Written by Mandy Jacobs
Professional photography by Helen du Plessis Photography
I saw a Facebook post of a “Morkie” at Benoni SPCA on Facebook in December 2019, and I immediately fell in love with “Tina”. On the 8th of January 2020, the home check was done, and the very next day I went to pick her up to bring her home. I couldn’t be happier!
Tina is now called “Bella”, and she’s the spunkiest, cutest, cuddliest, playful little ray of sunshine in my life! She didn’t know toys at all and was scared of every single sound, such as a vacuum, machinery, kitchen aids, loud talking, garden tools, brooms, leaf blowers… anything, really. She learnt how to play with her toys from her “sister”, Chelsey, whom we sadly had to help over the Rainbow Bridge in 2021 due to diabetes. Chelsey was 13 years old and taught Bella so many things in such a short time, and we’ll forever miss her.
Bella is now a “ball freak”, and as soon as her eyes open in the morning, she dashes off to get one of her (many) balls. When she plays a lot and it’s hot, she’ll put her ball in her water bowl and then just stand in it to cool down. She also loves treats and will “talk back” if you say she’s had enough. She loves her specialised kibbles, chicken, rice, canned chicken paté, cucumber, apple, pineapple, and the list just goes on and on. She’s a really clever girl, and after finding medication hidden in a piece of cheese and in peanut butter, chicken is now the only way to give her any kind of medication when she needs it. She loves all humans and small dogs, but tries to attack big dogs, loves to ride in a car (she even has her own car seat), and loves barking at any animal on TV.
I adopted Bella when I was in a very bad space, and I wasn’t really looking to get a new dog. I normally share posts of dogs on Facebook that are looking for homes, but when I saw Bella, it was just love at first sight. We saved each other. She sleeps on my bed and loves to wake me up with kisses in the morning.
I initially thought that she was a Morkie, as per the Facebook post, but certain things made me think that she might have some Pekingese or even Shih Tzu in there somewhere (and, of course, there’s teddy bear in there too – just look at her face and cute paws!).
I was so happy when my friend bought a MuttMix test for her second adoptaversary and couldn’t wait for the results.
Bella’s MuttMix Results
Level 1 Pekingese
Level 4 Yorkshire Terrier
I’m so happy with the results; it gives me a better knowledge about certain traits and provides insight into any health problems that might arise. I can definitely recommend MuttMix!