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Sheila's Schnauzies Miniature Schnauzer Rescue

Updated on November 13, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Meet The Miniature Schnauzers At Sheila's Schnauzies!

Hi, I'm Ladybug and I'm the littlest one of Sheila's furkids. I'm the one in the pink dress in the picture! I live in the Miniature Schnauzer rescue called Sheila's Schnauzies in Omaha, Nebraska. Our nonprofit rescue has been going on since 1998 but none of us has been here that long... I came here when I was just 13 months old after my old parents lost their home to the economy. That's when I went into rescue, then I eventually ended up here.

There are three of us living here right now: me, now 4; SueSue who is 7, and Whizzer, 13. We are all former rescues who Mom has adopted.

Since 1998, more than 60 dogs have been rescued, brought back to health when needed, groomed, and placed in awesome forever homes!

Sheila's Schnauzies rescues, rehabilitates and places Miniature Schnauzers for adoption, and provides sanctuary to dogs who are un-placeable. We hope you will stay and meet all of us, say hello, If you'd like to help our rescue pay our vet bills, or provide other items like toys for the furkids, there are opportunities to do so below. We appreciate your support!

(All images and content ┬ęSheilaSchnauzies.)

Our Newest Rescue, Izziy, Barely Escaped Death! - One of my volunteers literally saved her life!

I received a phone call from my volunteer Sheryl in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday afternoon just before 3 pm. She had just heard about this little girl in a high kill shelter. Izzie had only one more hour until the 4 pm deadline when she would go in line to get the needle. I asked Sheryl to get anyone possible to pull her and yes, we would take her in to our rescue!

Sheryl worked a miracle and got Izzie pulled just in time. Thank you Sheryl and to the kind volunteer who pulled her!

We knew very little about little Izzy except that she was a scared, lonely and lost little girl of adult age (but not old) with no name who was found wandering the streets in a tiny eastern Iowa town. She weighs 11 pounds. I met my volunteer, Sheryl in Des Moines that Sunday to pick Izzy up and bring her to Omaha. Here, she will got a wonderful relaxing bath and grooming (which she stood like a statue for and adored!), and underwent a behavior evaluation, which she passed with flying colors.

Izzy also passed her vet exam, where she received all of her vaccinations, a heartworm test which thankfully was negative, a 6-month heartworm preventive shot, fecal and ear swab exams, and lab work. Soon we will schedule Izzy for her sedated dental exam (at a cost of just under $500!).

Izzy, as it turns out, is a designer breed - a mix of Cairn Terrier and Schnauzer that they call a "Carnauzer!" She has an ideal temperament, she is a snuggler and loves toys and my other dogs! She is that rarest commodity in dog rescue - the "perfect" dog! Zero behavior issues, totally housetrained, totally socialized, and a super cool little girl!

Izzy was adopted by a wonderful retired schoolteacher and is now the light of her life and one very spoiled rotten little girl! And that's the way we like them to be.

Just Look At Izzy Now!

Cocoa Bear Has Been Adopted! - He Was A Tiny 6 Pound, Very Sick 14-Week Old Shar-Pei Mix Puppy!

I rescued Cocoa at the vet's when I was there - his owner was going to dump him at a kill shelter and since he has Parvovirus, that's a death sentence. I couldn't let him die that day with no medical treatment! So I rescued him and put him in the hospital where he has been on IV fluids since Saturday Sept. 7.

Below is a link to Cocoa's Fundraiser page for his hospital bill, which is expected to be over $700. If you can share the link with all your doggie friends, it would be so much appreciated!

Very pleased to announce that Cocoa has a brand new forever home with a mom and her 11 year old boy in North Kansas City, Missouri as of last week! Way to go Cocoa!

Remy, A Rescue With A Happy Ending!

Schnauzer Stuff On Amazon! - Hey, It Helps Our Rescue!


Hi, I'm Susie (or Sue-Sue). My name used to be Gretel and Mom renamed me after her oldest best friend Sue. I came to the rescue as a 4-month old puppy back in 2006, I nipped at a toddler who was pulling my ears. I've never nipped at anyone since coming to the rescue, so... who knows. The fact I have the "biter" label prevented me from being adopted.

I am a nervous girl but very lovable. I'm afraid of loud noises and the smell of cooking. I have bad panic attacks. That last part is recent because I went through a kitchen grease fire with my Mom that was pretty scary and I refused to go outside while she and her friend were putting the fire out. During the four years down on our farm in Missouri I roamed around a lot exploring, and I am having trouble learning that I can't do that now that we live back in the city again! Mom says, "Grrrrr."

