Reuben: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Meet Reuben! The adoptable dog of the week on Reuben is a Catahoula Leopard/Pit Bull mix living in MN!

Look at this sweet face! I’ve been swooning over Reuben since the moment I saw him posted on Secondhand Hounds facebook page. Turns out Catahoula Leopard Pit Bull mixes are dang cute!

Reuben is house and crate trained, is around 3 years old and 45 lbs, supa’ sweet and snuggly and does good with kids. However, no kitties please! He has done well with very playful and submissive dog friends but is VERY in your face and playful, therefore slow intros and monitoring is necessary at first to see how it will go!

Quick Facts:

Catahoula/Pit Bull mix | 3 years old | 45 lbs | house & crate trained | okay with playful submissive dogs | no kitties

Adoption Fee: $200

From the Foster:

“Reuben loves to go on walks and has an abundance of energy if you want a partner to go on hikes, runs, trips, etc., but equally enjoys cuddling in bed or snuggling on the couch.  He has proven to be great with kids and does well with submissive dogs, but does need slow introductions to them before he’s comfortable.  He’s done amazing with some dogs right off the bat and others not so much.  Because of this he is not a dog park candidate and will need a family familiar with how to slowly introduce dogs.

He is crate and potty trained, but prefers to sleep at night outside of the crate.  He really loves being with people and to be a part of the family.  If he is isolated he will bark, so apartment living will not work for him.   He really is a sweet buddy and a beautiful dog!  If you’re looking for an all around great new member of your family, someone who is ready to do whatever it is your doing at the time (camping, running, napping, watching T.V.), Reuben is your man.  He just is waiting for that perfect family to come along and let him be a part of their lives forever!

Fill out an application on the Secondhand Hounds site to meet Rueben! Click Here to Begin Application

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Meet Enoch – Adoptable Dog of the Week

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View Enoch’s profile on Petfinder here!

This week’s adoptable dog is extra special. Meet Enoch, aka “Wink”. I call him Enoch though because that’s what he knows and responds to. Enoch has been staying over at our house for a little while! I really was hesitant to post Enoch on here because I would truly like him for myself. Ugh – the hard part of fostering. I promise, I don’t fall this hard for every foster. Maybe that’s not entirely true, but…

Okay, so here’s the scoop on Enoch or “Wink”. Isn’t Wink a cute name!? Totally adorable. Only problem is, he doesn’t know it.

1 year old pit bull mix | house trained | great with everyone! | some crate anxiety that we’re working on

Enoch is a total love bug. In fact, he’s curled up next to me on our big chair right now. He is amazing with both of our dogs, even when Rio gave him a little “that’s MY mommy” sass.

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He is really a calm, relaxed boy and loves curling up next to you and following you around the house. He’s also glad to go on a walk or to the park, although he hasn’t quite figured out the whole purpose of ‘fetch’. It’s more like, “Umm, you go get it. I didn’t throw it way over there”.

Enoch also spent some time in boarding at a doggy daycare and he is quite the social butterfly. Does great with small dogs, large dogs, bossy dogs, you name it.

See why I’m in love? Still want more? Okay, here you have it:

  • potty trained
  • walks nice on the leash
  • does his business quickly (hey! It’s always a plus when they don’t dilly around. Psst, townhome/apt owners – you know what I’m talking about)
  • cuddle bug
  • knows sit, shake & down
  • smart & willing

I could totally see Enoch being fit for a therapy dog someday.

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Wait, are those treats!?

The one thing Enoch doesn’t truly care for is his crate. You see, he has already had TWO previous owners and since he’s been in rescue, has stayed with a few different families and at boarding. He needs consistency and someone to show him that his crate is a safe place, a positive place, and not a place where he is ‘put’ when someone is leaving for a long, long time.

If you’re interested in Enoch, please visit the Baby Gia’s website and fill out an application to meet him! Please, I’m begging you – we cannot have three dogs right now and if he’s not adopted fast, well, he might just have to stay.


