My name is Happy Higgins and, according to everyone who meets me, I’m a triple A: adorable, affectionate and adoring. I’m a 7 year old bichon whose foster Mom says is a LOVE. I love being cuddled, I LOVE being petted and I’m amazing at getting what I want. For example, if you are sitting somewhere and your hand happens to be “available” I believe (and that’s truly believe) that it’s because you want to pet me! So I rub my head and tap my nose on you so that you will know what to do. (Mom says that shows how smart I am, not to mention determined!)
When I’m excited about something (dinner, treat, playtime, bedtime) I will turn in circles, hop like a bunny, and wag my tail. And if that’s not enough, when you speak to me I listen VERY intently, then wag my tail as fast as it will go and (ready for this part?) then I do a whole-body wiggle!. (Mom’s friends find that beyond adorable!)
I love my bully sticks and stick my bum in the air while hunching down on my front legs to chew. When I’m on a walk (another favorite activity), I keep up a brisk pace and wag my tail the entire time. I don’t waste time sniffing anything, but forge ahead with my head up on high alert.
While I love women and other dogs, I’m pretty afraid of men, especially ones with big or loud voices. I’ve been known to cower, hide, and shake. It will take a gentle and patient man to win me over but Mom thinks that is do-able in time.
Because I have very sensitive shoulders and do NOT like my tail to be touched, I would not be a good fit for young children. Older children who understand that are ok.
Now, other things I do well: I do well on a leash, potty like a champ outside and like to ride in the car and am a great navigator. I have to ride upfront though so I’m near you. A doggy car seat is ideal and I will go quietly to sleep. I know “sit”, “stay” and “come” when called. (Mom says that’s really good because a lot of my bichon brethren don’t do that!) I’m also a bit of a chunky monkey at this point but making progress already! My previous owners didn’t understand good nutrition but Mom does – and I’m working hard on becoming a slim, trim version of myself!
My Ideal Home:
- Someone home most of the time
- Another small dog around my age would be fine but not required
- Adults or adults and children over 10
- Have had dogs as an adult
- Recent/current dog experience a plus
So if you are looking for a gentle, sweet, smiley and oh-so-squeezable buddy who wags his tail and wiggles, please ask for me!
Cuddles and Twirls,
Happy and Huggable Higgins