Brandi and Mindy

Quick Facts:

  • Breed: Yorkie Bichon mixes
  • Gender: Female, spayed
  • Age: Mindy- 8, Brandi -9
  • Size: 18 pounds
  • Good with…
    • Dogs? Yes!
    • Cats? Probably not!!
    • Kids? Yes, 9+ please!

Hello! My name is Brandi (silver) and this is my sister, Mindy (tan) and we are super sweet sisters!

***Brandi and Mindy are not a CDR dogs and have not been evaluated by CDR. This is a courtesy posting for Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue (contact info: 607-562-8085 who will make all decisions about their adoptive placement. Please contact by above phone or email to apply to adopt her.***


On May 26th our mama had to give us to Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue when she had to move to assisted living. She had us since we were puppies and loved us very much and even considered giving up her space at the assisted living facility to keep us. But she has been very ill and knew it best to try to get us to people that could take care of us like she wanted, but was unable to, for the rest of our lives. Since then, we have been living in a crazy-fun foster home with 8 other dogs and a fenced in yard and we are loving the new adventure!


We love our people! So very much! We both love snuggles and cuddles and spending time with our people We like going for walks with you, watching TV with you, reading books with you (you read, we daydream), and listening in on your phone conversations! We love it when you talk to us, play with us, teach us something new, and pet us! Oh, and our favorite is when you tell us how much you love us. That makes us the happiest of all.

I (Brandi) am a little more adventurous than my sister Mindy, and she mostly follows my lead. She keeps me in sight at all times, how sweet is that! She is more the lover and so she seeks out the snuggles and kisses a bit faster with people than I do. But I still love the snuggles and kisses!

We are super playful little pooches. We love to play with all kinds of toys and fetch balls and sniff around the yard! Most of the dogs we are living with right now are bigger than us but I’ll be darned if I’m gonna let my foster siblings chase down MY ball first! Ha! And if they get to it first, I don’t have a problem stealing it back! So much fun! It only took us a couple of days to adjust to our new foster home, which we are told is pretty amazing, given what a huge change it was, and so out of the blue (as far as we knew).

When you head for the door, we like to follow because we like to be with you! When we can’t go with you, we are ok staying in the house without a problem, in or out of a crate, but we definitely prefer to be with you. This includes bedtime! We love sleeping in bed with you! Mindy used to sleep in a crate because she had injured her knee, and our mom didn’t want her hurting it more by jumping off the bed. But she already learned how to use the doggy stairs to get up on the human bed in our foster home, so now she can join us! Smart girl!

Speaking of smart (aka rascally), if we can, we will absolutely dart right out of the door if you leave it open even a crack. In fact, Mindy was once hit by a car after doing so, so we will need a fenced in yard and a home where our access to any exit that doesn’t open into the fenced area can be restricted and watched closely.

We know all kinds of tricks like Sit, Stay, Lay Down and Roll over…so it is clear that we are pretty smart! If our person takes us out on a leash, we wear a harness and definitely take the lead (…ok, we pull a bit). Just don’t make us go out in the rain too much…since I’m pretty sure we are so sweet we would melt. Snow, on the other paw, is a different story. Bring it on! (But don’t forget our sweaters because we easily get the shivers!). We are a little barky when strangers first arrive, but once we see that they’re nice, we’re just all about the lovin’!


We love people! Would love to live with fun, joyful, sweet, loving, caring people please!

We have been around infants and did fine with them, but we should only live with children older than 9, because of our tendency to sneak out the door. It just isn’t realistic to expect that kids younger than can reliably be careful enough about open doors.

We love being around other dogs! But we aren’t great when meeting on a leash, we can be very barky and such. It’s all show though (and very much due to being on the leash), and once we get a chance to see that the dog is nice (and meet in a fenced yard or inside the house off-leash), then we do just fine!

We have never lived with cats but we will bark when we see then or other small rodents in the window, so probably not a good idea.

Favorite Activities

  • Watching TV from the couch with our person nearby!
  • I like playing with a large ball that makes silly noises!
  • Mindy likes to snuggle and get petted a lot!
  • Exploring the yard, as long as our person is nearby and we are together!
  • Playing in the snow in our warm jackets!

Why do we need a home

Our mama had to move to assisted living and they said we couldn’t go with her. She was very sad to see us go and we miss her very much.


We are both spayed and up to date on vaccines. We have worn Seresto collars for fleas and ticks and are on monthly heartworm preventive!
A common problem of the Bichon breed is patellar luxation (problem with the knee). Both Mindy and I have had this issue. I had my knee surgically repaired in 2015. Mindy has had some issues with her back knee and may need the surgery, which will be sponsored by Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue. Mindy takes occasional pain meds when her back leg bothers her, but this week in our new foster home, she hasn’t let it slow her down much. She will be going to Cornell so we can figure out what is best for her in the long run. The surgery is no fun—but I also don’t want my sister to end up with too much arthritis as she gets older!.


We are a really wonderfully loving and entertaining pair that need to stay together in our new forever home. . We would be fine living with other dogs as long as they are playful and can put up with our terrier antics and are absolutely willing to share (aka, “let us dominate”) the human laps in the house!

If you are interested in adopting us, please contact Susan at Rainbow of Hope Animal Rescue (contact info: 607-562-8085 who will make all decisions about our adoptive placement.

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