IMPS Ohio


A new IMPS volunteer's story - 20 Nov 05
A Success Story... - 3 May 06
A minpin rescue success - 19 May 06
Success Story - Chocko - 5 Jun
Our Min Pin brag -- Maverick - 10 Jun
Moshe - 22 Jun
A BIG Success: Chocolate Passion - 25 Jun
Chez & Reese Update - 10 Jul
Woody's Birthday Party - 8 Aug
Sophie Filing Her Own Nails - 15 Sep
Samantha Update - 9 Oct
Pictures of "Challenge" - 18 Oct
Luke - 2 Nov
OH Brag: Bonz - 13 Jan 07
Trooper - 17 Apr 07
Wiggles - 3 May 07
OH Pins - Luke and Dahlia - 16 Aug 07
Odie Brag - 8 Aug 08
Luke update - 26 Aug 08


A new IMPS volunteer's story

Sun, 20 Nov 2005 08:00:17 -0500 - from Crystal

Piglet, Buckeye

Hi everyone, my name is Crystal and I became a new foster/volunteer with IMPS in Sept. 2005. I have rescued animals all my life growing up there was always some critter I brought home. Probably my parents favorite story is in when I was in high school we were doing a genetic experiment with white mice - well I could not see any of the mousies being euthanised and so brought home 40 white mousies. they still laugh at this story to this day!

I have loved and adored animals (except snakes sorry) as long as I can remember. I started riding horses when I was 3 and showed these magnificent animals thru 4-H, became friends with the pig, steer, and sheep persons.

Sale day in 4H was the most traumatic/horrible and life learning lesson I have ever experienced. But the lessons learned from the 4H advisors still stick with me to this day. My pack/family is varied and every single one of them is a rescue: Spike is a 10 year old pinhead that I have had since he was 1, adopted from the paper advertised under free dogs (please note free dogs small breed and puppies in the paper are used for bait for the unscrupulous sport of dog fighting). Spay/Neuter your animals - there are many low cost clinics in every area. Look at our website for one near you.

Freddie a long hair doxie was beaten and nearly killed from a six year old boy because Freddie killed the boys G. pig (imagine that a hunting dog and a rodent duh!) Freddie was at the hospital for over a month before the owner decided to put him down because they could not afford his medical bills, luckily he was saved by the vet and I acquired him from another rescue organization. Freddie had many many issues but we have worked thru them and Freddie is an absolute joy. I have 2 BIG doggies (well actually they look and smell like horsies) rescued from the racing track - both had outstanding racing careers and both won over hundred thou. in their lifetime. The owners would have sold them for dog meat/or sold for them for the export of human food if I had not had the opportunity to rescue. I can't ride anymore because of medical reasons, but these "hayburners" are a great stress reliever and a beautiful site in my fields. 4 kitties that someone so nicely dropped at our house or at the kennel down the road and the they found their way into our hearts - and barn where the rodent population is very scarce. Oh yeah, the husband is a rescue also, but that is another story altogether.

I became an IMPS volunteer because I had been searching for something to fill a void in my life (shopping was not as fulfilling as I imagined) now I go shopping with my pack and with my fosters, so much more fun! I had volunteered with a couple of worthy organizations with humans, but my talents were geared to animals.

Piglet

These are pictures of my foster failures - Piglet the fawn boy was my very first assignment - my father and I drove 2 hours to a shelter at 10pm on a Sunday night because this little man was not doing well medically and he was about to be put down. Piglet laid in my dad's arms all the way home and kept sighing as to say, I am saved. We got Piglet home and my husband fell in love at first sight - can we keep him please? Piglet is a joy and he and I have just started obed. classes - puppies are a handful 24/7 and without the right training tools - well this is probably why so many doglet are given up.

Buckeye

Buckeye was a whole 10 weeks old when I picked him up at another shelter. I could not believe that a person or persons could loose something this precious. Well I was bound and determined to place him in a forever home.

