About Us

I began my life with Miniature Pinschers almost twenty years ago when one of my daughters came to stay for a while with her  Miniature Pinscher Shaianne.  I fell in love with the animation, energy and sheer joy of this wonderful breed. Five years ago we moved to central Florida, leaving New York behind, to a 5 acre wooded parcel, safely fenced for the comfort of the dogs.

My first quality dogs came from some helpful breeders in New England.  I purchased my first show prospect, Simon, from Kathy Monaghan and will be forever grateful for her guidance and support.

At the 2006 Miniature Pinscher Nationals in Kentucky, I met Marcia Tucker and Pamella Ruggie from Leesburg, Florida – Sunsprite/Pevensey kennels. Pevensey’s Rumors Are Flying (aka Ru) came home from the Nationals with me.  She finished her championship in Brooksville, Florida in January 2008.  Ru was one of my favorites in type and personality. She went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2016 and will be missed.  Many of my dogs can be traced back to Pevensey/Sunsprite lineage.

One of my favorite companions was Princess, Ch. Winters Pony Princess who came from Katie Winters in California.  She was always at my side, attaching her entire body to my leg when I would try to leave the house without her.  Her devotion and drive was consistent, her stamina everlasting and – when we worked as a team – an awesome agility partner. I lost Princess on March 25, 2012 ; complications from spinal surgery.  A year later, her daughter Lucy came back to live with me and has worked her way into my heart, alongside her mother.  We started obedience and agility competition and having a bonding experience and lots of fun.  As of 2022, Lucy is now the oldest MinPin in our family.

There have been a combination of  “rescued” MinPins that have come through our home, as well as abandoned dogs – probably of puppy mill origin.  All have since found “forever homes.”

My daughter Vanessa and her MinPin “Jazz” started our agility frenzy,  competing in AKC agility and held the title of #1 in the breed for several years…Shadowpins Jazz Marazz. Shadowpins Indian Firely aka Indie is currently top ranking Miniature Pinscher in AKC agility

Follow the stories of each of our family of dogs on the following pages…

To inquire about any future puppies, email Susan at shadowpinss@aol.com. Check current adventures on our Facebook page, Shadowpins Miniature Pinschers

11 Responses to About Us

  1. Robyn says:

    Susan,
    I enjoyed all the great pictures & I especially loved your memorial page with your special poems….when our Zula passed away one of my 6th grade students gave me the bridges rainbow poem..I think it helps with the healing
    Thanks for sharing your family,
    Robyn, NH

  2. Deb Keller says:

    Hi Susan. I just wanted to let you know that “Marco”, aka Elvis, is doing wonderfully well here at Jim’s Garage. He is something of a little local celebrity and has even been the inspiration for at least one min pin rescue!

    He’s a fabulous little dog with an enormous personality. He is full of mischief and love…he spends much of his time sitting in the laps of our service customers as they wait for their car repairs. I think, in that capacity, he is even something of a service dog as many of our customers no long have dogs of their own and relish the opportunity to enjoy the company of a good dog.

    Thanks so much for letting Bill adopt him. He’s such a fun dog and all of us here love him very much.

    Warmest regards
    Deb Keller
    Jim’s Garage, LLC
    North Canaan, CT

  3. sacosta49 says:

    I am thrilled to get your email and found it by accident,
    The only time I visit the website is to change or add something……and then saw all these messages.
    It’s been a tough winter……Put my doberman Sasha down in January,
    Lost my heart dog Princess to a complication related to emergency spinal surgery the end of March
    Just said goodbye to the chocolate girl Dakota last week.

    So glad to hear about Elvis. I wondered how he was, and trusted that he was doing well.
    If I’m ever in the area, I’ll stop by and say hi!

    Susan and the crew
    (Puppies due the end of July!)

  4. Dotty says:

    First time I saw your site. Very nice…Dotty

  5. Stacy says:

    Hi Susan, I just want to say thanks for the help with my inquiries about mini pins. You were so nice and helpful. Hope to speak to you in the future regarding a puppy or older dog that may be ok with children. Take care Stacy

  6. Adrienne says:

    Hi, Susan! I contacted you a while ago about Tucker, my 10 year old boy I adopted Dec. 2013 from our SPCA. I’m interested in Raw Feeding, but EVERYONE has different ideas about what to feed.
    Are there any caveats regarding min pins specifically? I accidentally deleted your email. I LOVE your little pin photos!!

  7. Ann pylypiec says:

    Sue I can’t thank you enough for parting with your girl Star. She is absolutely a gorgeous min pin . Julio loved her for 15 months as he passed in Nov 2015. They loved each other so very very much. Now she is my only dog n she is loving it at times n at times I think she is lonely for canine companionship. But what an excellent bred n raised dog. She is my everything. Just a perfect lady! Thank you ! Ann / cohoes.ny

  8. Ann pylypiec says:

    Sue I can’t thank you enough for parting with your girl Star. She is absolutely a gorgeous min pin . Julio loved her for 15 months as he passed in Nov 2015. They loved each other so very very much. Now she is my only dog n she is loving it at times n at times I think she is lonely for canine companionship. But what an excellent bred n raised dog. She is my everything. Just a perfect lady! Thank you ! Ann / cohoes.ny
    1/16/16

  9. Heidi Devoe says:

    Susan,
    Thank you for your input on raw feeding. The vet in brooksville that I took him to is the one to suggest I feed my boy a raw diet. I started him on a mix of raw mixed with his kibbles with some fruit and potatoes mixed in.
    I started with ground beef which he loved and tolerated well.
    I then tried to introduce pork and he started hacking like he would if he had a cold and started vomiting.
    Went back to the beef and he got sick again… so long story short, I boiled some rice and beef and he ate a little of that earlier today.
    I was also giving him about 4 raw eggs a day.
    I want to get over to a farm on the other side of Ocala that is organic, they raise pigs and chickens as well as veggies. Just to see what they have and prices.
    I know about Hemopet, hd had bloodwork that was sent there, so I have an account there..
    Sully is 6 years old, and a real sweetie.
    He also likes fruit, apples,watermelon,bananas they are like treats. Loves cheese.
    Any input is greatly appreciated. I just want what’s best for my baby boy!
    Thank you,
    Heidi

  10. Leeah Mewbern says:

    I want a puppy please. I lost my min pin and I’m looking locally for a new one.
    Thank you so much.

  11. sacosta49 says:

    Leah. Please email me at shadowpinss@aol.com. I have 4 week old puppies

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