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Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue is a volunteer run, foster home based rescue group for Newfoundland Dogs in need in Ontario, Canada.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rufus

Rufus
2014-025

ADOPTED: April 13/16

Quick Adoption Overview
Available for adoption
8-10 years old
Good with kids
Prefers to have someone home most of the time
Special health needs:  takes thyroid meds and supplements;  has poor hearing
Suitable match for a well mannered canine playmate
Fine with cats
Fenced Yard Required
Located in Bomanville, ON

All About Rufus
Love-bug Rufus was adopted from us in early 2015, but due to changes in his owner's travel arrangements necessitating frequent boarding, which is stressful for Rufus, the decision was made to have him come back into our care on January 20/16.


Sweet boy Rufus is a gentle Newf who was picked up by animal control as a stray in 2014, dragging a broken tie out lead behind him.  He was in bad condition at the time and spent many months in foster care getting healthy and ready for adoption.  We don't know much about his past, but estimate that he is now 8-10 years old.



He acts like a pup, is silly and friendly, loves to roll in the grass and is an all around happy boy.   He's a bit of a goof-ball and his foster mom nicknamed him Dufus because of his silly personality!



Rufus has nice manners and is very social -- he loves to greet people and to get lots of attention, especially belly rubs!!!!   A home with an owner who enjoys having their dog right by their side would be best for Rufus, because he looks to his owner for guidance.

His foster mom says he is the typical velcro-newf, loves to be with people, so he is best suited to a home where someone is around most of the time.  Rufus becomes anxious when he can't find his family, he likes to stick close where he feels safe. 

He is not a candidate for staying in boarding kennels -- it is just too stressful for him.  A quiet, calm, peaceful home where there is consistent routine and someone by his side is what Rufus needs.



A sweet and playful boy, in a safe environment Rufus thrives.  He is not able to hear very well, so routine and security are essential for him.


Rufus gets along with other dogs and is gentle and friendly...a little TOO friendly at times.  Ha, ha!  His foster sisters let him know that humping is not allowed and he got the message quickly.  What a good boy, he just wants to please!  Rufus could happily join a home with another well mannered dog.  He benefits from the company of other animals and picks up cues from them about what is going on around him, helping him to compensate for his impaired hearing.

He knows basic commands by hand signal, takes food very gently, likes to be petted and handled and is an all around great boy.  He caught onto housebreaking in his foster home in no time although some disruption during the transition period into a new home would be expected.   He wants to please and is a quick learner.


Rufus is a smaller boy, perhaps a newf-mix, weighing under 100 lbs. He is neutered and UTD on vaccines.   Rufus takes thyroid medication which we have recently adjusted the dose of to put it at the optimal level.  He takes supplements for his joints.



Rufus is being fostered in Bomanville, ON.  His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.  

A safe and securely fenced yard is required.  See our FAQ page for more information about our fencing requirements.


 To be considered for adopting a Newf from Newf Friends please complete the adoption application found here and email it back to us. Since Rufus is a senior and takes daily medication we are waiving our usual adoption donation, and ask instead for a donation of his adopter's choice.