Dogs Lifting Spirits: Meet Zsa Zsa And Daisy

Ellen Ballard is out for a walk Wednesday with her Pomeranians Zsa Zsa and Daisy in Pajarito Acres in White Rock who are lifting spirits all over Los Alamos. Ballard said that when they finish their walk she puts her sweet puffballs in their stroller because she likes to walk further than they do. Pomeranians are known for being smart, curious, energetic, feisty and bold. They are typically playful and love to be the center of attention. They can make great pets for families but may not be the best choice for those with small children. Pomeranians facts: The name of the breed comes from Pomerania, the region of Northern Europe where they originated. They typically weigh 7-10 pounds, but are descended from big sled dogs. They used to weigh as much as 20 -30 pounds before being bred down in size by Queen Victoria of England. Despite their small stature, they are famous for thinking they can take on big dogs with their little bark. Martin Luther, a leader of the Protestant Reformation, had a Pomeranian named Belferlein who he often mentioned in his writing. Mozart dedicated an aria to Pimperl who was his beloved Pomeranian. Michelangelo had a Pomeranian by his side as he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Pomeranians can make wonderful therapy dogs and be trained as hearing assistance dogs. Source: ASPCA. Photo by Shari Mills