Needless to say he and I bonded and though I fought this every step of the way, I finally realized he was right in his forever home. Of course I had to let my regional coordinators rub it in that I was a foster failure and would have to join the 12 step program for foster failure. Buckeye is the epitome of a pinhead puppy, if you are looking for a little barbarian go ahead and get a pinhead puppy. If you are looking for a doglet that needs a forever home and you don't want to work/train/clean up puppy piddle, pick up papers/magazines tore to shreds go for an older doglet.

Buckeye

Yes, I have had success in placing IMPS pinheads in forever homes (I don't keep every dog that comes into our pack), and this has been such a blessing not only to me, but also for the fosters. Yes ,you do get attached. Yes, there is much trepidation that you worry is this the right decision for the foster. But with research of the adoption applications and relying on intuition, and asking yourself and the doglet is this the best family for you, adopting is absolutely amazing. The IMPS organization from admin. to each volunteer has given me the utmost support, training and the best back up a new volunteer could imagine. I only foster 1 doglet at a time, so everyone gets the love, attention and training they need. So in conclusion: THANK YOU Vicki, Scott, Audra, Petie, Mag and all the other volunteers in OH and those far and wide for letting me become a part of this organization.

Crystal and her Funny Farm Pack

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A Success Story...

Wed, 3 May 2006 13:27:40 -0400 (Eastern Standard Time) - from Patty

Hazel, Phyllis

OUR JOURNEY BEGAN IN OHIO WHERE WE WENT TO PICK UP OUR 2 LITTLE "GIRLS", HAZEL AND PHYLLIS, WHICH WERE FOUND WANDERING DOWN THE INTERSTATE!! I BELIEVE THEY PICKED UP THEIR NAMES FROM JULIA ROBERTS TWINS, BUT SINCE PHINNIAS WAS KIND OF HARD TO SPELL THEN PHYLISS DID THE TRICK……….THE TWO OF THEM CONSTANTLY PUT ON QUITE A SHOW FOR US ALL THE TIME AND WE GREW TO LOVE THEM DEARLY, ONE COULD GO NO WHERE WITHOUT THE OTHER!!!

Hazel, Phyllis

AFTER ABOUT A YEAR, OUR SWEET PHYLISS BECAME ILL FROM A NECK INJURY OF AN UNKNOWN SOURCE THAT WAS NOT GOING TO GET BETTER SO WE HAD TO LET HER GO, IT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS WE EVER HAD TO DO…. MY CONCERN NOW WAS HAZEL BECAUSE SHE HAD NEVER BEEN ALONE…THE DAY WE LOST "PHILLY" AS WE CALLED HER, HAZEL WENT TO THE WINDOW AND GAVE JUST ONE LONG HOWL AND THEN SHE JUST LAY THERE ON HER BED QUIETLY FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS, SO WE DECIDED TO GET HER A NEW COMPANION RIGHT AWAY……THAT'S WHEN LIVELY LITTLE OLIVER ENTERED OUR LIVES.

Oliver

IT TOOK A FEW WEEKS OR BETTER FOR HAZEL TO ALLOW OLIVER TO ENTER HER SPACE, AND EVEN NOW SHE IS SOMETIMES BOSSY WITH HIM, BUT IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS THEY GREW TO DEPEND ON ONE ANOTHER AND HAZEL WAS HAPPY AGAIN.

AFTER 3 MONTHS TOGETHER HOWEVER OUR PRECIOUS HAZEL BECAME ILL AND BEGAN SHOWING SIGNS OF HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS PHILLY DID!!!…WITH 3 VETS ON HER CASE THEY WERE HAVING NO LUCK DIAGNOSING HER PROBLEM AND SHE DEVELOPED A LARGE GROWTH ON HER NECK AND SIDE THAT SOON BECAME VERY PAINFUL FOR HER, ALL SHE COULD DO WAS LOOK AT US AND HOPE WE COULD FIX HER.

