My name is Hawkeye!

Dutch Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Hawkeye
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Hawkeye

  • Breed: Dutch Shepherd Mix
  • Color: Brindle - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 7677611-D140618
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.


I'm Hawkeye and I am a super fun dog! I was diagnosed with Megaesophagus, which means my esophagus is too big and food can pool in there and stretch it out instead of going to my stomach, so I was pretty skinny when I first came to Ruff Start, but I am now a healthy weight and my esophagus is shrinking!

I am a social boy who LOVES to play with other dogs, but I can get kind of rough, so we ARE working on that. I like all people, big and small, but can get pretty rowdy, so little kids might not be best for me. I need an active family with no other pets, or a very laid back canine to play with, with people that will continue to work with me on this, but no cats please!  I also need a family who is willing to work with my special Megaesophogus needs, which is just feeding my in my special "Bailey's Chair". I eat regular food, from a regular dish, so nothing difficult there, and I get in on my own and await my kibble like a good boy. I do need my water bowl elevated off the floor a bit, but again, nothing too difficult.

I am still working on my doggie manners, as my medical issues kept me from learning a lot in the beginning, but I ring the bells by the door when I have to go out and I sit for a treat.  I am a smart boy who loves to play and chew on dog toys.  I'm fast, really fast; I like to run and I like to jump really high, so it's probably best if I have a tall fenced yard too. My fur is so soft it's almost like silk, and I will need regular brushing to be kept this glamorous. I love to play fetch, but may not always want to give up my ball right away, but if allowed to, I will play for hours. I am crate trained too, though I will bark initially when I go inside it, luckily for my people, I settle and get quiet fast.  Do you have a place in your heart and home for me?

 See his local news coverage video: They captured what it's like for him to eat in his upright chair.  

Adoption fee is $280.  Submit an Adoption Application

* All animals are in foster homes located throughout the Twin Cities & Central Minnesota.  We do not have a facility. *

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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