Chicago Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue

Chicago Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

Click here for info on the Humane Society of the United States HSUS

All proceeds go to help rescued schnauzers in need of a new home. Remember, every single dollar helps the dogs. We are a not for profit group, and getting a dog fully vetted can easily cost several hundred dollars, so if you are planning to surrender your dog, please make sure it is up to date on shots, has been neutered, tested for heartworm within the last year, and any other veterinary services your veterinarian has recommended.
We are NOT associated with any other schnauzer rescue groups in Illinois!

Read below why we do not place dogs in homes with invisible fences.

We follow and surpass the Minimum Rescue Guidelines recommended by the American Miniature Schnauzer Club:

AMSC Minimum Rescue Requirements

February 23, 2002

Any rescue group wishing to be recommended by the AMSC must be following these minimum guidelines. If you adopt a dog from a group who was recommended by the AMSC, and they are not following these guidelines, please contact AMSC Rescue at


2. Biters and terminally ill dogs are not placeable.

3. Dog should be vet checked to verify that you are placing a healthy dog.

4. All dogs placed must be up to date on vaccinations: rabies, distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza. In states where infection has occurred, they should also be tested for heartworm and the owner informed of the results.<

5. Schnauzers should be reasonably and recently groomed.

6. Adoption fee must be charged to discourage unscrupulous people from acquiring a free dog that they can turn over to laboratory for animal testing, etc.

7. Adoption contract must be completed for each dog placed. Contract MUST stipulate that the dog must be returned to the rescue organization if the new owner cannot keep the dog for any reason.

8. AKC papers are NEVER to be given to new owners per AKC Policy and Guidelines. (This is done because rescue can never be sure that the papers surrendered belong with the dog surrendered.)

9. Owner surrendering dog must sign contract relinquishing all claim to the dog.

10. Vet records for owner surrenders should be acquired from the owner’s vet if possible. These records should be passed on to the new owner, HOWEVER, the previous owner’s information (name, address, phone number, work phone number, etc.) should be obscured so new owner cannot contact previous owner.

11. If it is determined that a rescue dog came from an AMSC breeder, the dog should be returned to the breeder.

12. Rescuers in each state should be adhering to the laws applicable to their state/region.

How to Recognize a Good Breeder>

Everybody knows you should get your puppy from "a good breeder." But how can you tell who's a good breeder? Raising good puppies makes some very specific demands, so there are signs -- we call them traffic lights -- that the careful buyer can spot.

A good breeder will have all or most of the green lights from the list below, few or no yellow lights, and no red lights. Some of these may show up in advertisements, others are things you can check on the telephone, by email, or during a visit. There may be exceptions to the rules--you should always ask questions if in doubt.

Red Lights -- Avoid This Breeder!

1. Breeder advertises "Puppies always available."

That means lots of litters per year. If a puppy is to have the best chance to be happy in your home, he must be hand-raised with lots of attention and love in a home setting. It's impossible to do that if you're mass-producing puppies. Many good breeders limit themselves to one or two litters a year (depending, of course, on the size of the litters).

2. Any sign that the whole deal can be completed with one phone call or email.

A good breeder spends plenty of time talking to you, not only about her puppies, but about the breed in general, your home, and whether this is the right breed for you. Most require a written application. If the conversation consists mostly of "This is how much they cost, you can pick up your puppy Saturday," that's not a breeder who cares where her puppy is going.

3. Credit cards accepted.

Good breeders are small volume - - they can't afford to take credit cards, unless they run it through another business, such as a pet supplies store, grooming shop, etc. Any breeder, however, can use Paypal or other online payment methods. If you need to use a credit card to buy your puppy, ask about those plans, or get a cash advance.

4. Advertising oddball or specialized varieties.

Rare longhaired whippets, Warlock or white Dobermans, teacup Yorkies, extreme large or big boned dogs. Purebreds must meet a breed standard. If a breeder isn't following the standard on size, coat, etc., how do you know what other oddities there may be? Because these 'improvements' are often done by mixing in other breeds, the advertised animals may not even be purebred.

Before contacting any breeder, you should read the breed standard and know what it says about color, size, and so on. Many kinds of unintended faults are okay for a pet. For example, the breeder might say "This puppy is going to be oversized, so we won't be able to show him," or "Look at the way he carries his tail -- that's a fault."

Read your breed standard at the AKC web site and be sure you understand any breed fault in a puppy you're considering buying and whether the fault is realted to health. (The Whippet Standard is at the American Whippet Club site.) For example, light colored eyes are a fault in whippets but they don't cause any health problems--it's strictly a cosmetic issue. Floppy ears in a German Shepherd Dog are also cosmetic. In some breeds, white coats are simply a color choice -- in others, a white coat can be associated with severe health problems.

5. Offers of stud service to the public, breeding pairs, or a contract that does not require spaying/neutering if the puppy is intact when sold.

Good breeders are stewards of their breeds. This means they are very careful with their bloodlines. They do not offer service or sell breeding animals to anyone who has not made an extensive study of and commitment to the breed. Breeding dogs should not be undertaken casually; a good breeder will offer to mentor someone who wants to learn, but will not encourage everyone who enters the door with cash in hand to breed.

6. Dogs registered with any registry other than the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC) or (for Canadians) the Canadian Kennel Club. Rare breeds which have not been recognized by these organizations are exceptions, as are field/hunting dogs registered with field registries.

Reputable registries maintain the pedigrees of purebred dogs, so that if you pay for a purebred you can be sure you actually get a purebred. As registry standards have been tightened, however, breeders who breed carelessly or sell mixes as purebreds have established several registries with no standards at all. Saying a dog is registered with, say, the Dog Registry of America means "I mailed in his name and $15." Many of these registries are happy to register mixed breeds as well. We know of a cat registered as a "French Cocker Spaniel" with one of these registries. Papers from these off-brand registries do not mean your puppy is a purebred.

The term registered by itself is meaningless and the same is true of pedigreed. A pedigree is just a family tree, and every dog, even a mixed breed, has one simply because he has parents and grandparents.

7. "Ready for Christmas!"

Holidays usually mean lots of confusion and just going to a new home is plenty of stress. Good breeders know that Christmas is the worst time to take a puppy home if you have children, and most won't even sell you a puppy as a Christmas gift. Some may allow you to take a puppy home at that time if you can convince them that you'll keep things calm, but a breeder using Christmas as a marketing tool does not have the best interests of the puppies at heart. Even many shelters won't allow adoptions during Christmas week.

8. Puppies sold at a public place like a flea market, shopping mall, or pet store.

The only humane way to sell a puppy is with an interview and plenty of time to talk about your new family member, ask questions, and get answers. The poor little fellows sold at flea markets and other public places are handed to the first person who shows up with cash or a credit card, whether or not that person will provide a suitable home. Never buy from these places even if you feel sorry for the puppy. For every one bought, another litter is bred, and the more clever salespeople encourage you to feel sorry for the puppies so you will "rescue" them. The only way to stop the practice is to boycott flea markets and pet stores where puppies are sold...and let management know why you're staying away!

Yellow Lights -- Get more information!

1. "State licensed"

Few localities require any sort of license for a small scale breeder. Even if a license is required, it has nothing to do with puppy quality. So why is the breeder advertising this?

2. "We ship anywhere."

Many good breeders will ship your puppy. But most prefer that you pick him up if at all possible. That's much less stressful and dangerous for him and most breeders want to meet you face to face. Advertising shipping usually indicates more interest in making sales than in finding good homes.

3. "We'll meet you at the rest stop."

Some kennels really are hard to find, but anyone can take directions. Often this just means "We'd rather you not see our kennel." A puppy from a dirty or overcrowded kennel is very likely to have parasites and/or other communicable illness. Corners probably have been cut on other breeding practices.

4. "I'm sorry but the mother is (at the groomer, at a dog show, at the vet...) so you won't be able to meet her."

Offer to come back when she's available and if you can't make arrangements, look elsewhere for a puppy. Mom's influence makes up for about 75% of your puppy's temperament, and if you don't like her, you don't want her pup.

5. Offers to sell puppies that are less than eight weeks old.

Puppies need to be with mom and their siblings for eight weeks or more in order to learn skills that are near impossible for humans to teach. You can consider buying a puppy from this breeder (if other lights are okay) but do not take your puppy home before he's eight weeks old. Some breeds mature more slowly so these puppies should stay with mom at least another week or two.

Puppies must be exposed to humans regularly before 12 weeks of age, and that's a big part of the breeder's job. A puppy that has this contact but has stayed with his litter at least eight weeks will easily bond to your family at any age.

6. 'Easy payment plans.'

Payments are usually way too much trouble and risk for the small breeder. She's already sunk a lot of her own money into this litter, and most breeders are not wealthy. A good breeder doesn't want you to buy a dog you can't afford. If you can't pay for the dog, how will you pay for vet care?

7. Special deals that require you to allow the breeding of a litter from your pet.

A good breeder sometimes will sell a male puppy and ask that you not neuter him without permission, in case she needs him as backup to her bloodline. A breeder with a rare bloodline (or a rare breed) may have a good reason for not wanting to lose a certain female, but usually that breeder simply won't sell the dog. Whelping a litter of puppies is emotionally and physically draining for the owner as well as the bitch and there's a lot that can go wrong. Ask why the breeder wants a litter from your pet -- if it's just to collect more money from the sale, look elsewhere.

8. Signs that the breeder has more dogs than she can properly care for.

Everyone has a bad day sometimes and a lot of dogs can mean a lot of confusion and noise! A breeder's home doesn't have to be something out of House Beautiful, but if conditions that don't look right to you, ask questions. Maybe the dog with the infected eye has an appointment this afternoon; perhaps most of the dogs are crated when company comes to simplify the visit. But dogs in dirty pens, matted or smelly dogs, those who appear to need medical care and have not gotten it, or dogs stacked in crates for most of every day cannot be healthy, well-adjusted dogs. You don't want a puppy from this environment.

Green Lights -- This looks like a good breeder!

1. A list of specific health checks done before breeding and/or on puppies before selling.

Examples might be CERF (eye), OFA (hips, heart), thyroid tests, von Willebrands Disease (blood clotting) and BAER (hearing) as appropriate to the breed. You must know which problems are likely to occur in your breed and what checks should be done. 'Vet checked' is too general -- that statement is a yellow light, particularly if given as the answer to "What health checks do you do?"

2. A lifetime takeback guarantee with a requirement that you return the dog or get approval for a new home if you cannot keep him.

Good breeders do everything in their power to prevent their puppies from winding up in an animal shelter or a pen in some friend of a friend's backyard.

3. A detailed written (or on-line) application required.

Good breeders put too much work into their puppies to sell them to just anyone, and they have learned by experience what kinds of home are likely to work out and which ones probably will not. Most, but not all, require a written application.

4. The breeder makes sure you know the breed's drawbacks and any special breed requirements.

All breeds have some drawbacks. If the breed you're considering drools a lot, is hard to housebreak, does not live long, or may instinctively chase and kill small animals, or (fill in the blank!) a good breeder makes sure you understand those characteristics. If your dog must be kept as an indoor dog, must always be leashed or fenced, requires lots of grooming, or is subject to heatstroke, a responsible breeder tells you these things upfront. If a breeder starts to sound like a used-car salesman, telling you only the good things and she refuses to talk about the bad ones, find another breeder.

5. A written contract with specific requirements and guarantees.

But watch out for extremely restrictive contracts -- for example, specific feeding instructions or you forfeit the dog, no vaccinations regardless of veterinary advice, etc. This may be a very dedicated breeder but is likely to be way more trouble than you want. In special situations good breeders may offer a special deal for retaining control of the puppy. You get a cheaper price, but the breeder's name stays on the puppy's registration papers as "co-owner." We advise against doing this unless you're very experienced. Though a breeder who cares about her puppies will encourage you to keep in touch, a breeder who cannot let go of control can be very difficult.

6. A written health record for your puppy.

This should include the date of whelping, any health problems he had, the date and kind of each shot he got, and the dates of worming and drug that was used. Your vet will want this information and having it in writing makes it much more likely that your puppy has gotten the care he needs.

The Mulhalls moved into their new home last November. Three weeks later, Shamrock was attacked...just seconds after the Mulhall kids went inside. "It was awful she was stapled, she was stitched, she was very wounded and everyone was just shocked," Mulhall says. They also learned that the electric fence they'd installed to give shamrock more freedom, actually made the dog a sitting duck. Coyotes could get in, Shamrock couldn't get out. "It was really scary when it happened, but I don't really think it will happen again," Connor Mulhall says. Not true says the coyoteman. "Once he starts killing pets that's not gonna stop that's what he's programmed to do now, that's an easy meal," Erickson (Chicago's Coyote Man) says.

"Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist." Source: Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell, Propaganda And Persuasion, 4th edition, 2006.

A Rhetorical Analysis of "Animal Rights Uncompromised: There's No Such Thing as a 'Responsible Breeder'"

By Sandy Jordan, Ph.D.

Let's take a look at the rhetorical strategies of PETA's propaganda, and how the language is used to deceive the public into giving up their money to a cause that may not be what it presents itself to be.


Animal Rights Uncompromised:

There's No Such Thing as a 'Responsible Breeder'

The title is uncompromising, and without qualifiers. Not "most' breeders, or "some," but every single breeder who ever existed. We know the law of averages nullifies any absolute statement like this. Absolutes are used by persons who are not willing to admit any other point of view than their own. We should as adults realize that there is never any single perspective from which to view a problem."No such thing" allows no margin for any responsible breeder, anywhere, to exist. Since those who know the purpose and responsibility of breeders know that they breed genetic imbalances OUT of stock, this takes advantage of those who don't understand things like why white cats are often deaf, or collies have eye problems. If you don't understand the biological reasons for these things, it is easy to posit them in the realm of mythology, as in "ALL white cats are deaf," and "pit bulls are ALWAYS vicious."

What this is saying, literally, is that there is no such thing as responsible BREEDING. But by saying "breeder," it assumes an accusatory stance towards those who breed to improve and strengthen stock as well as those who truly are careless about what animals they breed. Therefore, a negative attitude and suspicion is cast upon everyone who has ever gotten a pup out of two dogs of the same breed.

Most people know to avoid substandard breeders and breeding facilities and "backyard" breeders. But many kind individuals fall prey to the picket-fence appeal of so-called "responsible" breeders and fail to recognize that no matter how kindly a breeder treats his or her animals, as long as dogs and cats are dying in animal shelters and pounds because of a lack of homes, no breeding can be considered "responsible."

By using the term "kind individuals," and the image of "picket fences," the author is hoping to connect the audience, who is reading this article because of their interest and (presumably) affection for animals, with what is actually a condescending term, like "well-meaning." Placing the word "responsible" in quotation marks suggests it means the opposite of what it says. ("So-called" would have done the job as well.) It is an attempt to play on the conscience of the reader the way late night infomercials play on the sympathy of parents by showing starving children in Africa. The implication is that if your children are well-fed, you should feel guilty that others are going hungry. ("Eat your liver; children are starving in Africa.") There is simply no logical connection between these two things. It is an attempt to make people feel guilty, to use pathos to wring dollars from the "kind individuals" who can be convinced that if they don't give money, this puppy will be killed. It's much like the old magazine cover that had the picture of a cute dog on the cover with a revolver at its head, and the caption, "If you don't buy this magazine, we'll shoot this dog."

"No breeding can be considered 'responsible'" is the actual thesis of the essay. But first the reader has to be convinced that they are in a position to ease the suffering of dying cats and dogs by accepting these animals into their households WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT. It is false logic.

All breeders fuel the companion animal overpopulation crisis, and every time someone purchases a puppy or a kitten instead of adopting from an animal shelter, homeless animals lose their chance of finding a home-and will be euthanized.

Again, this sounds logical on the surface, but examine the statement's implications. What about all the orphans in the United States? Every time you have a child, you are stealing a home from one of these orphans? Technically, this could be true. It's analogous to the spiritual belief that we should give away our belongings to those who need them more than we do. Some agree with this, some do not. But no one should be able to force us to follow a belief system to which we do not ascribe. This is yet another way to try to forcibly milk human kindness from a bull. Orphans will not die if we don't adopt them. Neither will most shelter puppies and kittens, because they are usually in great demand.

Shelter animals are spayed or neutered, by the way. So if everyone just adopted an animal, the dog and cat species could be exterminated from America--in theory. But the author does not want the audience to follow the thesis through to its logical conclusion. The article depends almost entirely on one false premise and heavy use of emotional language.

Many breeders don't require every puppy or kitten to be spayed or neutered prior to purchase, so the animals they sell can soon have litters of their own, creating even more animals to fill homes that could have gone to shelter animals-or who will end up in animal shelters or so-called "no-kill" animal warehouses themselves.

This is a revelation of one of the true intentions of the article, which is to chastise breeders for not being forced to spay or neuter animals according to the author's belief system that we should eliminate all pet companions. The fact is, if a cat or dog is not neutered when sold, its price usually places it among one of the more valued possessions of the owner, so random breedings are unlikely. The puppies or kittens of these valuable animals will also be sold to those more likely to care for them than someone who gets a puppy or kitten for nothing.

Most newspapers recognize this, and advise people to not advertise puppies or kittens for free, because people tend to not value these pets as much as they do purebred animals. Go to any vet's office and count the number of purebreds taken there for care as opposed to the number of mixed breeds. People tend to care for their valued possessions (and beloved companions) if they pay more for them.