I adore going bye-bye with mom and dad, I am the fastest dog here at "get the ball," and I try to boss all the boys around. I do admit i am kind of jealous of mom, and every now and then I will do this mean barky-snappy thing at another dog. When I do that, I have to go for a time out. ("m'I bad??") My favorite things besides bye-bye are playing doggie dressup in pretty outfits and playing fetch, plus wrestling with the other girls. (check out my videos!!)

I have been adopted by Mom and will be with her forever.


Hey it's me, Ladybug!! I came into Mom's rescue in July 2010 when my former family lost their home due to the economy. My brother and sister and I all went to different rescues. It was the 4th of July weekend when I made the long car trip from Junction City, KS to Omaha, NE with 8-10 other dogs on a rescue transport. As soon as I saw Mom, I fell in love with her and she says she was the same with me. She calls me her "Heart dog" because I just cuddle up so quiet to her and just sniff, or snuggle, or sit still. It's like she and I communicate on some deep level I guess. Anyway, my people aunt Celia was up visiting that weekend and when she saw me looking at mom, she told her "You HAVE to keep this puppy, look how she's looking at you like she's saying 'MOM.' "

I was a 13 month old baby when I came here and I just turned two, so I am a Big Girl now. When I first came I was very shy but I got a lot braver since then, especially with the other dogs. I am a tiny girl, I only weigh about 11 lbs.

My favorite things are writing the gossip column for this web page, being Mom's shadow, and trying to boss the boy dogs around. I love playing 3-way tuggie with Sue and Winnie. I love watching the critters out the front window and getting a bath. Mom says I will never leave her side, so that's that.

OH I forgot - I love to play dressup too. And I love corn on the cob! And Petsmart!

Scrappy Jack - The "Boss!" Now At Rainbow Bridge

Scrappy died in February 2014 from complications of a MRSA infection.
Scrappy died in February 2014 from complications of a MRSA infection.

My Beloved Scrappy Jack

Scrappy Jack was the boss of all the rescue kids, my own personal pet. He told the rescue kids what to do and the best places to check P-Mail in the back yard. His favorite thing besides Mommy was squeaky toys. He loved to "get his Squeaky on!" Scrappy passed away in February 2014 from a long illness with a MRSA infection. He is now at Rainbow Bridge undoubtedly telling all the rescues up there what's what.

Me & My Friends Greeted Shyla The New Rescue Girl So Nicely! - From Left Clockwise: Scrappy Jack, Shyla, Ladybug, SueSue

Our Rescue, Shyla Sue! (Now Renamed Jozie!) - She's Lived Through A Horrible Ordeal!

Shyla, which I named her because of her initial shyness, is one of the tiniest Schnauzers I've ever worked with. She is coal black with the most gorgeous brown eyes! She is one of those dogs who just melts into you when you hold her. (I call her "fully poseable!")

We believe Shyla was picked up and carried away by a large bird, since she had big claw holes on both sides of her torso when she was found wandering stray in eastern Iowa.

Shyla came into Sheila's Schnauzies this past weekend on August 11. In this picture, in Des Moines, Iowa, she is being transferred from an eastern Iowa rescue to Sheila's Schnauzies. She is currently undergoing treatment for hookworms and a bit of dehydration, and is doing better each day. Her side wounds are completely healed although she seems to have a bit of residual soreness.

She's amazingly friendly, smart, and the perfect house dog! I am currently working to find THE best home in the world for this special little girl! She is just four years young.

Shyla needs to be spayed and have a dental done. These procedures will be quite expensive and we appreciate any help you can provide! Paypal contributions for Shyla may be made to: Or if you prefer, you may make a contribution directly to her vet in her name. Just email me for details! We appreciate your support very much!

A SheilaSchnauzies Rescue Story... Lily Rose

Lily Rose is now a beautiful 8 year old girl living in Iowa with our volunteers Sheryl and Bob, where she has spent most of her life. Lily was dying when I got a call from a vet saying her owner had refused to pay for medical care, and wondering if our rescue would take her over. My answer was "YES - save her!" and the vet got IV's started and did the emergency care. Lily ended up needing a surgery for obstruction of her stomach outlet. Sheryl and Bob assumed all the expense, I nursed Lily, a tiny puppy, back to health. Then she got to go to live with Sheryl and Bob when she was well.

In August 2013 I was so lucky to be able to have a visit with Lily and Sheryl when we worked a rescue together! She is indeed a beautiful girl. Sadly, Lily Rose passed away from cancer in 2014. She will be sorely missed. We all adored her.

