Aquarelle icon.jpg
Spanish word for butterfly. Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

Background Info:

Mariposa had a sad start at life. As a victim of irresponsible breeding, she was surrendered by her owners who were unable to sell or find homes for all the pups their dog produced. In addition, she suffered from "Cherry eye." Dogs who suffer from this condition normally have a genetic predisposition and symptoms will normally arise in pets under the age of two.

Health Condition:

Cherry eye is a prolapsed eye gland, specifically a prolapsed nictitating membrane. When a dog's third eyelid gets prolapsed or protrudes from the eye, you'll see a cherry-red lump in the corner of your dog's eye. Treatment involves surgical replacement of the third eyelid gland.

Mariposa underwent surgery for her eyes at the beginning of July and is recovering nicely in a foster home.

Note that after surgery, the third eyelid may appear reddened and swollen for a few days or even weeks; this is expected. You may also notice some blood-tinged discharge from the eye for the first few days. Mariposa's pictures were taken 48 hours after the procedure. Her eyes are no longer as red and they continue to look better everyday. Mariposa is currently taking Doxcycline and Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment is applied to her eyes 2x per day.

Even if you can’t adopt this sweetheart, you can still help by donating for her care.

Physical Description:

Mari's almost a teenager right now so she is a little lanky. She should start filling out soon. We expect her to be average size for a female when full grown.

Living Situation:

Mariposa is fostered in a home with two adults. There are no children or other pets in the foster home. However the yard has a low chain link fence and there are other small dogs on all 3 sides. A child has also been visiting the home.

From foster mom: "We are currently crate training with Mariposa. She sleeps in a crate at night. During the day I put her in the crate for a few hours as well and at other times she goes in on her own to lay down or chew on a bone. When not in the crate she is in the same room as me while working from home."


Mariposa displays typical Terrier behaviors for a pup her age. Energy is medium/high, which is right in line with what is commonly expected. She is well-balanced, smart, and outgoing.

From foster mom: "She is a puppy - so at times she is wanting to play. Other times she is cool, calm and collected and loves to hang out in the same room as you. She enjoys walks. She will play with a few toys or lay on the dog bed near my desk."

From foster mom: "We found our running legs yesterday, but we still have not found our brakes! We believed the couch was a trampoline to send us high in the air, but as we all know: what goes up MUST come down, and sometimes crashing down. Not just once but multiple times so we had to go to time-out for not listening." Silly pup!

Behavior with people:

From foster mom: "Since she has been in my care she has not met anyone she didn't like. Very friendly with everyone who approaches her. She gets a little excited when meeting people. We are working on good manners like sitting and waiting for them to approach her."

Behavior with children:

Her previous family informed the pound that Mariposa lived in a home with children before being surrendered and that she loved the little ones.

From foster mom: "When meeting my friend's son (about 8-yrs-old) she did really well. She did not jump to try and kiss him."

Behavior with other dogs:

There were several dogs in Mariposa's first home and she enjoyed playing with them.

From foster mom: "Per the previous owner, she is good with other animals. She does well with my neighbors small dogs on the other side of my fence."

Behavior with other animals:

We were told that Mariposa was around cats in her previous home and did well with them. She is not displaying a high-prey drive as of now. She just seems interested in watching small animals and she's curious about them.


Currently working on house training (Mariposa is even learning to ring a bell when she needs to go potty), crate training, and basic obedience commands. She is very responsive to training and making great progress in a very short amount of time.

From foster mom: "In the very short time I've had Mariposa we have been on a few outings to a walking trail and to a friend's house. She is a great travel companion and has wonderful manners in the car. She is learning how to walk gently on a leash. After a few minutes she is a pretty loose leash walker. She is learning basic commands and is picking them up very quickly. She is treat-motivated while training. She is a true puppy and learning to sit nicely when meeting new people instead of jumping up to give kisses. She would do well in a loving patient home that will continue training basic commands and good manners."

From foster mom: "We started to have a potty accident so we ran outside, pottied, played for a bit then came back in and pottied again in the house. 🤦‍♀️ So then we ate some dinner and played in the sunroom while I did some work. AND THEN IT HAPPENED! “Ring- Ring!!!” - I turned around from the computer to see her standing at the door touching the bells with her nose. Is she asking to go outside? So I let her out and holy moly SHE WENT POTTY! We played outside a bit and came back in. I was thinking that might has just been a fluke and all be after about 30 min SHE DID IT AGAIN! This time she went #1 & #2. I am ecstatic! She was ornery today but how can I be upset now?"

Best Attribute:

Mariposa is super sweet and just wants to love on you. She is going to make someone very happy.

Adoption Fee: $200
Breed: Pit Bull mix
Sex: Female
Age: 6-12 mths
Weight: 38 lbs and Growing
Color: Gold & White

Missouri Pit Bull Rescue makes no express or implied warranty, representation or promise to the age, health, breed, habits, disposition, behaviors, obedience, or safety of the dogs in our program. Our assessments are subjective and based on information we receive when selecting the dogs for our program, as well as observations and reports from our volunteers and caretakers. ​Adopters understand that no one can predict how a dog will react under all circumstances and situations.

This dog needs a Bully Hero - Click here to help this sweetheart!
Can't adopt but want to help? Every dollar makes a difference!