Marie – so cute! Minpin mix, about 5 years, 11 pds. A calm, sweet and lovable dog with SPECIAL NEEDS (very limited vision)


Hi, I am Marie!  Are you looking for a young, calm, sweet dog who is housebroken? Perhaps you have a gentle dog that could use another gentle companion? If you have a quiet home and are ready to meet my needs, I want to meet you and maybe we could be a match!!!

Before she came to us months ago, Marie was sadly brought to the vet by her previous owners to be put down. Marie had cataracts in both of her eyes, most likely genetics. It is fortunate that the team at Angels Rest, a sanctuary rescue for senior and retired dogs in southern Ontario saved Marie at her darkest hour. They soon realized, however, that Marie was not an old dog! They contacted Minpinerie and trusted us to take care of her veterinary needs and find her a forever home.

She was picked up by Minpinerie volunteers in January. Thanks to supporters like you, we have raised some of the funds for her surgery (but are still hoping for more donations – see below – thank you!)

Now, Marie has an eye with 30% vision!!! The other eye has been removed as there was no hope for it. But she can see a little for sure, and wants to find a forever home with a loving person like you, where she is valued and given the love and respect she deserves.

Ok! So, here is what she needs! Marie’s forever home will have NO cats or young children under twelve. She would be good with a small calm and gentle doggy companion. We will be looking for a home where she can cuddle her owners all day long and/or her new small dog friend (if you have one). Marie is not a demanding dog. She is quite suited to be a lap dog, who may require only twice daily short walks and some cuddle time to be fulfilled.  She is housebroken.

Her wonderful foster mom (who absolutely adores her, but cannot keep her) thinks that Marie would really appreciate a family with a small dog for company. She would need to be protected from things that might make her uneasy and nervous since she is basically blind. Experience having lived with a blind dog would be a definite asset. An apt. condo or townhouse in quiet neighborhood, suburb or rural setting is definitely preferable to a noisy urban city centre.

Marie enjoys small walks and playing with her Kong treat ball – anything for treats!

She is good on leash. She may pull a bit at first, because you are not walking fast enough for her, however, after a few minutes of walking fast and stopping a few times to sniff and smell, all around, she will be better on leash. Marie may not see a lot, but sure can hear people and dogs walking by and would love to go meet them. She doesn’t bark, she will just pull on the leash to go see them.

See videos at our Facebook page!

Minpinerie will be very selective in choosing Marie’s new family.  Marie must be adopted by a family that is ready for the support and financial commitment she will need as she ages. Marie will need regular ongoing and extended care for her eyes, such as prescription and OTC drops for the rest of her life and bi-annual check-ups with her ophthalmologist. The current cost of the drops works out to about 45$ to 50$ a month. She is currently in Ottawa, where she is followed by an ophthalmology specialist, however, these specialists can be found in most major cities.

You will need to ensure that Marie has a safe environment as she gets to know her surroundings. She will learn the layout of the home, yard or patio, and where the stairs are so she eventually will go up and down a few steps such as going outside/inside without falling. At her Foster Family’s house, she is now comfortable in climbing a whole flight of stairs to go on another level however cannot yet manage going down, especially because it’s hardwood floors.

Marie has not really shown signs of being a bolter, however, because of her eyesight, her foster mom tends to really watch her and keep her on leash or in the fenced yard.

Marie is ok in the car. She will want to get in, on your lap or in her cage, but will pant the whole time.

Marie barks a few times when someone comes in the house or if she hears a car door slamming (normal alarm bark), but otherwise she is not a barker.

For the last 5 months, Marie has been in a French speaking home and has shown that she understands French very well.

Would you like to meet this sweet little girl? She is looking for a committed dog owner who would provide her with a loving and secure home.

You can read about Marie’s medical journey on our GoFundMe page and still donate to our outstanding balance for her surgery.

All applications will be screened; however, it is possible depending on the number of applications that only suitable applicants will be contacted at first. We will however eventually contact all who have applied to see if we may have another dog that could be more compatible with their needs.

— Thank you for your interest in a Minpinerie Rescue Group dog. We are based in the Ottawa area. All dogs are fully vetted and fixed, and we assess behaviour to the fullest extent possible so that our adoptions will be as successful as possible. You must fill out the application and be approved to adopt. If the specific dog in this post doesn’t sound suitable, please understand we have dogs arriving all the time, and MOST go quickly to pre-approved adopters that suit them (that is, many dogs are never posted to our website! Only when we have an overflow!). So, please fill out the application at this link to get in the pool, BUT NOTE SOME FOLKS ARE HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, SO IF THAT’S YOU, PLEASE SEE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE SAME LINK!  Thank you and talk soon!