Well, my first little mini schnauzer rescue was "Zoe" (formerly known as Greta) and she came from a puppy mill. Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas (run by Anita McGuire) took her in and she was, I was told, in very bad shape when they got her and almost died. Her foster dad's (whom I met when I picked her up) said that they had to use oven mitts to catch her for the first couple of months as she'd bite to protect herself. Her first 3 years were spent tied to a barrel and forced to have puppies. Her story was so heartbreaking I knew I just had to adopt her. I had to beg for them to allow me to bring her home with me as she was so traumatized the rescue was afraid she'd never be to a point where she'd make a good pet. She and I bonded immediately and she became such a loving little soul....even after she'd been abused so badly at the hands of humans in her first 3 years. Unfortunately I was only given 6 and a half years with Zoe as she was diagnosed, at the age of 9, with inoperable cancer and she passed away on September 21st of 2016. When I lost her I thought my heart would literally break in two. However, I'm just happy that I was able to give her the loving home she deserved for her last years.
My second rescue, who is still with me, is "Skyler" (formerly known as Rocket) and I adopted her at the age of 6 from Mini Schnauzer Rescue of Houston. I saw her on their website, put in the adoption application and was told someone had already adopted her. Then about a week later, the rescue contacted me and said she was available so I booked a flight (from Florida to Houston) and picked her up at the airport. Fortunately for me, someone had taken her home and then decided they no longer wanted her. She is a very sweet and loving family member and I adore her. I'm not sure where her first 6 years were spent but I'm glad she'll be spending the rest of her life with me.
I am currently looking to adopt a little male mini schnauzer as I lost 2 of my other mini schnauzers (one who I got from a friend in North Carolina at the age of 9 named "Lilly") and my little boy "Max" who I had gotten from a breeder back in 2006. BEFORE I knew to "adopt and not shop". I had Max from the time he was 6 weeks old until he passed away of congestive heart failure at almost 13. He was a spoiled and loved little boy. I have been totally in love with every one of my mini schnauzers and I thank all of the volunteers who rescue these sweet souls so that they can know what it's like to be loved.