Hazel

AFTER A WEEK WE HAD PRETTY WELL DECIDED TO END HER PAIN WHEN SUDDENLY HER GROWTH SEEMED TO SOFTEN AND WE RUSHED HER TO THE VET EMERGENCY WHERE WE FINALLY FOUND THAT SHE HAD AN ABCESS CAUSED FROM A SMALL THORN THAT HAD ENTERED HER NECK SOMEHOW, SO QUICK SURGERY FIXED HER AND SHE WAS ON THE MEND!!!!IT WAS SUCH A CLOSE CALL THAT WE TREASURE HER EVEN MORE NOW AND MUST ADMIT THAT SHE BECAME QUITE SPOILED BECAUSE OF ALL THIS!!

Hazel

Hazel

A FRIEND IN THE IMPS SENT US A MAGNET WHEN WE LOST PHILLY THAT SAYS MINPINS ARE HEAVEN SENT AND HOW TRUE THAT IS, WE ARE JUST SO HAPPY THAT OUR HAZEL IS WELL AND ENJOYING HER LIFE ONCE AGAIN WITH US AND WE BELIEVE THAT PHILLY WAS WATCHING OVER HER FROM MINPIN HEAVEN!!!OLIVER IS PRETTY HAPPY TOO TO HAVE HIS NEW SISTER BACK AND IN GOOD HEALTH.

Hazel, Oliver

WE OWE OUR THANKS TO IMPS AND TO SCOTT AND VICKI FOR ALL THE SUPPORT THEY GAVE US THROUGH THIS. THE INTERNET SITE IMPS IS A WONDERFUL PLACE AND THEY GIVE THESE PRECIOUS PINS A NEW LIFE WHEN A LOT OF THEM HAVE LOST HOPE IN MANKIND….THANKS IMPS.!!

PATTY AND DOYLE
BLENHEIM, ONTARIO, CANADA

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A minpin rescue success

Fri, 19 May 2006 20:55:33 -0400 - from Karen

Baruch

I adopted a dog from IMPS last fall and absolutely adore him. His name was Bandit when I adopted him, and his number was/is 012893. We have re-named him Baruch. Baruch was the companion (scribe) God granted the prophet Jeremiah and that is exactly what our Baruch is!

He is one of the best tempered dogs I have ever owned. He is my second minpin, my first (Bart) I lost after a long battle with diabetes and colitis (he lived 15 years).

Baruch is truly a lover of all, adults, kids, other dogs, cats and especially his mommy. He loves to go to the dog park and play chase with the other dogs. He doesn't know he's a little dog, and has even been known to play chase with a great dane!

He has an little girl friend, Zena a toy fox terrier we adopted from the Humane Society. And he loves our temporary friends as I foster dogs for the City of Cleveland kennel.

I just wanted to send in a note to let all know he is doing great and believe me he is living the high life! I am sending in a couple pictures of him. The only thing that bugs him is that I believe he is the fashion king and dress him accordingly (note the stud tee shirt), but he puts up with the sillyness with great style.

Please let his previous foster parents see his pic's and tell them thank you for taking good care of my little baby.

Baruch

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Success Story - Chocko

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 15:09:08 -0400 - from Alisha

Hi. My name is Alisha E. and I adopted a 5 year old chocolate min pin from IMPS-Ohio in March. Her given name is Chocko, we also call her Toots as in Tootsie Roll. Amy, her foster mom, suggested that I do a write up and send some pics of Chocko. Her story is below and I have attached some pics.

Chocko

This is Chocko (pronounced like chocolate minus the late, she is also called Toots- as in Tootsie roll). She is 5 years old. This little girl has been through a lot. Chocko was originially an owner give up, went into an IMPS foster home, was adopted & abused by the adopters and then was returned to yet another foster home and that's where my boyfriend and I came into the picture.

