other dogs come near.

Did we mention that Rayne is the helicopter mom? Well, she takes her mom role pretty darn seriously. If there’s one tiny squeak, she’s all over that puppy. She makes sure everyone is clean and fed, clean and fed. And clean and fed.

Rayne does not care for Savannah’s less intense parenting style.

See, Savannah has lots of milk (and it’s rich chocolate milk.) She doesn’t feel the need to feed her puppies 24/7. They have gained fast. Really fast. In fact, Savannah’s puppies soon passed Evie’s puppies’ weights, even though they are five days older.

Sometimes Savannah’s puppies would cry, even if they were well fed. And Rayne didn’t like it. Rayne is that mom at preschool that wants to tell you how to parent your own children too. So Rayne and Savannah have had some good fights over proper parenting techniques. It’s been interesting, to say the least!

Puppy season goes by too fast!

Now that several weeks have gone by, we’re happy to say that the hormones have calmed, and we’re all getting some much-needed sleep. The puppies are all super cute and we are amazed that we’re already halfway through the time we get to cherish them. Soon I won’t be doing weekly photo updates.

We’re a bit sad thinking that they’ll no longer be with us, but happy that we’ve already found wonderful homes for most of them. Two puppies are going to live with Royal T Mi-ki alumni, and there’s no greater compliment and comfort than that!

If you’re thinking about adopting one of our remaining puppies, but aren’t sure, please know that we won’t likely have more puppies for at least ten months or more. We may end up keeping one of the puppies for our program, but are still deciding.

Either way, we won’t likely have more puppies for ten months or a year. If you miss out on this batch, the future ones will be worth the wait!

Thanks for journeying with us on our Mi-ki puppy adventure. If you adopt one of our babies, we hope that you’ll stay in touch and share your stories with us and keep the adventure going!

Introducing the Royal T Mi-kis Petite Pup Boutique

Grand-opening-bannerAs Mi-ki pet owners, we know it can be difficult to find the right products for toy breeds. To meet the need of our fellow small dog lovers, we’ve hand selected products to suit puppies, teacup and toy-sized breeds.

Whether you’re looking for a puppy collar, a luxury bed, a harness, a carrier, toys, or fun fashions, we have the products your pup has been dreaming of.

We’re adding new products daily to the Royal T Mi-kis Petite Pup Boutique to offer a wide selection of the best puppy and small dog gear anywhere!

As part of our Grand Opening, we’re having a Site-Wide 25% off Sale! (Select items excluded.)

Shop Now!

 

Royal T Mi-kis – Now Registered with the UKC – and we went to our first dog show!

 

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The Mi-ki was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in January of 2016. Founded in 1898, The UKC is the world’s largest performance breed registry. This esteemed club offers family-friendly events that not only judge a dog’s appearance but also give dogs an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they were bred for.

With this in mind, we decided to register all of our dogs with the United Kennel Club to be able to participate in dog shows and make it easier for any future Royal T Mi-ki offspring to do so as well. After all, Mi-kis definitely deserve more exposure in the dog world for their beauty, temperament, and trainability!

We joined a local chapter of the UKC, the High Plains Kennel Club (HPKC), and it has been a lot of fun to get to know other dog lovers in Colorado. Alan Krenek, the president of the club, has taken us under his wing to prepare us for UKC shows, for which we are incredibly grateful!

In fact, our first show went so well that Brighton nearly earned her championship, and probably would have had her handler (me) not accidentally missed one of the group ring competitions while socializing with other dog lovers. It was a beginner’s mistake, but we had a lot of fun in spite of ourselves.

Brighton earned tons of ribbons, and excelled in the group ring, competing against seasoned adult companion breeds. Since Brighton is only 7 months old, we are thrilled that the judges found her to shine among such a wide range of excellent breeds.

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There’s always next time, and next time, we’ll show even more of our Mi-kis. We chose to show just Brighton since it was our first event, and the other Mi-kis are much too busy working on new puppies! We hope to have new additions in early January 2018! Stay tuned!

BaxterBoo.com asked us to share about our first show dog experience on their blog. You can read about that here: Brighton’s Big Day – Tips and Trials from our First Dog Show.

