There are many uses for a gravy boat — mainly for pouring out gravy — but have you ever seen a Pug camped out in one?
Meet Pip, the four-month-old purebred Pug who at just four inches high and around 1.4 pounds — about the same as a bag of sugar — who is one of the smallest dogs in the U.K.
Pip was part of a litter of four and at about half the size of her sister Poppy, unlikely to grow much more. And this little trooper has survived numerous cases of pneumonia caused by a cleft palate, the Daily Mail reported.
But how did such a diminutive puppy come to be?
Owner Joanne Astley, from Dudley, West Midlands, decided to start breeding pugs last year, and was delighted when two-year-old Ruby gave birth to a litter of four in January.
But her delight soon turned to concern when she realized that one of the puppies was half the size of the others.
“I couldn't believe it; she was just so tiny,” Astley said. “We took her to the vet, but they said that she was fine, apart from a cleft lip, and is just small. She must be Britain's smallest pug — if not the smallest pug in the world.”
The current smallest dog in the UK is Tyson — a four inch Lhasa Apso cross Chihuahua who lives in Lincoln with owner Rosemarie McLinden.
But Disney, a three-inch Chihuahua puppy belonging to Natalie Vanes, is on course to break a Guinness World Record for the smallest dog if she continues to grow at the same rate.
The world's smallest living dog is a female Chihuahua called Miracle Milly, who is 3.8in tall and weighs 1lb.
But if you think Pip's small size holds her back, think again...
While Pip might be small, she has a big personality, and Astley decided to keep tiny Pip and one of her sisters, Poppy.
“We've got to be very careful, because Poppy is too rough with her,” she said. “Poppy is a bundle of fun, while Pip is just small and timid.
'If I want to take her out, I have to pick her up and put her in my handbag,” she continued. “People stop and stare — they can't believe she's real, they all think she's a toy.”
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So it’s fitting that she sleeps in a doll’s crib — a bed fit for a miniature queen.