Simply put, for every puppy or kitten who is deliberately produced by any breeder, a shelter animal dies.

This is a nifty way to scream at the reader "MURDERER!" if they get a purebred puppy or kitten. It is absolutely ridiculous to even consider this statement as fact. It tries to implant in the reader's mind that for every well bred puppy they buy, something must die. Note they say "shelter animal." So if I buy a Borzoi puppy from a breeder, an adoptable horse will die? This premise is false.

At this point the author openly reveals her accusations: It is YOUR fault all these animals are in shelters. No, you never bred a puppy or kitten, you never let your dog out of your fenced yard, you never dumped a dog or gave one up, and yet it is YOUR FAULT that these animals suffer and die, because you wanted a puppy that would grow up to be the size your family could handle, or the breed your grandfather raised, your parents raised, and you hope to continue to raise. Shame, shame, shame.

Producing animals for sale is a greedy and callous business in a world where there is a critical and chronic shortage of good homes for dogs, cats, and other animals, and the only "responsible breeders" are ones who, upon learning about their contribution to the overpopulation crisis, spay or neuter their animals, and get out of the business altogether.

Off with the kid gloves! Breeders are greedy and callous people. The Monks of New Skete, who produce the occasional litter of carefully bred German Shepherd are greedy and callous. The raisers of certain strains of Labradors and Golden Retrievers for service dogs are greedy and callous.

The author simply allows no room for logic, for choice, for common sense. Breeders, to the author, are evil, callous, greedy, and irresponsible. Some probably are, many certainly are not. The reader at this point may be squirming, but if they look closely at this inflammatory rhetoric, they'll realize how hard the author is pushing this agenda.

Is it because the author is so concerned with the welfare of animals? Much could be forgiven if this author was indeed "well-meaning." But there is always a bottom line agenda for people with this much passion and bile, and it usually boils down to one of two things: power, or money. So look very carefully to see if at the end somewhere this author is trying to get the audience to reach in their pockets and give up some money. He or she is obviously trying to wring something other than emotion from the audience.. Breeding Trouble

Producing more animals-either to make money or to obtain a certain "look" or characteristic-is also harmful to the animals who are produced by breeding.

Let's have a look at this rhetoric, given the clever title, "Breeding Trouble."

Dogs and cats don't care whether their physical appearance conforms to a judge's standards, yet they are the ones who suffer the consequences of humans' manipulation. Inbreeding causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in "purebred" dogs and cats, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy.

First, although the statement is probably true, we have no way of knowing what dogs and cats care about. Many people have reported anecdotal evidence that their dogs recognize their own breed. Using the word "manipulation" denotes something negative and bad, and "distorting" (below) echoes this subliminal message that breeders are manipulative and twist animals like clowns shaping balloons-as if Nature had not been doing this for millions of years. The dog has been called the most "plastic" of all mammals, which is in part why it has been such a successful species. If people didn't do it, climate and environmental changes would. That's why the fox and the wolf and the wild dogs of Africa are so different in shape, size, and temperament.

Distorting animals for specific physical features also causes severe health problems. The short, pushed-up noses of bulldogs and pugs, for example, can make exercise and even normal breathing difficult for these animals. Dachshunds' long spinal columns often cause back problems, including disk disease.

The breeding of these animals for dog shows may indeed cause deformities that affect the health of individual animals. This is true and should be addressed BY BREEDERS. Dachshunds have been bred for going down holes after vermin, an example of many breeds that have been shaped to serve the needs of human beings for utilitarian purposes. These were selected long before the dogs were shown, for utilitarian purposes. Show animals are indeed stretched beyond function in many cases. The only thing that can restore them to their previous heath and vigor are intelligent, careful, planned breedings.

Adoption: The Only Compassionate Option

There is no excuse for breeding or for supporting breeders.

This makes the reader feel they are facing an ultimatum. But it is as illogical as saying, "There is no case in which killing someone is defensible." It infers that any compassionate human being could not possibly support a breeder by buying a puppy. The two things, compassion/purebred puppies, are not mutually exclusive terms. But it forms the major premise: "All breeders are evil." If this is true, the conclusion is true. If it is false, as shown in the rebuttal, then the conclusion must also be false. (see bottom of page)

If you love animals and are ready to care for a cat or a dog for the rest of the animal's life, please adopt from your local animal shelter, where there are dogs and cats galore-tails wagging and hearts filled with hope, looking out through the cage bars, just waiting to find someone to love.

