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Dogs Available for Adoption

Bobby Bones
Bobby Bones 15-193
(Fostered in Columbia Heights, MN)

Sponsor Bobby Bones

Sponsored by:

Lisa B.
"In Honor of Bobby's Foster Moms & Dads - Thank you!"


Happy Spring!Happy Spring!Happy Spring! Happy Spring, Bobby Bones! I hope you are having a wonderful start to summer. Connie O.


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:
Date AvailableChildrenOther DogsCatsFenceEnergy Level
Ages 14+
Must be an only dog
 Cannot live with cats
6-foot chain-link or privacy fence
Bobby Bones is a sweet, affectionate, loyal, smart, highly trainable dog. He adores his people and enjoys running in the yard. He is relaxed in the house, has excellent manners, and would love to be the only pet.
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.



Say hello to Bobby Bones! This handsome pup is 2+ years old (DOB: 10/31/2014), weighs 55 pounds, and is believed to be a Redbone Coonhound/Springer Spaniel mix. Bobby was born on a farm, where he had too much fun running after the neighbor’s cows. While we aren’t privy to all the details of his early life, we suspect that he was traumatized in some fashion during his formative months, leading to his fear of new people and reactivity to other dogs. But having responded well to training in RAGOM’s care, he was adopted out in 2015.

Puppy Bobby Bones in 2015

Bobby lived peacefully with children in his adoptive home and received training from professionals. However, life with young kids presented a smart, curious, energetic puppy with disastrous opportunities of slipping out of his home. In one such instance, anxious and unsupervised in an open world of strangers, Bobby followed his hunting instinct and bit a small, unleashed dog, who required stitches after the encounter. His adoptive family was sad to let him go, but it was decided that he would do best in a child-free environment.

Following his return in 2016, Bobby was thoroughly evaluated by RAGOM’s Behavioral Services team, who concluded that he was “very capable of behavioral recovery and in-home management”, and hence he was placed in foster care. An incredible team of volunteers have worked tirelessly with him to address his fear issues and teach him appropriate behaviors, and now, after ten fruitful months, we are proud to share that Bobby Bones has achieved a 98% wonderful rating!

Bobby Bones is all grown up and such a good boy!

Bobby looks to his humans for direction and responds very well to that direction. He is eager to please and treat-motivated. To help you understand how awesome this pup really is, here are a few of his attributes that we just adore:

  • He has mastered an impressively long list of commands. Some of the basic ones are: sit, wait, stay, come, watch me, shake, down, off, leave it, quiet. He also comes to a whistle.

Foster Mom took the opportunity to snap a photo of handsome Bobby while we were practicing “watch me” and “stay” as part of his behavioral training. Don’t worry, in just a short time, he got a treat and was running around the backyard looking for critters.

  • He will make friends with new people given proper introductions as well as time to acclimate to their presence. Once he accepts you, he is nothing but sweet and loving!
  • He absolutely loves being out in the yard, running and exploring to his heart’s content, and the exercise serves as a marvelous outlet for his nervous energy. As the saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog.

See how happy he is when he is running freely!

  • He is the best yard patrol you will ever find, happily keeping your flower beds and vegetable patches critter-free. Just look at this amazing bounty we got last summer, all thanks to Bobby’s keen vigilance.

Of course, he has no interest in eating any of the vegetables. He definitely would prefer meat!

  • He knows to chill in the house, but will also gladly catch stuffed animals or balls if they are tossed up.
  • He is completely housebroken, doesn’t counter-surf, can have roam of the house, and only plays with his own things.

Bobz and his birthday presents

  • He is kennel trained, although when we are gone, he stays nicely in our laundry room and respects the gate that blocks the doorway.
  • He is a good travel buddy in the car. He likes his car rides!

Notice the fuzzy thing? That is his happy hound dog tail!

  • He is also a good camping and hiking buddy, as long as you plan your trips well (choose less-used trails) and have treats ready to engage him during encounters with other people and dogs.

  • He is a super-affectionate love bug. He loves to be petted and get belly rubs.
  • He tolerates nightly brushing of his teeth.

When your foster mom is a dental hygienist and you are a good boy….

Finally, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to illustrate Bobby’s daily life as well as many useful tips for his continued training to manage his reactive behavior. You will note that this fine lad has come a long, long way from his cow-chasing days! Please go here to read more about our magnificent Bobby Bones.

