2nd Chance, Royal T Mi-Kis' very special future stud

Introducing 2nd Chance: Miracle Mi-Ki & Future Stud

We are thrilled to present the latest addition to the Royal T Mi-Kis pack – Estrellita’s 2nd Chance Royal T! Chance is the product of a pairing with Estrellita’s UKC Grand Champion Miss Laci Jackson and Flyer’s Mr. Universe “Gizmo.” Born in 2003, Gizmo was one of the first Mi-Kis acquired by Tamara Beebe, the American Mi-Ki Registry Association registrar. Tamara had the foresight to collect and bank frozen semen from several of the early Mi-Kis for the benefit of the breed.

The Sire: Flyer’s Mr. Universe “Gizmo”

According to Tamara, Tee Nee In Chan Ting Man and Tee Nee In-Chan-Ting Lady were kind of like the Adam and Eve of Mi-Kis. If you look at modern AMRA registration numbers, we’re sitting at numbers over 5,500 as of late 2022. Gizmo was number 18!

The Dam: Estrellita’s Ms. Laci Jackson

Unfortunately, there have been very few successful pregnancies and litters produced with several attempts at using frozen semen. In fact, there are only two incidents of puppies produced using our precious stores of Mi-Ki frozen semen. One was a litter of two with one surviving puppy that was facilitated by Barbara Teichner of Belle Amie Mi-Kis. Rebecca Thomason of Estrellita Mi-Kis was able to facilitate this second litter. We are grateful for the considerable time and expense these breeders have contributed towards the Mi-Ki gene pool with these endeavors.

Estrellita’s Time and Time Again litter – DOB 10/23/22 via C-section

A Trio of Mi-Ki Treasures

Chance was one of three healthy puppies produced in the Time and Time Again Litter. The litter was conceived via surgical insemination and delivered via C-section. No expense was spared to ensure the success of this endeavor.

We are honored to be selected as one of the caretakers of this valuable DNA to enhance the Mi-Ki breed and to remain true to the vision of what the Mi-Ki was bred to be. Chance’s littermates went to other Mi-Ki breeders. The black female, Phoenix, went to Littltoi Mi-Kis in Maryland. The black and white male, Legend, went to Jubilee Mi-Kis in North Carolina.

It is the hope of Becki Thomason and the AMRA registrar that Mi-Ki breeders will seek out the offspring of these littermates to infuse the Mi-Ki gene pool with this precious DNA.

In addition to his early Mi-Ki genetics, Gizmo was also able to give his offspring fun colors including chocolate and blue! We were also intrigued to learn that some of the puppies inherited the smooth-face gene from their sire, so this goes to show that smoothies were definitely part of the early genetic makeup of the breed.

Exciting DNA results

All three puppies were tested with the Embark for Breeders DNA test, and we are gratified to have learned that they all test as 100% Mi-Ki. Feel free to peruse Chance’s Embark results if you’re interested. Chance can only produce long-coat puppies. He also carries blue and clear red, and we’re excited to see what he produces for us once he’s old enough for his other health clearances aside from genetic testing.

DNA Health Results

Although Chance received a copy of the gene associated with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) from Gizmo, we have been told by Embark that the gene isn’t breed-specific, therefore, he is still a good candidate for breeding. A large percentage of Mi-Kis have this marker and so far breeders haven’t noticed a correlation in expression. Additionally, veterinarians who have consulted with Mi-Ki breeders on the topic say that IVDD isn’t generally a small-breed condition even though the genetic marker is widespread in toy breeds. Despite this, we still try not to put two IVDD genes together in our pairings just to be on the safe side.

Likewise, It’s a similar situation for the DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy) gene. DCM is not breed-specific and mainly seems to affect large breeds. Additionally, it’s important not to remove dogs that are carriers of recessive disease genes from the gene pool. Doing so would severely limit genetic diversity and would adversely impact the overall health of purebred dogs. Embark also admonishes its users that having a genetic marker is not a diagnosis.