Meet Dolly: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Meet Dolly: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week post is dedicated to special dogs who are in rescue but still looking for their perfect home. These dogs are often ones that are having a harder time than others finding the perfect home. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Dolly find her ‘fur-ever’ home!

View Dolly’s profile on Wags & Whiskers

Oh my goodness. Beagle crossed with a pitty!? Total cuteness. Turns out Dolly is more than just cute, though. She’s pretty much an amazing sidekick! She is a chill girl who loves going on walks and is one of those dogs that is so trustworthy that she doesn’t even need to be crated (although she won’t fuss if you do crate her). She is back at her ideal weight after having one too many cupcakes with her previous owner, so she may need some help avoiding all the tempting sweets (don’t we all), but that’s really the only challenge this girl is going to bring to you!

Quick Facts!

~8 years old | pit bull/beagle mix | house and crate trained | great with dogs | shy with new people | great walking companion!

From Dolly herself:

“Hi, my name is Dolly. These really nice people think I was born in about 2005/2006. For the first few years of my life, I lived outside in a kennel.  I wasn’t treated very nice and was never really shown love.  I came to Wags & Whiskers rescue about 3 years ago.  I learned how to live in a house with people.  I did get adopted to a very nice lady about 2 years ago and she really did love me.  In fact, she spoiled me rotten.  But, she got really sick and couldn’t take care of me anymore, so now I am back to my old foster mom’s house.

Now, I am going to be honest here, I did come back to the rescue overweight.  But my foster mom put me on a diet and we go on lots of walks!  I am back down to a perfect weight and I feel so much better! I am 100% house trained.  I am also kennel trained.  I do not have to be kenneled anymore though because I am a very good girl.  I love going on walks, did I say that already?!  I hope I can continue that with my new family.  I also get along great with other dogs and probably would do better with another one in the home!  I am still shy in new situations and meeting new people.  I just get a little nervous and shake.

I think I’d do best in a less active home, with not that much commotion.  What I would like in my new forever home is a fenced-in yard.  It’s not required, but I can’t be trusted off leash because I have a hound nose and I might get carried away. All I really want is a family that will promise to take me out on walks! I also need my family to help me watch my weight.  What can I say, this girl likes her food!  I also love to cuddle on the couch and give lots of kisses.  Foster mom says I give the best kisses in the world.  If you think I might be a good match for you, fill out an application.  Then my foster mom will contact you and can answer anymore questions you might have!” XO ~ Dolly

If you are interested in meeting Dolly, please visit and fill out an adoption application.

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Meet Vala: Adoptable Dog of the Week


Our Adoptable Dog of the Week post is dedicated to special dogs who are in rescue but still looking for their perfect home. These dogs are often ones that are having a harder time than others finding the perfect home. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Vala find her ‘fur-ever’ home!

View Vala’s profile on Wags & Whiskers

Quick Facts:

5 years old | Potty & Crate Trained | Dog Friendly | Kid friendly | Does great on leash | Knows basic commands

Vala has been in rescue for OVER TWO YEARS people! That’s longer than we’ve had Lola. That makes my heart hurt.

Well if you’re looking for a dog that is totally over all that puppy-biz, Vala’s your girl!

She was born in December of 2009. She won’t chew your shoes, pee on your floor or complain about going in her crate. Already sounding pretty good, huh!?

Are you looking for a dog that already has some obedience training? That’s Vala! She knows how to sit, shake and lay down. Vala wants you to know that she is very smart and eager to learn more!

And it gets even better. Looking for a walking partner? Vala does excellent on a leash and would love to accompany you for a stroll. Are you looking for a playful dog who also wants to cuddle? Vala is great at both!

Likes to cuddle? Check! Dog friendly? Check! Does well with kids? Check! Can totally rock a tutu? Check!

If you are interested in meeting any of animals that are currently up for adoption, please visit the Wags & Whiskers website at or email wagswhiskersmn{at}

Meet Princess: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Meet Princess: Adoptable Dog of the Week on

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week post is dedicated to special dogs who are in rescue but still looking for their perfect home. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Ginger find her ‘fur-ever’ home!

