As promised, today I want to introduce you to our newest family member. After the loss of our sweet Reggie, we were undecided as to when and if we were ever going to get another dog. Months later, I saw a picture of some cute little pups on Facebook (when I had Facebook), and I just couldn’t pass it up.
This is Duffy, and he is our sweet little pup who has LOTS of personality. He is a Shihpooh, which is considered to be one of those ‘designer’ breeds. I don’t know about all that though. It seems like it is just a fancy way of calling a mixed breed a ‘mut’. Nonetheless, we love our little ‘mut’. Duffy is now 5 months old and is the calmest puppy I have ever encountered. He does love to play, but he loves being around people more than playing. For some reason, he is completely content just laying next to someone, or laying on the floor as we cook or get ready in the mornings.
Duffy came from a place that made me feel like I was actually “rescuing” him instead of purchasing him. I had no idea this place was what many people would consider a “puppy mill”. Honestly, I didn’t really know what that meant until I saw this place. My mom came along with me for the journey, and she just about died when she saw this conditions of this place. While in the owner’s house signing papers, it took everything in me not to vomit from the pungent urine smells. I have never smelled anything so horrible in my life. It was actually worse than a backed up sewage drain. The entire time we drove home, my mom kept telling Duffy in a soft voice, “You are so lucky that you are rescued from that horrible place. You are going to feel like you live in a palace now.”
Well, here we are 5 months later, and Duffy does indeed feel like he lives in a palace. Our 700+ square foot apartment is HIS palace.
He knows that we completely spoil him because we can never go to PetSmart without getting him a new toy, collar, treats, etc. He has brought so much joy to our lives, and he always looks like he is smiling at us for some reason. He is our little fur-baby, and he is more human to us than dog.
So, why is his name Duffy? Well, it is only natural that a Disney addict would have a pet named after a Disney character. After all, he does look like a teddy bear. It’s quite humorous because there are many people that comment how much he looks like a plush toy. “Duffy” is a name that suits him better than I would have ever expected. He is “Duffy the Disney Dog”, and he is having many great adventures.