How we use DNA testing to inform breeding decisions

We’ve genetically tested all of our breeding dogs to make the best-informed decisions possible with the currently available data. DNA testing is a relatively new technology, however, so it’s just one tool for making breeding decisions. Sometimes genetic testing makes it possible to help produce desired traits like colors or coat types. There are also diseases that can be avoided by not pairing two recessive gene carriers.

Some of the genetic findings are not as clear-cut. We’ve found that some of the genetic findings don’t necessarily match the phenotypes (what the dog actually looks like.) For instance, several of the dogs who supposedly have genetically long muzzles are the ones with the shortest noses. Another example is that some of our dogs that Embark says will have short legs and long bodies are actually more proportional than our dogs that are built more like Corgis. And yet these short-legged long-torso dogs don’t get flagged as having those genes.

Since genetics is constantly evolving with new discoveries, we have to look at the whole dog including its conformation, physical health examinations, and pedigrees. We also consult with experienced breeders about their history with these lines. Our own experience also informs our breeding decisions. It’s complicated and fun to sort out the possibilities!

It will be fun to see what this new/old infusion of genetic material does with our program and Mi-Kis in general. We cannot thank the folks who made this opportunity possible enough – particularly Tamara Beebe, Becki Thomason of Estrellita Mi-Kis, and her talented repro vet in Dallas.

2nd Chance, our handsome miracle Mi-Ki

  • Estrellita's 2nd Chance

Chance is everything we like to see in a young Mi-Ki puppy – great conformation, a sweet temperament, and an endearing expression that will make you do anything for him! His ears are still figuring out what they are going to do, thanks to teething. Chance has settled in nicely as a member of our pack. We’re very blessed to have him. He was the first one I’d hoped for when I saw that newborn photo!

We plan to start showing Chance at every “chance” we get. We hope to see great things from him in the future, including puppies in late 2023 or early 2024. Stay tuned for updates!

Chance has made an appearance in some of our newer puppy videos if you’d like to check them out on YouTube.

Minnie the Miracle Mi-Ki is 1 Year Old!

For those of you who follow us, you may be familiar with Minnie the Miracle Mi-Ki. Many of you call her “Chapstick” as she was photographed next to a tube of Chapstick for size reference when she was born. She was only 2.2 ounces at birth and then dropped to 1.8 ounces after not being able to nurse. We didn’t know why she couldn’t nurse, but like all our fragile pups, I always try to help them survive with supportive care. As long as they keep fighting, I will fight alongside them – even if it means losing sleep and aging prematurely.

Minnie was about the size of a ChapStick!

Tiny but Mighty, and Mighty Sensitive

Minnie was part of the “M” Magic Kingdom litter. Her brothers were Mickey and Mushu, and she also had a sister named Mulan. Perhaps there was a bit of Disney Magic that helped sustain her and made her a strong protagonist.

Because Minnie couldn’t latch on properly, though she tried and tried, I had to tube feed her using puppy formula every two hours around the clock for her first few weeks. I learned from previous puppies that the Myra Savant-Harris puppy formula recipe is better than any of the commercial versions I’ve tried as far as preventing constipation and enabling weight gain.

The trick was figuring out how much formula would help Minnie grow but not injure her tiny stomach. The recommended dose of 1 cc per ounce of weight was far too much for her, so I’d have to feed a little, stop, then feed a bit more. As soon as she squirmed, I learned I needed to stop right there or she would be miserable for several hours from a too-full tummy. I would be equally miserable thinking I’d nearly killed her.

All newborn Mi-Ki puppies are quite sensitive due to their small size, and Minnie was particularly sensitive. Newborn puppies require a consistent temperature of 87-90 degrees F and humidity between 40-60%. Minnie also required extra oxygen and antibiotics as she would regularly spit up her formula, so we were constantly worried about pneumonia.

Minnie the Miracle Mi-Ki in a Pyrex cup to keep her head elevated so she won't spit up her formula.
Minnie propped up in a blanket-lined cup to keep her from spitting up formula

Minnie spent the first couple of weeks in a Puppywarmer Incubator. I like this brand because it has gradient heat so the puppy can find their perfect temperature. I also use their oxygen concentrator with distilled water added for humidity. Here in Colorado, it’s extra dry, so puppies under heat can dehydrate just by breathing. In addition to the moisture provided through the concentrator, our hygrometer and thermometer indicated we had to use a humidifier next to the incubator to provide the ideal climate. We went through so much distilled water!