 

When Good Mi-kis Go Bad

IMG_3741Our fans look forward to our weekly updates of puppy photos of our “perfect” little angels.

DO NOT BE FOOLED.

Mi-kis are vicious beasts. They may be under two pounds, but they are fierce. And fast. Here is the proof.

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Say goodbye to your precious petunias…

IMG_3521IMG_3532Mi-ki puppies attack!!

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You may see the attack coming

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and try to stop it

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but it is futile…

You can run, but you can’t hide!

 

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They’ll steal your things before you realize they’re gone!

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They’ll take on other wild beasts three times their size!IMG_3518IMG_3514

But overall, they’ll still put their best side forward… sort of.

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Mi-kis might just be a little bit crazy. But we love them just the same!

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Royal T Mi-kis Featured on the New American Mi-ki Club Site

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We were tickled to be asked by the American Mi-ki Club to submit photos of our Mi-kis for their new website which was just relaunched this spring of 2017. The new AMC site is really fantastic and will be a great resource for Mi-ki lovers everywhere.

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Photos of Savannah, our chocolate Mi-ki, are nestled throughout the site as well as some of our puppies from our first litter. In fact, Abby is the first puppy featured on the Long Coat Puppy Gallery!

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You’ll really enjoy looking at all the photos in the AMC galleries, and the Mi-ki breed history page is very informative.

When looking through the AMC site, I noticed there is going to be a shop as well! I emailed the president of the club and thanked them for featuring so many of our photos. I then asked, “what will be sold in the shop area?”

That one simple question has now led to me being appointed as the Shop Chairperson. Any suggestions for what a Mi-ki owner would like to buy for themselves or their pups would be appreciated!

Meet Rayne, An Enchanting Mi-ki Girl

We’re very excited to have added a new member to our Mi-ki pack. This smiling little girl had been whispering to us ever since we saw her first puppy photos. Dark puppies are very hard to photograph, but we could see she had the most enchanting little face, and we were smitten! We could see this little black diamond Mi-ki girl would make a lovely addition to our family.

Rayne’s full registered name is Brumby’s Run Right as Rayne Royal-T. It’s a big name for a little dog, but it suits her. She truly is right and has nestled herself deep into our hearts in a very short time.

She has a sweet, calm demeanor and seems wise beyond her age. She is watchful, thoughtful, and is very devoted in a quiet way. She would probably make an excellent therapy dog.

We’ve taken her on several outings, and she really doesn’t get rattled by anything. We even took her to Home Depot, where she was exposed to saw noise and a class of hammering human youngsters, and she took it all in stride!

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It’s always great when you can combine good looks with a great personality. But those two factors are just the start of what we look for in a breeding hopeful.

Royal T Mi-kis is committed to producing healthy, well-balanced offspring. That’s why we go the extra mile and invest in extensive tests to determine breeding suitability. We’re pleased to say that her Mars Veterinary Optimal Selection Test has shown her to be clear of any of the 140+ heritable diseases that can be revealed in DNA.

Rayne’s Optimal Selection Test also revealed that she is a black and brindle carrier. Indeed, even though she looks black, her luxurious coat has strands of silver and gold. She will be quite stunning as she matures.

As Rayne matures, we’ll have her tested for ophthalmic and orthopedic conditions to be assured that she could be a great candidate for our breeding program. We are hopeful and confident that she’ll be as healthy and sound as she is pretty and sweet!

How to Care for Your New Mi-ki Puppy

new_mi-ki_puppy_care_royal-t-mi-kisBringing a new puppy home is an exciting time but it can be a little unnerving when you have a tiny new family member to look after. We’ve taken a lot of care to raise our puppies so that they will be ready to make the transition into their new homes as easily as possible. Here are tips to keep your new Mi-ki Puppy healthy, happy, and off to a great start!

Tiny Puppy Considerations

Toy puppy breeds have unique needs that larger breeds don’t face. They need to be fed regularly, supervised while outdoors to avoid predators, and you have to know where they are at all times so they don’t get accidentally stepped on.

Hypoglycemia

Toy and teacup dog breeds need to be fed regular small meals so they don’t get hypoglycemia. Puppies that have been playing hard or encountered a stressful situation can quickly deplete their energy stores (glucose) and can be at risk of having low blood sugar levels.

