When we rescued Meibao, it was a rainy day and she was cowering in a water-filled ditch, in a remote part of Shunyi district, Beijing, covered in mud, half of her body under water, having just escaped a local dog butcher, who had been chasing her. We got a call from the person who tried to rescue her, but she was so terrified she wouldn’t let anyone come near her. After I was able to get her out of the water and to safety, we were relieved to see she had no injuries. She’d been in the water and mud so long, her fur was a single shade of grey. Meibao has a sensitive personality — she’s not aggressive, but will sometimes nip at strangers. Once she accepts you as her best friend, she’s very easy to handle and super cute.