My Summer Vacay Was Fun! - By Ladybug Schnauzer

This summer I got to go on a Big Bye-Bye with Mom and Dad and we drove down to Gladstone, MO (right by KC) to visit my Aunt Celia, Uncle Randy, and their teeny Yorkie Lucy Liu. We had SO much fun napping on the deck, playing together, and listening to the grownups yapping! Mom and Dad took me to the Kansas City City Market, where lots of people oohed and aahed over me and I let several little kids pet me! One person even tried to adopt me but Mom said nope, I'm not available! So Lucy, when you gonna come up and visit ME, girl??

Our Miniature Schnauzer Rescue!

Sheila's Schnauzies

We've operated as a non profit Miniature Schnauzer Rescue & Sanctuary based in Omaha, Nebraska since 1998.

Author Unknown...

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." Unknown

I Make Custom Schnauzer Jewelry Too! Ask in Comments.

I Make Custom Schnauzer Jewelry Too! Ask in Comments.
I Make Custom Schnauzer Jewelry Too! Ask in Comments.


The furkids at your local shelter aren't as lucky as you are! They would really love your used but clean old toys, blankies, and any other stuff you're tired of playing with!

Ladybug Schnauzer Models Her Hand-Sewn Dress By Mom SheilaSchnauzies! - You Say...

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Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers for the following positions on an ongoing basis! If you are interested, please email me at

- Foster Rescue Schnauzers

- Transport Rescue Schnauzers

Our Furkids At Rainbow Bridge - We Love & Miss You Forever!

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Koby "Moo-Moo" SchnauzerMonty "Rat" SchnauzerBailey SchnauzerHarry "Peanut" SchnauzerSheina MarieSparky LynnTashaZoeSpringerIvy (with Harry)Baxter (before & after)
Koby "Moo-Moo" Schnauzer
Koby "Moo-Moo" Schnauzer
Monty "Rat" Schnauzer
Monty "Rat" Schnauzer
Bailey Schnauzer
Bailey Schnauzer
Harry "Peanut" Schnauzer
Harry "Peanut" Schnauzer
Sheina Marie
Sheina Marie
Sparky Lynn
Sparky Lynn
Ivy (with Harry)
Ivy (with Harry)
Baxter (before & after)
Baxter (before & after)

We Adore Our Volunteers! - Me with Shyla, Volunteer Sheryl B With Her Lily Rose, One Of My Former Rescues

I may be prejudiced, but I believe we have the world's best volunteers! I can call and they will drop everything and RUN to save a dog(s). And each couple has done it, many times over. Both couples have taken dogs into their own homes many times. Both couples have driven long distances, spent sleepless nights worrying about the fate of a furkid, and so much more.

I will respect their privacy and just use their first names and locations for now, since they don't know I am doing this:) Sheryl & Bob live far across the state of Iowa and began volunteering after the loss of their beloved schnauzer, Heidi, as a way to help fill the void in their hearts. They soon adopted one of my furkids, Baxter followed by another little girl, Lily Rose. Sheryl has arranged many rescues and placements with other rescues or with new forever homes. She is simply amazing. And tireless!!

And I love you too, Larry and Bonnie of the Omaha metro; we go back a few years as well and you have adopted our furkids, taken them in poor health and lovingly nurtured them back to health! I hope you will have your two lovely rescue girls with you for a long, healthy time. They sure are doll babies! Larry has been a major sounding board for me, has run transports, has delivered and picked up things, and so much more. And his wife, Bonnie, is an amazing seamstress - soon you will see the amazing fleece blankets she just embroidered with our rescue's name and delivered last week for the furkids (they are snoozing on them right now, Bonnie!!)

I will edit and expand this story (a lot) about all our volunteers, later on but for now I just want to say a thousand thanks for everything you do and have done for the furkids, for the small fortune you have donated to support the furkids, and much more. I love you both!

It's all about the dogs. And these people all exemplify that. If you would like to volunteer your time or resources to help us, please email me at

Our Ongoing Needs... - Can You Help?

Gift Certificates to PetsMart, 1-800-PETMEDS, or Banfield Veterinary for the dogs' ongoing needs such as treats, collars, leashes, toys, prescription food and regular veterinary care. Our dogs are all on the care plan at Banfield.

Or, you may Paypal your donation to

The Schnauzers say "Woo-Roo," which is Schnauzerese for "Thank you so much!"

We Received A Fabulous Gift! - From Our Volunteer!

Our friend and volunteer Bonnie is a wonderful seamstress and she made these incredibly soft fleece blankets for us and brought them by the other day. Bonnie, they sure do pass the nap test!! Thank you SO much for all the wonderful things you do for us furkids! Pictured here are Scrappy, with Koby, Bailey and Monty (now at Rainbow Bridge).

