It is a great day at Homer J's Senior Dog Sanctuary. After the passing of Nik, we waited patiently for the right candidate to come along. Of course we are sad to see our friend go, but we know he would want to see someone else take his well worn spot on the couch. We were looking for the perfect mix of sharp wits, extra cuddleabilty, and an over-all old man way of being.
After a few near misses, the search is over, I would like everyone to meet Rufus. Rufus is a 9 year old, pure bred Terrier, who weighss in at a whopping 12.4 pounds. Weighing about 1/10th of both his predecessors, he has a big doggie bed to fill, but his calm energy, forever puppy face, and general likeability won me over.
It did not take long for Rufus to settle into his new home. He has proven himself to be smart, house broken, submissive and trainable. Like every old dog I have adopted, he understands the word 'no' quite well and this proves invaluable in adjusting to a new place. He already knew some basic commands, and we have high hopes for his ability to become an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. If so he will be our first to achieve this goal and we would be so proud.
Right now he is a little worn out from his shelter experience, so we are giving him some R&R. Once he is feeling better, we will start training daily and hope to have him ready for his tests come July; I will keep his training progress updated as we go. He looks like such a puppy, so I know he will be a hit with a lot of people who could benefit from some doggie love in their lives.