Adopted: Ruffles

I am the sweetest, most easygoing and affectionate fluffball ever!

Quick Facts:

  • Breed: Collie/Shepherd mix
  • Gender: Female, spayed
  • Age: 7-8 years old
  • Size: 40 pounds
  • Good with…
    • Dogs? Yes!
    • Cats? Yes!
    • Kids? Yes!


I came from a crowded shelter in Kentucky where I was a huge staff favorite because I was so incredibly sweet, and so loving to everyone I met.  I was surrendered by my owners and we don’t know why– I have never shown any signs that I was neglected or abused.  I came to Ithaca with a few extra pounds, a beautiful shiny fur coat, and lots of happy kisses to give!


I’m a laid back girl with wonderful manners and lots of love.  I love to snuggle with my people and explore the house and yard.  I love squeaky toys and I like to walk around with them in my mouth, and if I really, really really extra like a toy, I might bury it in the yard! I love anything my people feed me but I’m not a chow hound.  Today when they came home they couldn’t believe that we dogs didn’t get into the bag of treats they accidentally left on the table!  I am such a good girl! My only vice…I like to pull out tissues from the trash can!

I learned all of the “house rules” here really fast.  I love hanging out on the couch with the people, but I have to wait until they invite me up and I do perfectly with that.  Also there is a gate that goes in to this room that has cat food just sitting there waiting for me to eat it – but even though the people always forget to close the gate, I know I’m not supposed to go in there and I don’t (I mean, maybe I would, if it was left open a really long time and no one was looking!).  I also know that I have to wait before leaving my fenced yard when we go for walks.  I love going for walks!  And while I did have a few accidents when I first moved here, that only happened the first week and otherwise I have been perfect about doing all my business outside.

I’m very good in the car, though sometimes I get nervous and shake and keep my tail between my legs.  I probably just need more fun adventures to get a little more used to the car.

I can’t get too excited right now, because I am heartworm positive, but I can’t wait until I am healthier because I am dying to play fetch!  Sometimes my foster mom forgets how much I like to fetch and she’ll throw a sock or something across the room, and I jump right up to run and fetch it for her – it’s so much fun!!

Most importantly, I love every person I have ever met!  I even love the vets who poke and prod me.  People are just the best.  I love to lick them to tell them how great they are.


I live with CDR “alum” Benny who really wants to play with me but I don’t really feel like that yet.  We get along though and hang out together in the yard and we take turns barking at the delivery drivers.  I met the neighbor dog recently and she really wanted to play too, but I just wanted to come home.  I might want to play with the right dog when I feel better, we’ll just have to wait and see!

I also live with three cats and I don’t care too much about them.  One of them tries to make me chase him but I’m not that interested.  There’s one cat who thinks he’s the boss of the house, and sometimes I growl at him when he’s in the best spot on the bed or when he gets to be on the couch and I don’t.  We seem to go through phases but we certainly don’t fight or anything like that, you can just tell that we don’t like each other a lot.

Favorite Activities

  • Walking around the house and yard!
  • Cuddling with and licking the people!
  • Making the squeaky toys squeak!
  • Going for walks with my foster brother!
  • Getting the best treats ever – pig ears!


I am heartworm positive and have begun treatment for that and the treatments and recovery should be complete by the end of May.  I haven’t had the super painful shots yet and will get the first one of those in the beginning of April.  Wish me luck!

I also have a bit of a head tilt because I got to Ithaca with a really bad ear infection.  That is all cleared up now and the head tilt is slowly getting less pronounced, and the terrific vets at Cornerstone think it will completely go away on its own in time.

So in a few months, I’ll be a healthy happy girl – thank goodness because I really really really want to play fetch already!!!


My foster parents say that I am the easiest dog they have ever had.  I am not needy or rascally or grumpy or anything negative at all.  I’m just happy to be here with nice people and I can’t wait to find my forever people so I can love them and lick them for ever and ever!

If you are interested in adopting me, please fill out an online adoption application and live close to Ithaca , Syracuse, Binghamton, Rochester, or Elmira. We do home visits on every applicant, and can’t do home visits where we don’t have local volunteers.

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