Monday, September 23, 2013
Smallest Living Dog: 'Miracle Milly' broke Guinness world record (VIDEO)
DORADO, Puerto Rico -- The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly (owned by Vanesa Semler) is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw; she is nearly 2 years old, weighs roughly 1 pound (half a kilogram) and sets the new world record for the Smallest Living Dog (in terms of height),
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Miracle Milly, a brown female Chihuahua who is the smallest dog living, in terms of height, measuring 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw. Milly is owned by Vanesa Semler who lives in Dorado, Puerto Rico. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest dog walk involved 22,742 dogs who took part in the Great North Dog Walk organised by Anthony Carlisle (UK) which was held on the Leas, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest dog obedience lesson; it involved 390 dogs and was achieved by Felcan (Spain) at Mossen Sorribes Park in Rocafort, Valencia, Spain.
"She knows how to pose," owner Vanesa Semler told The Associated Press.
Miracle Milly dethroned the previous Guinness World Records' record holder Boo Boo, a long-haired Chihuahua from Kentucky that stands 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) tall.
Her mouth was too tiny to nurse from her mother, so Semler gave her milk every two hours through an eyedropper.
She slept in a doll's crib next to Semler's bed, growing stronger as the months passed. The Chihuahua now sleeps in a baby's crib and will eat nothing but food cooked by humans.
"She really likes salmon and chicken," Semler said, noting that she eats four times a day.
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Miracle Milly is close to her two sisters, both which are of normal size, but she prefers the company of people.
"She does not understand that she is a dog," Semler said. "She thinks she's a kid."
She doesn't bark and likes playing with the plants in Semler's backyard. If there are birds to chase, even better.
If she's playing inside, she gravitates toward Paco, a yellow Chihuahua plush toy twice her size. The stuffed animal is among dozens lining her crib. "We give her a new toy almost every week," Semler said. "She likes to cuddle with them."
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