Willow is a SPECIAL seven year-old Pomeranian who came to rescue after her family lost their home.  Because of Willow’s being treated roughly in her past, she was terrified at first, but eventually, she has become affectionate and playful. Sometimes you can still see the old trauma, though. She freezes when you pick her up like she’s terrified.. Because of her fear and anxiety she is very skittish and nervous, so a quiet adult home would work best for Willow.
Willow has improved a lot in her foster home. She taps her foster mom gently with her paw when she wants to be pet and likes to curl up on her foster mom’s lap. She’s learning to play and how to walk on a leash (using a harness because she is sensitive about her neck) without being frightened. Once she establishes trust, she is quite lovely and very sweet, but that will take time.  Outside, Willow loves to run in the yard. Loud noises, trucks, or cars make her nervous so she will bark to try and scare them away!  She is also very quick and could slip away from someone who isn’t watching the doors carefully, so a single-family home with a securely fenced yard would be good for her.
Willow lived with other dogs in her previous home and lives with dogs and a cat in her foster home.   She would be fine as an only dog or with well-socialized dogs and is fine with cats
Willow will need a home with a person to help build her confidence in a kind and gentle manner.  She will need positive training methods so as not to break her gentle spirit
Willow is a work in progress, but she’s also got so much potential to be a loving, sweet dog.
CONTACT:  CHERYL  651-592-1264  giffydog@gmail.com

Xena1  Princess Xena

It has been a journey for Xena to reach her Princess Status!
She had a rough beginning but as true royalty, she beat all the odds and came out as a sweet, loving and happy girl!
Xena is a 2 year old Pibble/Bulldog/Boxer mix.   She was rescued by a Good Samaritan from a neglectful situation, was vetted, rehabbed  and is now safe in a foster home.
Xena is now learning the “good life” and is finally able to feel safe and comfortable.  Her foster mom says she has adjusted quickly, is a happy girl, loves walks, her toys and most of all snuggles. She would love to sleep in bed with you as she is a super sweet snuggle bug!
Her very favorite thing in the world is WATCHING TV!   YES!!!!! She loves to watch TV!!!
She is good with older respectful kids, takes a little while to warm up to new people but once she does she loves everyone.  She isn’t crazy about squirrels or cats.  She does well when meeting other dogs on her walks, but is still a little unsure about those bicycles!  She is fine being crated but her foster mom keeps her in the bedroom for the workday and Xena is well behaved and happy to sleep the day away!Xena2
She does great in the car and is always up for a ride!
Xena wants to know if you are up for fun and cuddling and watching TV?  She can’t wait to have a forever home and start a great new life of love!!!!
Her adoption fee is $300 and she is spayed and up to date on all vaccinations.
CONTACT:  Sue –  skbergeson@gmail.com or
Jan – jankarpel@yahoo.com





My name is Louie and I am an adorable, spunky, happy and well-behaved toy poodle.  I am about 9 years old.  They say technically I am a senior now, but I don’t listen to that!  I feel and act like a teenager!  And I heard them say I am super smart!!
I am very healthy, all vetted, just had all my teeth cleaned and feel like a young dude!
I am living with 3 other furry fosters and although they are all cool, I really love my foster mom most!  People are just more my deal.   I also lived with a cat and he was my buddy.   My previous family couldn’t keep me anymore and so I am looking for another lap to lay on and someone’s tv to watch!  I love to snuggle and watch TV, but I also love to be outside.  Walks are great and when the other dogs go out, I have to go too…every time!!   Louie2
I also LOVE kids… It’s my favorite thing when I can snuggle in the bed with them!!!   Guess it’s cuz I am a kid at heart.
I sleep in my kennel when my mom is at work.  I love to eat too.  I follow my mom to the kitchen and wait for the food to come out.  Then I dance on my hind legs… she seems to think I am very talented.. I say I am just HAPPY!
If you have place for a fun spirited guy in your life, I would love to be your buddy. I will definitely keep you company, keep you entertained and be your TV snuggle bug!  Adoption fee $300.


