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Teeny Tiny

Seven years ago, Mom almost passed me up at the pet rescue event where I was waiting.Β She said, “She’s too tiny.”


Her old dog, Smoki, was a German Shepherd mix,

smoki on the sofa

and before Smoki there was Sandy, a Golden Retriever mix.

Sandy in the snow

She didn’t know what to do with such a teeny tiny dog like me. When I finally willed her to choose me, she thought I’d need a set of doggie stairs to get on the bed. That was before she saw that I could fly. I’m small, but mighty.

Since then, Mom has faced down my teeny tiny feet,


my teeny tiny belly,


and my teeny tiny brain.

Mom will be facing down another teeny tiny dilemma, soon. She’s invited to read to a couple of classes at a local school for Dr. Seuss‘s birthday – Read Across America Day.

I can't read, but I'm celebrating my own way.

I can’t read, but I’ll celebrate my own way.

The dilemma is that the children she’ll be reading to are teeny tiny pre-k kids. They’re small, but mighty.


Mom’s print book, Keep Your Ear on the Ball is way over their heads – more for 2nd-4th graders.

Book #1

Her e-book, What If I Don’t? is slightly over their heads – more for kindergarten-2nd graders.

ebookcover with border

So she headed off to the bookstore. She sat in the cafe and read and read and read.

kiddie books

When her chai latte was finished, she went back to the shelves and read some more.

She’s very happy with her choices: Duck, Duck, Dinosaur for the teeniest of the teeny tiny kids

duck dinoduck duck dino

and My Dog’s a Chicken for the less teeny of the teeny tiny kids.

dog chickendog chicken2

She giggled when she read them and said, “These are short and sweet.” and “This will be super fun.” and “Why are you hiding under the bed?”

under the bed

Comments on: "Teeny Tiny" (72)

  1. hannahandlucy said:

    Were you hiding from your Mom under the bed Cupcake?
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  2. Oh Cupcake…who could resist that face when it came to adopting you – nobody including your Mom, that’s who! I’m glad she did and I know you are as well…… for choosing reading material – I guess it’s always the audience that dictates that and different ages of kiddos like different stuff and your Mom knows allllllllll about that part! Looks like she picked some goodies! Will you get to go along and help?

    Love, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. Mom will not take me along to her school visit on account of having to concentrate. She will show some pictures of me, though, when she reads the chicken book. I’ll watch out the window till she comes back.

      Love and licks,

  3. It’s nice of your mom to take such care choosing the stories to read to the children. I’m sure they’ll enjoy hearing the stories.

    I’m glad your mom chose you.

    I know what you’re doing under the bed! It’s your cat impression – and it’s very good!

  4. I know what you mean Momwithoutpaws always picks big dogs, Dadwithoutpaws wanted a shepherd and when she came home with skinny me he was very disappointed. I won him over..

  5. you are the cutest tiny princess I ever saw :o) and even a tiny brain can belong to a canine genius… imagine how much brilliant things are inside of such a phone what’s much smaller than a doggy-head… therefore they call it SMARTphone :o)

  6. Cupcake you look like the perfect size to us: tiny enough to fit under the bed and snuggle on the sofa, but with a huge heart. Especially when the fur flies or we tug on the lead, our mom wishes we were smaller, too.

    • Thanks, P. After Mom got used to me, she decided I was the perfect size after all. Especially before I learned how to walk nicely on my leash. She feels you with that issue!

      Love and licks,

  7. Why ARE you hiding under the bed? Good thing your Mom didn’t pass you up… πŸ™‚
    My Dog’s a Chicken sounds like a fun book even for a 64 year old!

    • You’re right, Pix. The chicken book is giggle-worthy for kids of all ages. I was hiding under the bed for fun. Mom calls and calls and then says, “There you are!”

      Love and licks,

  8. Your brain is anything but tiny, especially if you WILLED your Mama to rescue you! My Mama has had big dogs too, but she loves my breed, and my portability. Next time, if she reads to slightly olde kids, she can read StuArt Little…….runs off laughing hysterically……

  9. Small dogs and small children both remind us that powerful punches can be packaged in small creatures.

  10. your Mom made some pawesome choices! Those “teeny tiny” ones are going to love them! DakotasDen

  11. Great list of books for the Read Across America. Have fun!

    Bet you are easier to dress than her previous dogs. Archie would say smaller dogs are smart, lively and have a lot of spring in their jumps. I would say, it’s a lot easier cleaning up his business. πŸ™‚

    • Ha! Thanks, P. You and Archie are BOTH right about small doggies. Mom’s other dogs mostly wore HER clothes with the sleeves rolled up.

      Love and licks,

  12. Awww You go Cupcake! Mom and I are glad you and Your Mom found each other!!!

    Boomer and Mom

    • Thanks, L and B. I’m glad, too! Street life, shelter life, and foster life are not as much fun as forever-home life.

      Love and licks,

      • No…I understand, C…I didn’t have the shelter or foster life, but I sure had the starving in the country life…and I was NEVER a country-type of dog! Although, I NOW! Boomer

  13. Why were you hiding under the bed? Because you can? πŸ™‚

    It’s a very good thing your mom came to her senses, you were obviously fated to be together!

    • Yes, Collies! I hide because I can! And yes, Mom and I were definitely fated to be together. Even though I was all wrong when she saw me, I was absolutely perfect after all.

      Love and licks,

  14. Perspective, Cupcake, size is all perspective. Have fun reading to the tiny guys. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, M and S. You’re right of course. I’m not small compared to a hamster or a parakeet… Or a goldfish or a newt….

