To be honest, Minty was a tough sell - even on the internet where lonely hearts are occasionally less than strictly honest about their attributes.
Heartbroken, one-eyed and, at 25, getting a little long in the tooth for a pony, the Shetland was looking at a bleak future until Mini-Moo rode to the rescue.
She was matched up with Minty by Julia Gibbons, who scoured the internet for a partner for her pony after he was left forlorn following the death of his long-term companion Lulu earlier this year.
Mini-Moo, front, has healed Minty's broken heart after he was left devastated by the sudden death of his former partner Lulu
Despite the age difference, Mini-Moo, a five-year-old miniature Shetland, and Minty have become inseparable at the Tamar Valley Donkey Park near Gunnislake, Cornwall.
Mrs Gibbons, 65, who owns the park, said: 'Minty was distraught when Lulu died. He constantly whinnied for her. We tried to encourage him to befriend some of the donkeys but he wasn't interested. Then we had the idea of going online to find a new partner.
'Minty is a different pony all of a sudden. He immediately stopped moping and moaning. It was amazing - a match made in heaven.'
Meanwhile a dog owner has placed a lonely hearts advert for his Jack Russell terrier on the internet in a bid to find his lovesick pooch a partner.
Perkins the dog can't keep his paws off the females while out walking and is driving his keepers mad with his constant howling and whining.
But the six-year-old should have wannabe companions drooling over these selection of snaps which show off his good looks and playful character.
Owner John Roberts has placed a lonely hearts ad on the internet in a bid to find his frustrated six-year-old Jack Russell terrier Perkins a lady friend
Owner John Roberts has issued the appeal to find his hound a mate to try to stop Perkins making indecent advances every time they pass a bitch while out walking at the local park.
Mr Roberts, 59, who lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Lynn, 56, said he has even set his pooch up with his own e-mail address and modelling portfolio but has not yet received any suitors.
He said: 'I can't bear it any longer. Every time we try and sit down to relax, Perkins just keeps on howling because he is so lonely and in desperate need of a mate.
Model dog: Perkins is seen in a series of action poses on the internet ad to hopefully impress the bitches
Randy: Perkins can't keep his paws off the female dogs during walks
Perkins's lonely hearts ad
Perkins our Jack Russell who is 50 per cent smooth and 50 per cent rough- haired. Is a most dapper little chap, sporting a tartan dickey bow, cute and solid.
Now six years old and has done a very good job running his human subordinates very well, looks after the household with a determined attack at the windows upon any who dare step on his patch, only to great them at the door when opened.
His human subordinates are becoming increasingly disturbed by his constant whining , howling when a little debutante might sashay by. You see Perkins, I'll say this in whisper "he's a virgin" yes that's right he's complete.
Yes being a Fisheries Bailiff the old chap is with me most times and he sees a lot of girly dogs frequently, try as he might I have protected these girly dogs from him.
Well the matter has now built up to such a state that even the cushions are in danger. Does anyone have a little girly Jack Russell, one that may I say might be prone to the advances of a most dapper suitor.
Please the old chap needs to know what the job is about.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx He has a modelling portfolio of photo's and has made two three feature films on DVD, so he is a star in his own right.
For photos to prospective dirty girly Jack Russells. His e-mail is email@example.com xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx We need help, when he starts howling after Alsatians, we fear for his mental state.
'I decided to put a lonely hearts advert in the local paper but then thought I may as well post some pictures on the internet so all the bitches can see what a good-looking chap he is.'
Perkins is a 50 per cent smooth and 50 per cent rough-haired Jack Russell but when it comes to the ladies he isn't fussy about the breed and can't keep his paws to himself.
Mr Roberts added: 'He is six years old, charged up and ready to go. It can get quite embarrassing when we go out for walks.
'As soon as he sees a female, he is up on two legs and jumping all over them.
'It is getting quite indecent so we do really need to find him a girlfriend.'
The lonely hearts ad, which featured in the Shrophire Star, reads: 'Does anyone have a little girly Jack Russell, one that may I say might be prone to the advances of a most dapper suitor.
'We need help, when he starts howling after Alsatians, we fear for his mental state.'
The head river bailiff and chairman of the Shropshire Anglers Federation, who also runs a car exporting business, says he has to keep Perkins on a very short lead to stop him trying to mate with dogs which are twice his size.
He added: 'We are becoming increasingly disturbed by his constant whining and howling whenever a female dog walks by.
'I have set him up his own email address in case anyone wanted to apply.
'He's very distressed because he's had no messages or phone calls whatsoever.'
Minty the pony finds love online... while Perkins the terrier seeks female friend after owner places lonely hearts ad | Mail Online
- Anybody who thinks they may be able to provide Perkins with a mate is asked to send their name and telephone number along with photos of a female Jack Russell to firstname.lastname@example.org