Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
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Higgins' name was given to him because his owners thought it was cute and unusual, but having gotten to know him since the day they picked him up, they've rethought things a bit.
"We should have named him Hoover," says Tom Buser. "As in vacuum."
A 7-year-old Yorkie-Poo, Higgins fancies himself something of a hunter and always has his nose to the ground, snarfing up whatever he finds around the house -- woe to the mere crumb dropped from the dinner table. Buser brought Higgins home as a birthday gift for his wife, Joyce Starr, and the pup immediately took to life on Pasadena's Stoney Creek.
When he's not hunting down treats from his owners or the floor, Higgins likes racing around his yard and chasing squirrels.
"He truly is the gift that keeps on giving," says Buser, who adds that Higgins loves playing hide-and-seek, so long as a treat awaits at the end of the game, and knows simple tricks, including sit, stay and offering his paw for a shake. Thankfully, he also obeys "drop it" when he grabs something nonedible.
He's also a friendly dog.
"Walking him takes time since we have to stop for a pet on the head from the neighbors," says Buser.
-Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun