So I've decided I'd like to adopt a small dog, and after some research, found that a Papillon would suit us best. Poor Cedric really misses Ozzy, and I think he would have a lot of fun with a small dog. He'd probably "mother" it the way he did with the ferret. Cedric used to carry Ziggy around by the scruff of his neck and bathe him just like a kitten. Then they'd curl up together and go to sleep. I would enjoy a nice furry little lap dog, and a companion when I'm outside (which I am as much as possible when the weather's warm). I've spent a few weeks researching different toy dog breeds and I like many attributes of the Papillon. First, they're beautiful little dogs. Papillon is french for butterfly, and this refers to their furry ears, which resemble butterfly wings.
They also say that they're "big dogs in little dog suits". They say they're very capable with handling a 5 mile walk, which makes them perfect for me. Most little dogs wouldn't last through one of my typical walks (although toy breeds are small enough to carry when they poop out). Papillons are very athletic, energetic, and intelligent. They're generally healthy and very devoted to their owners. They don't bark much (unlike some toy breeds), and get along well with cats. Plus they like to cuddle, which is what I really want in a dog. Now my only problem is finding a Papillon puppy (preferabley male). I'd really rather adopt than buy one from a breeder or pet store, but I haven't seen ANY small dogs in the shelters in my area (Fairview Park, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio). We've got a lot of Pit Bulls in the shelters, but that's more dog than I can handle right now.
So now I'm asking for your help, dear reader, and hoping you can point me in the right direction to find the puppy I'm looking for. If any of you know where I can adopt a Papillon puppy in my area, please leave a comment (or contact me through my ArtFire shop). I need another fuzzy to cuddle, and Cedric needs a playmate. Thanks in advance for any tips you can provide!
-Michelle of CreativeCritters