Celebrating Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton’s 2nd Birthday!

We want to take a few moments to recognize our very special Mi-ki princess Brighton, who turns 2 years old today! Why is she so special? Well, for one thing, she is a beautiful, athletic girl! She was the first Mi-ki we ever kept from our own kennel. Brighton is out of Brumby’s Run Evie and Tesoro Mio Moshe.

With her beautiful cream and white coat, gorgeous structure, and flawless gait, it’s not surprising Brighton became our first UKC champion. In fact, Brighton tied for 8th place in the United Kennel Club’s Top Ten for all Mi-kis shown in 2018. (As a side note, our Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle also placed in the Top Ten at 6th!)

Puppy Pics to Present

Hopeful mom-to-be in 2019!

Brighton has yet to become a mother, but we hope to breed her soon. If all goes well, we could have puppies from her this summer. Brighton has passed all of her health clearances for eyes, heart, and patellas. She has also been screened with the Embark DNA panel and does not carry any genes associated for any of the health problems that Embark tests for.

Brighton loves to get dressed up and model and show, but she really loves to play hard and get dirty with no regrets! She is one of the few Mi-kis who gets to sleep with mom and dad because no kennel can contain her. She knows she’s royalty, but it hasn’t gone to her head too much. She’s sweet, thoughtful, and intuitive to the needs of those around her. She is usually the first to greet our visitors!

Brighton makes a special friend

If I had to pick a favorite memory of this precious Mi-ki girl over the last two years, it would be of Brighton’s gentle treatment of a special-needs guest who came for a visit. The young teen was somewhere along the autistic spectrum, and I was delighted how our Mi-kis all gave her the space she needed. Brighton could sense our guest’s trepidation, so she slowly, gently did a belly crawl over to her and gently pawed at the girl’s knee. It was an amazing thing to watch as my Brighton gently coaxed our guest into feeling comfortable with her.

I’ve always heard Mi-kis are highly intuitive, but to see them all do so en masse and send one ambassador out to put our special-needs guest at ease was a sight to behold!

We look forward to many years with Brighton as our beloved pet, family member, and representative of the Mi-ki dog breed.

Brighton the Mi-ki is 2 years old!

Stay tuned for announcements of an upcoming litter from Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton!

2019 Airline Pet Policies May Affect Mi-ki Puppy Delivery Options

Many of our Mi-ki puppies are hand delivered to their new homes flying in-cabin with the use of a puppy nanny or one of our family members. Some of our clients opt to pick up their puppies themselves by flying to Denver International Airport.

Thanks to my flight attendant friends, I have been made aware of some airline pet policy changes that are happening across several companies. Some of these changes will affect our ability to deliver a Mi-ki puppy to their new families.

Our chocolate Mi-ki Savannah in her airline-approved Bergan pet carrier from BaxterBoo.com.

United Airlines Pet Policy

The most notable change that will affect puppy transportation is that no puppy under 16 weeks (4 months) of age will be accepted as an in-flight carry-on with United Airlines. This is disappointing for us, as United has been one of our favorite airlines to fly with.

My husband Bill is a Gold Member with United and has enjoyed delivering our puppies at a reduced rate if he happens to be flying into an area for work. This meant that our clients would only have to pay United’s $125 in-cabin pet fee. Unfortunately, this affordable and special delivery service will no longer be available for our customers.

Visit United Airlines for more information on their pet policies.

Delta Airlines Pet Policy

Delta has been cracking down on people abusing the emotional support animal rules and has also modified their pet policy. Pets must be 10 weeks old for domestic travel (within the continental US) and 15 weeks old for most international travel.

Since we don’t release our puppies to their new homes until they are at least 10 weeks old, this policy won’t affect our ability to transport Mi-ki puppies to their new homes.

Visit Delta Airlines for more information on their pet policies.

Major US Airlines In-cabin Puppy Policies

The following chart helps to explain major US airline in-cabin pet policies as of January 2019. Click the link to each airline to review all pet travel policies.

AirlineMinimum Age
(Domestic)
Fee
(one way)
Alaska8 weeks$100
American8 weeks$125
Delta10 weeks$125
JetBlueNot specified$125
FrontierNot specified$75
Southwest8 weeks$95
Spirit8 weeks$110
United16 weeks$125

Keep in mind that airlines typically limit the number of pets allowed in the cabin on each flight, so book your flight early to ensure your Mi-ki puppy can fly. Most airlines allow two puppies per carrier and charge only one pet fee, so if you’re picking up two puppies or going in with a friend for delivery, that is a nice option for savings.