The imagery of this wrings the tender hearts of animal lovers-lovely touch "tails wagging and hearts filled with hope." It really is effective, imagining those poor animals behind bars. But the implication is that they are there because YOU PUT THEM THERE by getting a purebred pup is simply too far reaching to make sense. Unless you really did put them there, you can be absolved of guilt for their sad little faces. And because there is so much truth to this particular part of the propaganda-all propaganda MUST have some basic truth to it-there's nothing to keep people from adopting an animal as a companion while at the same time raising purebreds.

Again, it is absolutely false that the two things are mutually exclusive.

Shelters receive new animals every day, so if you don't find the perfect companion to match your lifestyle on your first visit, keep checking back. When you find your new best friend, you'll be glad that you chose to save a life-and made a new best friend as well.

It would be very hard to find the perfect companion if you had no idea what the puppy would grow up to look like. People base most life decisions on looks. Most of the time, we are attracted to our life partners originally by the way they look to us. But the basic point here is that many people want to start with a puppy because their purpose is not to save a creature from death row, laudable as that action would be, but to find an animal that will more or less perform the way they need it to in order for it to adapt to their lifestyle. Placid, quiet people can't tell from a shelter encounter if their dog will grow up to be a couch potato or an obsessive herder, or a quiet dog that will match their lifestyle. Responsible breeders can give them a much better chance of finding that companion that is so satisfying they will not be tempted to dump it at a shelter for turning out to be too big, too wild, too lazy, etc.

"Save a life" is a very, very persuasive lure. What fish does the author hope to catch with such powerful bait? Power? Money?

If you know anyone who is considering purchasing an animal instead of adopting from a shelter, please forward this article to them, and please consider making a donation today to support PETA's vital work to save lives.

Ahhhhh..Translated, this means "GIVE US MONEY." As previously mentioned, the object of propaganda is to get the audience to do something that serves the agenda of the author, couched in language that will use the most tender mercies of that audience to fork over some cash.

Whenever ANY letter ends in a plea for money, it should be read and reread very carefully with a great deal of suspicion. Then, challenge the statements, such as "PETA's vital work to save lives," which can be checked out online. Has PETA ever saved an animal's life? When? Where? Ask questions. Do they have a facility where animals can be adopted? What else has been written about PETA, not in blogs or opinion articles, but in statistical facts that can be proven? And finally, if you are convinced that you should give money, thoroughly investigate the shelter you give money to. Make sure it doesn't go to lobbyists, advertising, or administration.


The fact is that purebred animals have been around for thousands of years, not by accident, but because people need different kinds of dogs for different kinds of tasks. Dog shows are beauty contests that many breeders do not participate in. How successful the breeding for tasks has been can be determined by performance activities-animals breed true in mental characteristics as well as in physical conformation. Some people, probably most, want a dog as a companion animal, a family member. For this purpose a shelter animal is wonderful, and saving its life, while incidental to the needs of the adopter, still is a noble and kind thing to do.

But hunters want dogs to hunt and retrieve, the blind need dogs of a certain size and temperament to guide them, the police and military need dogs with a certain size and drive, people who are retired and live in apartments often need a tiny dog that loves to be held and treated like a baby. Breeders attempt to provide these animals by careful selection, and any breeder that wants to continue with a good reputation is going to try as hard as they can to breed out diseases and deformities of their animals.

The article by PETA, simply translated, says that you are a cruel, callous person lacking in all compassion if you ever buy another purebred puppy, and that for every puppy you buy, you are murdering another puppy that is staring big-eyed and sad from the bars of a shelter.

Don't believe it.

for the class:
major premise: All breeders are evil.
minor premise: Buying a purebred puppy makes you a supporter of breeders.
conclusion: If you buy a purebred puppy you are evil.
false premise: all breeders are evil.

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Our Featured Pet...Cooper (aka "Mini Cooper")

Cooper is a very sweet little guy. When he came to rescue, as a stray from a shelter, he was in horrible shape. His mouth smelled terrible, and he desperatetly needed to have his teeth cleaned. That was done, as well as bloodwork and vaccinations, and now Cooper is ready to got to his new home. We are guessing that Cooper is 7-9 years old, but could be younger (or older). He gets along well with other dogs, but will not be placed in a home with young children. Cooper is a favorite in his foster home and his adoption donation is $200.

