My name is Ernie!

Rat Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Lisbon, Iowa - Ernie
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Fur Fun Rescue, Inc

Facts about Ernie

  • Breed: Rat Terrier Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
Ernie is a special dog who has come a long way. Ernie is a senior, terrier mix who came to us after he was found by the side of the road completely emaciated and dehydrated. We had never seen a dog that was literally skin and bones. He weighed 11 pounds and he should weigh about 16-18 pounds. After spending a few days at the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Clinic getting hydrated and running tests we found out he was diabetic and mostly blind. But some insulin and regular meals were all he would need to slowly get healthy again. That is what he has been getting over the last several weeks and he is gaining weight and getting his strength back. Ernie’s diabetes is under control with two injections each day at meal times.

We don’t know how old Ernie is, but he is probably at least 11 years old. He is mostly blind, but he has no trouble finding his way around his foster home. He can even find his way back in through the dog door from the backyard. Ernie is house trained and has never had an accident; even when he was drinking a lot because his diabetes was still coming under control. If he needs to go out and can’t get outside on his own, he will bark to let you know. Of course, Ernie loves his food after being hungry for so long. If you want to see him at his most active, let him know his food is coming soon. He becomes a wiggle worm who is almost impossible to hold onto. Now that he is feeling better and has some energy to pull from he is showing us more of his personality. He loves to have his ears rubbed and his chest scratched. As a senior he takes lots of dog naps and he has a cute, breathy snore when he is sleeping. Ernie is a great guy to just hang out with.

Because Ernie is mostly blind we were prefer that he have a fenced yard so he can have some freedom outside. He would also need a home without many stairs or a way to keep him away from any open staircases. The ideal home for Ernie would be a quiet home without small children and someone who can get him out every 4-6 hours. Ernie does fine with other dogs that respect his space and food bowl.

If you would like to give Ernie the home he deserves, please complete our adoption application that can be found at You can contact if you have questions about Ernie, or call 319-310-3120. You can also see his progress that was documented through a YouCaring page at

Indoor homes only.
Adoption donation $150.

About Fur Fun Rescue, Inc

About Our Rescue Group...

We are an all foster based organization to promote the general well-being of all breeds of dogs. We take in all breeds and ages of dogs, provide them healthcare and training and adopt them to screened applicants that will be their forever homes. We also promote training and education about dogs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We are a very new rescue and do not yet has established adoption events at our local pet supply stores. We arrange meets and greets with our dogs when requested.

Our Adoption Process...

We require and adoption application that involves reference checks and vet checks. We require a home visit and an adoption contract. Our adoption fee is $200 for most dogs. Prior to adoption all of our dogs have all the vaccinations appropriate for their age, are spay/neutered if over 4 months old, microchipped and heartworm checked if over 12 months of age.