Hello Watermelon Mountain Ranch.
I ran into you outside of a Victim Advocate Conference last year, outside of the Pyramid hotel. I fell in love immediately with a dog you had there named Rufus. I was torn, knowing how much I wanted him but never having had a dog before. I had not talked to land lord and my yard had a 3 and 1/2 ft fence. But you talked me into taking him home and trying it out, to see if I could work it out. Well as you can see from the pictures, he has fit right in with our little family just wonderfully! I am a single mother with a 7 year old daughter, a 12 year old cat son named Dylan, a 2 year old "grand daughter" cat named Penelope, "Penny" and now my special little boy Rufus. I wanted to share the story with you because I imagine it is nice for you all over at the Ranch to know that the animals you care for are in fact being loved in the families they are placed in. Well, Rufus is loved by more than just our little family. He was just over a year old when I took him home, I had no idea what to expect.
I have never had a dog of my own. As the saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child". He literally has a village raising him. He has a grandma that takes him home for sleep overs. (My mom is NOT a dog person, and she loves him and spoils him like a baby) My neighbor across the street trains dogs and he has asked to take Rufus every Sunday as his special project because he sees so much potential in him. My neighbor in the house behind us loves to take 2 of the fence posts out and let Rufus come play with him and his 2 sons. He also takes him into his house to keep him warm when I am at work this winter. He has a best friend in Penny and my daughter and there is nothing my boy loves better than cuddles with his mommy. We have never had a problem with that 3 and 1/2 ft fence, he has no interest to go anywhere. But just in case I had built him a rather large dog area with a grass mat, a slide to play on and lay under and a dog house with a sky light. But mostly he likes to sit under the trees and listen to the birds. We are utterly happy. And I just wanted to share that with you.