View Princess’s profile on Wags & Whiskers

 ~3 years old | great with kids & cats | would prefer to be an only dog | house trained & knows basic commands

Princess is a gorgeous, playful pittie mix who was born August 2011. However, she has been in rescue for far too long and deserves a family to call her own! By sharing, we can really help her out.

A little more about Princess:

She is very playful and very willing to cuddle and show affection towards her humans!

She is very energetic yet agile; she loves to play on the jungle gym and trampoline with the kids.  While she does get along amazingly with kids and even cats, Princess needs to be an only dog. Do you know someone who might be interested in Princess?

If you are interested in meeting Princess, please fill out an application on or use the contact form on their website.

Meet Oxford: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Meet Oxford: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for a brindle and look at this guy! Oxford is stunning. Those eyes remind me of Mama Emma’s…

Not really sure why Oxford has been waiting forever for his home but he has and that’s why we’re stepping in to give this guy a turbo boost in *hopefully* exposing him to his ‘furever’ family.

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week post is dedicated to special dogs who are in rescue but still looking for their perfect home. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Oxford find his ‘fur-ever’ home!

View Oxford’s profile on Wags & Whiskers

UPDATE: Oxford has been adopted as of May 2014!

Male Pit Bull | Good with dogs & cats | House and Crate trained | Best with older/respectful children | Knows lots of commands and tricks!

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A little more about Oxford:

“Hello!  My name is Oxford, but you already know this much. The name fits me very well since I am nothing but a sophisticated and very handsome gentleman! I really enjoy going on my daily walks, playing with my foster brothers (a great dane and a pit bull), playing fetch, playing with toys and bones and snuggling with my foster family!

I know a lot of fun tricks including sit, shake, lay down, roll over, stay, high five, and I keep learning daily!  I am house trained and crate trained.

While I do not live with children on a daily basis, the neighborhood children I meet on a daily basis I am very respectful to.  I really enjoy the children who like to give me treats and rub my belly but I should go to a home with children 13 or older!

I would LOVE to become a part of your family if you would give me a chance.  I promise to love you unconditionally and give you puppy tail wags and kisses daily!!

If you are interested in meeting Oxford, please fill out an application on or use the contact form on their website.

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Ginger: Adoptable Dog of the Week

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Our Adoptable Dog of the Week post is dedicated to special dogs who are in rescue but still looking for their perfect home. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Ginger find her ‘fur-ever’ home!

View Ginger’s profile on Wags & Whiskers

I know Ginger isn’t a “bully breed” but Ginger needs our help. She needs a family that is willing to work with her little quirks. She’s not a bad dog, she just needs patience, persistence and a caring family. Her past is unknown but it has somehow affected her. She is great with other dogs and cats and would really like a cuddle buddy! It’s people that she is uncertain of. Strangers are questionable to her and even a simple body movement is scary to her. Read more about Ginger below…

GSD/Belgian Shepherd Malinois| 2 yrs old | crate & house trained | Good with dogs & cats | Fearful of new people

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From the foster:

“Ginger has a medium energy level Ginger is not demanding of your time or attention and would be perfectly happy chewing on her Nyla bones and sniffing around the yard all day.  She can be convinced to chase a few balls (especially if it is a big Jolly Ball) in the yard but is also content to chase bugs.  One of her favorite games is Tug and she gets so pleased with herself if she can convince someone to play.  Ginger loves to wrestle with other dogs, play chase, and would love to find a dog who lets her snuggle with them.  She is also very well behaved with cats.  Ginger would do best in a fenced yard with a high privacy fence as she can get over short chain link fences.

Besides an hour or so of play time and regular exercise, this big lover is content lounging with you or other animals for the day and responds well to your energy level.  Ginger also rides well in the car and will look out the window or lay down for a snooze.  She is kenneled when the foster family is away from the house and like most dogs, needs to be supervised to make sure she isn’t getting into anything she shouldn’t when she is out of her kennel.

