Imran was not planning on ever getting a pet, but as he was browsing through Mudah.my, looking at puppies out of boredom (as one does), he came across an adorable ball of fur.
“I showed my mum pictures of this tiny white pup and my mum fell in love with her,” says Imran. “We brought her home about a week later.”
Ever since then, Imran and his family have been entertained by Mitzi’s clearly out-of-the-ordinary personality.
Mitzi is described as having “a bit of a Napolean complex” with everyone else except for Imran, his brother and mother.
“She will bark at just about everyone from 10 feet away, but gets shy when they get any closer,” laughs Imran.
But the Miniature Schnauzer shows that she’s incredibly playful to the point where she has been touted as indestructible by Imran and his family.
She once shockingly ate an entire raw onion when she was a 2kg puppy, and yet suffered no problems — and dog owners will know that onions are a complete no-no and a health hazard.
This was just the tip of the iceberg for the now five-year-old pooch.
“Mitzi often runs headfirst into walls chasing after things,” says Imran with a chuckle, “No problems so far!”
Though Mitzi loves rope toys and anything she can sling around, there’s nothing she loves more than eating.
According to Imran, this little pup “inhales” food; she doesn’t even chew.
“I don’t think she has a favourite food, to be honest. I’ve never seen her turn down food. She eats literally anything.”
This is where the “indestructible” bit comes into play with Mitzi once more, as she has eaten cigarette butts, spiders and slippers.
“We don’t feed them to her, obviously,” Imran quickly explains, “But if it’s anything below waist height and it’s relatively soft, she’ll try to eat it.”
She does know of one trick, which is to “sit”, and catch food, but Imran relates that this trick will only work if one throws said food near her face.
That should count, right?
As for walks, Imran says that Mitzi isn’t good at it. But how is this even possible?
“She can’t stay in a straight line, as she’s very easily distracted,” says Imran, who adds that perhaps Mitzi thinks that she is the one taking her humans out for a walk.
Of course, every superhero has a weakness — even Mitzi. One might think it would be something grand or evidently scary, but Imran says it’s the unlikeliest of things.
“Empty water bottles, mops and blowdryers,” he grins.
Imran often finds Mitzi sleeping in his mother’s room at night, but during the day, Mitzi rotates between the couch and the guest room bed.
Mitzi also regularly gets herself trapped in the storeroom, but instead of panicking, barking and scratching away at the door to get the attention of others, Mitzi does something else.
“She just takes a nap on a box,” laughs Imran.
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