We gladly accept your Paypal donations to the email addy, . We operate as a nonprofit organization and your contribution is tax deductible!

You can also help our rescue by purchasing any of our items on eBay or Cafepress, or by doing your online shopping through (ID = Schnauzies). iGive donates a percentage of your purchase at any of almost 1,000 retailers to us automatically.

The furkids say "Woo-Roo!" Which Is Schnauzerese for "Thank You!"

My Schnauzies On YouTube! - Oldie but a goodie...

My Artwork Is Sold To Benefit Our Rescue's Vet Fund!

I love to paint and doodle and I adore Schnauzers, so I create lots of doggie art! The painting here is called "Schnauzies At The Bridge," my concept of many Schnauzer angels waiting to meet the newcomer. I also have a CafePress store where I sell my doggie artwork (and other themes too like gardening and chronic pain humor) printed on t-shirts, hats, just all kinds of wearables - tote bags, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, even license plate frames and greeting cards!

The proceeds buy important things like vet care and dog food for the schnauzers in my miniature schnauzer rescue which is called Sheila's Schnauzies. You can see all of my items at

Thank you so much and the schnauzie furkids thank you too!

We Love To Live Here!

In Memory...

The three elderly boys who spent over five years each with our rescue all passed away in 2012 and 2013. They were beloved Monty, Bailey, and Koby Schnauzers. Each of the boys has their own page here on HubPages. They will be forever missed and each took a piece of my heart with them.

I Love To Go To PetsMart! - by Ladybug Schnauzer

One Saturday afternoon, my mom was wanting to take me somewhere fun, and she told me about this place called Petsmart. I really couldn't believe such a place existed... but it did! When we got there, I saw myself in their front window and barked like crazy! Almost crashed into myself:) We looked at clothes, and toys, and treats, and mom showed me the guinea pigs and the birdies. Now you know, of course you can't touch their aquariums because they'd get scared. But I could smell them and it was wonderful! Oh and I met three doggies, too.

I got to pick out a t-shirt for me, one for Sue, and four for the boys. They were on clearance!! Then we got to pick out a treat, my favorite part. Oh and a toy! I picked out one of those unstuffed toys, a big pink Flamingo. Mom says I have good taste:) Boy am I gonna have sweet dreams about this big adventure! Mommy said I was a Very Good Girl.

Harry, Monty & Scrappy Jack
Harry, Monty & Scrappy Jack

Shopping Online Through

Helps Our Schnauzer Rescue!

All My Furchildren A Silly Little Schnauzer Soap Opera!


A Shattering Experience From A Summer Awhile Back... - Told In Memory Of Koby, Monty and Bailey Now At Rainbow Bridge

As usual in the summertime, the Schnauzie family was chilling on the back patio, doing all the usual Schnauzer things... but mostly snoring! Mama was playing Jewel Quest on her iPhone and fighting off some very determined mosquitoes. Koby was lying on the patio next to mama, his favorite place.

The silence was broken suddenly by tapping on the back door window, followed by the sound of shattering glass! Apparently there was a crack in one of the back door windowpanes, and when Daddy tapped on it, the glass splintered into a zillion pieces. Koby stood up and "mooed," meaning "What do I do, Mama?" There must be nothing scarier than being a blind dog surrounded by broken glass! Not like anybody had little doggie shoes on! Mama scooped Koby up and kind of gently tossed him through the back door to safety, then started grabbing the other furkids who were equally confused at the sudden drama.

Once everyone was inside, Daddy saw that Koby had blood on his back! There was no glass on him, but apparently a piece of sharp glass had fallen on top of Koby and cut his little back right on top of the spine! Mama grabbed a wet towel and put pressure on the wound and finally got it to stop bleeding. Then Koby had to have the 1/2" long cut flushed out with "mean medicine" (peroxide spray). He did NOT like that!

Scrappy did his best to keep everybody in line by barking nonstop through the whole adventure. SueSue helped him, and also circled around trying to herd everyone where she wanted them. Ladybug stuck close to Mama, not knowing what in the world was going on. Bailey took off for the living room, knowing that in all the excitement the favorite Dog Bed was probably empty. Monty headed for the food bowl, hoping to sneak a few extra snack bites before bedtime.

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      5 years ago

      Consider my tail well and truly wagged! I also love dogs - all animals in fact!

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      6 years ago

      Sniff, Sniff. Arf, Arf. Bark. Okay, that's the best I can do. Thank you for your work rescuing Schnauzers.

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      7 years ago

      Cute and creative lens...I also paint images of animals and pets.


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