Chocko We live in Buffalo, NY and went to Canal Winchester, OH to adopt her. When we first walked in the door she barked at us for 10 minutes, I didn't think she was going to want to go with us. After enticing her with some treats, she was on our laps in no time. This little one has so much love to give, after she has met you, she is on your lap and giving you kisses. I cannot help but to give her tons of hugs and kisses all day. We are socializing Chocko with new people to show her that she does not have to be scared of strangers anymore. It boggles my mind why someone would hurt any dog, especially Chocko. Even after those adopters abused her, when they dropped her off to the foster home, she slept by the door all night waiting for them. Like I said before, she just has so much love and wants it in return and she deserves it! Chocko has always had canine playmates, but now she is the only dog and it is her time to shine. She is very smart and catches on quick to new tricks such as sit, lie down, stay, stop, and leave it. Every time I look into her I eyes, I tell her that she does not have to be scared anymore, that no one will hurt her no matter what, and that we love her. Please enjoy her photos, I will keep updating.

Chocko

Chocko

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Our Min Pin brag -- Maverick

Sat, 10 Jun 2006 11:57:36 -0400 - from Jeff & Nadine

Maverick

Hi, Mag!

First off, we just want to thank the whole organization there at IMPS. I just could not imagine what it was ever like BEFORE our miniature pinscher. Talk about unconditional love. We adopted Maverick (used to be named Rick) last Feb. and he has just fit into our home so perfectly. Everyday since we've had him, he has relaxed more and become accustomed to being in our home. Maverick was very shy and skiddish when we first got him. He still hides once in awhile when there is a lot of excitement going on. But overall he has become such an outgoing, amazingly friendly, cuddly, happy lovebug! I take him into work with me about once or twice a week and he absolutely loves it. We go for walks at least twice a day, and he's getting MUCH better at walking ona leash. He also loves to sit out on the front porch and watch cars go by. He is so good, and always stays in the yard and never runs away. He's such a good boy, he listens to both mommy and daddy, and is learning all sorts of commands. He knows sit, outside, hungry, go potty, car ride, lets go, go to bed, come and the list goes on...most of these things he didn't know when we got him. His progress has been phenomenal. Most people would never guess he was a rescue dog!

We just love him SO much, and I'm pretty sure that the feeling is mutual with him! Here are some pictures of Maverick.

Please feel free to share on the IMPS site! We'd love to have our story shared with everyone! I always tell everyone about the IMPS site, and about how many other amazing Min Pin's need adopted. I can only hope that all the ones still out there needing their forever homes will someday find them and be as happy as Maverick is today!

Thank you a million times over for connecting us with our precious little canine lovebug.
BTW: we are from Akron Ohio, and the foster moms that helped us were Christine S. and Christie K. Both were very helpful in our adoption process!

Again thank you,
Jeff, Nadine, and Maverick

Maverick

Maverick

Maverick

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Moshe

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 21:57:01 EDT - from Karl, via Vicki & Scott
 