Minnie’s canine mom was also supportive and helped clean her and facilitate her pottying. Newborn puppies cannot defecate on their own without stimulation, so I was grateful for her mom’s help in this regard. Sometimes I would have to use a warm wet cotton ball to help. She always had to be cleaned and pottied before feedings so she had room for formula.

After feedings, we would prop Minnie up for about 15 minutes to try to keep milk from bubbling up her nose. Actually, it was more like watching the exorcist with a tiny spinning head and projectile vomiting. I still have formula sprayed on my walls from her. Neither of us got very much sleep during those first four weeks. At this point, we weren’t sure why she spit up. She was too fragile to take to the vet. We thought perhaps she had esophageal reflux or megaesophagus.

The diagnosis, and a possible cause for puppy birth defects!

Eventually, we felt Minnie could be outside of the incubator without supplemental oxygen long enough to visit our vet who is just two miles away. Dr. Atkins determined that she had a small cleft palate far in the back of her throat, which is why I had trouble seeing it. That is why she couldn’t latch on to nurse, and that was why there was always milk coming out of her nose, despite careful feeding techniques.

The interesting thing about this diagnosis is that my mother’s dog also had a litter with a single puppy survivor (he had a stillborn brother) who also had a cleft palate during the same timeframe. Mom has a toy Australian Shepherd from lines that have never experienced a cleft palate in over 25 years.

My parents have their own spacious apartment downstairs in our home. Since we live in a rural location, mice had also decided to enjoy our lovely abode. We didn’t want to use traps or poison because of our dogs. Instead, we used a rather expensive plug-in device. Unlike the little ultrasonic rodent deterrents, this device emits powerful EMF (electromagnetic frequencies) throughout the wiring of the house. As long as there is electricity flowing through the wires (and we kept the lights on to ensure there was power on at all times) the EMFs would chase away the mice. It was highly effective.

Unfortunately, we believe the EMFs at this level also caused birth defects, specifically cleft palates, in our litters. The company that makes the device says it is completely safe for humans and pets, but I don’t believe it is safe for developing fetuses – human or otherwise. I started combing the Internet for information about EMFs and found lots of data correlating birth defects with EMF exposure. I also found several products designed for pregnant women to block EMFs from their unborn babies. Cell phones, computers, and all those wireless products we love can all contribute, but this EMF rodent-deterring device was apparently quite strong and dangerous.

We surmise that Mom’s puppy’s cleft was potentially more severe due to the fact that the device was plugged into the basement where she and her dogs live. Despite our best efforts, her puppy didn’t make it. Most cleft-palate puppies don’t survive.

We’ve since unplugged the Pest Free device and have had fewer litter complications. I’ve also added a few EMF-neutralizing devices to my electronics. Incidentally, my houseplants have also started doing better while using these products. One time, I accidentally unplugged one of my EMF harmonizing devices and the plant nearby started getting yellow leaves and dropping them all of a sudden again. I plugged in the neutralizer and the plant fully recovered. If I thought the EMF neutralizing devices were a hoax before, I don’t any more!

The care and feeding of Minnie the Tiny Miracle Mi-Ki

Tube feeding is a little scary. For one thing, Mi-Ki puppies are quite small, and you have to use a very small feeding tube (3.5 French to start) which is tricky to thread down their throats and position it down into their bellies. It is important to have your veterinarian help you learn how to make sure you are tube-feeding a puppy correctly. Otherwise, you can put the tube into the lungs and drown them or cause pneumonia.

I have learned to measure and mark the feeding tube with a Sharpie so I know I’m in the stomach, rather than the lungs. The proper length can be determined by positioning the feeding tube on the side of the puppy measuring from the mouth to the first rib while imagining the line of the throat down to the stomach. Wi-KiHow has some helpful instructions for tube feeding a puppy.

Tube feeding Minnie when she was just two weeks old.

