Catahoula Leopard Dog, Labrador Retriever, Mixed
Tan, Yellow, Fawn with White
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Name: Karen DOB: 3/19/2018 Weight: 38 lbs Adoption Fee: 400.00 Hi, how’s it going? I’m Karen but my foster fam calls me Kiki or Keeks because I am definitely not a Karen! My beginnings in rescue are a bit sad as I was pregnant, and then Texas had some really cold weather and none of my babies made it. To add to that, I have a hard time seeing out of one of my eyes. But don’t let any of that fool you--I am a happy, excited, smart and playful gal! While I LOVE humans, I'm not really a fan of other animals. I would much prefer to be the only pet. Because I am just so excited to be in the rescue and loving life, I do sometimes forget that it’s not polite to jump so I may not be the best match for a family with small kids. But my foster family is working with me to learn to keep all four paws on the floor. What I do know how to do is ‘sit’ and I walk pretty well on a leash but sometimes I get a little nervous when new things happen. For example, there are these humans in the park who have wheels attached to their legs (bikers, skiers, rollerbladers) who are kinda scary--but I’m getting better! Since I’m still learning the rules to my foster house, I need to be in my crate when no one can watch me but I am learning to like my crate. However, my foster parents say I'm doing very well and are giving me small amounts of time outside of my crate while somewhat unsupervised. I like that much better! When I am not in my crate, I like to look out the window and do my rounds on squirrel patrol. I also like to find a good toy (bones, balls, rope toys, anything really!) and settle down next to my family while they work or watch TV but please keep an eye on me so I don’t get into trouble for chewing on things that aren’t toys! My foster parents are also trying to teach me the benefits of hopping up on the couch next to them so that I can get some good belly scratches and pets! As you can see in some of my pictures, I sometimes find myself in some unique positions as I relax. My foster parents say I sit on the couch like a human with my little belly protruding and I also prefer to lay spatchcock-like on the floor. Maybe I’m part bird...I do ‘fly’ through the backyard! I also have quite a bit of energy so a home with an active family and/or a backyard where I can run off my zoomies would be ideal. If you have a yard, I'm getting pretty good at playing fetch. Bonus points if you get me a ball that squeaks! I also like to burn off mental energy by embracing my hunting dog roots and "searching" the room for hidden kibble. I have gotten to the point where you can even hide it up high and I will likely find it! I am very much looking forward to a family and place to call my permanent home! If this sounds like your family and you’d like to meet me please fill out an application so my foster family can bring me to meet you! Hugs and wet kisses, Karen (aka Kiki) 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. Ruff Start Rescue Criteria for Adoption:


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