herman1  Herman

Herman, a German Shepherd mix, is estimated to be about 8 years old and 86#. Incredibly handsome, Herman is also intelligent and loves to learn. Herman is fully potty trained, and does not chew on anything but food or toys. Because Herman is a strong, active dog, he needs to be walked daily by an adult. With training, he could learn to become a very disciplined walker. Herman knows his name and is working on “come” and “leave it/take it.” He also knows “sit,” “stay,” “down,” “look,” and “shake.” Herman stays off of the furniture and enjoys riding in the car, but with some anxiety, however, not to the point where he won’t get in or out of the car. His current family will be providing training to his new home to help make that happen and improve his overall confidence. Herman needs a place to run, and a secure fence is a must for his new home. Today, Herman loves running and playing outside. He loves playing fetch and chasing squirrels and rabbits from the yard. Herman also loves playing fetch, playing with Kongs, and having his belly scratched. His most defining characteristic is his heart, though. Herman is an emotional guy, and although he doesn’t like to admit it, he gets scared sometimes by storms, the vet, fireworks, and visitors. He needs a family who will help calm him in extreme situations (e.g., medicine in advance of storms) and work with him to build his confidence so he’s not afraid of visitors and delivery persons. Because of the size of Herman’s heart, he needs a compassionate and empathetic owner, but also a herman2leader whom he respects and looks to for protection and direction. Herman loves kids; he is a family dog, but he needs a home with kids aged 12 and older, as he is unaware of his own size and strength. When Herman’s current family adopted him, they didn’t have kids. Now they have two young kids, and it’s not the best fit. He may knock down young kids, steal their Cheerios, and can be possessive of treats and toys. If he lives in a family with children, they need to be able to respect his space and intermittent need for alone time. Herman was recently adopted out to a family with a cat that would jump up and attack him – the family didn’t think it was fair to either animal to try to keep them in separate areas of the house, and because the cat was there first, Herman was returned to the program. So his next home should either be cat-free, or have a cat that likes dogs, and is kind to them. Herman’s current home is invested in a successful transition and has arranged for a phased adoption and two training sessions with Giffy Dog at his new home. Herman is up to date on all vaccinations. He is neutered, and tested heartworm negative. The adoption fee for him is $150 – call 651-771-5662 if you are interested in him.

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Trixie is a gorgeous 1 ½-year-old mixed-breed female, possibly a Border Collie and White Shepherd mix available in Minnesota through Best Friends Animal Society.* She has one floppy ear and weighs a compact 25 pounds.
She is an affectionate and goofy dog who loves to
learn new tricks and is eager to please. When her family comes home, Trixie meets them at the door on her back, ready for tummy rubs. She has a toy bin filled with toys and gets a mouthful of 3 or 4 before bed and proudly brings them to her bed at night for bedtime. Trixie easily sleeps through the night and even likes sleeping in on weekends.
Trixie is loyal and loving toward her family and people she knows, but is distrustful when first meeting new people. This is especially true in her home environment. She is calm, quiet, and happy with her family but barks and growls when new people come into the home. The family is working with a trainer on this. To help Trixie be successful in her new home, she will do best with a calm, predictable adult household that will teach her that new people aren’t a threat. To help with that, Trixie will do best with reward-based training that will help her gain confidence.
Once she gets to know a dog, Trixie likes them and is playful, but meeting new dogs can be stressful for her at first and should be taken slowly; she has lived successfully with a dog and has played with new dogs she has met in class. She currently lives with two cats and has a good relationship with them.
She is crate trained and potty trained and is spayed, up-to-date on shots, as well.
Trixie is a lovely, bright, motivated dog who is seeking a family who can help her learn that new people and experiences aren’t scary. Once she does, she will be a loyal, loving companion. In lieu of an adoption fee, we are asking the adoptive family to commit $100 to training with a science-based, humane trainer. For more information, please contact
npvaldez@gmail.com or 612.309.7887.
*Because Trixie is currently located in Minnesota, Best Friends has agreed to let her be adopted in Minnesota so she doesn’t have to travel across the country.


