We are presenting Jack and Peanut together on our website in sincere hope that they may be adopted as a pair. They are not only brothers, but they have supported one another through many years of absentee parenting - providing the companionship and closeness to one another that was lacking in their home.
This lack was not due to any fault of the dogs, nor any fault of the humans who had purchased the puppies from a breeder. The couple who had purchased the dogs experienced extreme health issues shortly after the dogs arrived. The husband required intensive nursing care for several years, which allowed his wife little spare time for the dogs, and after he passed away, she developed severe health problems of her own.
Hoping that things might improve, she held onto the two dogs; she cared for them deeply and could not bring herself to make plans for them. However, when she met a Hedgesville Hounds volunteer, and felt that volunteer’s deep compassion for her, her dogs and her situation, she surrendered the two dogs.
Jack and Peanut went into foster care. And a whole world opened up for them.
Jack and Peanut quickly overcame any shynesses they once had thought they had. They realized that rather than being shy, they were starving for affection, and had just stepped into a major opportunity. They made friends with the concept of a leash and harness on the day they suddenly realized that apparatus leads to walks.
In fact, Jack and Peanut, who came into foster care as little blimps, are now quite besotted by the chance to exercise. They are not fanatics - in fact, they are easily lured back onto the couch when the prospect of being there with their caregiver is the alternate plan. Having lived for years with little exposure to people or animals, they now see people, other dogs, and cats as sources of good things, and partners in fun. It is important to note that although Jack and Peanut live in complete harmony with resident cats in their foster home, this state of affairs was mandated by the cats. Jack and Peanut initially perceived cats as excellent objects to chase. The foster home’s dog-savvy cats soon tired of this, and stopped the madness with a couple of well-aimed swipes.
Jack and Peanut learned their lesson, and have not forgotten it. We cannot guarantee that they will not try to chase a less dog-savvy cat.
The hardest lesson for Jack and Peanut has been in house training. Through the patient and committed effort of both the boys and their foster mom, they have made amazing progress, but they are not yet at the point where we can say they are impeccably house trained. However, they are completely predictable, and at this time this aspect of their lives is well-managed. Their foster mom also feels it could improve further if the boys could find a home in which the pair could be re-trained from scratch, as if they were pups.
Jack and Peanut are now what anyone would call funny, happy, responsive dogs. They have soaked up the love that has been offered to them, and responded in kind. They seem to have embarked on a fresh start in life, hopping nimbly over the nine year stretch during which they merely existed, and they are now hurtling themselves into the prospect of living.
Physically, Jack and Peanut are a real contrast. Whereas Jack possesses the looks and the movement style of the classic breed standard for a MinPin - leggy, pogo stick jumps - Peanut looks more like a small Dachshund (one of the foundation breeds in the development of the MinPin.) But since discovering the many healthful benefits of exercise, each boy looks just as he should. Quality food has resulted in shiny coats.
Jack and Peanut will bring more than companionship to their committed adopter(s). They will devote themselves to the newfound opportunity for closeness with a human which they now crave. They will position themselves next to you, and follow unobtrusively at your heels. They will remind you every day that old dogs can learn new tricks, and that it’s never too late to make a new beginning.
We do not recommend Jack and Peanut for a home with young children, and we would prefer a fenced yard.
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