After 6 weeks of tube feeding, Minnie decided she was now “big” and wasn’t going to tolerate a tube any longer. It was tricky figuring out what she could eat and how she could drink. She taught herself to drink formula like a little bird out of a syringe by tilting her head back to have it stay out of her sinuses. She would chew the heck out of those syringes too!

Minnie drinking her formula like a “big dog.”

Minnie can’t handle overly soft foods as she ends up sneezing them out her nose. We tried any way we could to get good calories down her because she was always just so tiny. Eventually, we tried moistening freeze-dried foods and squeezing the liquid out of a morsel to let it slip down her throat. Overall, she now seems to have the best luck with kibble or other dense foods.

The trials and triumphs of a cleft-palate puppy

Keeping Minnie alive during those first two months was quite the feat. I constantly worried about her — every drop of nourishment, every breath, every sneeze, every spit-up.

Once we got through those first few months, I sometimes wondered if we might be able to find a home for Minnie where this highly-socialized pup could be a support for someone needing some extra tiny companionship. Unfortunately, Minnie had several months of dealing with severe recurring sinus issues due to the continued communication between her mouth and nasal passages. She also had a foul odor because of the infection.

We had hoped that the removal of a couple of lingering deciduous teeth might calm down the inflammation, but it didn’t seem to help. Sedating her briefly for the procedure did allow my vet to finally get a really good look at her mouth, though. He confirmed the cleft palate at the back of her mouth by her throat, but there is also a tiny hole in the front right under her nasal cavity. This is likely what causes her congestion and chronic infections.

Minnie weighs 2 pounds, 10 ounces as an adult. Because of her size and the sensitivity of the area, Dr. Atkins doesn’t believe Minnie is a good candidate for cleft palate surgery as he believes she most likely wouldn’t survive the procedure. I still may get a consult with a specialist, however. I am hoping they might be able to fit her with some sort of an orthodontic device like a retainer to help her eat and drink more easily.

Maintaining Minnie, our Miracle Mi-Ki

The good news is that I’ve had tremendous success clearing up her sinus infection and odor with the use of colloidal silver-soaked treats and red-light therapy, which she loves. She gets pre and probiotics to improve her gut health after chronic antibiotic usage. We’ve installed a few large elevated water dispensers to help her drink, which she also enjoys. She still gets to sneezing and wheezing with excitement or drinking wrong, but for her, it’s just how it is and she’s used to it. She always has a messy, snot-nosed face.

Though Minnie is just 2.5 pounds, she is very good at bossing people around. She communicates very clearly what she needs. I suppose that’s also one of the skills that have kept her alive.

Minnie, the messy-faced Miracle Mi-Ki manipulator!

Minnie is one tough little girl. She runs with absolute joy across the yard and she’s wicked fast. She will take on the biggest Mi-Ki in the manor to fight for a bully stick and they will actually back down. Her fighting spirit isn’t exactly encouraged, but we know it’s what has sustained her through this amazing year. It’s been an adventurous 12 months with scarce sleep, but it was totally worth it. Minnie is a miracle Mi-Ki!

Minnie gives me encouragement whenever I have a tough case with a puppy and reminds me that there’s always room for hope. Minnie is our little black snot-nosed angel with a goofy smile. We’re very grateful that she’s here.

Royal T Mi-Kis Adds Two New Champions at UKC Dog Show

We were pleased to participate in the High Plains Kennel Club summer dog show in Kiowa, Colorado this past weekend. We’re proud to have added two new UKC champions to our pack – Royal T’s Irresitible Isabelle and Estrellita’s Count Cosmo Royal T. Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton and Royal T’s Harley Ryder are also working towards being Grand Champions.

Friday’s Dog Show

Harley had a great day on Friday, July 15, 2022, and earned a Champion ribbon as well as Best of Breed. Brighton was our Reserve Champion. Isabelle got some competition wins with First Place, Best of Sex, and Best of Winners.

Chanel got First Place ribbons in her class all weekend and earned several points.

