Dogs are man's best friend. Mary has been around dogs all her life and loves every breed she's met. You can never go wrong with a dog.
Saying my Min Pin eats everything must seem like quite a blanket statement, but, as you read on you'll find it's true for such a small dog he has a big appetite. Let's start with outdoors. This summer my Min Pin, Buzz, caught a ten inch rat. We heard the squealing of the rat and went running to see what it was. There stood Buzz, proud as could be, tormenting the rat. We were able to get it away from him before he actually killed the rat so we're not sure if he would have eaten it. In Buzz's defense, Min Pins are bread to be ratters. He was just fulfilling his natural instinct. Then however, we move on to the toads. I was able to save the lives of at least five toads this summer. Again, Buzz wanted to play with them first so I managed to get him to leave them and I moved them out of harms way. So, no eating you say? Don't despair, it's coming.
I found Buzz with a bird's wing in his mouth, the rest of the bird was nowhere to be found so I was left to assume Buzz ate the bird. Perhaps his bird eating habits led to his worm eating habits. Whenever the rain stops Buzz can't wait to get out in the backyard. If you watch you will see him sniff the ground and within minutes he's pulling a worm out of the ground just like a robin would do. It's actually comical to watch. No offense, but I will not pull a worm out of his mouth. I have lost count of the number of worms he's eaten and the vet has given him special medication to kill any bacteria he happens to ingest along with his worms, and beetles. Oh, I didn't mention the beetles? Yes, he eats them too. He does enjoy playing with them for a while before he eats them though, you know entertainment then a meal.
He chases squirrels, butterflies and bees as well. He did get stung on the nose once but it didn't stop him. He's out to eat the insect world. Geese flying overhead drive him crazy. He hears them then looks up and sees them. Once he gets an eyeball on them he starts running and jumping actually trying to catch them. Lucky for the geese Buzz can only jump about three feet high.
Of course he eats the marrow bones we give him and I mention them here because I make them stay outdoors to avoid any mess they may make. You can purchase small marrow bones from any butcher.
Moving to indoors is where things get really interesting. Buzz does not chew shoes, can you imagine! However, rugs have taken the place of shoes. He has chewed holes in wall to wall carpeting and found a loose thread that helped him completely unravel a runner near my front door. We know now to make sure there are no loose threads on any rugs in our house.
Tissues, ah tissues. Buzz loves tissues and napkins. Should either start to fall to the floor he will devour it before it reaches its destination. Paper towels, register receipts, any type of paper at all is fair game. Christmas and birthdays are a never ending event of "no Buzz", "drop it Buzz" and grabbing and running after him.
Any type of plastic is fun to chew. Buzz will chew it and throw it and retrieve it and start all over, however, before he's done he eats the entire thing. No scraps left lying about. He loves plastic water bottles and they do offer a short amount of playtime. The reason the time is short, once he starts chewing into the top of the bottle we have to take it away so he doesn't eat the plastic.
Lest you think Buzz only eats what he's not supposed to, do not despair. Buzz eats every meal like he's never eaten before. Buzz loves carrots and string beans, foods that are actually good for him. He will eat any morsel that drops to the floor from potato chips to a grain of rice. He eats bully sticks and Himalayan dog chews. I try to buy the bully sticks that have no smell, the others are hard to put up with. The Himalayan dog chews are the best because they keep him busy for a long time!
Buzz has dry skin so he gets a fish oil pill every night. I tell him to sit and make him wait patiently for his pill. He does because he loves it. Giving him medication of any kind is never a problem because he eats everything!
He also sits patiently and waits to eat his dinner until he is told. I thought this discipline would help with some of the other objects he eats but alas, I was wrong. When he's eating, he's eating. If I catch him early and yell "leave it" I have a chance at retrieval.
Buzz has just turned two and is the love of our lives. He's a nice looking little guy and though he's a rip he's also very affectionate. Unlike most Min Pins he's very good with children and shows genuine affection for my two year old grandson who loves him right back. That relationship was made in heaven, two little balls of fire playing with each other.
So, we've lost a few rugs and a few pieces from objects we needed but in the scheme of things it's all worth it...
- Living with a Miniature Pinscher; Our Dog
Miniature Pinschers a/k/a Min Pins are not for the weak at heart, training is a must but the rewards are great. Very affectionate and really good dogs when trained; faithful, affectionate and intelligent!
Kimberly on August 30, 2020:
My boyfriend and I have a min pin
Archie. He is so cute but he eats everything. We even bought a big garbage can . So he can't get into it.
Lol, when we leave he manages to get in the garbage .
carol on November 29, 2016:
i have a 12 year old min pin and he eats anything too. he even likes raw spinach he runs off with it like it is a great treat
Mary Craig (author) from New York on June 03, 2015:
I'm sorry Ren but you had me laughing telling me about Flash (I once had a poodle-terrier mix named Flash), anyway, does he have lots of toys with squeekers in them? Buz loves toys with squeekers. I buy the new stuffed animals without the stuffing. He used to make a hole somewhere and pull all the stuffing out. Buz rolls on something he finds in the grass but half the time we don't know what it is.
How old is Flash? Buz is five now and though he's still very active he seems to like to sleep more. I also buy Yak cheese chews for him. He loves them and they take a long time to wear down (they are edible) you can buy them online. Good luck with Flash and I must admit you're brave getting a greyhound too, but I bet they'll become the best of friends.
