Requirements: confident companion dog; fenced yard and shy dog experience preferred
Celeste has a gentle nature and a sweet soul. She was terrified when she came here from a reservation in SD. Pregnant, alone, afraid, uprooted from everything she knew – even though life wasn’t great there, everything here was completely unknown. She didn’t know what to expect – new things had never been positive changes for her. She shut down, hid in her safe place and watched the world go by. When she had her puppies, and they were weaned, something changed inside of her. The world started to look brighter, interesting – less safe than her hole – but maybe that was OK. She started to become curious and venture out to explore. She started to make friends with the world again.
Now, Celeste is so much braver – and she has never lost her sweetness. She loves her doggie brothers, and has made friends with the cat. She really came out of her shell by following the other dogs’ lead. She may be too nervous to try something new on her own, but if they are doing it, she’ll go right along. She plays wildly and with abandon with her doggie brothers. They give her courage.
When she first came here, she was terrified of a leash – or anything ropelike. It’s possible there was some mistreatment in her past with a leash or rope. She has grown to accept a leash, and if it means she gets to go OUTSIDE – she’ll endure almost anything! She is a little awkward on the leash, but she accepts it and doesn’t pull, or resist or freak out when there is tension. The gentlest of pressure redirects her easily. She absolutely loves being outside. I would love for her to have a large securely fenced yard to run in.
Celeste is very treat-motivated, and VERY attention-motivated. She loves being loved on, and won’t let you leave her out if the other dogs are getting loves – she’ll get right in the mix. She’s a snuggle monster, especially in the mornings when you’re just waking up.
Celeste is still more cautious than other dogs, and needs to be allowed to get away to be alone, or just decompress a little after socializing. She will sometimes play games with you, darting away and not letting you catch her until she’s in her safe place, but it is with tail wagging and a glint in her eye. She doesn’t go in her crate voluntarily anymore, but when put in, she has been quiet and relaxed. However, she has not been locked alone in her crate of long periods of time.
She has never shown any aggression toward people, other dogs or cats. There is not an aggressive bone in her body. She is quiet and I have never heard her bark. She loves standing on the couch and looking out at the squirrels and birds. She is very interested in and curious about strangers. She will not get too close at first, but really wants to make friends.
So far with Celeste, we’ve been working on overcoming some of the fears and shyness, and not as much on training or manners. She will need some help learning the rules of the house – like no taking food from mama’s plate. But she is very sensitive and very responsive to a quiet, warning No, or ah-ah-ah. She will not need or do well with intense correction.
Because she wasn’t able to go out on a leash for a while, and our yard isn’t fenced, she was potty pad trained. Now that she is more comfortable on the leash, we will be working on housetraining.
Celeste is an extremely sensitive soul. She has been through a lot and come out the other side, a gentle, sweet, cautious, loving soul. She needs a patient home that will treat her gently and with love and she will respond in kind – with more love than you can imagine.
In the meantime if you have questions or are interested in me, please fill out an adoption application at www.ruffstartrescue.org.
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.