Introducing Rufus

13 Feb

DSC_8841 DSC_8853After months of visiting local shelters and responding to ads for pet adoptions at Brad’s office we have finally succeeding in adopting a dog. He is a handsome one-year-old-ish Labrador Retriever/Beagle mix that we adopted from Howard County Animal Shelter. We met him for the first time last Saturday and were charmed so much by his sweet nature we immediately put in an application for his adoption. As luck would have it we were first in line for “Buckey,” as he was named by the shelter staff. On Monday afternoon I received a call asking us to come in for an interview and to schedule Buckey for neutering. The interview and visit with the vet were scheduled for Wednesday morning. That evening Brad picked up the newest member of our household from the vet and brought him home.

After meeting him for the first time we deliberated over names. Watson, Edgar, Hudson, Lazslo, Theo, Darwin, and Dante were in the running, but we ultimately decided upon Rufus, a name that fits his sweet laid-back nature.

The introduction to Baxter and Lulu went as well as could be expected. Rufus began to inspect his new surroundings while Baxter and Lulu puffed themselves up with horror and let loose with a couple of growls and hisses. Rufus paid them no mind, neither antagonistic towards nor intimidated by their presence.

We spent the evening with Rufus in the den watching the Olympics while the kitties kept their distance but stared intently at the newcomer in their midst. At bedtime we had a bit of difficulty convincing Rufus to enter his crate but, once in, he settled down and was quiet for the night. The kitties, who normally would be on the bed with us, opted to sleep elsewhere.

So far, so good today. The kitties are still keeping their distance but have not gone into hiding altogether. Lulu still follows me around, so long as Rufus isn’t near. And Baxter reassured me by giving my hair a quick grooming. We wish we could take Rufus for a walk but with the snow piled high on most sidewalks we must content ourselves with brief, but frequent, spells in the yard.

We are so happy to once again be a two-cat/one-dog household . It hasn’t been that way for more than a decade. We know we have our work cut out for us with Rufus. After all he is a one-year-old dog who only days ago was neutered. We are told he had been kept as an outside dog by a family with other dogs and children and most likely was not house trained. He had been surrendered to a shelter in Garrett County by his owners who said they had too many dogs. Well, too many dogs for them equals just the right amount of dog for us.

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6 Responses to “Introducing Rufus”

  1. Vincenzo February 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Rufus looks very cute! And well-behaved as well. Great find!

  2. Domenica February 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    So happy for you guys! Rufus looks cute and slightly schipperke-ish so I am a big fan!

  3. Garrett and Amalia February 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Congrats. I had a dog named Rufus as a boy. Your Rufus seems to be adjusting well…just be aware the learning curve is extremely rapid. I work as a professional dog behavioral rehabber so I typically give a light warning that rescue dogs are adjusting the first few weeks calmly then after 3 to 4 weeks you may start to see some behavioral issues arise or why the dog ended up in rescue in the first place. But hopefully Rufus will stay a calm, laid back dog and enjoy his new life with you!

  4. Garrett and Amalia February 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Oh if you want to check out the new blog I’ve got up I’d love any feedback etc. And I know there are some great articles up. I am at http://www.thecaninecalmer.wordpress.com Good luck with the new member of the household

  5. nanci03 February 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Welcome to the family! 

    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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