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Franklin, The Chiweenie

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Franklin and Breena (from Breena’s IG: @breenaylaya)

“Honestly, when I first got him, I had no clue how scared he was of other people, because he chose me at the shelter. He was nothing but sweet to me. Since then, he has learned so many tricks. For example: speak, whisper, paw, bow, spin and beg. Every day he does something that makes me glad I adopted him.”

When Breena Ylaya first adopted Franklin a year and a half ago, at six months old, he didn’t know how to play with toys or do any tricks. He would bite Breena’s toes to wake her up, and even tried biting her hair from time to time. While it wasn’t pleasant, Breena knew it meant he loved her — he just didn’t know how to show it in the right ways.

Flash forward to today, and he (thankfully) doesn’t bite Breena’s feet or hair anymore. Breena says he was never the “kissy dog” at first but now he totally is, and shows his love constantly. He’s learned tricks galore and even how to speak on command. Breena calls him her “best friend in the smallest package.”

Dog Whisperer HQ: Tell us a little about Franklin.

Breena: Franklin is a two-year-old Chiweenie: a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix. He’s timid around humans and warms up slowly, but he loves me and my man. He also loves other dogs. 

DW: How did Franklin get his name?

B: Franklin actually had that name at the animal shelter, but when I officially adopted him, I kept it. I’m from a township called Franklin and it made sense. Also, I’m a 90s baby and watched a show called “Franklin” (the turtle). He had to get neutered before I could pick him up, so the Franklin theme song kept playing in my head every night as I wondered when he would finally be ready for his forever home. “Hey it’s Franklin, coming over to your house.” 

DW: So Franklin used to have a bit of a biting problem. Can you talk about that?

B: I think it was just a puppy thing. We got him at six months from the Humane Society. He would nibble on our toes to wake us up because he didn’t know how else to tell us he had to go potty. It was surprising that he would even alert us to take him to the backyard door. 

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Franklin being cute!

DW: How has Franklin changed and improved his behavior over time?

B: Franklin has changed so much. Honestly, when I first got him, I had no clue how scared he was of other people, because he chose me at the shelter. He was nothing but sweet to me. Since then, he has learned so many tricks. For example: speak, whisper, paw, bow, spin and beg. He’s so loving and demands attention when I’m on my phones sometimes; he will just stare at me. Every day he does something that makes me glad I adopted him. 

DW: You mentioned you and Franklin cuddle and he kisses you. Can you talk about the sweet moments you two share together?

B: Last year I went to the Philippines for a whole month, and when I came back, he cuddled into my armpit, and fell asleep smiling. He’s such a beautiful loving chiweenie doggy. I can always count on him to brighten my day. He is a funny dog too — he was actually on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Overall, I just love how active he keeps me. We love running, going to dog parks and going on walks. He also goes to a lot of tea spots with me and just likes to chill out. He’s a smart dog and I’m so happy I adopted him. I can’t imagine my life without him. 

Check out Franklin’s Instagram @heyfwanklin.

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