Bringing Home Puppy

Is that a Min Pin?
May 29, 2009, 11:47 pm
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A question we get asked a lot (as in…everyday), is if Tim Tam is a Miniature Pinscher.  The answer is, no!  He is a Manchester Terrier, which is actually a predecessor of the Doberman.  So far on our walks only 1 person has correctly identified little Timmy.

A great website on the difference between the Toy and Standard Manchester, as well as the Min Pin and Doberman is

Try this pic on for size!

4 Breeds

Toy Manchester, Standard Manchester, German Pinscher, Doberman Pinscher.

Our boy is a Toy…and by this pic it seems like he’s going to be quite small!

This is a Min Pin:

Little Pawz -- Miniature Pinscher

This is a Manchester:

So I guess the main difference in appearance is the naturally erect ears in the Toy Manchester (Standard Manchesters can have either the erect or the floppy), the natural tail (not cropped), and the long face.  So, this Manchester terrier walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “Hey, why the long face”?

Okay, clearly, I should go to bed.



Stuff that looks like my dog
May 28, 2009, 8:26 pm
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The Egyptian Jackal Anubis


A Bat


The extremely creepy Aye-Aye

Aye Aye

As Tim’s mom though, I must say that Timmy is much cuter than all these creatures combined X 10!

Lift, and Drag
May 25, 2009, 9:40 pm
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So the latest issue we’ve been having with Timmy is his refusal to walk.  Generally, this only lasts at the outset of the walk, but it is pretty severe until we are out of sight of home.  The puppy books all call this “Mule Behaviour”, where the dog will just stop and refuse to walk.  Timmy will lurch backward, or just sit down completely.  It is totally frustrating.  The number one thing to remember, is that you never, NEVER pick the dog up.  This is giving them a free ride.  Our book tells us that no matter what, the PARADE MUST CONTINUE.  This means literally dragging the poor guy along.  I feel like a terrible pet owner doing this, even though I’m sure all the other dog owners out there know what Im talking about!

Mike is personally offended by his refusal to walk.  It is a domination test…and we refuse to lose!  So Mike has come up with the Lift and Drag system.  In his harness, we lift him just off the ground, and he almost always starts walking.  (Except when we’re in the middle of an intersection, or there are witnesses around…of course!)

So, its a battle, but we’re determined to win!

Tasty Paws!
May 24, 2009, 9:09 am
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Yummy Feet!

May 23, 2009, 11:01 pm
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I must write by way of an apology to my dear husband.  After posting about his poo-disposal disability, we decided to further investigate the bag dispenser at 60 Lofts.  It would appear that the upper portion of the dispenser is indeed a garbage disposal unit.  The bag dispenser gives out dog-specific bags, and not the used grocery store bags that most units have.  I blame faulty design in making this so ambiguous in the first place.  So, dear Mikey, I apologize for making fun of you.  You did not, in fact, do a bad thing.


High ten y’all!
May 23, 2009, 12:47 am
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High ten y'all!

High ten y'all!

May 22, 2009, 3:04 pm
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So while I was in Chatham, my dad was determined to get Tim Tam to take the stairs.  Up until that point we had just been carrying him up and down.  I had read in a number of books that puppies are still developing their depth perception and muscles, so stairs could be quite dangerous for them.  At home he became quite comfortable going up and down the 5 wooden stairs to the back deck, which was quite exciting.  But I guess its like when your kid learns to walk…exciting, but brings in a whole new range of dangers.

With his newfound confidence, Tim was determined to get up our stairs at home.  Our highly lacquered and polished wooden stairs.  He made it quite well!  The first time that is.  The second time I turned around just in time to see him fall…rolling stair over stair on his back and belly.  It was horrifying.  He fell a total of about 5 stairs. 

And was completely unfazed.  He reached the bottom, got up, and began wagging his tail!  As the “mom” I tried to act cool, so as not to upset him, and that seemed to work.

He has no injuries, physical OR mental from the incident, but he is being a little more cautious now!