All adopted animals need a period to adjust to their new surroundings. For many dogs, this transition time can be challenging, and new owners should allow for up to six months to get a sense of the dogs personality.
Like every other senior who has entered the Sanctuary, Rufus seems to be adjusting very nicely. He has a calm demeanor, is very affectionate and comprehends the word 'no' very well.
Although it is still to early to tell, we have high hopes for Rufus to become the first Sanctuary resident to become certified as a Therapy Dog. He seems to have a sense of the basic commands, but does not always respond right away. We are going to give him some more time to settle in before we start with the training, but Rufus seems to catch on pretty quick. I mean, look at how well this guy poses for the camera.