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Meet Miley Cyrus’ New Dog, Happy!

A photo of Miley Cyrus and her dog

One of the things I love about Miley Cyrus (and just to clarify, I’m not sure I would say that I love Miley Cyrus herself, but there are definitely things that I thoroughly appreciate about her) is how much she loves animals. She has the most adorable dogs, and she’s always talking about adopting pets rather than buying them. For instance, when Khloe Kardashian tweeted that she wanted a puppy, she said that Miley told her to email her her phone number so that she could speak to her about adoption. That’s really sweet, right?

If you think that’s sweet though, you’re probably going to just adore the story about how Miley met her completely adorable new puppy, Happy:

Miley Cyrus has a new reason to smile, and his name is Happy.

The singer brought home a new puppy on Tuesday, adding to her full house of dogs, including Lila, Floyd and Ziggy.

“He was left in a box in front of Walmart,” she Tweeted Wednesday. “I don’t understand how people can be so cruel. That’s why we named him Happy.”

The dog, a possible Rottweiler-beagle mix, has gone “from cardboard” to Maison Martin Margiela, according to Cyrus, who shared a photo of her new puppy lying on luxurious-looking leather.

Cyrus’s boyfriend, Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, was spotted yesterday picking up bags of pet food and a new dog bed from the store yesterday – and now we know why!

And just in case that wasn’t quite touching enough for you, here’s another picture of Happy:

A photo of Miley Cyrus' dog

Oh my goodness, I want one! But no really, I want one. I’ve been thinking about getting a dog for a while now. It’s not that I don’t love my guinea pigs and rats, but I’ve always wanted a dog, and I feel like it’s almost time for that to happen. The problem is that I live in an apartment, and while I believe a house is going to come our way soon, I’m not sure how to work that out. I should probably wait, right? Ideally though, I’d love to find a smaller, older dog (seriously, guys, I am so weak, and I think it would be a good idea to be able to pick up my dog) who would enjoy cuddling with me while I spend my days reading about Lindsay Lohan and talking to you guys. Any tips or suggestions or anything?

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  • I live in an apartment with a big lid German shepherd and it’s fine. I’d love a yard but that’s not in the cards for me. It’s been 6 years and it’s great. We go everywhere together, I take her to work and on errands and all my road trips. She’s my buddy. I also have an awesome cat to keep her company when I’m not here. Go for it and go on lots of walks! Find a pound puppy or older dog and give them the gift of a great life with you! You won’t regret it…and remember the training is important too!

  • We rescued an older dog and it has its advantages: they usually come housebroken and knowing basic commands and they are not puppies which are a LOT of work! They are calmer and generally more snuggly. But, you have a lifetime of (mis)treatment that comes with them (sometimes not if the owner had to relinquish them for a lifestyle change and the animal wasn’t mistreated) and you don’t get as long with them. No matter how long you’ve had an animal, it is hard to lose them. About 20% of animals in US shelters are dumped there because they are old and the owners no longer want them, isn’t that awful? You also might need to immediately factor into your budget increasing vet bills (older dogs should see a vet every six months instead of once a year) and perhaps medication to manage geriatric conditions such as arthritis or special food. BUT! Old dogs are great, I think ours knows he got a great retirement and is grateful, he’s incredibly gentle and loving and he gives these big sighs that just radiate contentment.

    Also, I thought of you because I met this guy in our neighborhood who I though looked like he could be a serial killer or LSD burnout but then he came out cradling a fancy, flat coated guinea pig he’d found abandoned in the forest preserve (who the heck leaves a poor guinea pig in a forest preserve with coyotes and owls!) and brought home to care for.

    • Thank you so much, that helps a lot! My old roommate had a very young puppy and an older dog, and I took care of both of them on my own quite a bit, and I realized that even thought the puppy was insanely cute, an older dog would probably be the way for me to go. I’d absolutely love to give an older dog a chance for a great retirement as well! I didn’t realize about the more frequent vet visits though, but that probably wouldn’t be a deal breaker. Ahh, precious dogs!

      And that’s wonderful about the guinea pig! Not the part about someone being completely awful and leaving him like that, of course. I’ve seen so many sad stories about people just leaving guinea pigs in the woods or in parking lots, or just letting them loose in the backyard, because a lot of people think that because they’re smaller, they’re somehow disposable pets. I’m so glad someone found that poor pig!

  • +1 for Miley. It’s a bit surprising…that she’s capable of doing “something” I approve of :-P

    That being said, pet adoption rocks! I’ve been to the shelter on the south side of Chicago a few times and it’s so sad to see all of these dogs that were just abandoned. They were either young, too big, too ugly or had behaviour problems so anyone that adopts a dog from one of these shelters is “ok” in my book because you’re inheriting a potential problem. You can just see it in their eyes…the ones that miss their homes or the ones that just want to get out of that cage and play with you. I tend to be a tough guy to know but dogs…they just a have a way of breaking through all of that. Even though we already have 2, we don’t forget the ones that are still there and we make sure to donate often and drop off tons of food for them. I know I wouldn’t want to spend months in a cage but I understand that the people there are doing the absolute best they can for these animals.

  • Call your local vet for advice. They may know of an older small dog that someone can no longer care for. That way you will hopefully know some of the history. Myself I adopted an older Maine Coon cat that had been abused badly and it took a long time for him to trust that he was safe. He still hides when we have guests. 15 pounds of spoiled cat with his own outdoor summer area to play in. We even have a vet who makes housecalls for his check-ups. My big baby. He is a love. Good luck.

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