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Eddie Munster

Hello Ruff Start! 

We’ve had Diego (previously Eddie Munster) for nearly a month now, and he’s settled in quite well! In short, we absolutely love him  💖 💖 💖 Here he is after passing his first level of obedience class last night â˜ºï¸
Thanks for what you do!
Ellen and Tyan (and Diego!)


Miako (formerly Rosalyn), or Mia for short, adjusted to her new home very quickly. She has two large boxes full of toys to play with, five beds, a couch, an armchair, and multiple dog beds to sleep on, and a large yard to frolic in (which means tons of snow to drag us through until her feet get cold and we carry her inside). She can already sit, shake, and lie down on command, is doing very well with stay, and is working very hard on crawl (though sometimes she would rather latch on to my hand and just get pulled along). She used to cry and howl when I went to work, but she now has a sister/best friend to play with (Kana, a lab/husky mix we picked up from the local shelter about three weeks after we adopted Miako). Not only does Mia have a friend to play with, she's also been an amazing asset in making Kana more comfortable adjusting to life outside of the shelter. Miako has made everyone in the family laugh and smile whether it's due to her adorable puppy head tilt, her antics with her sister (full speed evening chase through the house, anyone?), or just how cute she looks in her various sweaters. My Instagram has been completely overtaken with dog pictures! She is the blessing our family so desperately needed after we lost our 14 1/2 year old lab mix, Calypso, last December, and I can't thank Ruff Start enough for helping to bring her into our lives!

Periwinkle (FTA)

My mom and I have been involved with Ruff Start for a while now and both have a passion for saving dogs, so when Ruff Start needed someone to drive down to Houston to pick up a van full of dogs after the hurricane and make sure they end up in loving homes, we couldn't say no! I remember arriving at the shelter where all of the foster parents and the dogs were sitting waiting for us to show up. My mom and I both looked at each other and thought “this is going to be an interesting 20hr ride back home”. Little did I know it would lead to me falling in love with my little Elaine. 
While we were loading all of the dogs up to head out, Elaine’s foster mom came up to us and explained that Elaine was a beyond nervous wreck and even though she understands that it is hard to give almost 20 dogs the same amount of love on the ride home, it would mean beyond everything to her if Elaine could ride on my lap for even just a little bit of the way. I said yes of course!! She handed me Elaine’s TO GO bag and all of her gifts and we took off. 
Elaine ended up driving the whole 20 hour ride on my lap and I knew that she had to be mine. She was dumped in a park (sadly there is proof of it:-(  ), so I had to make sure this little adorable nervous wreck was never treated like that again. 
My boyfriend and I didn’t even have to second guess the decision, we both said yes right away once I got home and talked to him about her. We are both HUGE Seinfeld fans so of course we talked about how she was just recently named so we still have a chance to change her name, so Elaine it was because of our love of Seinfeld. 
We are both so insanely in love and today after she finished her long process of heartworm treatment, we finalized it and we could not be more happy!! Elaine is the biggest blessing ever and I know that we crossed paths for a reason. Even her big tough oil field working dad melts at the sight of her (: She’s our baby. 
Thank you Ruff Start for not only giving all of those dogs we picked up a chance at a new life, but also for leading us to Elaine. You all have such huge hearts <3


This is an update on Charlie who became part of our family in June 2017. Charlie gained a few pounds and he is happy, playful, and he just loves running in his fenced yard. Charlie was a little thin and could be picky about his food. It turned out he needed a dental cleaning and had a number of teeth removed. He was feeling better in just a few days and he turned into a foodie. Now we barely set his dish down and he’s licking it clean. We just love him, he’s always doing something to make us laugh. It’s so rewarding to know how much his life has improved since he was rescued. Thank you for all the good work you do.


Arnold was found as a stray in Texas with mange and some scars on his face at only 3 months of age.  He was brought to Minnesota in November 2014 and remained fearful of people, and growled and snapped at other dogs, but otherwise got along well with his foster mom Christine, and her other dogs.

He stayed in foster care with Ruff Start Rescue for 14 months.  He just really didn’t do well at adoption events.  Well, I saw Arnold online, read his story, and my heart went out to him.  My other dog, Scout, is trained as a therapy dog and has been going to dog parks and meeting people and other dogs since she was a pup.  I thought Scout and I could help Arnold.  I spent a week reading all I could about how to work with fearful and shy dogs, and then we adopted him just after the new year in 2016.

Arnold has made remarkable progress and is becoming more self-confident every day, in large part to the help of his new sister Scout.  I made Arnold a promise that he would be having fun at the dog park by the end of March.  Well, after only 3 weeks we gave it a try and Arnold did great!  Two months ahead of schedule. We now go almost every day and he is venturing off and making new dog friends all by himself.  I’m so very proud of him.

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