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Esther Dot

Name: Esther

DOB: 1/4/2020

Weight: 20 lbs

Adoption Fee: 400

*The breed of a shelter puppy is often times a guess based on what traits the dog presents when they are brought into the shelter. We cannot guarantee the breed or size they will be full grown.*


Oh Hi! I’m ESTHER!  but I answer to Dot/Dottie. 


I was originally from TX and my siblings and I made the trek to Minnesota as just wee puppies at 8 weeks old. It’s likely we were abandoned without our mom as we were thin and not in the best shape but thankfully Ruff Start stepped in. 


I’m currently around 5-6 six months old and just a petite little bean! I only weigh about 20lbs and my foster family doesn’t think I’ll get much bigger. 


I’m the life of the party around here and there’s always another dog to play with me and keep me entertained except these 2 small dogs that live here are always barking at me when I try and say hi to them. Foster mom says they never like foster dogs and that they rule the house so I should just leave them be. 


I haven’t been around cats but due to my rough and tumble play style it would be best for me not to live with any. Same goes for kids. Kids 12 and up is best. 


I am used to getting my way but my foster family is teaching me rules and I caught on super quick to their routine.  I can be sassy when I don’t like what I’m being told what to do but I know sit, down, and the “touch” command.  Obedience classes will be a requirement but I’m extremely smart and will enjoy it and bond with you during training.  I will need a strong leader who will show me how to be the best puppy I can be! 


I’m crate trained and potty trained however I have had a few accidents when foster mom wasn’t paying attention to my signals. 



My foster family isn’t sure on what happened to me but I do not like when anyone touches my collar on my neck. I will grumble and growl to let you know I don’t appreciate it.  Foster mom and dad are working really hard to help me overcome it.  I’m also really scared of the vet and panic and grumble there too. I will need a patient family who will help me learn that the vet isn’t such a scary place by taking trips there for treats and positive associations. I am working on learning to share my toys with the other dogs here and that’s going well. I do eat in a separate space as do the other dogs here so we aren’t put in position to fail. 


I will do best in a home with an active family who will exercise me and provide lots of mental stimulation and training for me. Foster mom says a tired puppy is a good puppy.  I do enjoy other dogs but they must match my rough and tumble play style and who like to play a lot!




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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.

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