About

Vader The Min-Pin
🐾 February 2 2012 - February 8 2016 🐾



Vader was a handi-capable 4 year old Miniature Pinscher that lived in Orange County, CA. 

Vader was born with a rare genetic disorder known as MPS-VI.

Vader's story is shared with the world so that everyone may understand that Vader had an amazing life even though he dealt with the challenges of MPS-VI. Vader's life was not focused on his limitations from his disease, but highlighted on the possibilities a dog can have while living with MPS-VI. His family choose to celebrate the good moments and greet each day with a smile and an opportunity for new adventures. Vader was a happy MPS dog and his family was proud to say he lived to the fullest everyday!

A little background on Vader:

When Vader's parents got ready to adopt a dog they looked all over the internet for the perfect pet. They came across a litter of Miniature Pinschers and one specifically caught their eye. When mom went to pick up Vader she was surprised to find he was the only puppy left for adoption and he was the one she wanted all along. Vader seemed like a happy healthy puppy when they brought him home. 

It wasn't until Vader started to grow that his parents really noticed things changing. He started to cry a lot and his legs started to grow "funny". When Vader's parents took him to the vet they noticed his back hips weren't connected to the sockets. They gave the family pain meds in hopes it was just growing pain and sent them home. As Vader grew he adapted to his legs and the didn't seem to give him too many issues.

Vader's family was also concerned that he had additional issues because of the look of his entire body. After many nights of searching on the internet, Vader's dad found other dogs that looked just like Vader. The family learned they had a rare genetic disorder called MPS-VI. As rare as MPS is, it happens to be the same disorder Vader's human aunt passed away from in 2014. Once the family learned that Vader could have this disorder they had him tested right away through VetNostics Laboratories. The test results came back positive for MPS.

Vader lived a fully happy life. He experienced more than most of us can say we have. He changed many lives for the better and he always found a way to smile. Vader's legacy will carry on through his family and friends. 

Many conditions of MPS in dogs are Runny noses, lots of yawning, lack of oxygen, lots of sleeping, curved back bone, enlarged organs, fragile bones, bad teeth, and our favorite - amazing personalities!

Rhys Logan

FAQ:

What were Vader's favorite treats? Gummy Bears & French Fries

What are 3 things Vader enjoyed most? Sunshine, Car Rides, and Attention

If Vader went to high school what senior superlative would he have been? The biggest Ladies Man

What did you feed Vader? Vader eats dry puppy food. He does eat a lot but MPS makes him look thin, and he is on puppy food because it's soft for his delicate teeth.

Where did Vader love to go? Vader loves to go to car meets in So-Cal

Did Vader bark? Yes, but it sounds more like a tiny quack

Did Vader know any tricks? Yes, Vader can sit, shake, roll over, play dead, and balance treats on his nose. 



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Vader's goodbye letter:  We feel so honored that we got to call Vader our son. From the first moment we looked at his tiny puppy face on Craigslist to the last time we felt his little heart beat he was perfect in our eyes.  Because of Vader our hearts know everlasting love and we are so proud to have watched him grow and bless others. We are so happy and honored to have been given the opportunity to be his parents.  Vader didn't miss out on any opportunity life presented him. He went for amazing car rides, ate all sorts of gummy bears, got free French fries at drive throughs, helped a dog get her wheels, had an audition for a tv show, spent many beautiful hours cuddling with many of you, had some epic birthday parties, lived in an RV for a while, kept his sisters in check, and got to be the mascot of an entire website.  Vader lived more than most of us can say we have.  MPS-VI did not kill Vader, Vader overcame the expectations of MPS and kicked it in the pants! We are so proud of our little boy! Now it is his time to continue his adventures in heaven. We are excited to know that Vader will be joining so many others that overcame the expectations of MPS. We take comfort in knowing his aunt Tiffany, cousins Pan, Scooby, Polly, Tigger, and Grimmy will all be there to welcome him home.  Vader spent every day proving life was worth fighting for. Every day should be a reason to smile, even a tiny pup with dislocated legs and a rare disorder could find that reason.  Vader was able to touch and improve so many lives and our wish is that his courage and inspiration continues to inspire others to help those in need. Sometimes even words aren't necessary. A simple smile can make someone's day.  Vader was put into this world not just for us but he was sent here for all of you. He was just as much your dog as he was ours. If everyone could take something away from Vader's life it's that time is precious and every moment is a gift worth celebrating.  This will not be the end of Vader's legacy. In honor of him we will continue to help those that are disabled or in need and we will continue to prove that even with disabilities life is still worth enjoying.  We personally would like to thank everyone for the continued support, love, and joy you shared with Vader. He was able to help make so many lives better because of you.  We send you love and blessings and we thank you for sharing Vader with us! - Mommy & Daddy


Vader's goodbye letter:

We feel so honored that we got to call Vader our son. From the first moment we looked at his tiny puppy face on Craigslist to the last time we felt his little heart beat he was perfect in our eyes.

Because of Vader our hearts know everlasting love and we are so proud to have watched him grow and bless others. We are so happy and honored to have been given the opportunity to be his parents.

Vader didn't miss out on any opportunity life presented him. He went for amazing car rides, ate all sorts of gummy bears, got free French fries at drive throughs, helped a dog get her wheels, had an audition for a tv show, spent many beautiful hours cuddling with many of you, had some epic birthday parties, lived in an RV for a while, kept his sisters in check, and got to be the mascot of an entire website.

Vader lived more than most of us can say we have.

MPS-VI did not kill Vader, Vader overcame the expectations of MPS and kicked it in the pants! We are so proud of our little boy! Now it is his time to continue his adventures in heaven. We are excited to know that Vader will be joining so many others that overcame the expectations of MPS. We take comfort in knowing his aunt Tiffany, cousins Pan, Scooby, Polly, Tigger, and Grimmy will all be there to welcome him home.

Vader spent every day proving life was worth fighting for. Every day should be a reason to smile, even a tiny pup with dislocated legs and a rare disorder could find that reason.

Vader was able to touch and improve so many lives and our wish is that his courage and inspiration continues to inspire others to help those in need. Sometimes even words aren't necessary. A simple smile can make someone's day.

Vader was put into this world not just for us but he was sent here for all of you. He was just as much your dog as he was ours. If everyone could take something away from Vader's life it's that time is precious and every moment is a gift worth celebrating.

This will not be the end of Vader's legacy. In honor of him we will continue to help those that are disabled or in need and we will continue to prove that even with disabilities life is still worth enjoying.

We personally would like to thank everyone for the continued support, love, and joy you shared with Vader. He was able to help make so many lives better because of you.

We send you love and blessings and we thank you for sharing Vader with us! - Mommy & Daddy