Topper has a minion!

Jack the Isuik


The Custom Nostalgic Ruffie
Owner: Balloon

Age: 5 years, 1 month, 3 weeks

Born: July 1st, 2014

Adopted: 5 years, 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Adopted: July 1st, 2014

Pet Spotlight Winner
December 28th, 2015


  • Level: 47
  • Strength: 117
  • Defense: 117
  • Speed: 117
  • Health: 117
  • HP: 117/117
  • Intelligence: 98
  • Books Read: 81
  • Food Eaten: 22
  • Job: Head of Adoptions

profile, photos, and story by Balloon

Head of Adoptions for Adopt R Us

In the early 2000s, I adopted an adorable fuzz ball of a puppy from the city animal shelter. At first, we thought he would grow up to be a Saint Bernard, but instead, we ended up with a brilliantly intelligent-- and still mightily fluffy-- Australian Shepherd mix. My mom and I named him Cosmo Topper after the titular character in the old Topper books, movies, and TV series. Topper's legacy includes stories of incredible destruction when he was a puppy; his favorite activity was to pull books from our shelves and chew them to pieces. Fortunately, he outgrew that habit, but he never did stop shedding his long, white fur. I used to joke about learning to knit so I could make a Topper-fur afghan!

Of over a dozen dogs with whom I've shared my life, Topper was the smartest. He could understand a variety of verbal and gestured commands, and he enjoyed watching television (and barking at the dogs he saw there), while my other dogs never have paid it any attention. Cats were his greatest enemy (although he never got to know one-- just barked at them out the window). His life was a tribute to the wonderful dogs looking for homes at animal shelters around the world. Topper was smart and beautiful-- and he started out as a mixed breed puppy no one but us wanted. His death of a massive tumor in January, 2012, will always leave a hole in my heart.

However, I know Topper is waiting for me across the Rainbow Bridge, along with his guardian and another beloved dog, Jack. I grew up with Jack, a sweet black spaniel mix, and spent my childhood playing with him: "training" him and playing dog show, wheeling him around in an office chair, putting bows in his hair, and otherwise embarrassing the gentlemanly dog. Jack was infinitely patient with me and was my "sleeping partner," staying in my room with me at night, until his death at the age of 16. Now he and Topper rest peacefully and wait until the day I will see my handsome boys again.

Pet Treasure

Best Pet Sticker

Dog Adoption Papers

Sheep Herding Pen

Rainbow Bridge

Angel Wings

Angelic Puppy






Diabolical Puppy

Morostide Ruffie Plushie

Nostalgic Ruffie Toy

Baby New Year Ruffie Plushie

Raining Ruffies

Sleepy Vintage Ruffie Plushie

Lovely Vintage Ruffie Plushie

Plaid Vintage Ruffie Plushie

Doggy Fruit

Pup Pumpkin Pal Beanbag

Ruffie Bottled Breath

Clumps of Telerok Pup Fur

Foo Dog Fur

Lyrical Kumos Shed Fur

Puppydog Tail

Journal of a Puppy

Canine Facts

Ruffie Book

Badly Neglected Book

Damaged Book

Corrupted Book

Tattered Old Book

Dealing with Windigosis

Scarred Leather Record Book

Ruined Travel Guide

Ruined First Edition

Tattered Wedding Photo Album

Ruined Book

Torn Up Sketch Book

Stained and Torn Family Album

Book of Destroys

Chewed Up Bunny Slipper

Ragged Ruffie Toy Plushie

Ripped Nightmare Feli Plushie

Ripped Teddy Bear Plushie

Pre-loved Plushie

Waterlogged Teddy Plushie

Legless Unlucky Bunny Plushie

Armless Unlucky Bunny Plushie

Headless Unlucky Bunny Plushie

Heartless Unlucky Bunny Plushie

Rotted Red Rreign Fireside Plushie

Bloodclot Zombear Plushie

Sallow Zombear Plushie

Gangrene Zombear Plushie

Bruise Zombear Plushie

Scab Zombear Plushie

Scruffy Bear Arm

Spare Stuffing

Squeaky Ball Minion

Ruffie Pup Toys

Live Love Bark Sticker

Home Is Where the Pet Is Sticker

Wipe Your Paws Sticker

Pawprint Sticker

Paw Print T-shirt

I Love Ruffies Tee

Circle ID Tag

Heart ID Tag

Bell ID Tag

Lovely Red Collar

Brown Leather Leash

Ruffie Collar

Ruffie Leash Lasso

Ruffie Food Bowl

Pet Bed

Senior Canned Dog Food

Senior Wet Dog Food

Senior Dry Dog Food

Senior Dog Crescent and Bone Biscuits

Senior Dog Dental Sticks

Ruffie Squeaky Bone

Ruffie Healy Bones

Bonealicious Candy Ruffie Bone

Love Bone

Meaty Bone Present

Lumineve Dog Treat

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