The most wonderful and special thing about Ginger is how incredibly sweet and loyal she is.  With Ginger, there is never a question if she likes you because her love and devotion for you are displayed so openly.  Every time you return to the house she greets you like she hasn’t seen you for months and is so grateful you returned to her.  When sitting on her level she buries her head into you for ear scratches and will sometimes end up sprawled across your lap or at the very least with her head somehow resting on you as she falls asleep.

Ginger has both food allergies and environmental allergies.  She does great on Natural Balance Grain Free formula and her other allergies are beginning to get under control after seeing an allergy specialist.  She will need shots every month and possible medications when her allergies flare up.

Unfortunately we don’t know everything about Ginger’s past.  At 2 years old, she is very fearful of strangers and can have a hard time in new situations appearing aggressive.  She shows her fear by barking, and because she is a big dog, it’s a big bark.  Ginger doesn’t hide and cower but instead lunges and barks to signal to people that she wants them to go away.  She should never be off leash or loose around strangers.

She needs an especially dog savvy owner who can continue working with her reactive behavior to strangers and understand that it is not a behavior that goes away overnight. Before Ginger is comfortable with you even simple body movements seem scary and threatening to her.  Ginger will need a companion committed to working with her in training classes and being conscientious of what she needs in new situations and when meeting new people.  Ginger usually needs multiple meetings with a new person before she feels comfortable around them and may need a dozen or so meetings before they can even approach her or allow her to be off leash.

Ginger has met with a veterinary behaviorist and will be going on anti anxiety medication in combination with intensive training to hopefully help her overcome some of her fear.  This regimen began January 2014.

Ginger has not spent a lot of time around children but from what is known about her a home with children 14+ would be best.

When using a halti collar on walks Ginger walks nicely at your side.  With avoidance of other people and always being aware of triggers, Ginger is doing a better job on walks.  She is not capable of walking in a park or sharing a sidewalk with other people (it is still too scary).  At this time a crowded public park or dog park will be too much for Ginger and she should not attend either.  She does best getting her exercise and socialization at her current doggy daycare (Dog Days in St. Paul), playtime in the yard, and walks in a quiet neighborhood.

Ginger isn’t perfect, but once you meet her, and she has the chance to trust you, she really is the most loving and wonderful dog in the world.  She has come such a long way but continues to wait for an adopter who is willing to embrace her behavioral imperfections, continue to work with her anxieties and show her the love that she will endlessly give to her owner every day.”

If you are interested in meeting Ginger, please fill out an application on or use the contact form on their website.

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Crash: Adoptable Dog of the Week

Crash - Adoptable Dog of the Week - Located in Minneapolis, Mn @lolathepitty

View Crash’s profile on A Rotta Love Plus

As I was putting together the photos and making the collage for Crash, I’m quickly falling in love with this boy! I mean really…how cute can you get!? And according to his photos, it looks like he has a love for playing disc and fetch! Can you help us SHARE this black beauty?!

1 yr 5 mo old | American Pit Bull Terrier | Great with dogs | Great with kids | Potty & Crate Trained | Completed Beginner Obedience | No Kitties Please | Adoption fee: $300 |60 lbs

From the foster:

“Looking for a little more tall, dark, and handsome in your life? Dashing young Crash is waiting for you!

Crash came from a fighting bust on the west coast, but you’d never guess it – he’s outgoing, happy, and people make him wiggle from the inside out. He’s never met a human or a dog that he didn’t love, and you’ll never meet a dog more thrilled to be alive. Crash loves to play: his favorite game is fetch, followed closely by any type of learning.

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Crash has graduated from Level I Obedience class, and has been working hard at Rally class and on getting his Canine Good Citizen certificate. He’s mastered many commands, including sit, down, leave it, stay, come, watch, front, finish, heel, and a bunch of other fancy tricks. Crash is also crate trained and housebroken! He’s a sharp, eager boy who has earned the nickname “Genius” for his brilliant ability to work hard both on and off-leash.

