US Meet the country's most heroic canine - a Chihuahua who weighs only four pounds

08:40  24 october  2020
08:40  24 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Most of the rescued animals are babies who cannot stay with their mothers because of their medical problems. MacKenzie takes an interest in In addition to being named 2020’s American Hero Dog, MacKenzie was also dubbed the country ’ s Hero Shelter Dog of the Year, according to WINK News.

Most Chihuahuas are naturally reserved with strangers. In fact, many Chihuahuas will put on a In addition, most Chihuahuas feel overwhelmed by the loud voices and quick movements that children A nice bonus would be if BOTH PARENTS of the puppy also have: a certificate from the Canine Eye

Sometimes, the smallest things can make the biggest impact.

a dog sitting in front of a building © American Humane

A 4-pound Chihuahua named MacKenzie proved that to be the case after beating more than 400 dogs to win the title of "the country's most heroic canine," according to the non-profit organization American Humane.

MacKenzie was presented the award at the annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards hosted by Carson Kressley on the Hallmark Channel last week. After deliberations from a panel of celebrity animal lovers and more than 1 million votes cast by the American public, MacKenzie was crowned the winner.

"The American Humane Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the world's most extraordinary heroes," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. "These heroic canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty... reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people."

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The only people who benefit from confusing terms like teacup, toy and micro are the Chihuahua breeders. When a breeder or pet shop refers to their Chihuahuas as teacups, they are either doing it to try and get more money for them, or they are just as confused about the terminology as everyone

Did you know? Chihuahuas are the second most euthanized breeds in America, second only to Pit Bulls. At the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter, Chihuahuas are 30% of the canine population Their fate is not much better elsewhere around the country , around the world, really. You are not the only one who has had a bad experience with a Chihuahua whose owners were not

What makes this little pup so heroic?

MacKenzie was born in Hilton, New York, with a cleft palate and spent the first year of her life being fed through a tube and battling several bouts of pneumonia.

After overcoming her health challenges, MacKenzie now works with The Mia Foundation, a non-profit in Rochester, New York, that rescues and nurtures animals born with birth defects who cannot physically be with their mothers.

Her official job is "to provide love and care for baby rescue animals born with birth defects," according to American Humane.

"MacKenzie takes an interest in each baby (animal) from day one ... she plays nurse and cleans, comforts, and cuddles them," the release says. "She acts as their mother and teaches them how to socialize, play, and have good manners."

As if this wasn't enough, MacKenzie also works with children at schools, teaching them to be open-minded toward animals and people with physical differences.

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