Moshe
Hi guys

Moshe
I'm protecting

Moshe
my own couch

Moshe
what a nice place here

Moshe
a few of my toys

Moshe
that's my mom

Moshe
this is great

Moshe
looking for a brain

Moshe
thanks guys

Scott & Vicki: Mosche is so good I did tell you that he walks on his back legs? That started from day one even when I took him in for his operation the same week we got him he walked upright in the vets office before his operation making people there laugh but the doctor told me when I picked him up after it, it was his harness on him it was to tight they loosened it up and said he won't do that anymore, wrong! He still does it and without it on either. And did you know he does not do his business in our back yard at all if he has to go he paws at us and that means to the park or a walk around the block which is a half mile and that's twice a day on the week-ends we walk for miles he and I like too walk and never saw him get tired but mainly in the afternoon it's his nap time and when I take him around the block at nightfall the neighbors are out on there chairs waiting to see Moshe walk on his hind legs feels like a small parade of sorts. When I'm at work he's with mom she's 85 now but Moshe helps her and makes me feel good knowing he's there to protect her as well he won't back down from no-one at all whatever there size is or how many too, his teeth are big and so brilliant white it actually scares people sometimes. When the phone rings and mom can't hear it Moshe howls to let her know and protective no one he does not know will not come in at all that's his law. I prefer to him as a monkey see monkey do thing when we put our garden in and sees us digging holes for the plants he does too moving on from one to another yet and of course he sees us picking ripe tomatoes he does that too and only the ripe ones. I think that explains his walking too. There's no bad behavior in him at all.

Thanks guys again.

Karl and Moshe

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A BIG Success: Chocolate Passion (AKA Penny)

Sun, 25 Jun 2006 00:47:41 -0400 - from Ruth

Passion

Hi My name is Chocolate Passion, or Passion or C.P. for short,

Passion I am a Chocolate Min Pin and I am almost 5 Yrs old I will be in June, Any way I wanted to Share my story with Everyone, Cause I am just Soooo Happy now. I was in the Care of IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Service). Anyway all these fine People here at IMPS & my Foster Parents took Really good care of me Until My New Mommy could come get me & take me to My forever home. My Mom says I will not ever have to Worry about leaving Her cause she said I will be Stuck with her til the End. My Mommy here Had a Babe that was my Sister but I didn't get to meet her cause Mom told me that She went to the Rainbow Bridge (Doggie Heaven) to wait for Us. Her Name was Precious Penny and she was also a Min Pin Just like Me but a different flavor Blk. & Rust. Well any way she got Sick and Had to Leave Mom & it made her very Sad so she went Lookin' For Me at (IMPS). She said to tell you all that you have never Been Loved Until you have Been loved by one of us. She says that us Min Pin are one of the most Loving, Loyal, & Devoted Breeds that she has ever had in her Life. She says she will always have a Min Pin in her life. The First day I went home I knew I found what I had Been Lookin' for Mom was stuck on my heels & I on hers. Mom has my sister Penny's paw print Tattooed over her Heart with her name & angel wings with the day she was born & the day she left for the Bridge and 3 tear drops that stand for I LOVE YOU. I sure hope I get somethin' like that, But if I don't that's okay cause my Mom shows me she loves me Everyday. We sleep together in the bed I Sleep right on her pillow by her head. I am very spoiled, But Mom says I deserve it & that she needs Me, Like I need her. We were made for each other. She says if you all a lookin' for a Four legged Babe that we should be the Breed you pick but I think she is just Partial to ME. Anyhows she says we are the Best as far as she is concerned. Read up on us at (IMPS) and consider one of us for your new friend we are Very Sweet kids if I do Say so myself. Anyway thanks for letting me flap my tounge at you and sharing My happy ending, & I hope you have one to.

Thanxs Passion (Columbus Ohio) I Was an Indiana Hooser.

P.S. That's My Sister Penny Below (Blk. & Rust)

Passion

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Chez & Reese Update

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 17:07:17 EDT - from Scott & Vicki

Mag - please add this to your Brags page - these two sweeties were the dearest to my heart and their new families just love them to pieces!
Thanks!

Scott & Vicki
IMPS Ohio
www.forfurbabies.com


Reese
Pretty Reese Cup Girl

Hi Vicki and Scott,

Just wanted to send you a quick note about Reese and Chez. Words can't express how much we love them! We're having fun learning more and more about their little personalities every day. Even though it's only been a few weeks, it seems like they've always been a part of our family and we can't imagine life without them now. Reese is the sweetest, most affectionate, precious little girl (I have to admit she's my favorite!). She's definitely a "mommy's girl", following me around everywhere. She looks at me with that darling face and big brown eyes and I just melt! She is constantly wiggling her little nub of a tail - all we have to do is say her name and tell her what a pretty Reese Cup Girl she is and she's in heaven! She loves to be outside, laying in the grass on her back fast asleep! Chez is 100% Min Pin...curious, stubborn, and a little package of love. He loves being outside with the other dogs, too, patrolling the trees for squirrels. He's an explorer - he thinks that every closet or bedroom door that we open is opened just for him to go in and check out. But I think his favorite spot is on the back of the couch looking out the window for a while, then snoozing there (which is where he is right now, actually! Reese is snuggled in next to me sleeping.) We are so very glad we adopted them!