If your new puppy is acting wobbly, dizzy, and just seems a little out of it, place a little Karo syrup on their gums to help stabilize their blood sugar levels.If your puppy doesn’t seem to respond to the syrup treatment quickly, seek veterinary attention immediately.

Hypoglycemia is a risk for tiny puppies and can be very serious. Sustained or repeated episodes of hypoglycemia can lead to irreversible brain damage. Always carry snacks with you to reward good behaviors and to keep your Mi-ki puppy’s blood sugar levels stable!

The Mi-ki Shuffle

Mi-ki dogs and puppies love to be near people. Bred specifically for companionship and attentiveness towards humans, this desire can inadvertently put your Mi-ki puppy at risk for being stepped on.

The solution for this risk is adopting a new walking style that seasoned Mi-ki owners call “The Mi-ki Shuffle.” Instead of taking big steps, you’ll want to shuffle your feet around the house.

This creates noise that alerts your pet that you’re on the move, and it also keeps you from accidentally stepping on your new puppy. I can’t stress this tip enough. Sadly, I had a former puppy perish after going to his new home because I didn’t know how to articulate this danger to his new owner.

Also keep in mind that if you’re sitting at a desk or table, your puppy will likely settle under your chair. Train yourself to look for your dog before you move an inch. Rolling over a tail or paw could cause a very serious injury or worse.

Consider adding a tiny bell to your puppy’s collar to help you know where your little shadow is so you can look out for them and keep them safe!

Predator Risks

Small dogs and puppies look so adorable! But to a hawk, eagle, or owl, your new pet looks a lot like lunch. If you would like to train your new pet to use the potty outdoors, you’ll need to be prepared to go with them every time. You need to watch your Mi-ki like a hawk!

Some Mi-ki owners opt to continue to have their puppies use the potty pads they were trained to. Your puppy could also be trained to use a litter box or any of the new indoor potty stations. This is a great option for apartment dwellers and for areas that have birds of prey and/or coyotes in the neighborhood.

Always keep your pet on a leash to keep them safe. Some owners even put sparkly clothing on their small dogs to confuse hawks and other predators since it makes your dog look unnatural. So now you can have a reason to dress your pet and not feel foolish… it’s for safety!

Training a Small Breed Dog

There are special considerations when training a dog or puppy of small stature. Mi-kis are intuitive, smart, and eager to please, so you’ll find it surprisingly easy to train them. They can be emotionally or physically hurt with harsh treatment, so it’s important to train them in a positive and gentle manner.

For housebreaking, you may choose to use a crate or simply keep your pup tethered to you so they are under your constant supervision. Always throw a little party for your puppy when they use their potty pad or go where you want them to. Don’t punish your puppy for going in the wrong place. Use an enzymatic cleaner to remove soiling odors so your puppy doesn’t return to the wrong place for their potty break. It’s easy to miss little potty spots with a small Mi-ki, so vigilance in housetraining and cleaning is important!

For teaching commands, unlike larger breeds, you can’t physically push your Mi-ki puppy into the desired position you’d like them to perform, like “sit.” This could damage their hips. With smaller breeds, you have to lure your pet into the sit position and then reward them.

A great book that explains tips for training toy breeds is Little Dogs: Training Your Pint-Sized Companion by Deborah Wood. It covers all of the unique issues related to small dog training and is a fun and positive method.

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Leash Training

It’s important to remember that even though small dogs can get a lot of their exercise needs met simply by running around your home or apartment, walking your Mi-ki is still a great way to bond with  your pet, give them mental and physical exercise, and provide more training opportunities and socialization.

When walking your puppy or small dog, Royal T Mi-kis recommends using a harness rather than a collar to prevent damage to their tender necks. Specifically, a no-choke harness is the best.

Some of our favorite styles are the American River Choke-Free Dog Harnesses by Doggie Design, the Gooby Freedom Harness II, and the Cirque harnesses by RC Pet. These brands come in sizes that are small enough for Mi-kis and have a choke-free design that is perfect for your puppy.

