Louie

A 4-month-old male Papillion.

His humans: Peter (quoted here) and Nyna Giles of Pound Ridge

Why a Papillion: I’ve always been a big-dog kind of guy, but my wife convinced me to go with a small breed this time around. And I’m a confident enough man to walk him on a leash.

Why he’s so special: Louie is just so darn cute. He is fluffy, puffy, cuddly, and sweet.

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Special talent: He’s an escape artist, a real Houdini, and can easily jump over a fence 18 inches high.

Can be found: Dancing the tango with Gigi, his older sister, another Papillion.

His personality is: Very intelligent and, when he looks into your eyes, he captivates you.

Cutest behavior: He loves to be held and snuggled and bounces over to you like a bunny when you call his name.

His itsy-bitsy flaw: He’s a climber, he’s rambunctious, and he’s tearing up the place.

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Sweetest habit: He follows me everywhere, looking up innocently with those big Disneyesque eyes, his head cocked to one side, as if asking, “So what are we doing today, Dad?”

Not-so-sweet habit: Chewing on my shoes.

Guilty pleasure: Watching YouTube videos of Papillions.

Goofiest behavior: Barking at his reflection in the glass door underneath the TV. I keep explaining to him that he actually knows that dog but this fact is lost on him.

Favorite toy: Henrietta, a rubber chicken and squeak toy. It’s particularly annoying when we’re trying to sleep.

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Fave game: Playing fetch.

Career aspiration: Model for Dog Fancy magazine.

Most afraid of: Being left alone in the room, when Gigi has to go out to do her business. But, for the most part, Louie is extremely confident and assertive.

He hates: If I leave the room without asking first.

Most oddball behavior: Trying to hide in the corner of the bed. His tail is totally visible.

Naughtiest thing he’s ever done: Chewed on Nyna’s Coach bag. Not a way to a mother’s heart.

He thinks he is: A much bigger dog than he is.

I think he is: A troublemaker.

Ten-second commercial: Louie is high-energy and high-maintenance; jumps around like a bunny; and is very, very fast. It’s hard to keep up with him. But we both love him so much and he shows his love in so many ways.

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