Royal T’s Cocoa Chanel Couture – our chocolate sable beauty! Photo by McGiv Photography

Despite doing really well in his conformation classes on concrete floors, Cosmo wasn’t too sure about this new situation with walking on dirt. He looked at me as if to say, “You realize I look like a mop. Should I really be walking around in this horse barn after you worked so hard to make me handsome?”

  • Estrellitas Count Cosmo Royal T UKC Dog Show

We resolved to practice walking with Cosmo in the arena before the next day’s show! It paid off.

Saturday Dog Shows

Saturday was also a hot and toasty day but we did our best to stay cool and collected. Saturday was a great day for our Brilliant Brighton who took the Champion ribbon twice as well as Best of Breed.

  • Brighton, white Mi-Ki at dog show

After earning more competition wins and bonus points in the first shows, Isabelle had now earned her championship status and could be moved up to the Champion Class. This would enable our champions to start earning legs towards their grand champion status!

Royal T’s Irresistible Isabelle earned a new title – Champion! Photo by McGiv Photography

Apparently, UKC champions need to beat 5 other dogs to earn legs towards being Grand Champions, so we wish we had more Mi-Kis entered on Friday and Saturday morning. If we’d managed that, Harley and Brighton would have earned even more competition leg wins towards their Grand Champion status. Hopefully, some of our locally-placed puppies will start competing soon. As it was, showing five Mi-Kis was quite a feat for us! Thankfully, we’re making friends with junior handlers who love showing our dogs with us.

Sunday Dog Shows

By Sunday, we humans were pretty tired, but Cosmo was just getting his stride! Not only did he earn enough points and competition wins to earn his championship, but he also started beating our other Champions and took “Best of Breed” twice! Cosmo is just in the Junior Class having just turned 1 in May, so we’re very excited for his continuing show career. We named him Estrellita’s Count Cosmo because his breeder Rebecca Thomason and I just knew he would be a star!

We’re grateful to the High Plains Kennel Club for hosting a successful dog show and for our judges Ron Horn, Sally Davidson, Kathryn Kudron, Judith Lehman, and Debra Mitchell.

Mi-Kis Compete at the UKC Dog Show, Kiowa, CO 2021

Royal T Mi-Kis participated in the annual High Plains Kennel Club UKC dog show this year in conformation. Despite not being able to work regularly with our two show contenders because of recent litter complications, Cocoa Chanel and Harley did very well in the competition. It was thrilling to be showing again after giving it up for 2020 due to COVID.

Mi-Kis Compete at 2021 UKC dog show
Mary Parker, breeder/handler with Royal T’s Harley Ryder and Royal T’s Cocoa Chanel Couture

Royal T’s Harley Ryder and Royal T’s Cocoa Chanel Couture are only 8 months old, however, they represented the Mi-Ki breed quite well for judges who had never seen them before. In fact, one of the judges remarked that he could see why the Mi-Ki could become quite popular when evaluating Harley and seeing his enthusiastic antics.

Harley is a bit of a knucklehead and won’t stand and stack nicely for anything. Despite being silly while “standing,” he relishes time with me and would excitedly prance around the show ring. His signature head tilt would win over the judges every time! As a result, Harley won a group 2, two group 3s, and a group 4 in the companion ring. This was very satisfying when competing against other great breeds who also show with the AKC. Harley earned his championship over those five shows!

Cocoa Chanel was too scared to show off her winning personality at first. Consequently, Bill actually ended up carrying her around the ring for her first show (he’s such a good sport!) By the last two shows of the weekend, Chanel was walking around on her own. She even showed off her marvelous tail set. Unfortunately, Chanel didn’t get any competition wins, but it was a great experience for her. We’re sure she’ll do better in the future.

Photos from the UKC Dog Show

We offered our photo booth equipment for the High Plains Kennel Club to use in a self-serve fashion. Bill and I would help take photos of the winners with people’s cell phones. Thankfully, a professional photographer helped out on the second and third show days. Brittany McGivney of McGiv Photography specializes in pet photos and rock climbing. Her attention to detail made every participant look their best.

Brittany was so grateful to have a ready-made photo setup to use that she graciously offered us our photos at no cost. Thanks to her generous gift, we’re able to share these professional photos of the dog show with you. Should you need any pet photography done in the northern Colorado region, please reach out to her! Brittany was wonderful to work with.

