The "R" family
"Welcome to RAGOM, sweet boy. In honor of our own gentle Golden boy - Brutus"
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Let me introduce you to Rufus (aka Brutus 15-206). Rufus is an eight year old boy who has spent the majority of his life in a dog run having minimal interaction with humans or other animals. When being surrendered to RAGOM he was noted to have a 'nervous condition' of running in circles and not to be house-trained.
Rufus was seen by a neurologist in early January who feels the circling behavior is likely due to a brain lesion. To determine a more definitive cause would require exams such as an MRI and spinal fluid tap. With the lack of progression of his symptoms over the previous months it's very possible they will remain static (neither worsen nor improve).
Rufus experienced his first Meet & Greet on Saturday and did so great!! He wanted to meet all the other dogs and people. Everyone he met commented on what a sweet boy he is and one couple seemed to be quite interested. They have a setting that would be absolutely ideal for Rufus! Someone that is home during the day and another dog for company. Although he doesn't have another dog with me, I dog-sat another RAGOM boy for 5 days over Christmas and Rufus loved it! They played so great together!
From Joy's godmother - Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Christmas full of love and hugs. - In loving memory of Joy 12-418
This is a long overdue update on Brutus, or Rufus as I call him. Rufus has been doing great and he is the sweetest dog!
His circling continues but the intensity of it has diminished. Although he moves continuously when he is on his feet, he often lays down and relaxes. He has a favorite toy that he loves to carry around with him, indoors and outdoors.
His consumption of water has also decreased and with it the need to go outside so frequently. He has actually gone full work days with no accidents!
He does fine in a crate but I no longer crate him. He is confined to a couple of rooms and a hallway. He also has another dog to spend his day with and he really seems to like this. The other dog is one of the hoarder dogs, is not real playful and Rufus respects any signals she gives off.
Rufus is definitely a dog worth taking a look at!
Rufus with his favorite toy.
Rufus relaxing after his return from the sitter
Rufus hanging out with foster sister Jenna 16-052
This is a picture of Rufus with his foster sister Jenna, who was adopted a couple of weeks ago. I used the split lead with them because they were almost impossible to walk on two separate leashes with Rufus doing circles around me and Jenna going in all directions. The double lead not only made it possible to walk them together, it seems to have cured Rufus of his need to circle on walks. He still does it when he gets excited but most of our walks are just strolling along with Rufus going straight forward.
He also appears to be housebroken at this time. He's gone a few weeks with no accidents and this included some long days, 9-10 hours without going outside.
Rufus is such a great dog!!
Rufus is on the left
"Thank you for fostering." -Michele Snyders
"Best wishes." -Anonymous friend
In honor of our boy Tonka (#15-209 TD) and his first Christmas with us. We are so grateful to RAGOM!