Ren on June 02, 2015:
Oh my gosh. This sounds like Flash, our minpin, spot on! We are getting so stressed about the rugs! We just got a greyhound so we need them so she doesn't slip, but he won't leave them alone! I know he gets bored a lot but it seems like no matter ho much we walk/play/exercise otherwise he always gets into trouble. Oh, and the worms. Flash likes the dried ones in particular, and he thinks they make good cologne.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on March 24, 2015:
Thanks tsadjatko, I have tried the bitter apple but not the dinovite. He does get skin rashes as soon as the grass starts to grow. It may certainly be worth a try.
The Logician from now on on March 24, 2015:
Have you tried spraying bitter apple on things you don't want him to target? you can buy it at any pet shop, even walmart. Another thing, dinovite does wonders with any ailment like dry skin that a dog may have. Try it, it might even curb his prey drive. http://www.dinovite.com/dinovite-information?gclid...
He is handsome, one of the nicest looking Min Pins I've seen.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on March 24, 2015:
Mary it sounds like Baby and Buzz would hit it off! My Mom had a Min. Schnauzer and she was so smart and sweet! Glad you enjoyed my hub.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 23, 2015:
My Min. Schnauzer sounds so much like Buzzy! She loves it when someone leaves a roll of toilet tissue on the floor so she can shed it! She also loves chasing lizards, birds, etc.
Loved reading this Hub!
Mary Craig (author) from New York on September 02, 2013:
Though unfortunate for you newb55, words of encouragement to me. It is just so amazing how food is on their mind always, day and night!
newb55 on September 02, 2013:
Our min pin is a dumpster diver! She knows how to get in any trash can. She has diabetes and she begs for food constantly.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on January 01, 2013:
WND, Buzz is too precious! He's a rip but one you've gotta love.
TT, I know what you mean about cleaning the floor, believe me. How nice to have a dog that doesn't eat everything. Buzz'll eat it before it even hits the floor if you drop something.
Thank you both for stopping by.
Judy Specht from California on December 31, 2012:
I love when my son's two min pins come over. They search the kitchen floor for tasty tidbits and consume any stray dog food in crevices my dogs may have left. The older of the two is the best of guard dogs and they both chase squirrels for their daily exercise . My dogs don't pick anything off the floor except eggs.
wetnosedogs from Alabama on December 31, 2012:
Aw, just gotta love Buzz. Perhaps it is the only way to be in his eyes.
Great fun hub.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on December 19, 2012:
Monis, I think Buzz would eat until he burst! He is ALWAYS looking for food of any kind, dog or people!
Agnes on December 19, 2012:
Your Buzz is so handsome! I would just cuddle with him all day! What a cute little guy!
My dog acts like he has never eaten before, but only when he sees people food. He could be full after his dinner, but he is never full enough to just let it go :-)
Mary Craig (author) from New York on December 07, 2012:
Buzz turned three in October and is still a bit, shall we say 'fiesty' but there is a vast improvement in his behavior. He still will eat anything and I do mean ANYTHING!
Joann on December 07, 2012:
Buzz is such a delight! Cotufa (My late MinPin) would eat anything too, napkins, clothing, vegetables, rugs, and particularly loved apples and lettuce. But never touched a shoe! MinPin are full of personality and love. Must love them in order not to strangle them in their first 2 years. But know you will see your efforts. After the second year the turn into more relax dogs. Still protective and loyal, but they won't make so many messes.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on June 21, 2012:
Thanks Vellur...he's like a two year old!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 20, 2012:
Your Pin is a real sweetie!! Enjoyed reading.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on April 29, 2012:
Glad you enjoyed htodd.
htodd from United States on April 29, 2012:
Interesting ..Thanks a lot for this great hub
Mary Craig (author) from New York on April 04, 2012:
Thanks Peg. He sure is a challenge but we love him. Sounds like your lab and my min pin would make quite a pair!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on April 04, 2012:
This was so funny. Amazing that this little guy could catch a rat. Mine chase bunnies and I have found the occasional half bunny. Sorry Mr. Rabbit. Eating worms must be a delicacy to Buzz. When we first adopted our Lab the vet told us to beware because everything goes in their mouth, and she wasn't kidding. He even eats big clumps of grass that come out of the lawnmower, along with apples, green beans, carrots and insects. I love the pics of your youngster. Voted up and very funny.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 29, 2011:
Thanks Paddy, he's definitely a beauty to me but Min Pins are shall we say "energetic?" Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub.
PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on November 29, 2011:
Very cool story, and he is a little beauty. I have never had any dealings with one of these dogs, but I know I like their sleek look.
Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 17, 2011:
Thanks Rosemay for stopping by. I guess everyone has a dog story. I bet those shoes were something special!
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on November 17, 2011:
This was such a fun read I laughed most of the way through it. It must be quite hard keeping up with him.
This reminds me of a dog I used to have who chewed plastic but didn't eat it. And he only chewd one persons shoes and that was my sons wife who worked in a deli, I guess hers tatsed extra special. Lol
Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 16, 2011:
Lisa, Min Pins are truly a breed all their own.
Vinaya, I am so sorry about your Lovely. They do become so like family.
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on November 15, 2011:
I felt so delighted to read this. You reminded me my Lovely who eat everything, he loved mangoes and also ate steamed corn. Two months ago he died.
Lisa from WA on November 15, 2011:
This hub is so funny. I have a Min Pin myself (Lola) and she eats any kind of food or plastic but she's too much of a girly princess to go out after birds and rats. Great hub!
Mary Craig (author) from New York on November 15, 2011:
Thanks Diana and Cherylone. I have to say it can be a challenge!
Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on November 15, 2011:
I truly enjoyed reading this hub. My family had a dog when I was young that would swallow anything you threw at her, napkin, plate, vegetables, even a ball once. She was a Border Collie.
Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on November 15, 2011:
Loved this hub!! So glad to hear funny behavior stories of other dog owners. Voted up.