My name is Duckie!

Tibetan Spaniel/Papillon Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Duckie
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Duckie

  • Breed: Tibetan Spaniel/Papillon Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 11313451-D170322
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Name: Duckie

DOB: 7/2/2016
Weight: 10lbs
Adoption Fee: $400

Looking for an adorable little fluffy with a compelling story and a boatload of neuroses? Look no further! First, the obvious: Duckie is adorable. She's really freaking cute with the prettiest eyes and softest fur this side of the Mississippi. And her story! Seriously. A dog that was picked from a South Korean meat market and flown to a different hemisphere? It's a very cool story. Now let's get serious. If those are the reasons you want to adopt Duckie, step away from the keyboard. This girl’s got issues.
Barking at the slightest sound, startling and hiding under furniture, running away from humans, and being incontinent are Duckie's favorite pastimes. The running part can be a real drag, too. She ran off from one of her previous homes (she's so little, the slightest crack in a door is an open invite for her to hit the road). It took two weeks, a live trap, and a small army of humans to get her back. Her current fashion items include a six-foot leash that is attached to her at all times (and we mean ALL times) and a diaper. She looks especially adorable in her pink cloth diaper.
Have you made it this far in Duckie's bio, and you're still interested? Great! Are you thinking that you could be the hero who rehabilitates Duckie? Again, step away from the keyboard. Duckie's foster parents are going to be very picky about who she lives with next. Very picky. This girl does not deserve to be returned because her new family was unprepared to work with a dog like Duckie. There are some requirements where there is no negotiation: There MUST be other dogs in your home, the more the merrier. You MUST have experience with puppy mill or hoarder dogs so that you understand some of her behaviors. You MUST have unending patience.
If you are able to deal with a very hands-on dog, the rewards Duckie can provide are enormous. Duckie is, hands down, one of the best snugglers we've ever had in our home. Once she's used to you, she'll contentedly curl up on you for hours. Duckie does beautifully in a crate. You may be tempted to let the little cuddle bug sleep with you, but we have found that the world is a little too big and scary for Duckie, even with her trusty pack nearby. The poor kiddo will bark most of the night if not secure in her den -- and her adorable, high pitched bark can get to near eardrum-bleeding levels, if she's sleeping next to your head. Duckie brings out the best in the other dogs in your home. For real. One of our rat terriers has never really played with another dog in the four years she's lived with us, yet after a few days of arriving, the two of them wrestle and play like they've been together since they were pups. It's heart warming to see. Duckie has also learned to overcome her fears and will play with trusted humans. She still startles easily, but when things are calm, she'll pounce on your hand or foot just like a puppy.
So the long and the short of it is that Duckie is a terrific diamond in the rough, and can probably get the swing of house training and would likely calm down in a very quiet house (no young children, please!). Duckie is fine with cats -- to her, they're just weird looking dogs. If you'd like to get to meet Duckie in person, and you're a qualified candidate, we'd love to meet you and find out if you're a love connection.

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:


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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