Then came Nina
by Sam Parthasarathy
(Orlando, FL, USA)
I am 70 years old and until last year was scared of dogs and never owned one. Then Nina (4 years old) entered my life and absolutely has taken control of my life. Smart, funny, very affectionate, entertaining, at times rambunctious, and with an attitude only Mini Schnauzers could have. She talks to me listens to me and is just a part of me.
What I am worried about is losing my mini before i die! I will be devastated. I hear about Minis prone to diabetes, pancreatic cancer, blindness and others. How do I protect and keep her healthy. She doesn't like dry food, picky about food, thrives on treats and easily puts on weight. By the way, how much she should weigh? I see different weights listed in the Internet for a 4 yr old female miniature schnauzer. I would like to hear from the real owners. How much she should eat? How many calories. Dog food labels do not tell the truth and play on words. Believe me, I am an nutritionist.
yet another question. Should I get a companion for Nina? Are they Ok being alone as a dog? (Either my wife or I are always with Nina).