Adopted: Ruger, a 4-5 year old Black Male Labrador, has found his forever home.
Here is a Bio from his foster family……..
"Ruger is a very sweet, very smart little boy. He is happiest when someone is playing fetch with him, and he doesn’t care if it’s a ball or a rope toy, just as long as it is something that he can retrieve. He will always bring whatever it is, back to you and wait very patiently for you to throw it again. Unlike most Labs, he is not a “foodie”. When he eats his meal, I think that he might actually taste the food, and he could take or leave treats. He likes “some” treats, but is very picky about it and will never beg for one. The only vegetable that I’ve gotten him to eat, so far, is steamed broccoli (but cold) with salmon oil on it.
Ruger is very well trained in some areas, although the only basic commands that he knows are “sit” and “come”. He will always come when you call him, even if he knows that you are going to clean his ears, which he really does not like, but will still come to you and let you do it. He loves to go places in the car! He’ll get in and go right to the back seat and will usually lay right down and then he won’t get out until you tell him to, even if you’ve pulled into the garage, shut the door, and gotten out yourself.
He’s great on a leash, and once you have become his “person”, he
will guard you. When we are out on a walk, which he loves first thing in the morning, he will bark at anyone that he doesn’t know if they are coming towards you. If someone is on the other side of the street he will watch them carefully but only bark if they are on your side of the street. Once he sniffs them and they have met his approval, all is well. He does not get physically aggressive.
He loves to sleep on my bed, but is not a big snuggler. He doesn’t mind it, but will let you be the initiator. He really just wants you to rub his chest, and be near you, but doesn’t need to be touching you. Ruger does not like the crate, but will go in it and not destroy it to get out. A little crying and some howling might be involved however. He goes in and out of the doggie door easily.
Ruger apparently gets along with other dogs, although cats are another story. He won’t chase birds, he actually ignores them, but a cat is meant to be chased in his mind. He’s a true retriever.
Ruger is such a good boy!! He will make someone an incredible addition to their family. He will do well in a home with no cat and where he is truly part of a family or someone’s best friend. Someone that will take him with them on outings, to the Dog Park, etc. He’s easy to communicate with and needs both mental and physical exercise."
Please note: Ruger is recovering from an ear infection, and had some allergy issues when he came to LVLR. The change in climate, environment and food has had a positive effect on the allergies, and he should remain on grain-free food to prevent a recurrence.
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