The internetz is abounding with miniature animals today it seems! This is Beyoncé, the Dachshund mix from El Dorado Hills, CA that is named after one of the world’s biggest pop stars… but just might be the world’s smallest puppy!
When she was born, Beyoncé weighed just one ounce and was so tiny she could fit in a spoon. Now two weeks old, she’s still about the size of a credit card. Can you believe that?!? I WANT HER!
Beyoncé was the runt of a litter born a fortnight ago to a beleaguered Dachshund mix named Casey, who was abandoned by her owner and left to fend for herself on the streets of San Bernardino, California.
Casey was eventually picked up and placed in the pound where she was set to be put down, since the pound couldn’t accommodate a whole litter of puppies. Luckily for her, and Beyoncé, Casey was given a new lease on life when she was rescued by the Grace Foundation.
But poor teeny Beyoncé wasn’t out of the woods yet – she still faced a battle for survival.
An ultrasound revealed that Casey was expecting five puppies – and one of them was unusually small and wasn’t expected to survive.
Beyoncé was the last puppy to be delivered and at first the vet thought she was still born. She didn’t have a heartbeat and wasn’t breathing.
Dr Michael Russell, the Grace Foundation’s vet, tried giving the pup heart compressions, but she still wasn’t breathing.
That’s when Beth DeCaprio jumped in and began performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to breath life into the tiny dog.
‘It was actually a little funny, and gross, trying to get my mouth around hers, but after a couple of really small breaths she took a deep breath and started to really move around. We cleaned out her little nasal passages, and I gave her a couple more breaths and then she started breathing on her own,’ she said.
Although Beyoncé isn’t officially the world’s tiniest dog yet, the foundation has submitted an application to the Guinness World Records.
She is expected to weigh about 1½lb when she’s fully grown.
The current small dog record holder is Boo Boo the chihuahua from Kentucky who is six years old, 4in tall and weighs 1½l.
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