Ava is our first Mi Ki girl we welcomed to our home after doing so much research and speaking to many breeders. She was bred by a small hobby Mi Ki breeder who worked with her Mother who is head of a Mi Ki group. Ava was chosen because she is from a Mi Ki group that only promote and breeds long coat lines. They do not recognize the smooth coat versions of Mi Kis, even though Papillons were used to create Mi Kis. Long coat Mi Kis do not shed while the smooth coats do, and non shedding and hypoallergenic quality are very important to us. We are used to hairless and powderpuff Chinese Cresteds that do not shed and are hypoallergenic too so that was a requirement. Ava was also chosen because she has an ideal Mi Ki face with a very short muzzle and big button eyes. She has an almost ideal Mi Ki body that is compact, lighter boned and with very short legs.We did choose to shorten the relatively long body with her puppies.
We were told by her breeder that she is shy but loving and does not like to have her butt and tail touched. Humm, we thought that was odd but hey, we can deal with odd behavior and can fix it.
When Ava came out of her travel bag, she was a sweet and pretty little Mi Ki. But she had horrendous tear staining. The stain was dark red and it looked like she had cried bloody tears for a long time. Again we were not used to tear staining and Tim and I worked diligently to research and cure her of this. We spoke to many Mi Ki breeders, did lots of research on line and spoke to our vet. Mi Ki breeders and in particular, Maltese breeders, recommended using Angel Eyes. “It works like magic if used daily.” These breeders were using it forever to keep the tear staining at bay. So we thought we found the solution until we spoke to our vet, Dr. Debby. She said Angel Eyes has low grade antibiotic and if we were showing her, then we should use it until the tear staining clears up and then stop. “Giving a dog low grade antibiotic for expended period is not good.” Well that made sense to us. It’s esthetics and not health. So we chose to go for a natural and holistic approach. For months, we kept the hair around her eyes as short as possible. then it was daily face washing with a warm and damp washcloth followed by a dab of baby oil along with the highest quality food and supplements. We noticed the tear staining clearing up but it took couple of more months of high quality nutrition to completely cure her of her tear staining. Good thing as it was rather frightening to see her with the deep red rust looking staining strips from the corner of the inner eye to her mouth. It did not cause any discomfort or harm but it did not due justice to her sweet face.
We also worked on her fear of being touched around her butt and tail. As she sat on our laps, all of us would gently touch her there, as well as everywhere else. When Tim groomed her he used an extra gentle touch to show her that she did not have to be afraid. Most likely, she had a bad experience or experiences that instilled this deep fear of being hurt. With patience, love and time, Ava became very normal and now can be handled in any way. She no longer fears being touched and does not run away from a hairbrush.
Ava is a 5 pound Mom who gives us beautiful babies with her ideal face. With our micro Mi Ki Dads or through stud service with Mi Ki Dads, we have been able to make her puppies bodies be closer to a short rectangle rather than the longer rectangle bodies.
Ava with her sweetness fits well with our pact. When we flew her with a puppy nanny to a breeder friend for a studding, she fit right into her pact. She ended up missing that breeding so our friend kept her for almost a year so she could be mated to extend and deepen our Mi Ki blood lines. “She is a doll. What a lover she is and she can keep up with my Mi Kis. She can stay with me as long as we need to.” Thank you Geri for making her welcomed in your home and doing the studding.
We would like to thank Ava’s breeder for entrusting her with us. Ava is loved here.