Why Male Mi-Ki Dogs Make Wonderful Pets

This summer, we’ve been blessed with an unusually high number of male Mi-Ki puppies – eight out of nine are boys! Since 55% of our waiting list has indicated they are interested in a female, it won’t be surprising if our only girl is reserved soon.

Many of us would say that males make the best pets. Here’s why you might consider one of our “boys of summer.” Visit our Mi-Ki Puppy Nursery to see if we have any availability.

Females love you. Males are in love with you.

It’s been our experience and has also been expressed repeatedly on various social media pages that males are more likely to be cuddle bugs than females.

Even my very dignified Moses will always be the one to quietly follow me everywhere, whether it’s when I’m cooking in the kitchen or headed to the restroom to “powder my nose.” He’s very devoted. Sometimes he abandons his dignified ways and gives me a full-on face wash, which is always appreciated.

Male dogs are less moody

Males tend to be more happy-go-lucky. They love everyone. They are just so friendly!

Our girl Mi-Kis are also friendly, but they have to be in the mood. Let’s not forget, there is a reason female dogs are called b*tches.

We’ve had folks that have had both male and female Mi-Kis. Of course, they say they wouldn’t play favorites, but if circumstances only allowed for them to have one dog, most would choose their male.

Why people tend to want female dogs

Some people have always had females so that’s what they gravitate towards. There are other reasons people might shy away from male dogs including:

1. Concerns about marking

The main reason males are often overlooked is that people have concerns about males lifting their leg in the house. It’s true that an intact male will feel the need to mark their territory.

If you can find the sweet spot to neuter your male when they’ve attained most of their growth but not developed marking and humping behaviors (at approximately five months) you will likely prevent the marking behaviors from developing.

Keep in mind that both male and female dogs will mark their territories with urine. It’s just a way for dogs to communicate with each other, as weird as a “urine calling card” may sound to us humans.

Marking can be trained out of dogs and generally prevented with age-appropriate neutering.

Should you still be concerned about accidents, male wraps, also known as dog manner bands and belly bands are a great solution. There are disposable versions and washable styles that can be lined with a sanitary napkin to prevent leaks. This is a great idea, especially when visiting other places where your dog may feel the need to mark over other scents. This way, you and your dog will be sure to be invited back!

2. Concerns about wandering

Bred as companion animals, it’s highly uncommon even for intact males to go wandering. Again, many people opt to neuter their pets to prevent the desire for wandering and looking for a mate.

Many European countries will not ever spay or neuter their dogs because they feel it is cruel and unnatural. Yet, these countries are not overrun with unwanted litters.

People take their dogs with them everywhere, and they are not wandering unattended. European dogs seem to be well trained. I think this is a topic for a future article!

3. Fashion

It’s hard to believe, but many wonderful male puppies are passed over in the name of fashion! It’s true. With the humanization of our pets, many of us like to dress up our pets like little children. I know this because I work for BaxterBoo.com where the vast majority of our most popular products are actually dog clothes!

Thankfully, the dog clothing industry has listened and there are more and more fashionable dog clothes and fashion harness options for male dogs. In fact, I know one Mi-Ki breeder, Julie Lancaster, of Off the Cuff Stuff for Pets, who designs made-to-order dog clothing and has really fun designs for males.

Two of our recent chocolate Mi-Ki boys!

Our Mi-Ki boys will win you over!

Several of our best breed advocates and referrals come from people who have brought home one of our boys. I repeatedly hear that “this is the best dog we’ve ever had,” from both male and female owners. But more often than not, it’s the males that make the most zealous converts to our breed, and they’ve encouraged their friends to get a boy from us as well.

Should you be able to come and visit our home (which we encourage) resist the temptation to “check for parts.” Let our puppies’ personalities help you decide which one is right for your family!

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!

Mi-ki Dog Fashion: Valentine’s Day Edition

Did you know that our Mi-kis model for major pet clothing lines? BaxterBoo.com is where Mary Parker, Royal T Mi-kis’ founder, works for her day job. They have commissioned her to do lots of pet product photography. Though these photos are all Royal T Mi-kis, keep in mind that most of these photos are courtesy of BaxterBoo.com, so if you like the products, please visit their site to outfit your own pups with the world’s best collection of fabulous dog fashion!

