You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’ve got the perfect stuffed animal for the state that inspired the teddy bear.

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In the native Anishinaabe language, Mississippi means “Great River,” and for good reason. The state’s western border is formed by one of the largest river systems in the world. It’s generally considered the birthplace of the blues, and distributes its pecans and catfish to the entire country. On April 25, 1866, the women of Columbus, Mississippi, decided to adorn flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers in a cemetery that has come to be known as the place “where flowers healed a nation,” and that day became the foundation of what we now know as Memorial Day. Mississippi again made national news in the early 20th century when President Theodore Roosevelt was on a hunting trip and refused to kill a bear that had been captured and tied to a tree, inspiring the invention of the Teddy Bear. If you are searching for the perfect pup in Mississippi and want a way to tout your state pride, consider what is known as “The Teddy Bear Dog”: a Shichon.

Shichons, or Zuchons, as they’re also known, are a hybrid breed, crossed between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. Also referred to as “fuzzy wuzzy,” these dogs are hypoallergenic, small, and cuddly like a stuffed bear. They love affection and are highly intelligent. Shichons are great companions for escaping the humid, southern heat in a nice air conditioned room.

Things they don’t love: Being alone too long. You will have to revert back to your toddler years and take these walking teddy bears with you everywhere.

For help adopting a Shichon in Mississippi, here are some resources to get you started.

Mississippi Shichon Rescue Resources:
Teddy Bear Dog Rescue
Rescue Me! Mississippi Dog Rescue
Small Paws Rescue
Mississippi Animal Rescue League

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