As always, an airline-approved soft-sided pet carrier is included with each Mi-ki puppy from Royal T Mi-kis, even if your puppy isn’t flying!

While most airlines do not require health certificates to fly, some states do. If required, a health certificate is also included with your purchase.

Feel free to contact us to discuss Royal T Mi-kis’ premium puppy delivery services.

Breeding Mi-ki Dogs: Not for the faint of heart!

We are so pleased to announce that we have had another litter here at Royal T Mi-kis! The proud parents are Rayne and Moses. You can read more about them on the “Our Dogs” page.

For those of you that prefer to cut to the chase, the good news is that we have two beautiful puppies! The first is a girl we’re calling Felicity after good fortune and happiness. She appears to have her mother’s black and tan saddle pattern with white toes and a white stripe down her chest. She is tiny but vocal! She already looks like she has her mother’s sweet face.

We also have a handsome dark sable boy named Finnegan, which means “little fair one.” Surprisingly, Finn looks just like what his father Moses did when he was a puppy. You’d never guess now that our strawberry blonde stud was ever so dark! The color changes are just one of the fun features of the Mi-ki dog breed. And sweet Finn will likely become his namesake and be a light creamy apricot with dark fringe as he matures.

Now for those of you who appreciate details, here’s why we say that breeding dogs is not easy.

Puppies come when they want to come

This was Rayne’s second delivery and it was nothing like her first. The first was a textbook whelping with the puppies coming at even intervals with few complications other than helping reposition mom’s pelvis to make room for the new life.

According to our dog birthing calculator, Rayne would likely be due today (8-7-2018), and not three days ago, but I also knew that her first suitor was trying to woo her for several days and couldn’t seem to get the job done. Moses came to Rayne’s rescue late in her cycle, and so it wasn’t shocking that she delivered a bit earlier than what the calendar said (basing it on ovulation rather than the date of breeding.)

But it was a little disappointing that Rayne chose to deliver during my brother’s giant going-away party. Dog breeders pretty much have to put their lives on hold around delivery time, and that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. Sorry to miss the event, Jeremy and Barbie! We’ll visit you in Alaska!

Puppies don’t always come easily

Rayne started leaking fluid, and developed the classic bubble of the sac, but no puppy was coming out… for over an hour, then two. We used the wheelbarrow technique to help reposition the puppy in case it was transverse over the canal. After elevating Rayne’s hips higher than her head for several minutes, the sac went away. I was getting pretty nervous and was gloving up to get ready to perform the stuck puppy protocol with lube and a feeding tube. But Rayne finally started pushing and out came a beautiful little female – Felicity!

The next puppy took a very, very long time. I found myself scrolling through the files and entries of the various puppy birthing Facebook community pages I belong to and my Myra Savant Harris dog breeding books. Savant Harris believes we need to trust nature more than we have been, that we’ve lost far too many of our precious dogs to complications with all-too-common C-sections. She says the main key is to watch your female and not the clock. A resting and nurturing mother who is tending her pup(s) is not one that needs to be cut open. Pauses in delivery, even very long ones, are normal.

Uterine inertia or a natural pause in labor and delivery? How to decide? All I know is that Rayne is my treasure, and as long as she wasn’t freaking out, I would try and follow her lead while lifting up prayers. I stayed in my street clothes all night with the emergency clinic on speed dial.

Sometimes there are angels

Early the next morning, Rayne calmly delivered a beautiful stillborn female after resting peacefully through the night. The tiny angel came down folded wrong and judging by her size and the placenta, she may not have survived, regardless of early intervention. It is a difficult thing to face and was our first loss as a kennel. Apparently, 30% of puppies die before, during, or shortly after birth, and we’ve been way ahead of that statistic and are extremely blessed.

Twenty minutes later, a very dark sable boy was delivered, and he is healthy and just so sweet! Finnegan is larger than his sister Felicity, but he’s less demanding. We’ve had to supplement his feedings to keep his weight up, which isn’t uncommon in the first few days with the very tiny breeds. It’s my privilege to stay near these babies and lose sleep for feedings, though now I remember why it’s the young people who have babies!

Though it was heartbreaking to lose a puppy, our beautiful Rayne is whole, healthy and happy with two puppies to tend. It was the right decision. She taught me a lot about patience and trust.

No, breeding and raising puppies is not for the faint of heart. We do it for the love of the breed and to bless others with such wonderful companions.

Hopefully, our next litters will be less complicated. Stay tuned!

 

 

Introducing Our New Mi-ki Champions!

