Milo the Butterfly King

Milo the Butterfly King

Who would have thought a canine and a butterfly may very well be pals? Meet Milo the Butterfly King! The 3-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has cast an uncommon friendship with the monarch butterflies that decision his backyard residence.

Milo’s fascination along with his butterfly buddies began when 1000’s of Vanessa cardui (aka painted girl) butterflies migrated by his Los Angeles neighborhood one spring. His mom, Jen, instantly observed how light he was with the butterflies after they flew close to him and even landed on his nostril.

Because monarch butterflies are headed towards extinction attributable to pesticides, city improvement and international local weather change, underneath Milo’s “supervision,” Jen tailored and expanded their residence backyard to draw monarch butterflies so he would be capable to go to his new pals all summer time lengthy. Plus, Milo’s butterfly backyard provides the caterpillars a protected place to show into butterflies underneath his cautious watch.

Jen, a florist and photographer, mixed her love of nature and flowers to create beautiful images of Milo along with his butterfly pals. Jen says she began Milo’s Instagram account “as a option to bond with him, and he was simply the cutest pet you ever noticed!” Milo’s 100,000-plus followers agree. Milo additionally makes use of his platform to teach his followers on essential environmental points affecting our world, together with conservation, local weather change and methods to create a zero-waste planet.


Milo can be a doggie chef! In March of 2020, he launched his now standard YouTube present Drooling for Treats. On every present, he shares methods to make a few of his favourite dog-friendly treats, which embrace a scrumptious strawberry butterfly cake and festive doggie sweet canes.

Milo isn’t any stranger to the limelight, both! In July of 2020, he was chosen as a Good Morning America pet of the week. With Jen’s assist, he appeared on nationwide TV to inform his story of his uncommon butterfly friendship.

No matter how well-known Milo turns into, he’s nonetheless a traditional canine at coronary heart and enjoys spending time along with his household and doggie pals. As a retriever, he wants a lot of train and likes to go on hikes and play on the seaside. According to Jen, “He likes to discover the backyard.

He checks on the chickens, smells the roses and appears for monarch butterflies who at all times are flying by the backyard.” Milo and Jen’s story of how his unlikely friendship in the end resulted in giving them a platform to teach others whereas spending high quality time collectively ought to be an inspiration to us all. And it ought to remind us to cease and luxuriate in nature, respect {our relationships}, and if we pursue these issues we get pleasure from, it’d simply lead someplace nice that we may by no means have anticipated.


To see extra of Milo’s adventures, go to:


Instagram: @milo_the_toller


Facebook: @milothetollers

Twitter: @milo_the_toller

About the Author: Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning author, photographer and licensed canine coach. She retains busy managing the profession of her Internet superstar canine Preston from She has three Westies, who suppose they’re mini-humans, and a cat, who rule the home. Learn extra at