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Underdog Rescue MN
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Facts about me

Cocker Spaniel
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
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My info

Small red x Not good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Good with cats
Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story

You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

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***



  • DOB: 12/01/2016
  • Requires another dog in home: Yes 
  • Okay with dogs of all sizes: Yes
  • Okay with cats: Yes
  • Okay with children under 12 years old: no
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Requires a fenced yard:  Yes, needs a fenced yard
  • Note: dogs must always be leashed whenever outside of a contained area. Invisible/ underground fencing is not recommended for most rescue dogs.

Hi, I’m Esmerelda and I am a gorgeous 5 year old cocker spaniel and am the perfect mix of sweet and shy.  

Let’s talk about how sweet and quiet I am! I am a lovely house guest – while foster mom works from home, I like to lay on my dog bed near her. I’m very comfortable in the house and like to have a nice safe spot on the corner of the couch if we are hanging out watching tv. At night I like to sleep a kennel next to foster mom’s bed or in mom’s bed. Guess which I like best? Hee hee! Something special about me you need to know … bull dozer is one of my favorite games when we are snuggling in bed. I like to wake my people up with a smooch on the face then I like to wiggle and roll my body until you give me belly rubs. It is very important that my forever home make some “we” time in the morning for us to bond.

You also need to know that I am a very gentle soul and am working on being brave – there are so many new things in a home with people that I haven’t experienced. I am trying hard to trust my new people and am almost there!  I get worried about loud noises and commotion, so having little kids in my forever home might not be a good idea unless they understand shy dogs. With the help of the other dogs, I am coming out of my shell and starting to show them my goofy side. Sometimes I wiggle my tiny tail (it’s so cute!) and sometimes I wiggle my whole butt when foster mom comes home from being gone – that’s even cuter! 

We have been working on dog skills and I am making progress - with time and patience I know we will get there! I don’t know how to walk on a leash and freeze when it is attached to my collar, so a fenced yard is required in my forever home. Crate training isn’t my favorite thing – I will go in there if needed, but I have been doing great if left out when foster mom goes somewhere for a short time. Potty training is going great – foster mom says I am a super girl when we stick to our routine! We are working on figuring out a cue so I can let my people know when I need to go out. For now, keeping me on a good schedule is working!

Having a social and confident dog in my forever home is required to continue to help me build confidence and learn how to be a dog. I love to watch and mimic the resident dogs and they helped me get used to a new routine. They have taught me how to wiggle into the fun and ask for pets and scritches, that the best time to snuggle is in the morning before the alarm goes off and how to do zoomies! I had so much fun doing zoomies that foster mom is excited to see me do it again!

All I need now is you! A patient family that promises to love me unconditionally and never give up on me. I might be shy, but I have an enormous heart that I want to share with you. Let’s do this together! Love Esmerelda

Please note that some of our dogs are obtained from shelters, surrendered to our care, or released from breeders.  Each animal's bio is based on our experience of the animal within our care, an educated guess based on physical characteristics, temperament and information shared. Some of the animals come from situations where they are lacking experience in a home and confidence in humans. In turn, they require another companion dog and/or a fenced in yard in their forever home in order for them to feel safe. If you are interested in a particular dog whose bio states those needs and do not currently have them, please understand that your home might not be the right fit.  Please use the filter on our Adoptable Dogs page to find the perfect match for your home. 

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Adoption events are updated as the foster home RSVP's to attend. Check back for updates on which events they will be attending. Please understand that all of our pets are in volunteer 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 understand we cannot guarantee event attendance. You may wish to consider applying and setting up a private appointment. Private appointments are only scheduled after an application is submitted and approved.



The first step in our process is to complete an online adoption application on 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 if you have further questions.



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.)

September 26, 2022, 12:03 am

Underdog Rescue MN

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St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Their adoption process


Submit Application


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Step one is making sure you read through all of the information provided at and on our FAQ’s page before applying. Step two begins after your application has been submitted. Our coordinators will review your application to ensure that you and the pet you are applying for is a good match. The application is where you get to tell us about yourself! Please answer the questions thoroughly. We look at all of the details and then weigh those details with what we know the dogs need. For example, many of our dogs come from commercial breeding facilities. Some of those dogs have a little trouble adjusting to life in a new home, so they require another dog to teach them “how to be a dog”. Not all of our dogs have this need, but some do, and that’s something we will take into consideration. You will receive a response from us, via email, within 1-3 business days. *Please note, puppy applications require one week review time and payment of the application fee. 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.

Go meet their pets

Our dogs are available to meet at our adoption events. As fosters RSVP to events, we will update the dog’s profile to reflect those events. However, sometimes “life happens” and fosters are unable to make it, or unable to RSVP ahead of time. We recommend attending events and meeting our pets to find the right one to match your home and lifestyle. If you are serious about an individual pet on our website, please read about our Adoption Process, and complete an application. Upon approval, a private meet and greet may be scheduled. We do not schedule private meetings until you have applied and been approved to meet the individual pet.

More about this rescue

Underdog Rescue, MN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, foster-based rescue group dedicated to the rehabilitation and permanent placement of homeless dogs.