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Periwinkle (FTA)

My mom and I have been involved with Ruff Start for a while now and both have a passion for saving dogs, so when Ruff Start needed someone to drive down to Houston to pick up a van full of dogs after the hurricane and make sure they end up in loving homes, we couldn't say no! I remember arriving at the shelter where all of the foster parents and the dogs were sitting waiting for us to show up. My mom and I both looked at each other and thought “this is going to be an interesting 20hr ride back home”. Little did I know it would lead to me falling in love with my little Elaine. 
While we were loading all of the dogs up to head out, Elaine’s foster mom came up to us and explained that Elaine was a beyond nervous wreck and even though she understands that it is hard to give almost 20 dogs the same amount of love on the ride home, it would mean beyond everything to her if Elaine could ride on my lap for even just a little bit of the way. I said yes of course!! She handed me Elaine’s TO GO bag and all of her gifts and we took off. 
Elaine ended up driving the whole 20 hour ride on my lap and I knew that she had to be mine. She was dumped in a park (sadly there is proof of it:-(  ), so I had to make sure this little adorable nervous wreck was never treated like that again. 
My boyfriend and I didn’t even have to second guess the decision, we both said yes right away once I got home and talked to him about her. We are both HUGE Seinfeld fans so of course we talked about how she was just recently named so we still have a chance to change her name, so Elaine it was because of our love of Seinfeld. 
We are both so insanely in love and today after she finished her long process of heartworm treatment, we finalized it and we could not be more happy!! Elaine is the biggest blessing ever and I know that we crossed paths for a reason. Even her big tough oil field working dad melts at the sight of her (: She’s our baby. 
Thank you Ruff Start for not only giving all of those dogs we picked up a chance at a new life, but also for leading us to Elaine. You all have such huge hearts <3


This is Jimmy Page, we changed his name from Picasso when we adopted him last November. Jimmy is a very playful pup, he loves to play fetch with his squeaky ball. He is very good at getting the stuffing out of squeaky toys just so he can get the squeaker. He plays with his cousins Roxy and Dodge and they have a blast together. His favorite game is chase. He loves to be chased and loves to chase other dogs. Jimmy is by far a mamma's boy, and loves to cuddle with me. He is great around little kids and they all think its funny when he walks on his hind legs. He is a little river rat and loves to go swimming when we go camping at the river. He pretty much goes everywhere with us, this summer he went to Duluth with us and we visited Gooseberry Falls, he goes to the racetrack with us, and he goes for rides in the car all the time. Life is all fun and games with this little man!


This is Mila (previously Peanut) enjoying the last minute of light in the water....trying to catch a fish! She loves to swim all the way to the other side of the lake with me! We have a GREAT time with her! She is an extremely amazing dog! Very smart... she has learned more than 25 commands. Very playful but also obedient and protective of the house. She is already around 40 pounds. She has a fun time with her doggy friend from next door and LOVES to dig in the beach and get rides in the kayak. We will send you another photo with snow.... Hope you are doing great, enjoying Summer and making dogs and people happy!!!!!!!! Take care!


We adopted Pennie last May and she has settled into our home and has become one of the family. She has her daddy wrapped around her little paw. Here is our Christmas 2012 Family picture.


Princess pictured happy in her new home with the Bauers!

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