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Mr. Boots( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun / June 26, 2014 )
Mr. Boots, a 7-year-old Shih Tzu-Maltese mix, came by his name honestly: by chewing up the booty slippers of his owner, Paula Green-Holt, when he was a few months old. Thankfully, she took it in stride, resolved to increase the training lessons, and has lived quite happily with the little guy ever since.
"His relentlessly mischievous behavior eventually reduced me to tears, which quickly led to training from which he was politely graduated," she says. "He has since evolved into a very protective, mostly obedient, and extremely loved member of our family."
Mr. Boots lives in Lochearn with Paula and her husband, James, and flings his whole body at them when they arrive home after being gone for a while. He also makes his likes and dislikes very clearly known, especially when Paula tries to give him food he doesn't care for.
"He carries it off to the next room and tosses it on the floor, deliberately flops onto his stomach with all four legs splayed out, barks loudly once while doing so, and snaps his head in the opposite direction of where I'm standing, in clear disapproval of the treat," she says.
His favorite food is bacon and his favorite toy is a Mr. Bill doll that gets tossed around the house until it lets loose with its trademark "Oh, nooo!" As soon as the doll talks, Mr. Boots declares game over and finds something else to do.
"Boots is brave and bossing, loving and attentive," says Paula. "And he loves us back completely unconditionally, the way dogs do."