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Maya and Lucy - 13 Jun 05
Tarzan - 25 Jun 05
Pics from Pat - 10 Nov 05
Pics of Harley and Chublette - 14 May 06
Hannah - 10 Aug 06
Our new Minpin IMPS rescue dog - 17 Mar 08
Kaylee, our pride and joy! - 26 Jun 08
Buddy AKA Wesley - 23 Nov 08
Marc and Dobby - 21 Aug 09
Success Story - Peti - 27 Sep 10


Maya and Lucy

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 21:32:47 -0400 - from Pat

I am finally ready, maybe, sort of, ok, closer than I was before... to post something about THE only good dog ever to live in this house -my beloved Maya. Also ready to throw Lucy's pic out there - and a snippet of her story.

Maya

The picture of Maya was taken about 2 days before we helped her on her journey to the Bridge... it was as if she said to me "Enough already... I hurt, breathing doesn't come easy for me, and I am tired. Now strap 'em on Pat and give me that final gift - allow me to leave with my dignity intact and still looking forward to the ice cream and special treats I've been getting ever since I got on that Hospice program". Maya was THE only good dog in the house. Maya was THE good dog. Maya was my buddy. She trained all of the fosters, didn't tolerate ugly behavior, and everyone loved her - even only-cat people... she was our beloved benevolent dictator. Maya was diagnosed with liver cancer right after my mom was diagnosed with the same disease, and Hospice became a part of both of their lives. I made the decision to allow Maya to go early, rather than making her wait it out because I was a weenie. Maya was cremated and when mom died in November, Maya's ashes, along with Boom's, were placed in mom's casket so that my best girls would always be together. There will never be another Maya - she was THE best, and I still miss her. Especially since Lucy (previously known as Lucy-fer) came into our lives... Lucy certainly would have benefited from Maya's velvet paw. But the cat has been a great help; afterall, he was the one who trained Maya.

Lucy

Lucy was picked up Christmas Eve from animal control as she was scheduled for euthanasia that evening. Lucy did not impress the A/C folks because she tried to bite them. But two of the kennel workers thought I would be able to get this pup back on track. They were wrong. Lucy loved me and loved my husband, but everyone else was perceived as a serious threat who must be eliminated. I enrolled Lucy in obedience class and she was doing well enough, but in the last 10 minutes of the last class, she bit the instructor... five times. We did not pass. We did not get a certificate. We did not get the bag of treats and goodies that everyone else received. A decision had to be made, we could not allow a dog that bit and drew blood to be adopted, so it was decided that Lucy-fer would stay with us while I worked on making a decision. The obedience instructor and I stayed in contact over the following week and we re-enrolled in the next week's class and we did a few things differently. It was her last chance, she had to change. Lucy-fer blossomed and we finished with 'most improved'... although that wasn't particularly difficult - and we graduated - we have a certificate. Lucy has come a long way and she was finally able to drop the dreaded 'fer' moniker... she is no longer Lucy-fer, she is just Lucy or LuLu. Lucy is now our dog, she is safe with us, and she is improving daily - she still doesn't like everyone who comes into the house, but we're working on that too. I don't know whether it was abuse, genetics, or a problem with her hard wiring - we'll probably never know. But we do know that she is with us forever and ever amen. I haven't a clue about her first 15 months of life, I can only tell you about the last 6 months. And they have been joyous... mostly. Lucy has an inner-decorator residing within her soul and holds firm in the belief that toilet paper as a home decorating accessory, is sorely under utilized.

Pat - Rufus, Harley, Bogie, and just Lucy.

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Tarzan

Sat, 25 Jun 2005 13:38:56 -0400 - from Rosann

Tarzan

I adopted Tarzan/alias: "Mr T" from IMPS 2 years ago February..... he is such a honey... he's even captured my husband's heart! I'm as attached to Tarzan as I was to my first MinPin (Duke/alias: "DooDoo").

I recommend IMPS to people all the time that are interested in the breed and I get compliments on how handsome he is.... and he is!

Tarzan and his friend next door, "Sasha" won 1st prize in the doggy Easter Parade contest here in Delray (2003). I take no credit for this accomplishment – I just went along "for the ride". (He was such a good sport....)

Thanks!