Mi-ki UKC Champion: Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton

We are very excited to announce that we have two new UKC champions! First, it was Royal T’s very own Brilliant Brighton, and she really did shine with her silky white coat and gleaming personality. The icing on the cake was that Brighton achieved her champion status on my birthday, and I couldn’t have asked for a better gift!

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As you may recall, our first foray into the show ring last November was very successful, except for the fact that yours truly managed to accidentally miss one of the group competitions. Being so rare, Mi-kis can usually only receive their UKC championship titles by competing with other breeds in the companion category. Along with at least 100 points, three competition wins are required to win a championship. Brighton had enough points but needed one last competition win.

So when Brighton beat her kennel mate Truffle on Friday, I realized, “I think she’s a champion!” And she was, and is, and always will be… ribbons or no ribbons. She’s our firstborn Royal T offspring, and it felt right to have her win on my special 45th birthday.

Mi-ki UKC Champion: Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle

With Brighton’s championship in the bag, next, we focused on our sweet little chocolate Truffle, bred by Barbara Briggs of Jubilee Mi-kis. Weighing just 4 pounds 5 ounces, Truffle is a little dot on the show ring floor. Her beautiful chocolate color has silvered to a gorgeous taupe, but I was worried that she’d blend into the concrete floor of the ring.

To become a champion, we needed Truffle to beat Brighton in the next four shows. Those would also count as competition wins. Beating Brighton would be a feat because Brighton’s outgoing personality and bright white coat are so vibrant.

How would tiny Truffle do against the other companion breeds in the group competitions? We learned that many of the other dogs were already AKC champions, so the competition was pretty stiff! Plus, with UKC shows, our tiny Mi-kis can be competing with athletic Dalmatians, glamorous Shih Tzus, popular French Bulldogs, and flashy miniature Poodles.

Truffle always gets lots of positive feedback at our Plum Creek Kennel Club conformation class. She naturally stacks beautifully (meaning she stands straight and evenly) and always gives the judge a warm expression with alert ears. Truffle moves so smoothly and has such lovely proportions, so I was hopeful that she was just a little nervous when she lost to Brighton but would do well after that practice run.

Sure enough, after a long weekend of four more shows, Truffle was able to beat Brighton each time to gain her required 100 points! Since Truffle beat Brighton, those also counted as her competition wins.

The pleasant surprise was that tiny Truffle was able to catch the notice of the judges. She placed 4th in the group competition three times! I’ve heard from more experienced showers that the rare breeds don’t usually get much recognition in the group rings, so the fact that Truffle placed at all was a significant win not only for her but also for the Mi-ki breed. We’re very proud of her!

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Special Thanks

Of course, these wins wouldn’t be possible without the support of our friends and family. Thanks to Bill Parker, the other half of the Royal T Team for helping me show, to my daughter Annaliese who also showed for the first time, and my aunt Marty Frick who came to support us and even took a little video for us!

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Aunt Marty Frick came out to support us at the Twin Peaks dog show!

We are also grateful to our judges including Kathy Carter who awarded Brighton with her Championship, Alan Krenek who gives us wonderful advice and training, Heidi Scheff, the cheerful and thorough Sandy Shaw, and Rick Gann, who awarded Truffle with her Championship.

Championship photos credit: Randy and Kindra Solomon.

Mi-ki Dogs are Ideal Medical Alert and Emotional Support Animals

Have you been searching for the perfect dog breed to be your medical alert or emotional support animal? Perhaps you’ve been looking for a dog breed to partner in therapy work at hospitals, nursing homes, or in hospice care.

The traits in support animals that are important for these tasks include having a naturally friendly, cheerful demeanor. A great therapy dog is intuitive and able to read and respond appropriately to the emotional and physical needs of each person that they meet. Other helpful traits are being hypoallergenic, non-shedding, and being small enough to lift and carry.

The Mi-ki dog breed possesses all of these traits. This is the specific reason why I selected Mi-kis for myself. Back in 2013, I was suffering from a medical condition and I was desperate to find a medical alert dog that would detect my health events before they happened.

It’s tough to find a small, hypoallergenic, non-yappy medical alert dog!

I am allergic to most dogs and preferred one that was small but I didn’t want it to bark a lot. I scoured the shelters for an appropriate candidate but was unable to find a young, gentle, small dog that didn’t shed. I realized I would likely need to find a purpose-bred dog to help me.

Fortunately, I was asked to write about every dog breed for my job and eventually came across the Mi-ki. The traits of the breed were a perfect match for my needs. Being versatile and easy going, I knew this was a dog I could take everywhere.