Ravishing in Red

One of our favorite colors to dress our black Mi-kis in is red. This works out particularly well for Valentine’s Day and for Christmas. Red also looks great on gray dogs, as well as black and white dogs. Our featured banner image showcases the Cassandra Party Dog Dress by Pooch Outfitters with our precious black and brindle Mi-ki Rayne modeling. Nothing says romance like red, tulle, and sequins!

Rayne is ready for Valentine’s Day in this Klippo Polka Dot Dog Sundress in Red and White!

Not surprisingly, Rayne’s daughter Denaya also looks fabulous in Red! Here she is as a little Mi-ki puppy modeling the Chevron Heart Dog Dress by Mirage.

This comfortable tank dog dress is perfect for active little dogs!

Our Mi-kis love Mirage’s dog tank style dresses because they feature a soft knit with a sleeveless style and a simple ruffle. Their comfortable styles are perfect for play dates and for a day of shopping.

Here is Savannah, our chocolate Mi-ki, modeling the Puppy Love dog dress – a perfect option for Valentine’s Day.

Won’t you be my Valentine?
Royal T’s Endearing Eden modeling a sweet strawberry dog dress by Klippo.

We also love cherry-themed dog dresses for Valentine’s Day. Here Evie models some of our favorites by Klippo and Pooch Outfitters.

Don’t forget the boys during Valentine’s Day! We’ve got nice red dog bow ties for our Mi-ki boys, but didn’t think it through that their long coats would obscure the collar!

Moses the Mi-ki is ready for love in his
Striped Dog Polo by Dobaz in Navy and Red

Instead, try a snappy red polo or even a dog tuxedo for your little gentleman dogs! Here’s our Moses modeling a red and navy striped version for a sporty look for Valentine’s Day.

Pretty in Pastel Pink

For a more subtle Valentine’s Day look, pastel pink is a romantic choice for your pet. Our chocolate girls, in particular, look extra sweet wearing pale pink! Here’s Savannah modeling one of our favorite choices for Valentine’s Day!

We love this darling
Tutu Heart Dog Dress by Parisian Pet!
5-month-old Isabelle models The Dog Squad’s
Malibu Dream Sequin Dog Tank in Pink

Here’s another romantic choice that will take your pup through Easter!

Who needs a bouquet when your pup is wearing the
Pink Ruffles Dog Dress by Parisian Pet ?

Savannah has been modeling since she was a little tiny Mi-ki puppy! Wasn’t she just so stinking cute? Pink is definitely her color and is a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day and easily makes the transition to Easter.

Not to be outdone by her chocolate sister, our light chocolate Truffle also is an adorable model! Here she shows off her romantic fashion sense in the
Worthy Dog Pink Floral Dog Dress, the Worthy Dog Pink Stripe Alligator Dog Dress, and the Pink Satin and Striped Tank Dog Dress by Parisian Pet.

Lovely in Lavender

We love Savannah in this dog dress by Doggie Design!

Rayne also looks pretty in purple and pink in the Bling it On Sequin Tank Dog Dress by Oscar Newman.

Bold in Bright Pink

Hot pink is called “hot” for a reason. It’s a bold statement for Valentine’s Day or any day your pup wants extra attention.

Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton modeling the cute
PuppyPAWer Lady Flower Dog Dress by Dogo in Raspberry
Brumby’s Run Rightas Rayne modeling the
Hot Pink Sequin Pet Dress by Pawpatu

Is it any surprise we nearly kept this little tricolor Mi-ki puppy as our very own living Valentine? Daisy (formerly Chanel) is still one of our favorites! She looks adorable in hot pink!

Our chocolate Mi-ki girls look brilliant in bright pink too!

Savannah really does smile for the camera!

No matter the color of your love, Royal T Mi-kis wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day! May you enjoy spending it with your loved ones, including the furry kind!

