Instead of telling you all about Butterfly, we think it would be better to try to explain what the world must be like from her perspective. Butterfly is dainty by nature, weighing in at only eight pounds. Her life prior to coming to us must have been intimidating... She certainly wasn't made for life on the streets and probably learned to defend herself so readily because being an eight pound stray dog is scary business. It was probably a method of survival that she relied upon for many years. But it's not who Butterfly is in her heart, we know that for sure. She wants to trust, she wants to cuddle and she wants desperately to be loved. She will growl, put on her tough, defensive act to try and make sure she survives her next intimidating interaction. Whether this means she's stuck in a crate and needs to let everyone know that she's TOUGH and not to mess with her, or she is just meeting an unfamiliar person, her coping mechanism for her scary life has been to act mean. We think it's just a vocal warning - she's never actually nipped anyone! Fast forward through two minutes of your patience, a handful of tasty treats and giving her the opportunity to meet you on her terms, and you're handling a different dog. She goes belly up, probably thanking her lucky stars that you didn't eat her. She rubs her little face into your hands, adores having her ears scratched and looks at you lovingly. She gives kisses, lays in your lap and trusts you to pick her up. THAT is the Butterfly we know and adore. It doesn't hurt that she's SO cute.She's already made tremendous progress in her foster home. Her foster mama says 'I can't possibly stress enough what an absolute sweetheart she is once someone takes the chance to look past her tough girl image.' She loves you so much that she whines for a few minutes when you leave her behind, but then she settles down and waits patiently. She is perfect in the car and is a mostly quiet dog. Meeting other dogs is easy peasy for Butterfly - she's currently living with several other dogs and cats and she loves to play with the household puppy. If you have room and a little bit of patience for a 9-year-old, 8 pound Papillon mix who will love you for the rest of her days, Butterfly could be your girl!