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This is Milli, (AKA) Malin. Before she came into my life, I was very lonely, and I searched for months on the site, several other fur babies came into my life and then had to leave or they thought they were not the good fit for me, as I am 78 years old, slow moving live alone, except for my two Cats Oreo & Puts. N.ow Milli is such a wonderful loving and so much company, she gets along wonderful with the cats. I want to thank Ruff Start for bringing her into my life and home. She too is an old lady, she turned eleven this month. 

Miss Daisy

We started looking for a dog late last summer. We already had two older toy poodles, as well as two daughters, ages 5 and 10. We were looking for a larger dog to join our pack-- to take for walks, and to play with the girls, since the little dogs aren't interested in either of those.

After months of searching and disappointment, I found Miss Daisy, a Great Pyrenees/Standard Poodle mix, online. I was captivated right away by those beautiful eyes and sweet face. At first, another family was interested in her, and I thought we had no chance. However, they decided not to meet Daisy, since they thought she'd get too big for what they were looking for. (They may have been thrown off by the fact that she was emaciated and only weighed 35 pounds when she was rescued-- poor baby!)

We met Daisy on November 2nd, 2014, promptly fell in love, and adopted her the next day. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. She's gained weight nicely, goes on at least two walks a day, and is just a total sweetheart. We love her so much!

Thanks to all the amazing folks at Ruff Start, especially Melissa & Dean Brown for being such loving foster parents for Daisy!


Hi Kelly, We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season! We can't believe it's been one whole year since we first met you and took Benson into our home and family. Since we've just celebrated one year with Benson (previously Motley), we wanted to send you an update and photos of our little guy. Benson has grown into a lovely dog and we're all so happy to have him as part of our family. He brings all of us so much happiness and laughter, and his personality has fit right into our family. He's a happy dog and just as social as he was when we first met him. He loves meeting new people and dogs. The only thing he's afraid of are the cats waiting for homes at the pet store that we visit. He loves his daily walks, and we pay for it if he doesn't go on them. He also loves car rides, especially if the car ride takes him to the dog park. He's made good friends at the dog park and even met another Ruff Start Rescue buddy, Cooper (Big Dan), when he was playing there. He's always up for an adventure. He loved his little vacation up north over the summer where he got to swim in a lake for the first time and see the waves of Lake Superior (they were a little scary at first). With his first taste of summer in Minnesota, it's clear that he's taking this winter a bit more rough than last winter. The snow doesn't stop him from a little playtime outside, though. We often talk about how happy we are that we made the decision to take Benson into our family. We can't imagine how life would be without him. Regardless of what's going on, he can always make us smile. Thank you for all that you did for him and his family when he was a pup, and thank you to everybody at Ruff Start Rescue for all the work that you do. Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year! Sincerely, Julie


Hi Foster Mom, I got weighed at work. I’m up to 8.8 pounds. Wow, I’m sure growing a bunch. I’m getting braver and braver all the time, but am still quite well behaved. Today a Great Dane came into to work, I alerted and then went right up to him and let him know this is my place and he had to behave himself. Everyone laughed but I don’t really understand why. I started to be able to get up on the couch last week by myself and Tuesday I got up on the big bed by myself. I think they should let me sleep in the big bed, but Mom makes me go in the kennel at night. Something about I’m not quite fully worthy of being trusted. Yeah, a few accident here and there but I’m just so busy and I haven’t figured out a signal so the people understand that I need to go out. Mom caught me yesterday and got me outside in time, whoosh that was a close one. I really like the heat. The AC gets too cool so I go out and lay in the sun on the asphalt parking lot. Mom and Dad are worried about what’s going to happen when winter comes. Mom said something about I might need a sweater or a coat. They laughed and said a sweater, just what no one wants for Christmas. Over my head but hopefully in a few months I’ll get it. I walk to and from work with Mom, Kate and Tangent. I’m so good about it I get to go off leash. Mom makes me stay on the leash some time, I don’t like it but she says get over it. I remember Alvin and hope the three of you can come visit me real soon. It would be so wonderful to see you again and show off what a good big dog I’m turning into. Mom says you guys are welcomed any time. Best go terrorize the beagle Kate, she’s been sleeping and needs some exercise. Your foster son, Torque (Manny)


Millie says YES! I'm adopted!! :)

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