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.
I wanted to share with you how cute Gabby and Rufus are at the beach in Oregon. They are loving it here. Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you do and look at the results of your hard work and dedication - isn't Gabby just the happiest dog ever? If it weren't for you, giving her the chance to have a better life, who knows where she would have wound up or even if she'd still be alive. Thank you so much!
I wanted to share with you photos of Hank (formerly known as Acoma) whom we recently adopted. In the first pix he is with him new sister Brie and in the second pix he is playing with one of his new Christmas toys. Hank seems happy with his new home and we are very happy with him.
Thanks for letting us adopt this wonderful dog!
Good morning! It certainly is! Today is Monday, September 17, 2012. I am all moved in to my new home! Finally, after about six weeks at Watermelon Ranch, I have a new forever and ever home. I have nothing against the wonderful humans at WR; after all, they provided for me when my old family could no longer do so. But it wasn’t a “settled” life for an old guy like me.
My new humans are pretty smart. I’ve taught them how to play fetch and tug of war. Next to my new humans, my favorite thing is my squeaky ball on a rope. I also have a little pink fuzzy lamb I like to chew on. I have a beautiful red collar that complements my black coat very smartly. When I take my human for a walk (and really – can’t she walk any faster???) I wear a comfy harness that doesn’t bother my throat. So much for my theatrical gagging!
My new name is Gus, short for Ferguson. Evidently I remind them of a Scottish terrier. Whatever. As long as they keep putting food in my bowl and let me sit with them, I’ll answer to nothing.
I also want to let you know that other than a few lapses in judgment upon arrival at my new home, I have been very well behaved. I guess it was the excitement of having a whole new house. I just wanted to make everything “mine”. Last night I slept in my very own comfy, plush bed right beside my human’s bed. I would have preferred to have slept on their bed with them, but although I went to sleep pouting, everyone had a full night’s rest.
I have been told to expect a bath today. *sigh* I guess it’s just one of those things we all have to endure. Tomorrow I will have a visit with Dr. Williams. Since the people at WM already made sure I had all my shots, this shouldn’t be too traumatic. After all, it means I get to go for a car ride again!
Well, my walk has tuckered me plumb out. It’s time for a nice morning nap while my human clicks away at the little black box on her lap. ‘Til next time –
Gus (aka Festus)
Just wanted to let you know that I am doing all right here with Kate, Bruce and Sophie. Kate has ceiling fans that keep me cool. She bought a nice new big bed for me but I like the cool floor better. At night I like the bed. She kept the leash on me Saturday and Sunday as I did cause her a panic when I bolted out the front door. I took off. She had to chase me down the road in her car then jump out and grab me, put on a leash and try to get me in the car. I did my lay down and play camel.
Kate had to sit down on me. She used her legs to get me up and moving to the car. I wouldn’t get in the driver’s side so she took me around to the passenger’s side; I got in but almost got out as she forgot to close the door. She tied me to the seat belt while she ran around to the other side and drove me home. I think she must like me, she was late for work. Sophie and I got along well while Kate was at work. Thanks so much for taking such good care of me. I miss you.