Mother Meeko and her darling wee daughter Patchy
As I sat soaking up the sun on a New Zealand beach recently, the frenzied activity of three tiny little dots chasing each other around on the black sand caught my attention. As I watched, it became clear that three VERY SMALL dogs were enjoying a fun excursion at the beach.
Watching their free play on this large expanse of wet sand, punctuated with the occasional frolic in the gently lapping waves, was so amusing.
I just had to meet them.
I devised a plan to walk up the beach and pass comment to the people accompanying them about how much I was enjoying their playful antics. When I got up close I realised how absolutely CUTE they really were. And tiny!
Patchy, with her oversized ears, was the puppy who really drew me in and I instantly fell in love with her. Seriously, if I lived in New Zealand, her new home would have been with me.
Shelly and her three children adopted Meeko, a Papillion Pomeranian cross, from a friend, not realising at the time she was expecting puppies. So instead of one dog they got many. The dad of these puppies is a Pomeranian Maltese cross so they all acquired very individual and endearing looks.
Charlie seeking the security of his human friend
Friends Tali and Chris adopted Charlie, this little wet black and white puppy. Patchy adored teasing her bigger brother and took every opportunity to chase him around. However, Charlie was a more timid soul and preferred to stay close to his human companions.
This family of tiny pooches injected such joy into my day and the memory of them makes me smile all over again.