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. We recently 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 2019, 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. She has just started training her new dog Indie, hopefully to follow Jazz’s lead.
Follow the stories of each of our family of dogs on the following pages…
To inquire about any future puppies, email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check current adventures on our Facebook page, Shadowpins Miniature Pinschers