If you are interested in Cooper, please call Michele at (847)926-9920. We only adopt locally, in the Chicagoland and surrounding area. If you cannot adopt a dog, but would like to help rescue, you can contact us about sending a donation that will be used to help get a rescue dog ready for its new home. We do not adopt dogs out as a surprise or a gift. We MUST talk to the person who will be adopting the dog, NO EXCEPTIONS.


MOST OF THE DOGS THAT COME IN TO RESCUE ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 9 YEARS OLD. We only adopt to homes in northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, and southeast Wisconsin, so that if the adoption doesn't work out, we can get the dogs back into our rescue. We are always looking for responsible foster homes. If you would like to apply to be a foster home, please call Michele at (847)926-9920. Homes must have fenced yards and be able to provide verifiable references and willing to undergo a home check. We do not adopt dogs out as a surprise or a gift. We MUST talk to the person who will be adopting the dog, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Who We Are

The Chicago Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue Committee is made up of volunteers from the Chicago Miniature Schnauzer Club. Our goal is to find permanent homes for placeable dogs. Prior to placement, all dogs are checked by a veterinarian, brought current on vaccinations, checked for heartworm and put on preventive, neutered, and teeth cleaned if necessary. All dogs over the age of 7 are given comprehensive blood panels to attempt to detect health issues not always found with a regular vet check. We do not knowingly place dogs that bite or are terminally ill. All dogs are fostered in our homes until they are placed. MOST OF THE DOGS THAT COME IN TO RESCUE ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 9 YEARS, but we do occassionally get younger dogs. We do require a homecheck and veterinarian reference to make sure the new family has been a responsible owner with current and previous pets. We are not a shelter,we foster these dogs in our homes. You must call for an appointment. All dogs are fostered in private homes. Once you have been added to our waiting list, and we find a dog that is a good match for your home, we will call you and set up an appointment to come see the dog.
Chicago Miniature Schnauzer Club Rescue

Room in Your Heart

Sorrow fills a barren space
you close your eyes and see my face
and think of times I made you laugh
the love we shared, the bond we had,
the special way I needed you -
the friendship shared by just we two.
The day's too quiet, the world seems older,
the wind blows now a little colder.
You gaze into the empty air
and look for me, but I'm not there -
I'm in heaven and I watch you,
and I see the world around you too.
I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr
born unwanted and unloved -
I see all this and more above -
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die.
I see unwanted thousands born -
and when they die, nobody mourns.
These little souls wearing fur
(Some who bark and some who purr)
are castaways who - unlike me -
will never know love or security.
A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters - nobody takes home.
They're special too (furballs of pleasure),
filled with love and each one, a treasure.
My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend.
But think of the living - those souls with fur
(some who bark and some who purr) -
And though our bond can't be broken apart,
make room for another in your home and your heart.

- Carol Schubert-James

TRUST...A Deadly Disease
by Sharon Mashers

There is a deadly disease stalking your dog, a hideous, stealthy thing just waiting for its chance to steal your beloved friend. It is not a new disease, nor one for which there are inoculations. The disease is called trust.

You knew before you ever took your puppy home that it could not~ be trusted. The breeder who provided you with this precious animal warned you, drummed it into your head. Puppies steal off~ counters, destroy anything expensive, chase cats, take forever to house-train and must never be allowed off-lead!

When the big day finally arrived, heeding the~ sage advice of the breeder, you escorted your puppy to his new home, properly collared and tagged, the lead held tightly in your hand. At home the house was ”puppy proofed.” Everything of value was stored in the spare bedroom, garbage stowed on top of the refrigerator, cats separated, and a gate placed across the door to the living room to keep at least part of the house puddle free. ~All windows and doors had been properly secured, and signs were placed at all strategic points reminding all to “CLOSE THE DOOR!“

Soon it becomes second nature to make sure the door closes .9 of a second after it was opened and that it really latched. “DON’T LET THE DOG OUT” is your second most verbalized expression. (The first is “NO!”) You worry and fuss constantly, terrified that your darling will get out and a disaster will surely follow. Your friends comment about who you love most, your family or the dog. You know that to relax your vigil for a moment might result in losing him forever.

And so the weeks and months pass, with your puppy becoming more civilized every day, and the seeds of trust are planted. It seems that each new day brings less destruction, less breakage. Almost before you know it your gangly, slurpy puppy has turned into an elegant, dignified friend.

Now that he is a more reliable, sedate companion, you take ~him more places. No longer does he chew the steering wheel when left in the car. And darned if that cake wasn’t still on the counter this morning.