They both went in for their check ups at our vet last week, and got a clean bill of health. Chezzie weighed in at 9.9 pounds and svelte little Reese was 12.5, I think. Badger goes to the vet tomorrow to get his foot x-rayed to see how his toe is healing. He's such a trooper with that big splint on, but I really hope he doesn't need it on much longer. Chez and Reese get along great with Badger and Monty. Monty is such a gentle giant to them...I think he's taken the position of the lowest dog in the pack and he is fine with it. There's been no aggressive behavior at all - Badger is definitely alpha dog and it seems like Chez and Reese couldn't care less! They're so easygoing.

So, that's the update - we are so lucky and blessed to have these two sweethearts in our family! Thank you very much for choosing us! I've attached a few photos, hope you enjoy them!

Jen & Brian C.
and Badger, Monty, Chez, and Reese

Reese
Three MinPins

Reese
Chez & Reese in the Yard

Reese
Badge & Reese

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Woody's Birthday Party

Tue, 8 Aug 2006 18:31:51 EDT - from Scott & Vicki

Hi Mag - we just received this email and pictures from Andrew who adopted Woodie in Ohio. Would you please add this and the wonderful pictures to your Brags page? Thanks.

Scott & Vicki
IMPS Ohio


Woody

Hi Scott & Vicki & Kerry!

Woody did turn 1 on Friday and I had a catered birthday party for him and his some of his friends from where I live, work, get my hair done, MI, shop, and pretty much everyone I have met in Cleveland. He did have a great turn out, probably 70 people! I thought I would send you a few of the pictures. He is doing great. Healthy as ever, and just a joy to wake up to everyday! He now has a diamond studded collar with "Woody" spelled out. He is by far probably the most spoiled dog out there. Thanks for everything you did!

Andrew

Woody

Woody

Woody

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Sophie Filing Her Own Nails

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 14:44:43 -0400 - from Audra

Sophie

Hi Mag,

Attached are some pictures of my Sophie's nail filing board for the Saluki page. One of the pics is a bit blurry, but Sophie gets very excited about filing her nails now that we have the board, and she runs around in circles while she digs excitedly at the board. Basically, the nail filing board is two boards (16" by 17") put together with hinges. The center has a pocket for treats, which is what gets Sophie so excited about using it.

Thanks,
Audra

Sophie

Sophie

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Samantha Update

Mon, 9 Oct 2006 10:36:35 EDT - from Vicki

Samantha

Hi,

I just wanted to send an update on Samantha. What a wonderful companion she has become. She has really come a long way. She is very smart. I took her to beginners training at Petsmart and she was voted the most improved and the quickest learner. I believe the trainer still talks about her. She can sit, lay down, wave, roll over, and go to her bed on command just to name a few. Oh and she can play with other dogs now. If you remember it was suggested that she be an only pet because she did not get along with other dogs.

She still has her little Minpin attitude, but that is why I love her so much. She has won everyone's heart.

She was only 80% potty trained when I got her so I decided to puppy pad train her to help with her anxiety about going potty. She very rarely has to use them now, but they are used in an emergency. She knows the word Outside and tells me with a soft bark when she is ready to go.

She really loves to learn and to please. I actually think if she is not learning she gets bored.

You know they say good pets are not born ... they are made. I believe this to be true since she was given up 2 times before I adopted her from IMPS. If only her previous owners could see her now.