Rosann

Tarzan and Sasha

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Pics from Pat

Thu, 10 Nov 2005 22:43:49 -0500 - from Pat Chub, Lucy

Hi Mag

Wanted to send along some pics of THE cutest dog in the world - Isis, Chublette, Peanut, Chubby.... I have decided that we need one another, and Phil believes this to be true as well. Of course his NOT being here for Hurricane Wilma might have helped his decision making abilities on this one. And maybe the fact that his father said "Son, there's no need in rushing back right away, there will still be sticks for you to pick up when you get home". I'll show you sticks.

Also attaching some pics of the yard after Wilma's visit - my neighbors were great and came over with a chain saw and an axe so that I could get out of the house and let the dogs out in the yard for a potty break - you couldn't even see the ground. Those are the wacked neighbors riding my downed palm tree - it managed to hit only the very corner of the roof, sparing me a full on "OhLordTheTreeDoneCavedInMyRoofAndWe'reAllGonnaDie" panic attack.

Broken Palm Neighbours

Back Yard Front Yard

Chub

The pic with Chub and the BuddyWeiser toy - the favorite of Lucy & Chub - is the 2nd one we've had to buy because Lucy-fer does not demonstrate good toy-care skills. It is the size of an actual beer bottle, so you can see how small she is - unusual in this house of MaxPins. Chub & Lucy have this really odd relationship - Chub drags Lucy into her crate for play time; Chub steals Lucy's toys (and vice versa); and Chub delights in running under the belly of Harley and Lucy and beating them to the treat line - sometimes standing underneath Harley until Harley about explodes trying to figure out how to move and not trip over the pesky little thing. Both Lucy & Harley are very good with Chub when playing and let her get the ball, even though they got there first. Her little bowed legs carry her chubby little body at less than break-neck speed.

We survived - the house is 99.2% intact, the yard is almost normal again, and after 15 days we got that wonderful electricity stuff back. Gack - we are such weenies. Tip of the Day - if you have to choose between water or electricity - CHOOSE keep the water. Trust me on this one.... it was only 2 days without water, but that was enough. I would have made a terrible wilderness woman.

Pat

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Pics of Harley and Chublette

Sun, 14 May 2006 22:06:53 -0400 - from Pat

Harley, Miss Chublette

Hi Mag – here are a couple of photos of Harley and Miss Chublette for the site. These were taken last week by a photographer who donated $80 from the afternoon's take to IMPS. Neither of my girls were well behaved for their photo sessions – maybe it was because I didn't have them dressed properly… but I've always thought pearls were enough. What do I know? I specifically asked the photographer to capture Chub's full face- I wanted to show others that a dog with a missing eye is not to be pitied or feared. Chub is doing wonderfully and she tries to run the house on occasion – but we are working on reinforcing her position as Princess – NOT Queen. She has slimmed down since first came here and she really doesn't look like a Chublette anymore, but the name stuck. While we were at the photoshoot – Three Dog Bakery has allowed us to be the recipient of fundraisers – Chub was able to make many new friends – most of them kids at the karate school across the breezeway. One of the boys had a skateboard and I put Chub on it and she took a brief ride – never flinched. We're going to do the pics again in October, and this time I will have the proper jewels that fit both dogs... maybe a Hawaiian shirt for Harley and a pink feather boa for the Chub.

Pat

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Hannah

Thu, 10 Aug 2006 17:06:14 -0700 (PDT) - from Vicky

Hannah

I've enclosed some pics of my Hannah girl that I adopted November of 2005.

Hannah joined our family and three other dogs. Buster (cocker) Punk (min pin) and Rusty (min pin). She was very over weight when she came to me and I noticed that she was drinking alot. I took her to the vet for a check up and they ran many test. They found a pituitary tumor and she began chemo in February of 2006. She takes it every other day and will have to take it the rest of her life and have frequent blood tests. She is a regular at the vet and the doctors actually fight over who gets to treat her. She has become their clinic mascot. When she's there, they let her roam around the treatment room because they say she is too good to put in a cage. I am never in need for a baby sitter because the workers there are more then willing to keep her for me a couple of days if I need them.

Hannah

She is doing good and losing weight. Almost 5 pounds so far. She is a wonderful addition to our family and has become our "baby girl". The other dogs love her and are very protective of her. And she is queen of the house.

