More Than "Just a Pretty Face" (as printed in AKC Gazette, Jun 98 Miniature Pinscher Breed Column, courtesy of: Faith Gordon). |
"I was able to catch up with AKC judge Robert Moore at the Orchard Park, N.Y. show. Moore has judged Min Pins for more than 30 years, and I knew I could count on him for an interesting bit of Miniature Pinscher lore. With that ever-present twinkle in his eye, he said he would share some Min Pin history with me.
Back in the 1940s, Moore was acquainted with Hank and Muddy Hearn of Memphis, Tenn., who worked for handler Johnny Banks. They bought a red Min Pin male, named White Court Sir Socko, who developed a white spot on his side from a distemper shot and could not be shown.
The Hearns then purchased a female, Tejas Triple Troubles, but they could not get Socko and Troubles to breed. So Troubles was bred to another male and producing one champion from that breeding.
At the age of 12, Socko had never sired a litter of puppies, and the 7 year-old Troubles had produced only the one litter.
One day, while Hank was at the post office and Muddy was working in the kennel, their elderly yard helper ran into the offfice hollering, 'Miss Muddy! Miss Muddy! You got to come quick! There is something awful wrong with Socko and Troubles in the kitchen!'
Well, this 'something awful' resulted in one litter that produced Ch. Mudhen Acres Red Snapper (known as 'Slats'), who went on to sire Ch. Mudhen Acres Happy Heart. As the Hearns were getting on in years, 'Happy Heart' was given to Ann Dutton of Sanbrook, and is in the pedigrees behind many of the champion Min Pins of today, stemming from the early days of the Sanbrook lineage."