The second picture I am sending is of her sitting in a babydoll stroller doing her wave. She really will do anything for a treat.

I love her and am happy to have made her the pampered pet that she is.

Thank you,
Vicki

Samantha

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Pictures of "Challenge"

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 20:09:21 +0000 - from Shanna

Challenge

My husband and I adopted "Challenge" now named Beemer back in July. I wanted to send along some pictures of our silly boy.

Shanna

Challenge

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Luke

Thu, 2 Nov 2006 22:25:32 EST - from Karen, via Scott & Vicki

Luke

Hello Scott and Vicki!

I have been meaning to send you an update on Luke ever since I saw you at Canine Fun Days. We've been so busy!! We adopted "Dude" from Cheryl two years ago. Well, he is definitely something to brag about!!

When we got him he had socialization issues.We have worked on this and have had great results. So much so that he is now working on his THIRD title!! He seems to LOVE competing in Rally -O and Agility!! He has an AKC RN title , an APDT RL1 title and an Award of Excellence from APDT. He will be competing for his advanced rally title soon. He is also competing and gaining his qualifying scores (towards his first agility title) in Teacup Dog Agility. As long as he has something to do, he doesn't mind being around other dogs.

He loves to go camping with us,and he even went with us to a flyball tournament that his sister was competing in. And he did FINE. So many people have commented on how focused and gorgeous he is when heeling. He truly does have beautiful form when in the ring. We used nothing but totally positive methods when training him and it really paid off. We are SO PROUD of him (and would be if he competed or not) simply because he LOVES us. And of course WE LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!

We would like to thank IMPS for being such a great organization and saving such wonderful animals--------MINPINS!!!!

I've attatched some pics. I hope they get to you ---- I'm not very good at doing this.

Karen , Chet & Luke

Luke

Luke

Luke

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OH Brag: Bonz

Sat, 13 Jan 2007 18:25:42 EST - from Becky

Bonz

I wanted to forward this photo of Bonz from Christmas at Brian's parents house. He had his own gift bag from Brian's parents with a new collar, chew toys, and several snacks. He's such a good boy. I can't say enough good things about him. Brian and I both can't imagine not having him around. He certainly has filled a void in our lives. When we went to my parent's house in the Adirondacks (5 hour car ride) he was just great. He did fine in the car and was definitely the dominant alpha dog with my mom's 7 year old yellow lab named Mac (weighing in at 85 lbs). They got a long fine but any time I was petting Mac, Bonz would jump in between us and give Mac the devil growling at him and nipping at the winter rolls around his neck.

Bonz

They had snow up there and when we walked the dogs Mac would roll in the snow and Bonz would jump all around him. We kept to our routine of feeding him 3 times a day and bringing him out 3-4 times a day for walks around the property. Now that we finally have snow around here, he spends less time walking (he let's me know it's too cold out for him even with his new fleece-lined jacket) and more time running around the house. He makes us laugh the way he gets going so fast and running up and down the furniture some time with a bone in his mouth. Tonight is Obedience Class. We will only have one more session. It's amazing what the little guy will do with food as a reward! Hope all is well with your minpins.

Becky

Bonz

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Trooper

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:15:22 EDT - from Danyelle, via Vicki

Trooper

Hi there Vicki, I just wanted to send you an update about Trooper, he is WONDERFUL. I am so thankful that he came into our home. Katy and him are starting to get along and the kids just adore him. You definetley made the right decision to allow us to adopt him. It's so nice to come home to all his love. And he keeps me warm at night when Joe is out of town. He has not had any accidents and has taken over Katy's bed, which is nice because she dosen't use it anyway. They are not crated and I think that because of him Katy dosen't get in trouble so she is aloud to stay out too. (we still have her "house" just in case she wants to get away.) He has adopted a few of her toys and likes to play with them. There is a rabbit that she had that he takes outside with him, and it's funny because he brings it right back in. He has been having no problems on his medication and it had just seemed to become part of our routine. He is a GREAT dog and we love him so much. I even love it when he sits and has "converstations" with me and gives me his "hugs". I have attached a couple of pictures so that you can see how well he's doing. Thank you again so much, you have no idea how much happier you have made all of us, Trooper included!!

