American Pit Bull Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Mixed
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Name: Minne  DOB: November 2018 Weight: 66 lbs Adoption Fee: $0 Hi, I’m Minne! I’m a 2 year old girl staffy! I’ve been with my foster family for over a year now and it’s been awesome but I’m really looking for a home to myself! They have a big lab that I’ve been kennel rotating with this whole time since I need my space. I do not do the best around other animals, and it would be best for everyone if I was the only pet in the home. I can’t wait to have my owner’s full attention; I think we will be best friends. Aside from other dogs, I really like people, specifically my owners. However, I can be a little on edge with new people, but I am one of those “I can smell fear dogs” so if they project confidence, I will calm down quick. I do get a little more on edge around new men for some reason.  I’m the kind of girl who forms a tight bond with the people that take care of me. I love being by my foster parents and I’m always looking for pets or cuddles. Kids seem to be cool too, I walk around the neighborhood and let them run up to me and say hi. I’d never turn down those pets! However, given my high energy and sometimes anxious energy around new objects/ noises, older kids who know how to be with dogs is probably best.     Like every dog I have my quirks. I LOVE blankies, I burrow into them for my perfect nap spot! Also put me in my monkey pajamas and I will instantly go calm, so comfy! But sometimes I can make it a challenge to my PJs on.  Standard tennis balls are my weakness. I’m so fast, throw them and I promise I’ll be back with it in a second! But I will rip them to shreds if you don’t watch me.  Im a sucker for new toys, I’ll be entertained with the right bone for hours!! But be advised, I have been able to destroy “toughest chewer” toys within an hour. So plush toys are not great for me. I love squeakers, and want to destroy them. My biggest issue with toys is I don’t just rip them apart but will start to eat any toy flesh I can rip off.  I’m such a fast learner (way smarter than my lab roommate), I know all of the dog essentials: sit, stay, place (we use bed as the command), roll over, jump and come. I don’t pull to hard on the leash, but my foster parents use a gentle leader and it has taught a lot on not pulling. I am pretty sure I like car rides, but usually whine most of the time. I am 100% potty trained, but might have an accident once in a while. I love drinking water, and sometimes lose control when super excited. I am kennel trained especially if you are not home, but If I know you are home, I will be vocal because I want to be with you. I had trouble sleeping in the kennel at night, but since my fosters built me a couch bed, I can sleep the entire night and not make a peep. So much so, I might make you drag me off the couch in the mornings to go potty. I do love being with my people, so I hope you let me sleep on the bed with you, or you give me a couch bed close by.  Mental and physical stimulation are key with me, I’ve got lots of energy! I need to be able to run and play for multiple hours a day until I become the classic pitbull couch potatoes that most become around 4.  But if you like to go on runs (I’m great at keeping pace) or throw the ball with me, I stay out of trouble. I can get pretty anxious around new objects or noises. For example, I have an irrational fear of shipping boxes. Or that my arch nemesis is any vacuum or powertools that makes a loud noise. I need to be kenneled, or I might try to protect you from the scary noise machine. I do show signs of natural protection, and have a knack for when I need to protect, but that is something that takes a long time to harness. Otherwise, I am a big baby who wants to be petted.       The more unique thing about me is that last year I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease (adrenal disease). Disease makes it sound scary but really all it means is that I get a shot every month (quick 10 min visit with a vet tech) and every day I take a super tiny pill. If you put it in peanut butter, I’ll make it disappear so quick! These 2 things combined and I’m feeling fabulous! What is most important for me is to never get super stressed out. The calmer my home the better.  I do take an anti-anxiety med in the morning, because I didn’t have a great start to life, but I’m not even sure I need it, especially if I get a whole house to myself where there is less stress, and much less kennel time.  Please see attached article for more information on Addison's Disease in dogs.   Seeking a no pet house with yard (fireplace would be bonus as next to those is THE best place to nap)! A fenced in yard is a must for me, as I am so fast when I get going in a direction, I can lose track quick. And for getting energy out, a fence is best- As the dog park or lease free play is not possible for me.  I hope that I can find someone soon! I’ve spent a lot of time with my fosters, but now that we’ve managed my disease and I’m in a good place, I could not be more ready for my forever home! If you want to see more of my day-to-day life, follow me on Instagram @minnethestaffy  In the meantime, if you have questions or are interested in me, please fill out an adoption application at An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal. Please check out our website, for more details and additional pictures on any of our animals!   All Ruff Start dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, up to date on age-appropriate vaccines, microchipped, dewormed, and on monthly flea/tick and heartworm prevention (dogs) as well as heartworm tested (dogs).   Ruff Start Rescue is a foster-based rescue. Animals are located in homes throughout Minnesota. We do not have a facility where animals are kept.


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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