People and Places
05/02/2021
This little one’s not miffed by eagles [PENINSULA PETS]
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

​​​​​​​Show off your stuff and shine online

For results driven advertising put your products here

Book your Winter Deep Clean Now!

Having a cleaner environment will help keep your family healthier, happier and more comfortable at home. Contact us today to know more 1300 910 971

​​Plant the seed and reap the rewards

Results-driven online and in print advertising available now

​Every month we have special features

Designed to amplify your business

Create connections online in print and on social media

Your event can be listed on our What’s On pages
 

At just two years old, Myffy is a trend-setter. This fashionista doesn’t even weigh 10kg, which isn’t surprising for a poodle-shih tzu cross, but she doesn’t let her size stop her. What is surprising is that she sports a fluoro yellow, pink or bright turquoise vest complete with metal spikes and vibrant nylon bristles on the back to make predators hesitate or slow down and prevent a surprise attack. This pet body armour is necessary in her own backyard because she lives with mum Jillian Holmes-Smith at Red Hill Peony Estate, where a breeding pair of eagles have nested in her neighbour’s property.

After being welcomed into Jill’s life in August 2018, within a few months Myffy was out and about helping on the farm that has been in Jill’s family for generations. As the birds of prey made themselves at home, they took out nearby wallabies, geese and chickens. After learning this, Jill’s son-in-law began the search for a solution, which resulted in an order for a coyote vest from the US, where coyotes, mountain lions and birds of prey are threats to smaller dogs.

“Myffy wears it most of the time when she’s outside,” said Jill. “She has, however, been swooped twice when we’ve accidentally forgotten to put her vest on, but she was walking with people so she was OK, thank goodness. She’s not allowed outside without it as she’s just like a sitting duck when she’s on the property.”

Myffy is also known for melting hearts with her loving nature, superb memory and brains – that’s right, she’s got beauty and brains. Jill talks of her excellent vocabulary and the fact that she’s very clever and identifies herself as the top human in the house. You see, she not only thinks she’s human, she also eats human food and sleeps on Jill’s bed every night. She’s totally spoilt, and she knows it. If this diva isn’t getting the attention she deserves, she hunts down her brush and rolls on it to brush herself. This clever lass needs to maintain her beauty routine.

“Prior to the spiked coat, she would wear coats to keep warm, so it was an easy adjustment for her,” said Jill. “The coat doesn’t faze her anymore as she’s been wearing it for around 15 months. Myffy just accepts that it’s how it is; she even sits down ready for it to be put on. She’s got a concept of the ‘bad birdy’. She’ll look up at the sky when I point at it and she gives me the feeling that she knows about this ‘bad birdy’.”

Rushing through bushes and running under hedges with her lightweight coat on leaves a few fluoro spikes scattered around the garden, while Jill gets the lucky responsibility of cleaning Myffy’s washing after she’s rolled in fox poo – what a treat!

Online  in print  on social media

Banner ads now available on our site

​Thinking of online advertising?

Try a multi media package. Smart advertisers choose Mornington Peninsula Magazine

Step up and shine online

Put your brand or super special offer here

 

Advertise with us and book your online advertising spot

Promote your business or offer here - Food Wine Produce

Banner Ads now available

Perfect to promote your business to our online readers

Related Posts

Join our VIP club

Automatically go in the draw for a monthly members only prize!

Receive occasional emails to update you on events and special member offers, plus every month a link to Mornington Peninsula Magazine e-version days before it is released.

Opt out at any time. We promise, no spam!

Advertise with us

Target the affluent and discerning consumer who prefers local products and services.  Showcase your brand in Mornington Peninsula Magazine, online and on social media with one booking.

List your event

No matter what type of event you want to promote we have an option to suit your event size and budget.