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!
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:
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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.
If you’re interested in one of these darling pups, feel free to browse our nursery to see our available Mi-ki puppies.
A Mi-ki isn’t expensive… she’s priceless. People may be surprised that the cost of a Mi-ki puppy is $3,100 or more (breeding rights are an additional $1,500.) But any well-bred dog from a reputable breeder is going to be relatively expensive initially.
When less isn’t more
We’ve learned from experience that a low-cost dog can be very expensive in the long run. Several years ago, my husband bought Levi, a yellow Labrador, from a person he thought was a reputable breeder. Levi had pedigreed papers, but he was fairly inexpensive, as far as puppies go.
Little did he know that Levi was no bargain. Levi had a bad elbow that required surgery as a young dog. He also had gastritis, which meant it wasn’t a question of if he would throw up — it was when. So Levi was put on a $90/month prescription for his digestion issues. My husband didn’t mind because Levi was a great dog and my husband adored him!
Levi saw the best specialists in Colorado and just had a great checkup just four months before he suddenly dropped dead of heart failure at the tender age of 7. It was years before my poor husband could even think about getting another dog, he was so devastated.
If you’re like us, you’d do anything for your dog, and my husband never begrudged the fact that Levi required so much care. But the gastritis meds alone cost $7,560 over his much-too-short lifetime. If he could have spent more to have a puppy that came from health screened parents to have more time with his precious dog, he would have.
Breeding with a purpose
Modern technology has given us an amazing window into canine genetics which can serve to guide us as we breed dogs. Thanks to DNA screening, we can test for coat types, coat color, and a multitude of health conditions.
The American Mi-Ki Registry Association (AMRA) requires that every one of our litters have DNA verification that they are purebred Mi-kis. They also guide breeders to promote gene pool diversity within this rare breed while maintaining the quality in health, temperament, and confirmation.
We have the privilege of being under the guidance of several fine Mi-ki breeders in the AMRA. Additionally, we will make DNA-informed decisions on breeding pairs.
Our breeding Mi-kis are health screened with Embark DNA testing, they have their OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) certification for patellas and cardiac conditions. We also register with the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) to screen for inherited eye disorders. These certifications are on file with the AMRA as we seek to be patrons of this wonderful breed and members of a community that’s dedicated to the health of the Mi-ki.
Health screenings, DNA tests and premium veterinary care for our breeding companions and puppies may cost more up front, but we know that it’s worth it. With Mi-kis being so rare and wonderful, we are dedicated to doing our part to contribute to the Mi-ki’s continued health and temperament for future generations.
We believe in our Mi-Kis and we stand behind their health. Should your puppy be found to have a life-threatening congenital health condition within the first year, we will replace your puppy. We are happy to provide you a copy of our contract before you make a deposit.
Should your Mi-Ki develop a health condition or behavioral issue over their lifetime, we’d like to hear about it so we can keep an eye on the long-term health and temperament of our lines to inform future breeding decisions. We also like to give health feedback to the Mi-Ki health director and to Embark DNA services.
Savannah is a beautiful and rare solid chocolate colored Mi-ki from the famed Jubilee Mi-kis of North Carolina.
We made a family trip out of going to pick her up in July of 2016. We visited Barbara Briggs, her breeder, and loved meeting all of Savannah’s relatives. They are beautiful little dogs, and their quality and care really shows through!
My daughter meeting Savannah for the first time.
Whether flying home with her or when we’re out on adventures, everyone stops and has to ask about Savannah. People think she looks like an Ewok or a teddy bear!
Not only is she beautiful, but she’s smart and sweet and comes to work with me daily at BaxterBoo.com to model and test products.
Here she is on a video!
We look forward to seeing how Savannah grows, though we don’t expect her to get very big.
Savannah’s mother, Carmen
Her mom, Carmen (International Champion Captivating Carmen of Jubilee), is just five pounds. Carmen is a beautiful chocolate sable and white girl with a winning pedigree as she is the daughter of Orlando’s Count Bocelli, who won Best in Show at the Orlando Mi-Ki Specialty in 2010!
We look forward to showing Savannah soon and eventually have her as part of our breeding program here at Royal T Mi-kis in Colorado.
Sometimes things are just meant to be, and this is how we feel about our darling Evie. Originally, we had planned to start our Mi-ki family with a puppy, but we were fortunate to hear of a young adult who was looking for a new breeder home.
Evie is from the prestigious Brumby’s Run Mi-kis of California. She comes from a long line of champion show lines. She is expecting her first litter in August of 2016! Stay tuned for news of the birth!
Evie has a gorgeous long, silky coat that is easy to maintain. She has a sweet, soft personality and has been a perfect addition to our home.