Cupid captures hearts on Valentine’s Day

cupid up close

Cupid usually arrives on Valentine’s Day with a sheath full of arrows with which to steal your heart.
But in Princeton this Valentine’s Day, Cupid arrived to steal hearts with a bark.
Cupid is a 3-month-old hound dog that was found abandoned in a snowbank in a ditch during the frigid temperatures two weeks ago. He was taken to the Princeton impound and found by a representative of Ruff Start Rescue on the very day his hold was set to expire.
In just a few days, Cupid had already touched a lot of hearts at Ruff Start, said Azure Davis, the organization’s founder and president.
Cupid is a special dog — so special that Ruff Start is usually skeptical of taking on a dog like Cupid, Davis said.
Cupid’s front legs are deformed and he cannot walk on them. They are both curled in and he hobbles on his forearms. Davis said she believes the ailment is carpal hyperflexion syndrome, the result of malnutrition.
“He’s so young and needs time to strengthen,” Davis said.
But that’s easier said than done — especially because it could cost as much as $6,000 to treat Cupid.
Ruff Start Rescue is in the early stages of getting testing done through a veterinarian in Monticello. Cupid is slated for a series of X-rays on his front legs, as well as his jaw, which also looks to be suffering from some slight deformities, Davis said.
Cupid could then be sent to the University of Minnesota’s veterinary clinic, where treatment and costs could escalate.
“We will start with whatever therapy is needed to help save him and hope he is able to walk again normally,” Davis said.
“It won’t be cheap, but there will be no going back,” she said. Donations are being accepted at
On Monday, after being in Ruff Start Rescue foster care for three days, Cupid was already showing signs of being stronger.
One concern that rescuers have is that Cupid will begin to wear off the fur on his forearms, so care is being taken to ensure that Cupid is walking on soft surfaces, like carpet and blankets.
He is also eating high-quality food now, which has helped make him stronger, and he is hobbling around in a diaper.
He likes to play and loves other dogs.
Monday at Ruff Start’s Princeton headquarters, Cupid was running around to the best of his ability, following staff members and playfully barking. He was able to go outside on his own to relieve himself.
And even though Cupid is currently in foster care, Ruff Start has begun taking adoption applications as the organization begins the process of finding the dog its “forever” home, Davis said.
For more information, visit Ruff Start Rescue online at