Soon I began interviewing Mi-ki breeders. When I heard that Barbara Briggs of Jubilee Mi-kis had Halle, a diabetic medical alert dog in her lines, I knew I had found the perfect candidate. Barbara agreed to place one of Halle’s precious granddaughters with me – Savannah!

Savannah is a delightful dog who goes with me to work, hair appointments, and travels easily. She actually models for me at BaxterBoo.com which is why you see so many professional photos of her wearing fancy dog dresses here at Royal T Mi-kis and plastered all over BaxterBoo.com and other pet clothing retailers. Since Mi-kis are intuitive, she learned quickly to pose and actually smiles for the camera!

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Jubilee’s Savannah is a rare chocolate Mi-ki. Here she is modeling a Doggie Design dog dress.

As it turned out, I was able to cure my medical issue with dietary changes and essential oils, so Savannah has not had to function as a medical alert dog. I am still determined to help others find the medical and emotional support they need through this wonderful breed. It is what drives me as a dog breeder.

Seeing the Mi-ki intuitive nature in action

We like to invite visitors to our home to meet our Mi-kis and feel comfortable with us as the foundation for their future pet. A few weeks ago, we had a lovely mother and daughter come over to see if a Mi-ki might be a good fit. The daughter suffers from allergies as well as likely another unnamed condition, but my guess would probably something on the autism spectrum.

Normally, the Mi-ki pack tends to be a bit excited when folks first come over but quickly settle in and make their way over to our guests for pets and general socializing. They’re very friendly. Some are more outgoing than others. Usually, Brighton (the white dog pictured above) is the most forward as the welcoming ambassador of the breed. But this time, I got to witness a new facet of the amazing intuitiveness of the Mi-ki breed.

All of the Mi-kis uncharacteristically hung back, giving this sensitive girl a pleasant and needed space. Very, very slowly, Brighton gently approached the visitor. Brighton took a very sweet and submissive slow approach with her and, the girl, though initially nervous, was delighted. I was in awe of all of the Mi-kis and how respectful, responsive and kind they were with this precious girl. It’s one thing to hear about the breed being ideal for service and therapy work, but another thing to witness it in a whole group of Mi-kis. Amazing!

Royal T Mi-kis is now partnering with an ESA registry service!

To help people in need of an Emotional Support Animal, we are proud to be partnering with ESAnimals.com. If you suffer from anxiety, social phobias, depression, PTSD, or are looking for a healthy way to cope with stress, a Mi-ki is an ideal choice as an emotional support animal.

If your dog is being adopted specifically to help you cope with emotional difficulties and/or stress, ESAnimals gives you an official confidential evaluation, paperwork, pet photo ID card, and a working vest for your pet. Additionally, your Emotional Service Animal will be added to a national registry.

These tools enable you to legally and easily take your ESA pet with you on planes or to allow your pet to live with you in your rental housing without incurring extra fees. Simply choose the ESA Housing plan, the Air Travel ESA package, or the popular all-in-one Companion combo pack that includes official letters for both housing and travel.

How does it work?

Once you select the ESA plan to fit your needs, a licensed mental health counselor from ESAnimals will evaluate you for ESA assistance. Once approved, you’ll quickly receive an ESA kit that includes letters for housing and/or air travel, a photo pet I.D. card, and an ESA working vest for your pet. No longer will you have to worry about being accused of having a “fake service or emotional support dog.” You’ll be able to travel and live with reduced stress with your dog (hopefully a Mi-ki) by your side.

The ESA plans range from $99 to $149, which could provide you with tremendous savings in pet fees with housing or with air travel. It would likely pay for itself in just one flight. I know this for a fact since I routinely fly with a Mi-ki and pay $125 for an in-cabin under-the-seat pet ticket!

Want to save even more? Simply use the Royal T Mi-ki special discount code:

“RM303”

for an additional $10.00 off!

This code can be applied in the “How did you hear about us?” section of your order. Select “Other” and enter RM303 (for Royal-T Mi-kis and our 303 Colorado area code.)

Please note that Royal T Mi-kis does not promote the use of an emotional support animal service simply to circumvent high pet housing and travel fees. An ESA does not have the same legal function or rights as a service animal. However, if your pet helps you cope with stress, emotional, or cognitive difficulties, an Emotional Support Animal is a healthy way to address these concerns.

To give you confidence and security, ESAnimals provides the materials, the registry, and customer support to individuals in need. It’s also 100% guaranteed.

Visit ESAnimals.com to learn more, and don’t forget your discount code: RM303 !

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