Outside of the classroom, Crash is a world-class snuggler, enthusiastic entertainer, and all-around superhero side kick. If you rescue Crash, he’s the type to rescue you right back.

Does Good in the Car, Does not require a yard, Cratetrained, Plays fetch, Likes to play with toys, Likes to be in your lap, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please,Intelligent, Goofy.”

If interested in adopting Crash, please visit

Gemma – Adoptable Dog of the Week

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Gemma looks like such a sweetheart and I feel like we can really related to her! Remember when Rio needed leg surgery!? Well Gemma needed surgery on her elbow also – only the outcome wasn’t as good. Her joint never healed properly and she ended up having to have her front leg amputated. But there’s certainly nothing wrong with being a tripod (after all, if you follow Fifty, we all know that not only can a dog get along fabulous being a tripod, but with two legs)!

View Gemma’s Profile on Petfinder

Here is a little more information about Gemma from Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue:

American Staffordshire Terrier & Pit Bull Terrier Mix • ~2 years old • Female • 55 lbs • Good w/ dogs with slow intros • Super Cuddler! “My name is Gemma!!! When I got rescued I had a broken elbow. The vet tried to fix it but it did not heal right. So I am now a 3 legged dog! Nicknames: My foster momma calls me a Gem! Profession: Professional Kickboxer

Age: 2 Activity Level: I am always very happy and bouncy and my tags wags so hard I’m afraid it might fall off!! What I like to do most in the world though is cuddle with foster Momma! Things I do in my free time: I love spending time with people. They make me so happy and my favorite thing to do is melt in my foster momma’€™s lap! I also enjoy chewing on bones and other toys! Things I know: I am fully house and kennel trained! I also know how to sit and mostly know my name. Kids: I have not been kid-tested yet, but I love people so much there is no doubt that I will also love kids. Dogs: I get along with other dogs, but I need a few days to get use to them. Cats: I would be best off in a house without cats. Size: I am full-grown and I probably weigh around 55 to 60 pounds.”

Adoption fee: $300+tax All dogs are up to date on DHPP and Rabies, Spayed/Neutered, and Microchiped. (Gemma will be taken off Petfinder when no longer available)

Please visit for adoption details and the adoption application.

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Uma – Adoptable Dog of the Week


Uma - Adoptable Dog of the Week on | Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue

Not that every adoptable dog I post isn’t perfect for someone….but Uma is truly an awesome dog. She was brought into rescue last December with her 10, yes 10(!), two-day old pups. Well the puppies are gone and Uma is still waiting. She is great with everyone – kids, dogs, and even cats! She is a young female that is pretty low key!

The best thing we can do for Uma is to SHARE her story and help her perfect family find her! Please share using the buttons above this post in hopes that this loving girl can find her fur-ever home. She truly deserves nothing but the best.

Below is more information on Uma and a little word from her foster:

Young Female| Pit Bull Mix | 60 pounds | Dog, Cat, & Kid Friendly | House & Crate Trained | Low Energy (but she still loves to exercise and play) | Adoption Fee: $300

From the Foster:

Uma came into rescue from the Bemidji area of Minnesota. The name Uma means “mother” which is fitting because Uma

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came to Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue last December with 10, two day-old puppies. She was a loving and attentive mother to her pups and needless to say, very busy.

Now that her puppies are gone, Uma’€™s personality has blossomed! She is a sweet, loyal dog who lives to please and loves being part of a family. Uma is a girl who likes the simple things in life: belly rubs, snuggling, chewing on bones, walks, and chasing after pine cones in the yard. Uma is quite tenderhearted.

She cannot tolerate yelling or angry words and must go to a household that is committed to positive discipline. Uma is an extra special dog (the kind that doesn’t’€™t come around very often) and she deserves an extra special home! Uma would be a wonderful companion for gentle, respectful children.

The dog will be taken off Petfinder when no longer available. Please visit Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue for adoption details and the adoption application.

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