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My Mi-Ki - HoneyBunn the Toy Dog

Updated on September 8, 2013

Meet HoneyBunn! She's a Mi-Ki Toy Dog.

What's a Mik-Ki? Well, until last year I had no idea, either. From what I've read, my Scottish grandmother would say the dogs are "all mixed up like a dog's breakfast." The Mi-Ki history is somewhat clouded. Some people date the appearance of the breed to the 1980s, others the early 1990s. Some say they are now a recognized breed, others continue to call them a "type." Whatever. What they are is down right cute and the perfect dog for a 96 year-old mom who spends her days in bed in the company of two cats.

After my dad died I moved in with my mom to care for her full-time and brought along my dogs. Gradually, my mom began asking me where "her" dog was and seemed to really want a dog of her own. It seemed like a good idea if I could find the right type of dog for her. After some research, I settled on the Mi-Ki. They're affectionate, sweet, agreeable, good with handicapped people, and often exhibit cat-like behavior.

Compliments of the Easter Bunny

Compliments of the Easter Bunny
Compliments of the Easter Bunny

A Mi-Ki Puppy Arrives in Houston

Mi-Ki dog breeders are everywhere

After a flurry of emails with several Mi-Ki breeders, I settled on this little six-month old puppy. Then came the high-level talks with the Easter Bunny to arrange for the little puppy to be flown from Amarillo to Houston in time for my mom's birthday. With the Easter Bunny's help, the Mi-Ki arrived a few weeks early. Easter morning the door bell rang. The Mi-Ki had been dropped off at the front door. I carried the Mi-Ki puppy into my mom's room. The puppy nestled in the pink fluffy bed under a pretty pink blanket, surrounded by a few plastic eggs, a yellow plush banana, some green grass and a birthday card from the Easter Bunny.

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Mi-Ki-Honeybunn-2010copyright-vikk-simmons

How a Mi-Ki Became Honey-Bunn

She was everything I expected and more. What a delight. HoneyBunn weighed 3 1/2 pounds and had the lightest, softest hair. She was barely six months old. I was told her personality was such that she liked nothing more than to snuggle up with someone and sleep on a bed. She made friends with the one cat that is friendly--the other one ignored her--and she made my mom smile and smile and smile. She did her job.

We didn't name her right away, content to call her "Baby." But as the days progressed I noticed that whenever she went outside to potty she would hop all over the lawn, not run, not scamper, not skip, but hop. It was hilarious. I heard myself start calling her Honey-Bunny and eventually shortened it to HoneyBun. I told my mom about her hopping habit and we decided on the HoneyBunn name.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Maltese Plush
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Maltese Plush

MiKi's have some Maltese in them so this little fella is a great plush Maltese dog cute enough for anyone to cuddle.

 

HoneyBunn and Charlie the Pug

HoneyBunn and Charlie the Pug
HoneyBunn and Charlie the Pug
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Charlie the Pug and the Mi-Ki-2010copyright-Vikk-Simmons

HoneyBunn and Charlie Sittin' in A Tree

The Pug and the Mi-Ki - A budding romance

Now, I have to tell you that when young Charlie the Pug set his eyes on little HoneyBunn it was all over. That Pug was in love. It was like having a young teenager in the house. She'd go sit in this dog bed and he'd trundle over and plop down next to her. She'd lean up against him and stare. He'd look down. She'd relax. He'd put a paw on her. Sheesh. I felt like crying out "Get a room!"

