Hey everyone! My name is Diamond. I have quite the story to tell you! I was brought to a shelter in Texas by a family whose land I had been living on with a few other dogs for about a month (Thats me in the little kennel that I was brought to the shelter in) This nice family started to feed me and my friends so they could help us, but I ended up being the only dog that was able to be caught by this family. When I ended up at the shelter I was covered in fleas and had this thing called mange that made some of my fur come off. I felt terrified and defeated and had no idea what my life was going to be like all alone without my buddies. Despite all of that, I was incredibly sweet just cautious with everyone. Ruff Start was in the right place at the right time and knew I was the perfect guy for such a big event. I was scooped up by one of Ruff Starts Texas fosters, who showed me so much love, patience and treated me for fleas and manage. She also introduced me to her resident senior dog and another foster. We all became friends right away. I learned to walk on a leash and go potty on our walks next to my new friends. When my foster buddy left for his forever home, it made me sad but my foster mom gave me extra love and treats. Then the day for my transport arrived, I felt a little uneasy on the ride to the shelter, but my foster mom told me everything was going to be ok and I trusted her so I began to relax. She boarded me on a big bus to MN a few minutes later and we were on our way. Since arriving in MN I have been learning everything about being a dog. I am pretty shy and skittish around new people , especially men but I love cheeseburgers and summer sausage so i'm starting to learn that people are ok. I am potty and crate trained and do well in there as long as I can sleep next to my foster parents bed at night and during the day next to another dog in their crate. I get a little scared that i'm all by myself if left alone. Speaking of other animals, I LOVE them and look to them for confidence and how I should act, and play. I will need other confident resident animal(s) to continue to show me the way. I enjoy both dogs and cats and would love a few of my very own to grow up with. I am very gentle, but I would prefer older/respectful kids as loud noises and sudden movements can scare me. I will need a fenced in yard to keep me safe from exploring this big world on my own again. I am learning how to play with toys, but still grab the occasional remote, rug, or shoe so i'll need someone to continue to show me what toys are mine. I enjoy my food and haven't been silly about it, but I should still be fed separate from others since I did have to fend for myself for a while. I share all my toys so nicely with my foster siblings! I love to cuddle up on the couch with my foster mom and siblings and would make a great couch buddy. I am just soaking up being indoors, loved, fed and cared for, its been such a relief from my past. I am working on my manners but would love to go to obedience class to learn even more. My skin is healing and looks better and better but I cant wait to have all my beautiful fur back!
I am part of a promotional piece that the rescue is doing until March 28th so I will need to remain in the rescue as a foster until that time. I will need a family that will continue to work with gaining my confidence and continuing to teach me what being a dog means. If you are my perfect family please submit an adoption application to get some more information about me and my story.
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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.
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Somewhat vocal, Does Good in the Car, Requires a yard, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Likes to be in your lap, Obedient, Playful, Timid, Skittish, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Even-tempered, Gentle, Goofy, Needs a companion animal
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