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American Pit Bull Terrier / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)

Details about Minne

  • ID D190983
  • Available for Adoption
  • Species: Dog
  • Gender: Female
  • Estimated Birthdate: 11/4/2018
  • Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)
  • Owner Experience Needed: Species
  • Good with Dogs: No
  • Good with Cats: No
  • Good with Adults: All

More about Minne

  • Primary Color(s): Black
  • Coat Length: Short
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Grooming Needs: Low
  • Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Yard Required: Yes
  • Fence: Any Type
  • Obedience Training: Has Basic Training

Name: Minne
Date of Birth: 11/04/2018
Gender: Female
Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix
Weight: 66 lbs

Dog Friendly: No
Cat Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: Yes - older/considerate kids
House Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: Yes

Energy Level: Moderate
History: Local Impound
Adoption Fee: $0

We're partnering with a donor on an adoption promotion for Minne and they will pay the adoption fee. 

Hi, I’m Minne! I’m a 2 year old girl staffy! I’ve been with my foster family for over a year now and it’s been awesome but I’m really looking for a home to myself! They have a big lab that I’ve been kennel rotating with this whole time since I need my space. I do not do the best around other animals, and it would be best for everyone if I was the only pet in the home. I can’t wait to have my owner’s full attention; I think we will be best friends. Aside from other dogs, I really like people, specifically my owners.

However, I can be a little on edge with new people, but I am one of those “I can smell fear dogs” so if they project confidence, I will calm down quickly. I do get a little more on edge around new men for some reason.  I’m the kind of girl who forms a tight bond with the people that take care of me. I love being by my foster parents and I’m always looking for pets or cuddles. Kids seem to be cool too, I walk around the neighborhood and let them run up to me and say hi. I’d never turn down those pets! However, given my high energy and sometimes anxious energy around new objects/ noises, older kids who know how to be with dogs is probably best.  

Like every dog I have my quirks. I LOVE blankies, I burrow into them for my perfect nap spot! Also put me in my monkey pajamas and I will instantly go calm, so comfy! But sometimes I can make it a challenge to put my PJs on.

Standard tennis balls are my weakness. I’m so fast — throw them and I promise I’ll be back with it in a second! But I will rip them to shreds if you don’t watch me.  I’m a sucker for new toys, I’ll be entertained with the right bone for hours!! But be advised, I have been able to destroy “toughest chewer” toys within an hour. So plush toys are not great for me. I love squeakers, and want to destroy them. My biggest issue with toys is I don’t just rip them apart but will start to eat any toy flesh I can rip off.  

I’m such a fast learner (way smarter than my lab roommate).  I know all of the dog essentials: sit, stay, place (we use bed as the command), roll over, jump and come. I don’t pull too hard on the leash, but my foster parents use a gentle leader and it has taught a lot on not pulling. I am pretty sure I like car rides, but usually whine most of the time.

I am 100% potty trained, but might have an accident once in a while. I love drinking water, and sometimes lose control when super excited. I am kennel trained especially if you are not home, but if I know you are home, I will be vocal because I want to be with you. I had trouble sleeping in the kennel at night, but since my fosters built me a couch bed, I can sleep the entire night and not make a peep. So much so, I might make you drag me off the couch in the mornings to go potty. I do love being with my people, so I hope you let me sleep on the bed with you, or you give me a couch bed close by.  

Mental and physical stimulation are key with me; I’ve got lots of energy! I need to be able to run and play for multiple hours a day until I become the classic pitbull couch potatoes that most become around 4.  But if you like to go on runs (I’m great at keeping pace) or throw the ball with me, I stay out of trouble. I can get pretty anxious around new objects or noises. For example, I have an irrational fear of shipping boxes. Or that my arch nemesis is any vacuum or powertools that make a loud noise. I need to be kenneled, or I might try to protect you from the scary noise machine. I do show signs of natural protection, and have a knack for when I need to protect, but that is something that takes a long time to harness. Otherwise, I am a big baby who wants to be petted.    

The more unique thing about me is that last year I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease (adrenal disease). Disease makes it sound scary but really all it means is that I get a shot every month (quick 10 min visit with a vet tech) and every day I take a super tiny pill. If you put it in peanut butter, I’ll make it disappear so quick! These 2 things combined and I’m feeling fabulous! What is most important for me is to never get super stressed out. The calmer my home the better.  I do take an anti-anxiety med in the morning, because I didn’t have a great start to life, but I’m not even sure I need it, especially if I get a whole house to myself where there is less stress, and much less kennel time.  Please see attached article for more information on Addison's Disease in dogs.  

Seeking a no pet house with yard (fireplace would be bonus as next to those is THE best place to nap)! A fenced in yard is a must for me, as I am so fast when I get going in a direction, I can lose track quick. And for getting energy out, a fence is best- As the dog park or leash-free play is not possible for me.  I hope that I can find someone soon! I’ve spent a lot of time with my fosters, but now that we’ve managed my disease and I’m in a good place, I could not be more ready for my forever home! If you want to see more of my day-to-day life, follow me on Instagram @minnethestaffy 

If you are interested in getting to know me better, please fill out an adoption application at www.ruffstartrescue.org/adopt/adoption-application . An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.

To learn more about Ruff Start’s adoption process and the care our foster animals receive, please visit our How to Adopt page: www.ruffstartrescue.org/adopt/