      Love and licks,

  15. Good for you Cupcake, you figured it out. Just took a little time. Well done.

  16. I just knew you’d figure it out, Cupcake! You’re going to see teeny tiny kids??? Oh…well maybe they will have tasty stuff that you can lick off their fingers? That will make it better, right? Good luck! *ear licks*

    • Little kids are delicious, N, but I am not invited along. Apparently, Mom has to “concentrate” while she reads to them. Happily, I am working at the library tomorrow, so I will get to taste a kid or two while I’m there.

      Love and licks,

  17. I knew all of mom’s puppies. Even Major from when she was a kid herself, not too long ago πŸ˜‰ All of mom’s puppies had something special about them. With you, it’s sweetness and loyalty and cuteness and … See I have trouble counting one something too. I hope you’re also being helpful, by letting mom read those books to you and you giving a paws up or paws down. Mom works very hard, even though she makes it look like fun, and I’m sure you’re a big help. So when’s the book about you coming out? 😍

    • Thanks, G. You have picked out all my best qualities. Mom has read the books a few times and I have tasted them a few times, too. They seem like good choices. Mom is still working on a couple of books about me. Nothing is clicking, yet, but we are hopeful because that’s how we roll.

      Love and licks,

  18. Just remember, Cupcake…good things come in small packages. πŸ˜‰

  19. I’m glad she picked you despite your size! I’m the opposite, I’m always drawn to the small ones.

  20. I understand caution around boxes. What if the UPS man came while you were in there and took you somewhere else! Hey, my predecessor, Freda the schnauzer, was mom’s first small dog, and since then she has wondered why she every had one that was bigger!

  21. You crack us up Cupcake!
    Wally & Sammy

  22. Ah Cupcake you are too freaking cute. Of course your mom picked you despite you being small, you’re too terrific to pass up! Good luck to your mom at her reading- I kind of wish I was going to be there- ‘Duck, Duck, Dinosaur’ sounds fantastic!!! Love your last picture!!!

    • Thanks, S. You’re right. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur is pretty cool. Especially when the dino says, “BIG!” I’m pretty sure he’s not talking about me.

      Love and licks,

  23. That seems like yesterday Cupcake. I am glad she chose you, as the two of you belong together.

    Smoki and Sandy was beautiful and knowing mom, I know they also had the best time ever with her. Just like you are having now. πŸ˜€

    Good for you for ‘willing’ her to choose you Cupcake. I am sure she was very surprised when she saw how you can fly. πŸ˜†

    Awww, you look so adorable and I would love to tickle that teeny tiny belly and for someone with a teeny tiny brain, you are very, very clever Cupcake. I loved the video! You’re training mom very well too, I see. πŸ˜€

    It sounds like mom is in for a treat. You may not be able to read but that is only so mom can read all her lovely stories to you. I also love your Dr Seuss mug. I hope there was coffee in that mug! πŸ˜†

    I think the teeny tiny kids will love the stories mom chose for them or was there something in it that might scare them? Maybe it was the Dinosaur or the noisy chickens that scared you. Don’t worry. They’re only in the books. πŸ˜€

    Please give mom my thanks for this beautiful post and I absolutely adore the header. You look so adorable and cute with that kiss on your forehead. I also love that cute little kissy toy of yours. The two of you are adorable! πŸ˜€ β™₯

    • Thanks, S. You sure do have the best eye for details, as we well know. Mom’s old dog Smoki lives in my belly. She helped Mom find me and she watches over us and helps me be a good girl. Mom kisses my belly a lot ….for Smoki. And because she loves me.

      Love and licks,

      • I am glad you think so Cupcake and that is so sweet. I am very glad she helped mom to find you and that she watches over the two of you. I don’t think you will ever be able to not be a good girl, as you are just the sweetest.

        That must tickle a lot. hehe. It’s wonderful to be loved like that. Enjoy! πŸ˜€ β™₯

  24. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, the truth here You and your mommy bring joy to us kitties and woofies reading about you here and to the children you go to visit. Smoochies to you and as for me, I lubs you.

  25. Ahmmmmm, Cupcake, I’m afraid that teeny tiny brain might be heritable. You told your mom absolutely clearly that she should give that toy to you. Why did she throw it into a huge cardboard box instead?

    • You’re right, K. Mom is the pot calling the kettle black. She does that with fetching, too. If I bring the toy to her, she throws it and then expects me to go get it! Why does she throw it in the first place!!? It’s confusing.

      Love and licks,

  26. Oooh how exciting. I’ve been working on something special for Dr. Seuss’ birthday myself, but it’s a surprise. πŸ™‚ I’m sure mom will do well.

  27. Cupcake, we love your teeny tinyness! We had a shepherd-collie-husky mix before Daisy, but we knew we wanted a teeny tiny cuddler this time. I love the books your mom chose, they look like such fun! I’m sure the kiddies will enjoy hearing them. πŸ™‚

  28. Tiny in stature but BIG in personality! xo Johanna

  29. Now the question is whether your mom would get another teeny tiny dog. πŸ˜‰

  30. Those look like great books for the teeny tiny people!

  31. Cupcake, you are a far better problem solver than Choppy. If she has a problem, her solution is to look for me to solve it for her (although, come to think of it, that’s a pretty good solution, as it always works).

  32. Marty the Manx said:

    Hi Cupcake! For some reason your posts aren’t showing up in my reader even though I am following you 😦 You did wonderful getting brave with the box! We are so glad that your Mom gave small but mighty you a chance! Hope your Mom had fun reading those books to the kids, they looked like they were perfect!
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

  33. YES! I knew you were manage to catch that…fishy? You are the best teeny-tiny-fishy-catchy in the world, Cupcake πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Day πŸ™‚ ❀

  34. I’m so happy mom choose you after all. They say, “good things come in small packages” and I bet she was so excited to bring you home. I sure enjoyed your video too. How clever to hop on the sofa for a little ‘think’. It’s almost like mom can read your mind ❀ hugs x B

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