HoneyBunn and Waco the Wonder Dog, the Great Pyrenees

HoneyBunn and Waco the Wonder Dog, the Great Pyrenees
HoneyBunn and Waco the Wonder Dog, the Great Pyrenees
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Mi-Ki and Great Pyrenees Together-2010copyright-Vikk-Simmons

HoneyBunn and Waco the Wonder Dog, the Gentle Giant

Unusual dog breed pairing: A Mi-Ki and a Great Pyrenees

If you just saw Waco, the 125 pound Great Pyrenees or only saw HoneyBunn, the tiny 3 1/2 lb Mi-Ki, you'd never believe she'd have no problems running up to him and prancing through his feet but she does. HoneyBunn adores Waco. While she loves Charlie, he doesn't make her squeak. I swear whenever Waco comes into the house, HoneyBunn runs up to him, stands up on her hind legs, puts her tiny paws up in the air to touch his fluffy coat and she squeaks her little head off. She's so excited to see him whenever he comes into a room. I kid you not. It's so funny.

The Topknot Twins: HoneyBunn and Teddy

The Topknot Twins: HoneyBunn and Teddy
The Topknot Twins: HoneyBunn and Teddy
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Topknot-Trio-2010copyright-Vikk-Simmons

The TopKnot Twins: HoneyBunn and Teddy

Who's got the better topknot? The Shih Tsu or the Mi-Ki?

Then there's Teddy, the stable elderly alpha dog of the pack who looks after HoneyBunn and makes sure none of the other boys get too rambunctious with such a little thing. Teddy makes sure she's not bothered too much and definitely takes it upon himself to look after her. .

Mi-Ki's are said to be part Shih Tsu, part Japanese Chin, part Maltese, part Papillion and a couple other toy breeds so it's only natural that HoneyBunn and Teddy would look alike. Sometimes when Freddie, Teddy and HoneyBunn are all together it makes it difficult to see who's who.

Honeybunn's a Tiny Package with A Big Wallop

She's tiny but she's not small in personality; she's fearless.

HoneyBunn Loves Her Bed - Dog beds, dog blankets, dog supplies

Plump Donut Dog Bed, Bolster Bed by Kakadu Pet, Small, 20 1/2" x 5 1/2", Kissed (Pink)
Plump Donut Dog Bed, Bolster Bed by Kakadu Pet, Small, 20 1/2" x 5 1/2", Kissed (Pink)

Little dogs like to be nestled in a soft bed and even covered with a little blanket. HoneyBunn loves to sleep and spends a lot of time in her bed.

 

HoneyBunn wants to hear from you and so do I. Love Mi-Kis? - Share your favorite breed and dog story with us.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      My dog is half maltese, half poodle (a "maltipoo"). She's seven pounds.

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      Scoshie 5 years ago

      Two weeks ago my Miki came home to live. He was the first out of the litter to venture from his puppy bed. he still is a go getter at 10 weeks. He loves to roll around yarn and yes he took the toilet roll around my husbands bedroom just the other day. Cat like indeed. He is our little doll. Oh yes a size xxs he has grown out of. He is 2 lbs 2 ounces. and expected to be about 6. His breeder loved his puppies and it was clear on how socialized they were and how potty trained they were at 7 weeks. Kerry Little is the breeder and you can see our little Scoshie on the web. We named him Scoshie as it means Little in Japanize and his daddy (kerry) took such fine care of him. Scoshie will be in showmanship training and shown till i have to nueter him. i have signed any breeding rights away. Looking forward to giving all the love to this precious dog as he gives back.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You are so right about Mikis. They are a dear and wonderful small dog with a big heart. My daughter, named Mika (a Japanese name) has a Miki and we all adore her and her sweet Miki traits. I just finished a page on Squidoo - come visit when you get a chance.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I love meeting your dogs- what a delight. You've got quite the wonderful brood -:)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      HoneyBunn is so cute! I never heard of Mi-Kis before, but now I want one!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      this is a great lens - I love all your dogs.

      angel blessed and featured on my angel blessed lens

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      this is a great lens - I love all your dogs.

      angel blessed and featured on my angel blessed lens

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Vikk this is a very cute story about your Mi-Ki Dog. The romance betweeen Charlie the Pug and HonneyBunn made me smile :)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Absolutely adorable story of your Mi-Ki. I can just see the look on your mom's face when that package arrived from the Easter Bunny :)