Saturday, October 6, 2012

YTNR Smoky Award Nominee - Solo Nho Xiu

Every year the Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue (YTNR) holds an annual meeting for the board members and friends of the organization to meet and discuss all things Yorkie.  I have never been to a meeting but I read all about the annual event in the October YTNR newsletter.

A month after rescuing my brother, my mom and I received a letter asking for a Smoky Award nomination.  Each year YTNR gives a Smoky Award to one lucky Yorkie rescue.  I jumped at the chance to nominate Solo for the Smoky Award. I think he is awesome and wanted to showcase his Yorkie awesomeness to the organization.

I told mom that I would take care of the letter. I worked day and night on the letter with minimal treat breaks. I finished the letter, located a few pictures of Solo, sent in my nomination along with the pictures, and crossed my paws.

Dear YTNR Board Members,

My name is Chewy Nho and I would like to nominate my newly adopted brother for the thirteenth annual Smoky Award.  My brother’s name is Solo Nho Xiu but YTNR knows him as Milo. I believe my brother should win this year’s Smoky Award for four furtastic reasons.

First, Solo showed extraordinary levels of self-control during our first 24 hours together.  I first met Solo on July 15, 2012. My mother and I drove from Sunnyvale, CA to San Diego, CA to pick up my little brother. This was my longest car ride, 10 hours. You could only image how my newly adopted little brother felt.  He did not know who I was, he did not know who mommy was, and he did not know the smells of our car.  He was very scared but he did not bark, whimper, or shake. He maintained his fear by sitting close and bonding with me immediately. He sat right next to me while we drove from his foster home to the hotel. I loved every minute of it too. While at the hotel, we sniffed around the room to check everything out. Solo showcased his self-control again. Solo did not go to the bathroom in the room. He held his potty until Mommy took us outside. Since that first night, Solo has traveled all over with mommy and I.  We take rides around the city and visit our local dog boutiques. He especially likes our weekly visits to the mall and monthly play dates too.

The second reason why Solo should receive the award is due to his linguistic skills. I am a bilingual dog.  I know some of my commands in English but most are spoken in Vietnamese.  Solo was very patient with mommy and I while he learned the new language.  He often gave weird looks to indicate his confusion but he was patient and tried his hardest. After a few weeks, we was sitting and lying down when hearing mommy’s commands in Vietnamese. We are currently working on stay. He is a smart little brother and has already mastered the 10-second sit and stay. Real soon Solo will be at the 45-second stay. It took me awhile to get to 45-seconds but I know Solo will get there with ease.

Solo has overcome much in his 8 months of existence. He has traveled from breeder, to shelter, to foster home, and now to his forever home. Solo has met a variety of people and animals too. He is a true animal lover and this is my third reason for why Solo should receive the Smoky Award.  Mommy was worried that Solo might be scared of our cat, Mooch. I have loved cats since I was 8 weeks old.  I told Solo about my feline friend, that he lives in the backyard, and I love to play chase with him.  I was not sure how Solo would react to seeing Mooch for the first time.  I know Mooch is friendly but I would hate it if Solo tried to eat Mooch during this first encounter with him.  I decided to walk Solo out to see Mooch for the first time.  I walk up to Mooch and sniff the air.  Mooch does the same. That is how Mooch and I greet one another.  Then it was Solo’s turn to greet Mooch. Solo walked right up to Mooch, they touched noses, sniffed each other on the face, and Solo gave Mooch a great big lick on the nose. Mooch sneezed and cleaned off the slobber on his nose with his paw, looked at Solo, and walked away. After that moment, Solo and Mooch have become great friends. They run and play tag without any signs of fear or aggression. They just have fun. I guess that first kiss should have been a sign of how much they would love playing with each other.  To date, Solo has sniffed and liked every canine, guinea pig, hamster, and rabbit he has met.

Lastly, YTNR should award Solo with this year’s Smoky Award because he is a great traveling companion. I take Solo with me everywhere. Within the first month of Solo’s arrival, he met all of my closest doggie friends at a variety of doggie socials and play dates, eaten with other dogs at three dog friendly restaurants, wore 5 brand new outfits, worn a lot of my clothes too, raided the toy box over a 100 times, and traveled to the ocean to watch a parade… woof woof woof! My brother knows how to be a good dog and enjoys my busy lifestyle. While we are sniffing around town, Solo rarely barks when out and knows the quiet command in Vietnamese. He has not urinated in a pet store, wag on wood. He also enjoys hogging all of the room in our stroller too. After one walk in the stroller, Solo was in heaven and never thought twice about putting paw to tile during our weekly visits to the mall. Solo is a great traveling companion and knows how to hang with the big dogs. He is truly a perfect brother.

Woof woof! I believe my brother should be the recipient of the thirteenth annual Smoky Award.  Solo’s unquestionably self-control, his ability to understand multiple languages, his animal loving ways, and great traveling skills highlights his versatility and unique personality. My mommy and I love Solo very much and are very happy to have him in our lives.  I even featured him in a very special blog post,

Thank you for considering Solo Nho Xiu for this award. I think he is the most pawsome brother a Yorkie could ever ask for!  He is definitely #1 in my dog bone book.

Woof and a wag,
Chewy Nho

My brother did not win the Smoky Award but he did like his official YTNR Smoky Award nomination certificate. He felt honored to be nominated and enjoyed reading my nomination letter. He gave me a big kiss on the nose for my efforts. Thanks bro, and right back at ya ... LICK!

I love my brother.  There is nothing better than sneaking up and scaring him on a dark night, stealing his treats when he is not looking, and blaming him for the holes I dig in my mom's garden. BOL! Just kidding. All joking aside, my brother is a great addition to my family.  A big WOOF WOOF to YTNR for saving my bro.  If the organization did not take care of him I would have never found him.

Keep wandering.

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