I’m sure I let out a small “awww!” when I first saw the photos of Chibi, the Maltese Pomeranian mix that Lacey Rabalais sent me.
Chibi certainly looks like a pampered pooch, but he has had more than his share of difficulties. He was born with a congenital heart defect called pulmonic stenosis and was living in a shelter at an early age. However, luck was just around the corner for Chibi. APAWS, a no kill, non profit animal shelter in Baton Rouge, LA, raised money for the procedure to repair Chibi’s heart and cardiologists at the Louisiana State University Veterinary Hospital performed it at a discounted price. Chibi requires lifelong medication and tires more easily than other dogs his age, but he is thriving.
Three years old now, Chibi was adopted at 6 months of age from APAWS. As far as his medical condition, he couldn’t be in better hands.
He was adopted by Jen, a veternarian, and goes to work with her every day.
You can see more Lacey’s photography on her blog.
About Lacey RAbalais Photography: Based in Baton Rouge, LA, Lacey is a wedding, lifestyle, and pet photographer who loves to travel.
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Love that you got his story and shared it. Love Chibi! He’s such a cutie.
Chibi looks just like my Sophie, also a rescue. I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of mix she is, but after seeing photos of Chibi, there’s no denying they’re identical twins!! 😉 Sophie weighs in at 14 pounds. According to all the articles that I’ve read about Malti-poms, they should max out at 9 lbs. Her Vet states she is fine at her weight. Just wondering what Chibi’s weight is? He looks to be the same girth as Sophie too.