And, oh yes, wasn’t that the cat he was sleeping with so cozily on your pillow last night? And then one of your friends suggests obedience. You shake your head and remind her that your dog~ might run away if allowed off-lead, but you are reassured when she promises the events are held in a fenced area. And, wonder of wonders, he did not run away, but came every time you called him!

All winter long you go to weekly obedience classes. And after a time you even let him run loose from the car to the house when you get home. Why not, he always runs straight to the door, dances a frenzy of joy and waits to be let in. And, remember, he comes every time he is called. You know he is the exception that proves the rule. (And sometimes late at night, you even let him slip out the front door to go potty and then slip right back in.)

At this point the disease has taken hold, waiting only for the right time and place to rear its ugly head. Years pass — it is hard to remember why you ever worried so much when he was a puppy. He would never think of running out the door left open while you bring in the packages from the car. It would be beneath his dignity to jump out the window of the car while you run into the convenience store. And when you take him for those wonderful long walks at dawn, it only takes one whistle to bring him racing back to you in a burst of speed when the walk comes too close to the highway. (He still gets into the garbage, but nobody is perfect!)

This is the time the disease has waited for so patiently. Sometimes it only has to wait a year or two, but often it takes much longer. He spies the neighbor dog across the street, and suddenly forgets everything he ever knew about not slipping outdoors, jumping out windows, or coming when called due to traffic. Perhaps it was only a paper fluttering in the breeze, or even just the sheer joy of running.

The disease is trust. The final outcome, hit by a car.

Every morning my dog “Shah” bounced around off-lead exploring. Every morning for seven years he came back when he was called. He was perfectly obedient, perfectly trustworthy. He died fourteen hours after being hit by a car. Please do not risk your friend and your heart.

Save the trust for things that do not matter. Please read this every year on your puppy's birthday, lest we forget.

"New Lamps for Old

There is a wonderful sequence in "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" where Aladdin has won riches, a kingdom, and the love of his princess with the help of a genie who resided inside an old, battered lamp. An evil wizard dresses up as a street vendor and offers new, shiny lamps as a free trade for old ones. Aladdin's princess has no feeling for the old lamp and all it has done, so she hurries out and trades it for the new, improved model. The evil wizard runs off cackling - the power of the lamp is now his. Horrible events ensue until Aladdin is able to get his old lamp back and make the world right again.

An acquaintance called me the other night to talk about the new dream home he and his wife are completing. In their 11 years of marriage, they have celebrated the births of two children, developed careers, and shared the good times and sad times with their small family. Through all of it, a little cocker spaniel named Daisy has been there. She was their first gift to each other and has guarded each of their children's early steps, warned them valiantly of strangers approaching, shared their tears and laughter. Daisy has always been in inside dog, kept within the walls of the home, the heart of the family. Daisy is getting older, has problems with bladder control, and is losing her teeth. She doesn't want to play with children anymore, preferring to sleep at someone's feet and feel their hands patting her gently. Daisy has turned into the old lamp.

My acquaintance alluded to this as he quietly asked me if I would take Daisy. Their new house has carpet, dog accidents stain, and frankly, Daisy smells at times. Daisy would not be happy as an outside dog, it would be too cruel to put her to sleep and my acquaintance was "shocked" to learn that turning her over to the local shelter means she would be put down. The old dog had no room waiting in their new house - would I take her so they could get a new younger one for their kids?

New dogs for old - the wizard would be pleased. In a just world, their new house would crumble, they would lose their jobs, the kids would get boils, and their rag-covered forms would crawl the earth looking for Daisy to bring back home. In a just world, Daisy would have the option of trading in the old family for a new one.

I swallowed my pain and tried to educate him, letting him know how Daisy would suffer without her family, how bonded she was to them. He let my words fall off his complacent armor; my pleas fell irrelevant around his expensively shod feet. I suggested doggy diapers, vet visits for medicine, a room at the house with a cool tiled floor and a soft dog bed. I whispered that he could grant her the mercy of going into her final rest in the arms of her family. But nothing touched the part that hurts in him.

So now I have a new dog, her name is Daisy, and the pain fueling her bleeding heart is slowing fading into acceptance. She wets my floors and yes, she smells, but her head feels good on my feet as I write this. And I picture that couple old and alone someday, incontinent, unbathed, and patronized by children who consider the house an asset, the parents a liability, leaving them with strangers at a nursing home.
New lamps for old.
written by Carol M. Chapman
Hitchcock, Texas

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