Mi-ki Dogs Playing in the Snow

Although the Mi-ki dog breed is small, they still enjoy having big fun in the snow. Our dogs are used to playing outdoors and the wintertime is no exception.

Keep in mind that Mi-kis do tend to collect snowballs on their fur, which can become painful, and it isn’t exactly the best for their coats. We do have a collection of snowsuits from BaxterBoo that they can wear, but they seem to enjoy themselves the most when they’re able to run free and unencumbered.

The great thing about Colorado is that it can be sunny and downright warm with the snow on the ground. There’s nothing like exercise and sun to refresh the spirit for dogs and humans alike. Still, we keep our play sessions fairly brief and rinse off the worst of the snowballs when we come inside. We don’t have any carpet, and a quick mop makes everything fresh again.

As you can see by these photos, the fun we have in the snow far outweighs the inconvenience of dripping dogs and a group grooming session! We’ll just call them “snow baths.”

Moses’ fun snow day

Moses was feeling especially frisky as he’d had his bath in anticipation of getting his anesthesia-free tooth cleaning done. Moses weighs 5.5 pounds and has been paired with both Evie and Rayne for our Spring 2019 Mi-ki litters.

Denaya & Moses
Eden, Moses, and Denaya
Hey, Savannah, you should let Mom give you a bath like she did for me!
Moses and daughter Isabelle
Goofy Baron and Brighton in the background
Face plant in the snow…
Freshly frosted Mi-ki!


Royal T’s Endearing Eden is out of Savannah and Sinbad. She has just passed all of her health clearances and will be hopefully gracing us with chocolates and potentially smooth-face Mi-ki puppies in the future.


Royal T’s Irresistible Isabelle is growing up! At 4 months and nearly 3 pounds, she’s strong, sweet, brave, and thinks she’s big. We’re looking forward to putting her in the show ring with her perky, showy personality. She’s out of Moses and Truffle.


Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton LOVES playing in the snow. Sadly, her fur also gets the most snowballs of everyone. She could care less, though. Brighton is our first “bred by” UKC champion. We hope she’ll have her first litter this summer. She’s out of Moses and Evie.


Brumby’s Run Baron von Royal T is making his debut as a sire soon. He’s been paired with our chocolate girl Savannah, and we’re hopeful for our first chocolate Mi-kis puppies this March! Baron, Brighton, and Truffle are great buddies, as you can see.

Handsome even with his goofy smile
Truffle and Baron


Savannah is expecting the first week of March. Did we mention we could be getting our first chocolates? Yep, we’re very excited! We’re so excited, we don’t even care that she doesn’t care about her crazy hair!

More fun Mi-ki winter shots

Moses with his two daughters Brighton and Isabelle
Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle

Royal T Mi-kis 2018 Recap

A collage of some of our Mi-ki puppies of 2018. So much to be thankful for!

So many beautiful Mi-kis!

2018 started out really strong for us at Royal T Mi-kis. We had three litters in January and kept Eden and Denaya as breeding hopefuls who will be making their debut as moms in 2019. 

We also added two new members to our future chocolate Mi-ki breeding program. The first is Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle – a 4.5-pound solid chocolate female. Truffle earned her UKC Championship for us in July of 2018. 

Jubilee’s Champagne “Truffle!”

We also adopted a chocolate-carrying Mi-ki male with a gorgeous red and white coat.  Baron weighs 5.5 pounds and has a very sweet, loving, quiet personality. 

Brumby’s Run “Baron” von Royal T

New Champions!

2018 also gave Royal T Mi-kis two UKC Champions! First, our very own Royal T’s Brilliant Brighton, and later Jubilee’s Champagne Truffle. We are looking forward to showing our sires and other upcoming juveniles in 2019.

New Friends

We are so blessed to have such wonderful adopters who have also become friends. We love getting updates and following our former puppies on their social media accounts. 

Looking towards 2019

We’re excited for our expanded program in 2019 and anticipate producing our first chocolates and possibly our first smooth-face Mi-kis. We also anticipate moving our homestead to a more rural location to accommodate our breeding program. We will likely have more Mi-ki puppies available around March 2019. Stay tuned for updates!