A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.

On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))

The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!

However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.

We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).

We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.

Donate on Razoo here
http://www.ruffstartrescue.com/ A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.

On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))

The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!

However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.

We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).

We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.

Donate on Razoo here
http://www.ruffstartrescue.com/

A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.

On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))

The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!

However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.

We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).

We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.

Donate on Razoo here
http://www.ruffstartrescue.com/

Lost Dog “Bonnie”, Robbinsdale/North Mpls

My friend’s dog Bonnie just got out the front door last night when someone was helping her move into her new place on the border of Robbinsdale/N Mpls. Please please keep and eye out and call immediately if you see her. 612 644 6789 her name is Bonnie and she is spayed. her owner has contacted every shelter and filed many missing dog reports and she is microchipped, but with this weather we have to use every method available to get her back asap!

via I Am North Mpls Facebook Page

UPDATE: Good news, Bonnie was found tonight!

Vikings Greyhound Coat via grandmaks

You guys…it’s a Greyhound wearing a Vikings coat.

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TaterTot the pit bull saves Minneapolis boy’s life

Less than a week after rescuing a pit bull that would have been put down, a Minnesota mother says the dog returned the favor by detecting a dangerous drop in her son’s blood sugar and rescuing the young boy from a life-threatening situation.

Christi Smith took in TaterTot just hours before he was scheduled to be put down by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. She planned to foster the four-legged friend until she could find him a permanent home, but she says he’s already become family for good.

When watching Peyton Anderson play with his dog, it’s clear the two have a special bond — but Smith didn’t know how special that bond was until last week when the pooch alerted her that the 4-year-old was not well in the middle of the night.

"He just seemed kind of weird," Smith recalled. "He wasn’t really coherent — deliriously tired."

Although the 10-month-old pit bull rescue had only been in her home for a few days, TaterTot quickly sensed something was wrong and began licking and jumping on the boy when he wouldn’t wake up.

"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," she told FOX 9 News. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."

After rushing her son to the emergency room, doctors ran a battery of tests to discover the boy’s blood sugar was dangerously low.

"If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones," explained Isis Sanchez, of Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. "That may have been what the dog picked up on."

"Doggie heroes come in all sizes," she said.

via FOX9

Psycho Suzi’s Puppy Fashion Show

1st Annual Puppy Fashion Show! Saturday at 2pm.

- Best in Show Prizes include: $200 cash, 5 days of training at Ruff Love, and a basket with over $200 in puppy gifts & Suzi’s gear
- Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place
- Home-made costumes & fancy hairdos encouraged!
- Limited spots, so register early by calling 612.788.9069

Don’t have a pup?
- Not to worry! Pet Project Rescue will be bringing some.
- Also, Puppy Kissing Booth

Mpls. bakery plans cupcake fundraiser for injured dog

A Minneapolis bakery will stage a cupcake fundraiser on Good Friday to help a dog rescued from abusive teenagers.

The Sweet Retreat will release a special edition cupcake to raise money for Franco, a 1-year old pocket pit bull who was injured in attack by a group of teenagers outside a Blaine convenience store.

The cupcake will be chocolate with vanilla icing, have Franco’s photo on it, and will sell for $3.25 with $1.50 of it going directly to Second Hand Hounds for Franco’s extensive veterinary care.

As KARE reported over the weekend a Blaine convenience store worker says she saw a group of teens kicking Franco around in the parking lot “like he was a football”. The worker intervened, grabbed the dog and called police.

The teens got away, but the woman who saved the dog took him to a veterinarian.

"It just pulls at my heartstrings," said The Sweet Retreat owner Robin Johnson when asked why she was staging the fundraiser. "I can do something about it, and I am."

This is not the first time The Sweet Retreat, located at 5013 France Avenue, has stepped up for animals. Most recently the shope was at the forefront of a fundraiser aimed at saving Minnesota’s diminishing Moose Population. The Sweet Retreat donated over $3000 dollars in that fundraiser after selling a record 1,731 cupcakes in one afternoon alone.

via KARE11 and Sweet Retreat

Pet of the Week - Pugsly

Pugsly is an adorable fawn-colored male Pug. He is not yet altered. He enjoys his walks with the volunteers and snuggling with humans. We believe Pugsly will make a fantastic addition to anyone’s home. Please consider adopting this friendly guy today!
Please Refer to the Animal ID#: A265810 / KS02

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is open for public adoptions Monday through Friday, 3:00pm to 7:00pm, and on Saturdays from 11:30 to 3:30pm.

via City of Minneapolis

Snow deep, pretty; up to 14” could fall by day’s end

National Weather Service forecasters predicted that 14 inches could blanket the Twin Cities by the time snow stops falling late Sunday night, with even more farther west, where blizzard conditions were reported.

via StarTribune

Cupcake the Bulldog

This is Cupcake, and she is the newest resident of Brooklyn Center.

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Rosie The Beagle Is Missing

While walking through the Islands of Peace Regional Park in Fridley today, I noticed several flyers taped around the park, alerting us about a lost Beagle named Rosie.

So if you are in that area by the Mississippi River around 694, keep an eye out for Rosie the Beagle.

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