bellablue3Bella Blue

Well, my full fancy name is “Bella Blue”   I am a “special needs” baby, are you SPECIAL too?
I am a quiet, sweet and loving Pomeranian who is happy, snuggly and very young for my 10 years. I have big brown bright eyes!  I am spayed and up to date on

all my vetting.
Everyone says I am a cutie patootie and look like a little fox!  My foster mom says I am so calm and easy.  I guess she likes that I sleep through the night quietly curled up on the bed, and that I am completely potty trained.  I just sleep away the day while my mom and dad work.  I will probably do best as an only dog


as barking gets me too excited, but I’m fine with cats! I’ll need a home with older kids, as the littles are a bit too much!  I like to be outside on my leash and check out all the smells on my walks!
I will need someone who is very special to care for me…you see, I have a special medical need.   I have what’s known as “megaesophagus”  There is no cure, but it is able to be managed. https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_dg_megaesophagus
I use a special chair to eat in and sit in after I eat.  It seems to help the food stay down in my tummy.  We ask that you PLEASE READ:  https://www.baileychairs4dogs.com
Although the chair helps, you do need to know that I will have bouts of


spitting up and regurgitating.  It is usually when I tend to get excited but can happen at other times too.  Sometimes I can go days without any problem and sometimes it will happen every day.  I feel so bad afterwards, and so will need someone who won’t get upset and can love me anyway.  My foster family makes me special food and that really helps a lot.  I am otherwise very healthy and am such a love that you won’t mind at all that I’m not perfect.  My adoption fee is $350.
Contact: skbergeson@gmail.com



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Havoc is a 5-year-old lab mix.  He is sweet and affectionate and got along with my very high energy rescue puppy.  This puppy was constantly wrestling and pestering him and he tolerated this very well, which made me love him even more.  She would steal his food and he wouldn’t even bat an eye, just waited nicely until I stopped her.  He is a great, affectionate, sweet, loyal, trainable dog, and he is very special.  He loves to put his paws in front of you and block the tv until you pet him, and to cuddle and be next to anyone who will let him.
Havoc did get overly stimulated when the other dogs in our home were playing loudly and being rambunctious around me and I made a sudden loud movement and he nipped me and did break skin. It didn’t seem like a vicious attack, more like a scared dog Havoc1instinctively protecting itself.  I honestly don’t know what it was that triggered it.
We therefore think he will do best in a quiet environment with lots of affection and a quieter, calmer home with no other animals, or perhaps an older and less hyper dog.  He stayed with my parents while I was between houses for a few months and they have an older lab that is not into roughhousing any longer.  She and Havoc got along and were great companions.  Havoc seemed to enjoy the quiet setting and was very content and happy and the dogs never left each other’s sides.  I think such a home would be perfect for Havoc.  He loves going for walks (and I worked with a professional trainer to help train him not to pull on the leash which he does very well now) and loves to snuggle on the couch to watch television.  He will happily sleep in your bed but is crate trained and very content to spend the night in his kennel (which I will provide for anyone who wants to provide him a home).  He loves fetching and chasing birds or squirrels and his chew toys and treats which he will walk around the house with for days when he gets a new one. Havoc2
Due to the incidents mentioned above, a home with small children would not be ideal.  If you can please give my sweet boy a home I would be very happy.  I will miss him, but don’t feel ours is the best environment for him.
Application required
Adoption fee applies
CONTACT:  eringraceengel@gmail.com


This girl is a beauty! (inside and out) Check out her gorgeous markings.
Nola is a one yr old Catahoula mix who absolutely adores her people. She is loving and gentle and full of spunk!  She’s the perfect size too, weighing about 40 pounds!
Nola is super alert and she would be content to watch the squirrels and bunnies out the window all day long, only wishing she had the opportunity to chase them! Because of her high prey drive, Nola will need a physically fenced yard.Nola2
She has become good buddies with the dogs in her foster home and loves to play. After tiring herself out, she will curl up on her bed, or your lap and snooze.  She also watches TV… you will tilt her head back and forth while watching the doggies and cats on TV!!!
She is doing great on her potty and crate training and knows how to sit nicely for a treat. One of Nola’s favorite things is car rides, she rides nicely and will lay quietly while you run errands.
Nola loves loves kids and seems to understand to be gentle with the younger ones.  She will fetch the ball when you throw it and bring it back for more!!   Is Nola your new forever companion??



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