My name is Markie!

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Standard Schnauzer Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Markie
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Markie

  • Breed: Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Standard Schnauzer Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10200200-D160561
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Name: Markie
DOB: 08/30/14 estimated
Weight: 18 lbs
Adoption Fee: $125

Hello, my name is Scruff (Markie). My foster mom changed my name because I would never come to it :) 

I came from the streets of Houston where I was rescued and brought to the humane society. There were a lot of dogs there, so they reached out to other rescues for help.

I have been with my foster family for almost 7 months now. During this time I have been learning to trust people and my listening skills.

I am great with other playful dogs, I will chase kitties if they run but otherwise leave alone. I do well in a kennel for the day but I have been spoiled by getting to sleep on my foster parents bed. (Due to his fear, we have let him to get used to my husband).

I am really struggling with walking on a leash, I still try to wiggle out and escape. I would do better in a big fenced in yard where I can run.

I don't like loud voices or yelling, I will run away. I am very cautious of new people and ask that you let me take the time to get to know them on my own. I am very fearful of kids so I would prefer a family with older kids. I do like women and will always go to them, but I am still working on my fear of men. 

Foster mom here: Scruff is a very good boy, it has taken us a long time to get him to where he is. He will come when called (after a bit), he will come to you to cuddle but only on his terms and we have yet to pick him up. He does not like loud voices at all and will cower and run, due to his past (though I don't know it) he is still afraid of men and kids. But if you have time and love he will be the perfect little imperfect dog. 



If you are interested in me, please fill out an adoption application at An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal. Once we receive your application, a placement coordinator will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Please check out our website, for more details and additional pictures on any of our animals!

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.

Ruff Start Rescue Adoption Policies:

Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.

About Ruff Start Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Who We Are & How We Do It

We are a small, but mighty, Non Profit 501c3 Rescue. We are a No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization in Central Minnesota. Our rescue is composed solely of volunteers who love animals. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats and work very hard to place them in new loving homes.

This group is comprised ENTIRELY of volunteers who work full-time doing something that pays the mortgage. We do the rescue stuff (which is our true passion) after work and on the weekends. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away, it’s probably because we are at work and will call you as soon as we can!

By Choice

We do not have a shelter. We are of the belief that a home environment is far more desirable than a shelter or kennel. So, we rely exclusively on homes like yours in which to place our pets until they find their forever home!

We work exclusively with a foster-care program where our pet lives with you, and we pay for or provide everything. A home environment is always the most desirable and with the endless supply of animals needing homes, we just never have enough lined up. Sometimes the foster lasts a week, sometimes several months. A dog or cat will do far better adjusting when they are sitting by your chair or next to you while you are on the computer than stashed in a noisy kennel somewhere surrounded by sick and barking dogs.

We Can't Take Every Surrendered Pet
Because we don’t have a shelter, we can only take a new animal IF we have a vacant foster home for the pet to live while we seek a new forever home for him. OR, if you agree to hang onto the pet while we help them find a new home. Sadly, we are not able to assist every animal that crosses our path. There are just too many dogs & cats out there who need help. But, we DO have an extensive list of people looking for specific dogs and cats - so if you can hang onto your pet for a little longer, we might be able to assist you in placing them. No promises, but we promise to do our very best to help you find your pet their new forever home!

Our Mission Statement:

Ruff Start Rescue, is dedicated to saving all animals whose lives are at risk. Located in Princeton, MN; we are determined to educate the community about the importance of animal rescue and safety. We rescue animals from high kill facilities, rehabilitate the sick, love the unsocialized pets and maintain a 100% spay/neuter program. Ruff Start Rescue strives to end pet overpopulation and safely place all animals in loving homes.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

If you would like to make a donation, please go to and view our donations page for all of the ways you can donate!

Come Meet Our Pets...

All of our animals are in foster homes. If you would like to meet a foster animal, please fill out an application on our website:! We also have our animals available at adoption events at local Petsmarts! (Monticello, Maple Grove, and Coon Rapids).

Our Adoption Process...

The adoption process we go through is to have the potential adopter fill out an application on our website: There is then a background check done on the potentional adopter and if they pass the background check and home visits we set up a home visit! If the home visit passes, the adopter can then adopt the animal they're looking at after meeting them.

There is an adoption fee. This fee depends on the vetting that the animal has already needed. If the animal is too young and has not yet been spayed or neutered, you are required to sign a contract and agree to have them spayed or neutered.
Adoption fees range from $200 - $300