I am in full understanding of RUGER having been surrendered back to the organization a total of 3 times.
-The first time was in March 2014 when he came back due to food aggression (growling at the owner and their brother when he had a bone) and going after the adopter's mother's dog.
-The second time, a year later in March 2015, his foster (who had adopted him) gave him back to us when he continued to demonstrate food aggression, showed teeth when an off-leash dog approached him, raised his lip when their son sat down with him on the couch. In addition on one evening around 9pm he got out the front door and knocked a man down, barked and growled, then bit his leg and butt without breaking any skin.
-The third time he came back to the organization after approx. 2 years of ownership due to the fact that he has demonstrated aggressive behavior and the owner was fearful for the safety of their child.
What we have learned about Ruger since he arrive in Feb 2014 is the following:
Ruger is a dog who becomes very attached to his person and can show protective tendencies. When new people arrive to the home he is very protective, but once the person is in the home and it is clear they are friends he is quick to warm up. Ruger has a strong prey drive and has been reported to kill small forest creatures (bunnies, squirrels) and even a feral cat. Ruger has been known to growl and bark at dogs approaching him off leash, when he has been leashed. He has been reported to go after dogs smaller than his own size, even breaking out the door to go after a smaller dog walking outside. He does well with dogs his own size, but needs time to adjust and will become more comfortable with time in their company. In a perfect home Ruger would likely be king of the castle and an only dog, he would not have any cats or small animals in his home. Ruger would provide amazing company to any adult. We do not recommend him in a home with children of any age, it is best that he go to a home with adults only, low traffic (not a lot of people entering the home). Now approx. 6-7yrs of age he is older, calm and a great companion.
*Ruger has bitten a child. The child did not require medical attention but it is a reminder that the unpredictable movements of children make him anxious and for that reason he needs an adult only home.
*Ruger has attacked and killed a feral cat.
After the most recent surrender we had him evaluated and they felt he didn't have any inherent issues, and none of this behavior has been observed while he was there. Since moving to foster care with one other dog and a single woman he has thrived. Ruger has been with the rescue since 2012 and in that time he has aged and matured into a wonderful, calm companion. For someone living alone he would be perfect and an excellent guard dog as well.
LCAR has fully disclosed the information know about Ruger. In consideration for being permitted to walk, foster or adopt this dog, I assume full responsibility for the risk of bodily injury or property damage caused by this dog.
By signing this form, I have relinquished any liability of LCAR and fully indemnify its officers, members and volunteers from any loss, liability, damage or cost that may be incurred on account of this dog.
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