Tiny Tyson has become a national sensation following our exclusive story that he could be the smallest dog in Britain.
The petite pup has been inundated with requests for photo shoots, interviews and TV appearances after readers fell in love with him.
He is set to appear on the Aled Jones Weekend show on ITV, his owners have interviews lined up with Chat and Pick Me Up magazine and will be starring in a ‘day in the life’ feature in the Daily Mail.
He also now has his own Twitter page @tyson_tiny and Facebook page Tyson McLinden with #pupdates.
A recent tweet told his followers: “Sorry been very busy with photoshoots and interviews but promise that there will be lots more #pupdates on the way of my journey.”
His owner Rosemarie McLinden, of Keal Cotes, near Spilsby, said: “He has become famous. We’ve had lots of people contacting us since the story. Tyson is loving the attention though. He is a real natural and poses for the cameras. My son set up his Twitter and Facebook page after all the attention.”
Tyson, a Lhasa-chi puppy (a cross between a Lhasa Apso and Chihuahua) measures just five inches long and is four inches high from the floor to his shoulder. He was born with a cleft palate so could not feed from his mum and had to be fed by hand with a tube filled with puppy milk. The family called him Tyson because he is ‘such a little fighter’.
He is even smaller than the family’s kittens and a quarter of the size of his siblings.
Vet Sharon Crockett, of Pilgrim Veterinary Surgery in Boston, who treated Tyson ,said: “He could quite possibly be the smallest dog in the UK. He is so tiny, even for a part-Chihuahua.”