Cape Town celeb pooch meets Knysna ‘fire icon’

2019-02-13 14:53
Mr Miyagee. (Photo: Supplied)

Mr Miyagee. (Photo: Supplied)

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Two well-known South African animals finally got the chance to get to know each other better over the weekend.

Mr Miyagee, a pint-sized chihuahua, and Cody, the horse who famously survived the devastating Knysna fires in 2017, were introduced to each other.

Mr Miyagee is a certified emotional support and therapy dog. He’s also a social-media influencer in dog circles, both locally and internationally, and often makes charitable appearances at schools, nursing homes and hospitals.

“It’s as if they’ve known each other for years,” says Mr Miyagee’s human, Lindi Pieterse from Cape Town.

cody

Cody made headlines when he managed to find his way home after he’d gone missing for 16 days. He suffered serious burn wounds to his face and body and his sight has been affected.

Cody’s owner, Karen Rademeyer from Knysna, invited Mr Miyagee over so the two creatures could “share a few therapy tips”, Lindi says.

Yorkshire terrier Fudge, also a therapy dog, was there too.

While the Pieterses were holidaying on the Garden Route, they also took Mr Miyagee to see the George Old Car Show.

Mr Miyagee enjoys all the perks of a true celebrity. When he’s not busy with his charity work, he exercises on an underwater treadmill, or is treated to massages and acupuncture. Everything from his special sunglasses to beauty products is sponsored. He even has his own photographer.

cody and Mr Miyagee

Thanks to the 45 sponsors who maintain his lifestyle, there’s no end to Mr Miyagee’s comforts. Sponsorships include a designer collar made of kangaroo leather, special sunglasses that block UV rays, gels to keep his paws soft, scrumptious biscuits, protein bars, buchu pills, multivitamins and toys.

He also has a set of brand-new wheels. A toy company donated the car and Lindi says Mr Miyagee loves it. “At one point it looked as if he were asking, ‘Why is the gate closed?’”

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