Ron will love you forever and wants to be your best friend. He’s also a super, duper cuddle buddy!
Ron is a Retriever mix (Chocolate Lab/Chesapeake Bay) rescued by JR’s Pups ‘n Stuff. They believe he is anywhere from 1-2 years old, but his fosters say he has a much older soul due to his laid-back personality and the gray “beard” he has. He weighs around 40 pounds and has been neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and is housebroken.
Ron arrived to his foster home in the middle of August. Prior to his arrival, all that was known about him was that he was picked up as a stray in Missouri and was very close to being euthanized after testing positive for heartworm until his fosters committed to take him in! Before arriving to Wisconsin, Ron was treated for his heartworm and because of it was on a very strict exercise routine for 4-6 weeks post-treatment. In late September, he completed his heartworm treatment and oral meds and was given the okay to begin exercising. He now is on a monthly heartworm, flea and tick preventative. As for exercise, he has been taken on several walks around the neighborhood and does very well on the leash. Doesn’t pull too often, unless he sees a rabbit! He gets very easily distracted and excited when a rabbit enters his sight! Keep that in mind when taking him outside to go potty. He also gets spurts of energy (when not cuddling) to play fetch, but he doesn’t quite understand that he has to return the toy and not just sit and chew on it!
The couple who is currently fostering Ron have a Yellow Lab (Cooper) of their own who is three years old and 90 pounds. They get along great. They have had only a couple little spats since his arrival but what siblings don’t fight now and again?! Cooper is being a very good big brother in showing manners and discipline and Ron is picking up on this slowly… Ron has learned ‘Sit’. Other commands such as ‘Stay’, ‘(Lay) Down’ and ‘Come’ are a work in progress. He loves being next to you, so he does come when called but not sure if that is because he can’t be too far away or that he does understand the command. Again, work in progress but he seems to be a quick learner.
Ron has stolen the heart of his fosters. He is a sweet, happy and relaxed pup. He loves attention, he loves being pet and he loves being around you. He is not very big, so he makes for a great cuddle companion whether on the couch, in bed or on the floor. He also has the most calm and serene personality. Over Labor Day Weekend, he was around five kids (all ten years and younger) and three different dogs; a St. Bernard, Yorkie Poo and a Yellow Lab. All he wanted to do was lay at your feet and observe. We feel he would do very well in a home that had kids and other dogs or in a household with no kids or other dogs, either way. (He has not been around kittens or cats, so his fosters are unsure how well he would do with them.) Everyone who meets him is amazed how chill and sweet he is. His fosters do a fair amount of driving and Ron loves car rides and does very well in the car. They have had no issues or concerns during car rides.
Ron is listed as a Special Needs dog for a couple of reasons. First, when he entered his foster home his foster parents noticed an occasional limp in his hind rear leg. He was taken to the vet for X-rays and they showed he had a broken leg that probably happened a couple months prior to him coming to Wisconsin. The vet was amazed with how well it has healed on his own and that he is no pain nor does not hinder his daily activities. The limp is more visible after he gets up from sitting or lying for long periods of time and occasionally when he decides to run. When taking him for walks, you don’t even notice it. He also greets his foster mom everyday after work and jumps to give her a hug. He literally will “walk” on his hind legs to greet her and there are no issues or whimpers of pain or discomfort because of his leg. We hope that no one holds this against him because it truly does not deter his everyday activities.
Secondly, he appears to suffer from separation anxiety. The shelter who rescued Ron was informed that for a period of time (don’t know how long) he was kept in a closet due to lack of space. So can you blame him for not wanting to be away from you or being behind closed doors?! However, his foster parents have seen improvements and continue to work with him daily. He is kenneled most of the day while they are at work. They can tell being in a kennel is not his favorite thing in the world but he does well. He does better in airline crates over wire crates because they contain him better and he doesn’t hurt himself trying to get out. But again, they have noticed improvements with this issue and they continue to make sure his daily routine when leaving him in the kennel is the same. They also use calming treats to help with his stress and anxiety and are working on other methods to reinforce for him that the kennel is a safe place to be. Outside of the kennel, when they are at home and at night when he has free reign of the house, there are zero issues.
Overall, Ron is a wonderful sweet dog who will make any individual or family very happy. Regardless of his “special needs” his fosters are able to look beyond those and see a great dog who will be loyal, faithful and love you no matter what. We hope that his furever family will do the same and love him for who he is and what he can offer as a companion and have the patience to work with him. Since there is so little known of his past (but they don’t believe it was a loving one), his fosters are amazed on how loving and resilient Ron is and truly admire his personality.
For more information about Ron or to inquire about adopting him, contact JR’s Pups ‘n Stuff at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. All of their dogs available for adoption can also be found on Petfinder.
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