Sleeping Arrangements

When bringing home your new puppy, it’s probably tempting to let them sleep in your bed with you, particularly if they are crying. A tiny Mi-ki puppy could easily be crushed or smothered in a shared bed.

A safer alternative is to have them in a crate near your bed. You can verbally comfort them or even give them a little pat if they cry. Try not to give in and put them in bed with you. Set the tone as a calm, confident leader.

There are documented health benefits to sleeping with your dog, but until your new puppy is bigger, is reliable with their housetraining, and you’ve been established as the pack leader, it’s wise to have your little one sleep by your bed in a crate.

Products We Like and Use

To make an easy transition with your new Mi-ki puppy, these are the products we’ve been using.

Feeding

Your puppy has been eating Now Fresh Grain-Free Small Breed Puppy kibble mixed with a canned dog food that is 95% turkey or beef. We like Dave’s canned dog food as well as Cocolicious. We microwave a little of the canned food  for about ten seconds and then mix in equal amounts of kibble. You can add a little dab of canned pumpkin if your puppy’s stools are too soft. Mi-kis don’t eat very much, so these can covers are perfect for refrigerating what you don’t use.

We feed our puppies three times a day. If you’re gone during the day, please leave your puppy with plenty of fresh water and access to kibble so he or she doesn’t have low-blood-sugar issues.

Potty pads

We’ve been using disposable pads with IRIS puppy pad holders. Many breeders like washable fabric potty pads, but we’ve opted to use paper ones so they don’t confuse the fabric ones with your area rugs.

If your puppy seems to like to tear up their paper potty pads, try a holder with a mesh grate on the top.

There are lots of indoor potty options for your Mi-ki. Since Mi-kis are smart, they’ll get the hang of whatever you provide for them quickly!

Playpens

A puppy playpen is a great place to have your puppy stay safe while you’re away or need them out from under your feet. We like the IRIS puppy playpens. They are available in a wide range of colors to complement your home decor.

Grooming

Your Mi-ki is a long-coat dog that is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed. Mi-kis have rooted hair rather than fur and will require regular grooming. You may opt to keep your dog in a puppy cut or have them in a natural or show cut. You can work with a groomer or groom them yourself.

You’ll want to comb your Mi-ki regularly after being lightly misted with a pet conditioner spray to help remove tangles and prevent mats. If you’re in a hurry, you can also use a pin brush for quick detangling.

It’s important to keep your puppy’s eye area clean and trimmed. This helps prevent tearing and stains. Eye wipes are nice to keep the eye area clean.

Always detangle your pet before bathing to keep mats from getting worse. Bathe your pet with a pet-safe shampoo and conditioner. Towel dry and use a detangling spray such as The Stuff before combing out your pet’s hair.

When combing, start at the legs and work your way up towards the back. Use a wide tooth comb first and graduate to a smaller tooth comb. Combing is recommended over brushing for Mi-kis because they penetrate tangles all the way to the skin. Additionally, brushing can be damaging to the coat.

It’s also important to trim your dog’s nails and shave and/or trim your dog’s paws to keep your pet’s feet clean and healthy.

Also, trim up the “exit areas” to keep your pup’s  fur soil free and to ensure they can eliminate without difficulties.

Thank you for loving your Mi-ki!

We’ve put our heart into our pets and our puppies, and we are grateful you’ve chosen to adopt one into your family where they will be cherished.

If you have any questions about your puppy’s care, please give us a call or email us. We’d love it if you kept in touch and send us updated photos. Feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page!

 

 

Royal T Mi-ki Puppies Ready for New Homes!

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These adorable Mi-ki puppies are available to approved homes now!

These beautiful Mi-ki puppies are almost ten weeks old, which means they’re finally ready to go to their new homes. We keep our puppies until they are at least ten weeks old so that they have had time to gain immunities from their shots and are less likely to develop low blood sugar problems when they travel.

These adorable Mi-ki pups are from the heritage lines of Brumby’s Run Mi-kis of California, which are some of the oldest and healthiest lines around. In fact, our veterinarian was quite taken with the whole litter.

Our vet is impressed!

This was our veterinarian’s first exposure to Mi-kis and he was pleased that it’s apparent that care has been taken to promote health in this budding breed.

