Baby J – A Testimonial from a Penticton Family

Baby J

We bought our Little Chihuahua (Baby J) from Mini Kennels in June of 2008. In the last 2 years he has been a delight and a wonderful addition to our family. He is so well behaved, very healthy, and extremely active, as he always wants to go out for walks or for a swim. He is loving and has a very quirky personality; we can tell that he was well taken care of before we brought him into our family. He is very quiet, something that we never expected from a Chihuahua and loves to snuggle next to our Chesapeake Bay Retriever for warmth.
Jeff and Rose Webb were extremely professional and more than helpful getting the little guy to us in the Southern Interior of BC. I would recommend Mini Kennels to anyone looking for an amazing companion and loving addition to their family. We couldn’t have asked for a better puppy and are so happy that we found him
Thanks for such a great puppy!
Bre Symchuk
Penticton, BC

Puppy Size

“Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We’ve been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this,” the mother told the volunteer.

“What is it she keeps asking for?” the volunteer asked.

“Puppy size!” replied the mother.

Two Cute Puppies“Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that’s what she’s looking for…”

“I know….. We have seen most of them,” the mom said in frustration.

Just then Danielle came walking into the office.

“Well, did you find one?” asked her mom.

“No, not this time,” Danielle said with sadness in her voice. “Can we come back on the weekend?”

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed.

“You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there’s always a supply,” the volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. “Don’t worry, I’ll find one this weekend,” she said.

Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her. They both felt she was being too particular. “It’s this weekend or we’re not looking any more,” Dad finally said in frustration.

“We don’t want to hear anything more about puppy size, either,” Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when Visitors weren’t permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one. One by one she said, “Sorry, but you’re not the one.”

Girl with PuppyIt was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

“Mom, that’s it! I found the right puppy! He’s the one! I know it!” she screamed with joy. “It’s the puppy size!”

“But it’s the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks,” Mom said.

“No not size… The sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed,” she said.

“Don’t you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!”

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

“Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms,” she said. Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, “Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!”

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.

They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. “Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Is a Small House Dog Right for You?

A small house dog can be an ideal pet, and when treated right will bring you lots of joy and companionship. There are many breeds of small dogs to choose from, so you can pick the one that most appeals to you.

Pomeranians, Poodles, Chihuahuas, Maltese, Yorkies, Maltipoos and Cockapoos are just a few of the more common small house dogs. You can see pictures of the various breeds by browsing through our adult dogs via the menu on the left. This will give you an idea of what each breed is like – not just what they look like, but what their temperament and characteristics are like.

A small house dog can require a lot of attention and care, particularly as compared with a bigger dog. They are more likely to get cold, and it’s far easier for them to get underfoot! Their small size is what makes them ideal for a house pet, though, and as long as you take care of them they will be a delightful addition to your family.

Learning to care for your small house dog is not that difficult. You can do some quick research online to find tips and how to advice, or to locate the best supplies, accessories, dog food and anything else that your dog will need. Over the next few weeks and months we will be adding content with tips and resources for you as well, so keep checking back, or better yet, become a fan on our Facebook page to be kept up to date with new information!

Because of their size, small house dogs are easy to take with you when you go traveling. They can ride along in a comfy carrier, or beside you in the car. You can even take your dog if you are traveling by airplane. Use these tips to ensure a smooth journey for both of you!

Small dogs can be particularly good for people living in smaller houses or apartments, as they don’t require as much space as a bigger dog. Their bed can be tucked away in a corner, and they are far less likely to be knocking your little kids around with their bulk and weight!

If you think a small house dog is the right choice for you then browse through our photos to see what type you might like. You can check out the Puppies 4 U page to see what puppies are available for new homes, and contact us to find out what might be coming available in the near future.