I found a Min Pin pup about 3 weeks ago. I talked to a friend of mine that does little dog rescue and she told me I had to either take the pup to Animal Control or hold him for 30 days for the owner to claim. It has been 3 weeks and I've had no call and have found no listing for him as a lost dog. (He was in pretty rough shape, looked like an old dog, had bald spots, etc) He had no collar and no microchip.
In 3 weeks he has become a totally different dog and while my intention has been to have him adopted as soon as possible I have been advised by my friend that does rescue (she says she will place him if I refuse to keep him) as well as by my cousin that is very familiar with Min Pins that he has bonded very strongly with me and it would be very upsetting to him to be rehomed at this time.
The reasons they say this:
If someone tries to remove him from the room I am in (my son or daughter taking him to their room) he screams bloody murder until he is allowed to return and then runs straight back to me.
He doesn't freak out when I leave the house and will hang out with whomever is home until I return and then he *must* be where I am.
If anyone else scolds him he doesn't change what he is doing. If I scold him he immediately ceases what he is doing and comes to grovel.
While I was sick with the flu this week he would not leave my side for anything. His food had to be brought to where I was and I had to get out of bed for him to go outside to potty. He is typically quite playful and spends a great deal of time playing with my dogs.
I have a Border Collie that is very oriented on me and yes, I will agree that this little guy is as oriented if not more so than my border collie. My thought has been that dogs live in the "now" and even though he might miss me at first he would adjust quickly and bond with his new mommy or daddy just as thoroughly. Both my cousin and the friend that does rescue are strongly encouraging me to keep him as he may or may not bond as well and that being a very high energy dog prone to "little dog syndrome" he will likely not end up in a home as appropriate as mine and may end up in a rescue situation again. (really, I'm very flattered)
I have two dogs of my own (my border collie and the family american eskimo) and several cats. Yes, little Rudolph chased the cats at first but I quickly taught him that is not allowed. He is approximately 8-10 months (not the old dog he first seemed) and now knows "sit", "bow", "dance", "lap", "off" and "here" as well as how to walk on a leash (which seemed a foreign idea to him the first time I put one on him, oh how I wish I'd videod that for America's Funniest Videos! I say that I have enough pets but my friend and cousin argue that since one of my cats finally succumbed to liver disease right after Rudolph arrived that he made room for this little bugger. I am very torn. I want what is best for the little guy and they both know MinPins as a breed better than I do. I just know dogs in general and how to make them behave.
Yeah, it sounds like you're a good fit for him. I have a rescued Min Pin of my own, who was found in a similar manner. He's bonded to you, and if you can control him, you're probably the best home he can find. I really need to better train my munchkin. He wants to be a good dog, but the breed is so curious and energetic, he has a hard time controlling himself. If he responds to you, and you can afford to keep him, you should. They're wonderful companions. My Fitzy is half the reason I get out of bed in the morning (mostly because he's trying to get me to feed him) .