Bobby Bones has settled into home life well and grown up to be a sweet, affectionate, wonderful hound dog that thrives on direction and the desire to please you. If you love a dog who likes to be around you and give lots of kisses, Bobby may be the companion you have been looking for.


Bobz is often doing an examplary "watch me" during his photo ops, and hence the inordinately serious look, so we thought you might enjoy seeing him smile in this video. Two things to observe as you watch our handsome model:

  1. See how his pearly whites sparkle? He is so good about getting them brushed every night!
  2. Our videographer here is the Bobster's new BFF, proving that this boy can learn to trust and love strangers, even men! You would be hard-pressed to find a more affectionate dog when he opens his heart to you.

If you think Bobz would be a good fit in your home, please submit an "Inquiry for Application" form. If you have already filled out an "Inquiry for Application" form, please send an email to with the dog's name, RAGOM number, the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application form under, and a sentence or two why you feel you'd be a good match.


Bobby is fond of swimming and having a little rest in the pool after hunting for critters.


We had the pleasure and excitement of getting Bobby listed as a featured dog on The Adoption Show of Dog TV! Enjoy viewing the attached video of Bobz! He is at 1:53.


Bobby joined us for a long weekend getaway to Minnesota's North Shore. He loved it, and he was so good. He traveled well: he whines a little in the car when he has to go potty, and after he goes, he settles right in for a nap. We left him for short bits in the car occaisionally, and again, he just settles in. He liked going for walks to smell new things. We are trying to train Bobby to sit at the sight of prey to help manage his prey drive. While on leash, it works great. We tell him to sit, then as long as he doesn't whine, bark, or lunge, he can keep watching. If he can't keep it controlled, we either use the "leave it" command or block his view. He is now starting to sit on his own! (Which makes for a proud foster mom!) If you are interested in Bobby, please know that we are very willing to show you all the tricks that have helped this happy hound dog and we are willing to help in any way needed.


We were recently asked to list 5 things that we as foster parents would wish for Bobby. This is our wish list:

1: A simple home without much chaos or change with people coming and going. (To manage his fear-based reactivity, Bobby needs TIME to trust and know a change will be OK. He does best in a calm, predictable environment where change can happen 1 thing at a time.)

2: To live with someone who likes to work with training. (Not because Bobby needs training, as he is nicely trained, but because it keeps him deferring to you, which then helps manage his OCD behavior. He doesn't want to be in charge; he desires looking to you for direction, which makes for better decision making.)

3: I would love to see a secure, 6-foot, wood privacy fence so he could be off-leash to run sometimes. (I think his prey drive will still need to be managed in a fenced area until we know he won't find a way to get to the stinkin' rabbits, but it may help that he couldn't see to the other side. I do not think a fence is a requirement, as he has not been off-leash since winter and he seems to have adjusted just fine to walks and time on his 50-foot leash, but his skin under his armpits gets rubbed and same with hair on his chest from having to wear his Easy Walk harness.)

4: He wants to be a one and only pet. (I think with patience, the right dog, and proper, slow introduction, Bobby might be able to live with a dog, but I am not sure if that is fair to the other dog or worth the risk.)

5: To live with someone who will respect Bobby's fears, respond with calm concern and give positive direction, keep him a full leash's length away from anyone and any animal to prevent the liability, and love him anyhow, while accepting the love Bobby has to give in return.


A typical day for Bobby when we work:

We get up at 5:00 am and take him out in the backyard for a quick potty stop.

We then leash-walk for about 25 minutes for exercise, sniffing, and a bit more "business."

When we return, he is fed 1 cup of kibble with some canned food on top that hides his Fluoxetine.

He hangs out in his favorite chair or looks out the window while we get ready for work.

At 6:30, he gets another leashed outing in the backyard to sniff out critters and potty 1 more time.

Then, he flies downstairs and kennels himself while his laundry room space is prepared with relaxing music, hiding treats, and leaving a tippy king with kibble.

He mostly sleeps, occasionally gets up to stretch, and waits for someone from team Bobster to come over and let him out or walk him sometime midday.

Then he sleeps and waits for us to get home around 6:00pm.

More romping time in the backyard on his 50-foot leash, followed by dinner for all of us.

Bobby gets another walk for about 1/2 hour and does whatever we do until it's time to get ready for bed.

Bobby gets another 1 cup of food (3 cups total per day) and gets his teeth brushed nightly.

At 9:15, he goes potty outside 1 more time, followed by belly rubs on the bed, then when lights turn off, he sleeps in 1 of his 2 dog beds in our room. He sleeps well through the night.