Nellie is the newest member of the Bryant family in Thailand. She just came home with me today. While Nellie is new to our family, she has been around for awhile. She is a nine-year-old Miniature Pinscher and looks exactly like a teeny tiny Doberman Pinscher. Nellie is exactly what I was hoping to find – a mature small dog that was housebroken and long past the running-around-and-chewing-everything stage of life. Nellie is only about ten inches tall – though she looks much larger sitting on Mom’s lap. (I think that is because she was just closer to the camera.) She is alert, curious, and craves lots of love, but is a well-behaved, well-trained lady. I received her from another mission family who is preparing to return to the USA. They had three Miniature Pinschers and could not take them along.
Nellie has had an interesting life so far. She was born in India and came to Thailand with her first family. When they prepared to return to India two years ago, they gave Nellie and two of her children (a red female and a chocolate male) to another mission family who had just arrived in Thailand. This second family had owned Miniature Pinschers in the USA and were thrilled to have found three here in Thailand. Now, their daughter is a senior in high school and, with a son in college, they plan to return to the USA at the end of this school year. Now, Nellie has her third family and, as she is about my age, we will get along fine. Of course, I will be spending the weekend making sure that Nellie cannot get out of our yard. With lots of larger dogs around, I am not sure she would survive the experience.