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Gremlin appears to be a Miniature Pinscher with natural ears and an undocked tail. She also has freakish rear dewclaws. All of these things would have been chopped off by a "responsible breeder." Gremlin is about 12 years old, weighs about 11 pounds, and is about 12 inches tall. In 2007, she was found on the roof of a van in a supermarket parking lot and taken to a shelter. She was about one year old, fat and missing most of her fur when she was found. She also had a serious respiratory problem. After about a month of fostering by an agility friend of mine, Grem's fur had grown back. She had been nursed back to health and lost some weight. Her foster mom emailed me a photo and story and asked if I was interested in her. I wasn't really looking for another dog but she was really my type (small, long legs, smooth coat, etc.). So, I went to meet her. She got along fine with my other dogs and that was that. Grem's foster mom had named her "Olive" but that was too girlie for me. I'm not fond of human, gender-specific names for dogs. Based on her mischievous personality and size, the name Gremlin seemed more appropriate.

I did a fair amount of agility training with her but decided not to compete with her. I just didn't have the time or money since the dogs and I traveled so much at that point. My focus had shifted from agility to my website ( This video from 2010 shows us at a training session in Staten Island, NY.

Grem is great with other dogs and people, including kids. She's a quick learner and knows many tricks. She snores when she sleeps and will eat anything including mud and grass. She is also obsessed with hunting rodents and lizards. I have to be careful with her off-leash outdoors since she can take off and run for miles with apparently no concern for my whereabouts. When I adopted her, I thought she would be a Chihuahua-like lap dog but she is nothing like that. Grem may be my smallest but she's huge on personality. She is a barking maniac and has more confidence than any dog that I've ever owned. She would take on a bear but she HATES having her nails trimmed. Gremlin also loves rough-housing at home with Griswold and Dilly.

she loves the view soaking up the radiator heat waking up at a Red Roof Inn

with her boyfriend, Sputnik

cuddling with Grip
(who'd have thought it possible!)
asleep in my lap

demonstrating her begging trick

Grand Coulee, WA
Libertyville, IL
lure coursing
Colts Neck, NJ
modeling her
remote spray collar
with a roadside pal
Winlock, WA

Congressional Cemetery
Washington, DC
beach junk, retrieving, and chasing gulls
Salem, MA

enjoying a street performer
San Francisco
looking for trouble
Washington, DC
somewhere in FL checking out Los Angeles

Los Fresnos, TX San Francisco, CA with a skull she found
Nashville, TN
falling for the fake horses...
Wynnewood, OK
... and the fake cow
Linwood, MI

fishie photo-op
Kabetogama, MN
enjoying summer & corn
Jackson, MI

Sandy Hook, NJ [photos thanks Roseann Burrets-Baars]

in our hometown of Ventura, CA

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