Everything about Mickey makes him special!
Mickey came to NJ from a high kill shelter in Kentucky. A 'friend of a friend' worked at the shelter and could not bear to see this sweet little boy euthanized just because someone tossed him into the shelter for no good reason.
He is rumored to have been abused or, at best, 'picked on' by the local kids but other than some initial 'fear reactions' he is VERY well socialized now that he is in a happy & loving home. He is only 8 pounds so a group of 'insensitive' kids could be terrifying to him.
He does have a scar on his cornea so I have reason to believe that he wasn't treated very well (not to mention he was 'tossed away' to be killed) but within a few months he was calm and happy and seemed to have forgotten all he left behind in Kentucky, although we are still in constant contact with his 2 fosters there.
Something about this boy really is VERY special and anyone that knows him knows that. He is loving and affectionate but energetic and FUNNY! Of course he had never been anywhere near the ocean but when I brought him home to Long Beach Island, NJ he was not in the least bit afraid of the ocean. Being a Chi/JRT mix there is no reason to think he would like the ocean but this little boy likes everything - except the cold.
There is no such thing as 'too hot' to him though, and he doesn't even seek shade on the sunniest summer days. Mickey is just such a special little dog that I wonder every day how I was lucky enough to find him. It seems to me that it was just meant to be.
People say that shelter dogs can sometimes have problems, and I know that to be a valid challenge for many people but this little dog just wants someone to love him and responds with love and affection in return. Adopting Mickey was the best thing I have ever done.