God bless and take care,
Danyelle

Trooper

Trooper

Trooper

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Wiggles

Thu, 3 May 2007 - from Jaime

Wiggles

Wiggles was adopted on November 28, 2006 and has been a great addition to our family. We kept her name because every time she wakes up she gets on her back and starts wiggling back and fourth until she is fully satisfied. Wiggles tried to bend all rules and has taught our first dog, Penny, many new things. For example how to push the blinds to the side to look out the windows, how to crawl under our bed and hide toys and how to get permission to sit on the couch. Wggles has provided our family with many smiles and we absolutely love having her in the family!!!

Jaime

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OH Pins - Luke and Dahlia

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 10:44:08 -0700 (PDT) - from Karen

Dahlia, Luke

Hello, Maggie,

I wrote you a while back about Luke our beloved IMPS boy. Here is an update: Luke has now acheived his RL2 title and is working on his level three title and his Excellent level titles. He has earned many first and second place awards too!! What a dog! It goes to show you that these rescue pins have so much potential!!

He goes to many flyball tournies to watch and LOVES being in the racing area. Here are pics of him and his sister Dahlia who adores the sport of flyball. Minpins can be so good at it. They are so driven!

Thanks

Karen

Dahlia Dahlia

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Odie Brag

Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:51:21 -0400 - from Samantha

Odie

I would love to submit a brag story about Odie, who we adopted in March 2007. Odie was originally Challenge the first time he was available for adoption. I wanted him back in June 2007, but another family adopted him and the adoption was pending the day I contacted IMPS. I was drawn to Challenge because of his size 8 inches and 8 pounds. He also had his eye closed in ever photo. I remember thinking, that he was the Min Pin for me. I watched the IMPS website for months but, I never found the right dog for me even if I inquired about a few. One day in March, I noticed Odie was up. Odie had the same photo's that Challenge had. I contacted the IMPS again and asked if Odie was really Challenge and Wendy (who was Odie's foster mom) couldn't believe that I remembered him. Within a week we met up and Odie has been a very happy Min Pin in our home ever since. We have had Odie well over a year now and I do not know how I lived life without such a happy and well behaved little boy.

Odie

Odie is actually very popular around the apartment complex he lives, he is known as the well behaved little dog. He also loves wearing his shirts and sweaters. I've had small dogs in the past but none of them ever actually got excited to wear sweaters. When you bring out one of his shirts, he starts jumping and play barking. He also will put his head down to get ready to put the sweater on. He is also famed for hugging. I've never seen a dog that jump up and places his arms around your neck to receive a hug. We didn't train him to do any of this, he just does it himself.

He also has a his own blanket that he tugs around the house. Odie is a very independent boy and the most affectionate dog I've ever seen. I am so glad we have him!

Samantha

Odie

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Luke update

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 06:50:57 -0700 (PDT) - from Karen

Luke

Hello!

Here is a new picture of Luke, our IMPS rescue, competing at flyball.....something we never thought he could do! What a handsome man.

He LOVES to play and is doing much better with other dogs. At Fur In A Blur Flyball Club's July tournament he earned two titles ..,,,FD and FDX!!

Mostly , he loves to snuggles though. And of course , we indulge him!!

Karen
ARCH,RL1X,RL2X,
Dahlia, Minpin, R1CL, RN, RL2, RA, RL3, TG1, TBAD, TG2, FMCH, TF- I
Luke, Minpin, RN, RL1, RL2, TG1, FD, FDX
Tammy "The Bomb", mix, FD, TF, FDX, FDCH

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