Rusty is the definition of a truly devoted companion dog. He is trusting a loving and wants nothing more than to be by your side. He has been on many adventures in his foster home from kids sports events to camping and paddle boarding. He travels very well in the car. While his foster home continues to crate him when left alone to aid in his transition to his forever home, they feel that he could be trusted out of the crate now that he has truly settled in. He doesn't leave your side when outside, but loves to explore the smells and surroundings. In his ideal home he would be the only dog or maybe have one other dog that he could co-exist with; his owners would not be gone for long periods of time; and his owners would not have small children around on a constant basis. Rusty is ready to go to the moon with you if that is what you want to do, or just lay on the couch all day. As long as he's with you, he's happy!
Rusty lived a sheltered life with the same person for all of his 9 years until his person passed away. Rusty was a wonderful, sweet, loving companion, but didn’t get much socialization. He is a bit timid and shakes a little with nervous, but he L-O-V-E-S attention. He has been through some recent changes so his nervousness is understandable, although he is making improvements daily while being exposed to many new outings and people. His foster home has active smaller children. He loves them but prefers to be approached slowly or be allowed to approach them. He nudges at you to pet him, wanting to be around his people all the time. He loves hanging out in the yard with his family, just finding a cool place to hang out in the shade and watching all the activity. Rusty doesn’t run off; not needing a lot of exercise, but enjoying his leashed walks. He does sleep at the end of his people’s bed at night.
Rusty is house-trained. He adjusted quickly to his foster home and became very relaxed and mellow within just a few days. Because of his minor separation anxiety, he must be crated when his people are gone. While the crate isn’t his favorite place, he will go inside it and wait for you to return. He definitely prefers to be near your feet, next to you on the couch… or on your lap. He is not a constant barker, but may whine/howl some when left alone; his anxiety leads to more panting than barking/howling. You rarely hear him bark when his people are home
Rusty gets along with other dogs, but prefers to be the center of attention, he wants ALL the lovin. Rusty would do best in a home where the people are not gone for long periods of time. Because of his past, he needs an understanding family willing to be patient yet confident while he adjusts to all the exciting things life has to offer. Rusty is definitely a dedicated, loving companion who wants a person just the same in return.
If not already, Rusty will be micro-chipped, neutered (if age appropriate), and up-to-date on his shots prior to adoption. If you would like to meet Rusty to see if he is a good fit for your home, please fill out an Adoption Application online.
• We cannot guarantee the age and breed of any dog. We depend on licensed vets and other professionals to provide the best determination, unless the dog arrived with written documentation.
• Puppies not spayed/neutered at the time of adoption due to age will require a $50 refundable sterilization deposit in accordance with Colorado Code of Regulations 8 CCR 1201-11: Part 19-J.
• We reserve the right to refuse an adoption to any person for the well-being of the dog.