I wasn't looking for another dog when I found Hannah on your website and I don't know how I ended up there but I know now that I was meant to have her. Me and her have to stick together because we're the only females in the house. Although she gets her way more then I do.

I've read your other success stories and just had to share mine. Thank you so much for everything you do because if it wasn't for your wonderful organization then I would have Hannah.

Very happy dog owner.

Vicky
Cape Coral FL

Hannah

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Our new Minpin IMPS rescue dog

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 21:31:47 -0500 - from Ruth

Travis

Mag,

About 6 weeks ago we adopted Travis from Mississippi, and brought him back to our home in the Florida Panhandle. He joined Reese our 3 year old female MInpin who tragically lost her companion back in December. Travis is about a year old, found abandon with a broken leg at the overnight shelter drop off. Brenda from Mississippi rescued him and got him "back on his feet". Travis and Reese are great pals…play, play, play. Attached are some photos of the dogs. First, is a picture of Reese peeking out from her favorite blanket. Second, is Reese sharing the blanket with Travis, "two peas in a pod." A picture of Travis as the master of all he surveys. And finally, there is a picture of the two of them snuggling up on the sofa. Thank you IMPS for saving Travis for Reese and all of us.

Bob, Ruth, and Cassie Cooper
Baker, Florida

Travis, Reese

Travis

Travis, Reese

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Kaylee, our pride and joy!

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 23:13:44 -0700 (PDT) - from Tara

Kaylee

We adopted Kaylee from foster mommy Toni in Punta Gorda Florida back in February 2004. I thank the IMPS for giving us this pride and joy. She came to us with a broken leg and a broken spirit that we finally mended both, after lots of love and hard work. It was a rocky road at first as her new brother Snoop Dogg did not want to give up his right as first dog. Eventually they became inseperable and to this day I can't even take one of them anywhere without the other. Here is a picture of the two of them in their rain coats. You may think it's cruel to dress them, but they really love it. It's also the only way I can get Snoop Dogg out in the rain! Thank you Toni for rescuing Kaylee Baylee from the shelter and bringing her into our lives, and thank you IMPS! Whenever I come across anyone that says how cute my miniature pinschers are I make sure and plug your site!

Sincerely.
Tara
Lawrenceville, GA

Kaylee, Snoop

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Buddy AKA Wesley

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 09:16:56 -0500 - from Paula

Buddy Buddy

Meg,

This is long over due! Please find photos of my "little" Buddy AKA Wesley we adopted earlier in the year outside of Sarasota, Florida.

As you can see, he is a picture "HAM!" Buddy loves his little blue toy and seldom allows it to far from him - regardless of the other many toys he has, it's obvious this is the "one".

I am happy to say Buddy has us trained well now - he enjoys traveling from his primary home in Cape Coral to his favorite home in the mountains of Tennessee.

While in Florida he is a city doggy but boy when he gets in Tennessee he can let his ears down and become a macho doggy!

I do hope you post his photos so everyone will see how happy is.

Kindest Regards,
Paula

Ps
Buddy previous name was Wesley & we changed it to Buddy since he is my "Best" Buddy!

Buddy Buddy

Buddy Buddy

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Marc and Dobby

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:52:46 -0400 - from Richard

Marc, Dobby

Hi!

I have attached a photo about Marc and Dobby, who I adopted about 3 years ago.

Richard

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Success Story - Peti

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:56:13 -0700 (PDT) - from Scarlett

Scarlett, Peti

We would like to submit our success story....We took on one of your potential adoptee dogs, named Peti for a week's trial. My biggest criteria was that he/she would get a long with children as I have a 10 year old son. We met with the foster parent, MaryAnne last Sunday and the memone we saw Peti, we knew, he would fit, but the test was not done, Peti still had to meet my son (who was not at the meeting with us). We brought Peti home and within two days they met and my son just loves Peti and enjoys him very much. Now it wasn't even a week when we knew we were going to welcome into our family. My boyfriend who is a police officer, enjoys coming home and palying with Peti as he helps him de-stress from the daily activities he deals with. I know we made the right choice with Peti and adore him very much. I want to thank MaryAnne and George C. for helping us during the process and for being so accomodating to us too!

I would recommend your rescue to anyone at anytime.

Scarlett, Giovanni, Carlos and Peti!

Giovanni, Peti

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