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About Kipper

  • Status: Adopted!
  • Adoption Fee: 375
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: D200082
  • General Color: Brown/Chocolate
  • Current Size: 19 Pounds
  • Current Age: 3 Years 6 Months (best estimate)
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly

Name: Kipper

DOB: 2/8/2017

Weight: 19 lbs

Adoption Fee: 375.00

Hey everyone! My name is Kipper. I am heartworm positive, but don’t let that deter you! I will be completely healthy again very soon. 

If you're searching for a sweet, loving, unique looking, designer-type dog, who just wants to be spoiled and snuggled - well - look no further, I'm right here! I'm one of a kind.  They don't make 'em like me very often, I can promise you that.  I have a big head, huge ears, stunning, soulful hazel eyes, a large personality and enormous loving heart -  all wrapped up in a cute, squishy, little chiweenie size body.  I'm reddish-brown and look a bit like a Kangaroo.  My Foster Mommy named me "Kipper" aka KipKip, Kippee, Mr. Kipper.  She says I'm a bundle of love and sunshine, and that "everyone needs a Kipper in their life."
I was saved recently from a crowded, scary Texas shelter.  Luckily, a nice volunteer shared a video featuring my beautiful singing voice (I'm quite the serenader).  I think I'm a bit famous now since tons of people watched it, and campaigned to save me.  It worked.  I got rescued and I'm in a loving foster home now.
Foster Mommy adores me, and is nursing me back to health from a nasty upper respiratory infection.  I get to meet her dogs and cat in a few days, and she thinks I'm gonna do great with them.  I'll check back in to let you know how I do.   I used to be a street dog, so.....getting along with others - humans and dogs - while looking macho is kinda my thing.  I may look tough with this big ol' head and pointy ears, but really, I'm a total sweetheart. If only my former street friends could see me now.   I'm finally learning how to "dog".  I just discovered toys (yippee).  I think I've hit the jackpot and am adjusting well to the good life.  
A few fun facts about me:  
  • My fur is silky soft like velvet.
  • I love my people deeply.  I'm seeking a human (or family) who wants me by their side always!!!  
  • I love a soft bed, hugs and kisses, belly rubs, neck rubs, a nice meal, but mostly I love my humans!    
  • Foster Mommy thinks I'd probably enjoy having other furry siblings to keep me company too. 
  • I'm still pretty needy as I'm adjusting to this new life of a spoiled dog.  Can I go everywhere with you?  
  • I go to Foster Mommy's work office, and everyone there loves me.  I sleep calmly under a desk. I'm no trouble at all! 
  • I'm 100% house broken (zero accidents!), and walk great on a leash.  
  • Sometimes I howl when Foster Mommy leaves the room - see - I just need my humans.
  • I've learned to crawl over the dog/baby gate (ruh roh) now I'm learning to be crated when necessary, but ugh, I'm not a fan. 
  • I'm so affectionate.  I want and need to feel love and attention.  Hint:  Can I sleep beside you in bed at night?  Please?
  • I'm not overly active or annoyingly hyper.  I'm happily a couch potato, with you by my side. 
  • I'll be an amazing constant sidekick, and would love to explore everywhere with you. 
  • I'm fully grown and weigh 20 lbs soaking wet.
  • I'm pretty much a category 5 clinger. 
  • In summary:   News Flash:  I'm awesome.
Everyone needs a Kipper in their life!!!!!   

Since Kipper is heartworm positive, he will need to be treated in at our clinic in Princeton. Heartworm treatment consists of 3 injections. The first injection will be in roughly 30 days after coming into rescue. The the 2nd and 3rd injections happen 30 days after that. When a dog is going through heartworm treatment, they should be on "restrictions", meaning a lot of lap time, crate time and always on a leash. Heartworm disease is NOT contagious, it is transported via mosquitos.  

Here is a great article explaining what heartworm is and how it's treated:

An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal. 

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:

More about Kipper

Good with Dogs, Good with Adults, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Playful, Eager To Please

Special Needs: Activity restrictions needed during treatment - HW+

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