Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Baby Blue the Pekitese // The Story of a Maltese x Pekingese Cross

If ever you have wondered what would happen if you crossed a maltese with a Pekingese, baby Blue will answer these day dreams! I'm not sure that Pekitese's are a very well known mix, over shadowed by more popular breeds like the Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle) or the Morkie (Maltese x Yorkie), but hopefully this will change. 

The story of how we happened upon Baby Blue is a good one, but what has come after that is even better. On a trip to Johannesburg for a wedding, my boyfriend dropped his mom and me off at a hair salon in Norwood for some dramatic Hollywood curls. Just when I thought I couldn’t be more delighted with the result, he returned from his “coffee” [read: a pet store across the road] with an unparalleled smile. He told me excitedly about the only puppy in the store, a tiny miniature maltese Pekingese cross. Of course curiosity got the better of me and I had to take a look, so a glammed up me strode into a crusty pet store. Lying in the corner and beyond small, a little boy puppy with piercing blue eyes gazed at us. Completely at home in our arms, he craved attention from the second we met him. Despite our instant bond, we knew we were flying back to Cape Town the next day, and were incredibly worried about flying with a new puppy. Amazingly enough, flying with a puppy is less dramatic than what it sounds. After approximately five calls to SAA, our pet request was through. Their policy is to check pets on as extra baggage, but only on certain flights (presumably those with sufficient space in the pressurized hold) and with advance request. We were able to collect Blue the next day, and head straight to the airport with an extra, tiny passenger. Beside myself during the flight, I had to ask the air hostess for any kind of sedative, worried for Blue’s sake at every bump of turbulence. When we collected him in Cape Town, after asking the pilot to check if he was off the flight yet, we found him next to the baggage collection in his cage. All the way home I had my hand gnawed on by his razor sharp teeth in the back of an Uber, oblivious to pain thanks to the overwhelming relief.

Since then, Blue has become the best part of our lives. He is a gentle companion who is intensely inquisitive with day to day tasks. Putting socks on is of course an open invitation for a game of tug of war (especially when you are late for work). Cooking is THE time to lie underneath the action and hope for a falling piece of carrot. And TV watching is for deep sleeps diagonally across the couch, until Discovery comes on and the primate noises can’t be ignored (in which case Blue watches with the same intent stare). It has been an ongoing journey of deciphering what elements are from the maltese side, and which from the pekingese side. What we have deemed to be his main maltese attribute is his playfulness. He is far more game orientated than what it seems any Pekingese is (according to my advanced research which included signing up to the “Pekinewsletter”). But he is also a sun loving laze about who is incredibly attached and sensitive which is more likely to have come from the Pekingese breed, as is his long back and beautiful tufty hair. The mix makes for a well-adjusted, social creature who demands undivided attention and care, with a quirky personality that commands that naturally. At five months he weighs just under 5kg and is unlikely to get much bigger. 

Follow Baby Blue's adventures on Instagram at @babyblue_pekitese

A necessary word of caution, despite the happy ending, is that I in no way would encourage purchasing a puppy from a pet store. In fact I would encourage against it. Apart from the obvious benefits of purchasing from a shelter, it’s incredibly worrisome that pet store puppies are sold with no home visit and in our case, documents with suspicious vaccination stickers and therefore a major threat of parvo virus. Not to mention we were charged a whopping R1800 for his travel cage which retails for less than half on Takealot. The only thing which half-way covers the guilt of supporting this trade, is that our home is a calm haven he may have otherwise not found. 


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