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June 28, 2006

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Dude, the Pet of the Day
Name: Dude
Age: Eight years old
Gender: Male
Kind: American Miniature Horse
Home: Olympia, Washington, USA
   My pet's name is Stiehl's Handsome Dude, but we call him Dude for short. He is an eight-year-old, 29-inch tall American Miniature Horse.

    Dude has a stall that is actually attached to our house and has the whole back yard to himself. He is so cute, he has the biggest eyes and prettiest face you've ever seen on a Mini. Every time we open the back door he whinnies at us, especially if it is close to breakfast or dinner time. When I got Dude he was a little stand off-ish, but it didn't take him long to warm up to us. Our friends' children love feeding him carrots.

    Dude and I go for walks down the road and through our local park almost every day. People always smile when the realize it's not a dog I'm walking, but a little tiny horse! I've had lots of children and adults stop and ask if they can pet him. And I even had one couple stop their van because they wanted their dog to meet him. Whenever I am blue, I simply take Dude for a walk and I get lots and lots of wonderful smiles. That always brightens my day. But Dude's absolute favorite pastime is to get brushed. Little horsies get itchy under all that winter hair!

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