Dr. Atkins, of Dusty Plains Veterinary Services, explained that a lot of toy breeds have patella problems, and he was pleasantly surprised to find that these puppies’ knees all felt solid, even at this young age. He also didn’t detect even a mild heart murmur or any hernias, which are common in many puppies.

All of the puppies were declared healthy and whole and had no adverse reactions to their vaccinations.

How do I adopt one of these cute Mi-ki puppies?

Please feel free to call Mary at 303-246-3196 or email her at Mary@RoyalTMikis.com! We’d love to find out more about you and how a Mi-ki can fit into your family. We want you to love your Mi-ki as much as we do!

Our Mi-ki puppies are available to approved homes. We don’t sell to puppy brokers or puppy mills. We love these little pups and want to make sure they go to homes where they will be cherished and well cared for.

That means we might ask you a few questions about your home life. You don’t have to be perfect (we aren’t) but we do want to be sure you and your new Mi-ki have the best start together. We also want you to be comfortable with us because we hope to stay in touch over the years and hear about your adventures with your new Mi-ki!

Royal T Mi-kis is located just south of Denver, Colorado. We are a small home-based breeder that may only have one or two litters a year. So if you like one of our puppies, don’t wait!

Once you’ve been approved, and payments have been arranged, we can figure out how to get your new Mi-ki puppy to you. If you’d like, you may fly to Denver International Airport to pick up your puppy yourself or we can get you in touch with a courier who will deliver your puppy to your nearest airport. This service is $350.

If you live close enough to drive to us, we’d love for you to visit. That way you can see where your baby grew up, and we can show you some of our tips and tricks for grooming, feeding, and more.

Regardless of whether you pick up your Mi-ki puppy in person or use a puppy transport nanny, we’re here to offer you a lifetime of support to make the transition into your home as easy as possible.

What’s included with my adoption fee?

A Mi-ki puppy is an investment, and we want to send your puppy home with everything they need for a great start. Your Mi-ki puppy’s adoption fee includes:

  • Complete veterinarian examination and records to give to your own vet
  • A health guarantee against life-threatening congenital defects for one year
  • BioPet DNA certification that your puppy is a purebred Mi-ki
  • A certificate from the American Mi-ki Registry Association
  • Dewclaw removal
  • Dewormings
  • First set of shots
  • An airline-approved carrier (even if you drive to pick up your puppy)
  • A supply of current food to transition to the food of your choice
  • Puppy pads
  • Toys
  • Comfort items (such as a blankie that smells like their first home)

What’s not included?

Royal T Mi-kis are sold as companions only and not for breeding purposes unless otherwise arranged.

Visit our Nursery to see which Mi-ki puppies are available now!

Contact:
Mary Parker
mary@royaltmikis.com
303-246-3196

How to Host a Mi-ki Puppy Tea Party

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Most folks might think it’s funny to host a tea party for puppies, but here at Royal T Mi-kis, we want to instill fine manners into our young charges, so that when they go to their new homes, they know how to behave properly.

Okay, actually, we just thought it would be fun to get out Grandma Snyder’s fine china that we never remember to use. We think she is probably smiling at these cute little pups eating so daintily off the dessert plates and sipping water from her teacups.

Evie’s puppies are nearly seven weeks old, and we know our time with them is running short. It’s one of the hardest parts of having Mi-ki puppies for sale. So we want to celebrate and capture these precious moments while we can. We hope you’ll enjoy them too!

Preparing for a puppy tea party

To create a safe place for the pups to eat and play, we spread a tablecloth over a table without the legs and placed it on the grass. Next, we added the place settings and some silk flowers.

The puppies’ proper lunch today consisted of a mixture of Cocolicious Organic Beef & Turkey grain-free canned food, a smidgen of Nummy Tum-Tum Organic Pumpkin pet food supplement, and Now Puppy grain-free kibble for small breeds.

We decided that saucers would just be something for the puppies to step on and flip the teacups, so we skipped those. Water was the beverage of choice.

Cuteness ensued…

If you’re interested in one of these darling pups, feel free to browse our nursery to see our available Mi-ki puppies.