Our handsome boy, Buddy, joined our rescue after he had spent some time roaming the city streets. He was picked up by Animal Control Officers and transported to NYC ACC, where shelter workers attempted to track down Buddy's owners. None could be found. When buddy was found he had a raging skin infection, that included open sores and large patches of hair loss. This condition excluded Buddy from the Shelter adoption program despite fantastic behavior ratings. So, he was rerouted to us so that we could tackle his skin issues, and also treat him for the nasty cold that the NYC ACC offers the dogs as a parting gift.

Our first thought, when we saw Buddy's shelter mugshot, was that this boy was too pretty for his own good. Like most pretty boys, we thought he just had to have some kind of attitude problem! We were pleasantly surprised to see that Buddy is as beautiful inside as he is outside. This gentle soul almost defies the logic of a scrappy, albeit magnificent, breed whose finely tuned hunting instincts mean big trouble for the Vermin population.

Buddy is a good sized Miniature Pinscher, with a statuesque, leggy stance, and natural floppy ears. But, he came to us overweight at 17.8 pounds, with problematic skin, that we attribute to the perfect storm of flea dermatitis and sensitivities to artificial ingredients in commercial dog food. He improved immediately upon switching to grain-free kibble enriched with Omega fats plus a forkful of canned salmon everyday. His skin lesions have cleared up completely, and the spots of alopecia have resolved. He has lost almost four pounds and now is a lean 13 pound athelete. His build is muscular, and his mobility has improved. He is a small dog, but gives the impression of a much larger one. Still, he can fulfill his Min Pin responsibilities as lap dog and bed snuggler.

Buddy has a relatively calm demeanor, for this high energy breed, and would be a good choice for a first time Min Pin or dog owner. As a laid back, moderate energy dog, Buddy requires a couple of brisk leash walks daily, but settles down quickly to watch TV or nap by the fire. Buddy would be an ideal companion to a single or couple, and could adapt to apartment living, without rousting the neighbors with nusiance barking. He is sociable to other dogs, and could join a multi-dog or senior dog home, where the energy is low key. Buddy would compliment most dog or even cat chemistries.

Buddy has great house manners and is house trained, and crate trained. Adopters should expect the occasional accident to occur as Buddy adjusts to his new routine. He is definitely going to need a thick, heavy-duty winter coat, if he is expected to traverse the elements this winter.

Buddy appears to be well cared for: his skin and coat are soft and lustrou , and his teeth and gums are in good shape for an adult dog. A consistent dental care plan will go a long way to avoid future dental cleanings and extractions. Buddy is in excellent health and has been neutered. He has been vaccinated for rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza and coronavirus). He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis, and has been dewormed. If you are interested in Buddy, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.