My name is Paulina!

Poodle (Miniature) Dog for adoption in St. Louis Park, Minnesota - Paulina
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Underdog Rescue MN

Facts about Paulina

  • Breed: Poodle (Miniature)
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10175873-16-1021

Thank you for stopping by to see me!   Please check below to see what upcoming adoption events I will be attending or apply here for a private meeting.  If you have other questions about me you can email Underdog Rescue at <> ***Be sure to check your spam/junk folder as sometimes our emails end up there***


Wednesday, October 26th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

1115 Vicksburg Ln N., Plymouth MN –


I am Miss Paulina and I am a special girl. I am about 6 years old and weigh 11.5 pounds.

I had a rough start at life, spending the beginning of my career as a dog in a commercial breeding facility. I lost many teeth and was at a low weight. Now, I am in rescue and feeling so much better and blossoming into the beautiful dog I was meant to be!

I love being with my humans and my favorite thing to do is snuggle with my foster mom and the other dogs in a big chair where we can all sit close. I am quite a sweetie! I also LOVE bully sticks and other tasty treats. 

Because life had been scary for me in the past, I am still very shy. Watching the other dogs helps me gain confidence, and I go to work with my foster mom every day to meet new people and learn about the fun of life. I hope that I can find a quiet home without small children and with another dog.  I show up to life more brave every day and am doing a swell job! I have bonded closely with my foster mom, which means I can bond with any caregiver who comes my way! 

Walks are very fun, especially if I have my dog pals with me. I like to pick up sticks on my walks and carry them. Toys though, those things are weird and I still don't understand them or the noises they make. Riding in the pet stroller with my foster sister is really fun, too. I feel like such a little celebrity! I will even let you pick out little outfits for me if you'd like or I can go nude. Your pick!

I am potty trained and I am learning the commands sit and stay. I sleep in my crate  and I don’t mind it at all. In the morning, you can sometimes hear me make a low and grumbly little bark when it’s time to get up. Really, I am just signaling my human for some morning coffee (not really though, because coffee would make me sick!)!

I am simply looking for a home that can provide me with patience and guidance through this big world. Someone who is home a lot or can bring me to work would be ideal, so I don't get nervous about being alone for too long. I promise to be loyal and love you for the rest of my days!


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Please understand that all of our pets are in foster homes and sometimes "life" happens and the foster family cannot make it to their scheduled adoption event. If you are traveling from a far distance to meet a specific animal, please email us to confirm attendance.



To fill out an online adoption application please visit our website     Note: In most circumstances Underdog Rescue will only adopt within 60 miles of Minneapolis, MN.  All of our foster animals can be seen by appointment with an approved adoption application. Contact us at 952-929-0777 or email us at for more information.



All of our animals are fostered in individual homes or doggie daycare facilities. While they are in our care, they are part of our families and given lots of love. We work on training, crate-training and socialization prior to adoption. Each animal's behavior is evaluated and we have a sense of its temperament and personality. We look for adopters who will give each animal the wonderful life and permanent home that he or she deserves. If you have an interest and ability to be a foster home, please visit our website  and fill out a foster application.



Nutrition is vital to the rehabilitation and life-long health of our pets.  All of our foster animals are fed a premium diet such as NutriSource, Canidae, Orijen, Nature's Variety, Fromm, Pure Vita, Stella and Chewy's, Primal, or balanced raw diet.  All adopters are required to continue providing premium diets for the life of the animal.



Not able to foster or adopt right now? Please consider sponsoring an Underdog. Your donation will help us buy dog food and pay for medical costs. Visit this link to donate. 
(Please note: A Paypal account is not necessary to use Paypal. When you get to the Paypal page, just use the link to the left of their login to make your donation via Paypal without an account.)

About Underdog Rescue MN

About Our Rescue Group...

Underdog Rescue and Placement was founded in 2000 by Shannon McKenzie. Having volunteered for several other animal rescue organizations, Shannon saw a need to help the dogs and cats often overlooked by other rescuers, the “Underdogs”

Our very first rescues included a pair of black kittens named Fenway & Wrigley, a pitbull puppy named Lucy and a tiny Toy Poodle named Lily (who was suffering from a head injury). No other rescue groups would take Fenway or Wrigley because black kittens are often overlooked by potential adopters, and, up until the time we rescued Lucy, rescue groups had not been allowed to rescue any dog considered to be a “Pit Bull” from Minneapolis Animal Control.

While in law school, Shannon McKenzie had the “anti-pitbull” policy changed, with the assistance of Attorney, Marshall Tannick. Underdog Rescue continues to successfully rescue and place pitbulls and other “bully-breeds” through a continued partnership with Minneapolis Animal Control.

Shannon’s dedication to the Underdog also extends to puppy mill survivors. Dogs that survive life in a puppy mill often come with a different set of challenges. They may require additional medical care, socialization and teaching of basic dog skills even though some may be adults. Our volunteers understand this and welcome these pets into their homes to show them what life as a dog and life with kind humans is like.

Our Adoption Process...

If you are considering adopting one of our pets, keep in mind that we have several policies regarding placement.

We only adopt to homes within 60 miles of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Only on a case by case basis do we place female dogs in homes with current female dogs.
We will not place our pets in homes with unaltered animals.
We have a strict NO DECLAW policy, where adopters must agree to never declaw adopted cats. For more information on declawing and its alternatives, please visit
We have a lifetime commitment to our animals, all adopters must agree to return their pets to us if placement is not deemed successful.
We strongly encourage continued socialization and formal obedience training for all dogs under the age of eight.
If you have children younger than 5 years, and do not already have a canine in your home, understand that adding a dog or cat will be like adding a permanent 2 year old to your responsibilities. For this reason, we will only place our pets in homes with children younger than 5 on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind that completing an adoption contract means you understand that all adoption fees are non-refundable.