Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups

Helping dogs on the road to forever, forever finding ourselves as we walk that road with them.

Update on Rugby: Life is Good

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…life in a foster home that is!

Rugby’s foster mom (and fellow Lucky Dog Adoption Coordinator) Iris, has sent an update on how our boy is doing. Iris took Rugby on as a foster on Monday night, after a slightly stressful experience in doggy daycare when he first came to DC. For those of you who may be wondering, Lucky Dog has some excellent cage-free boarding partners that we work with, and who are gracious enough to host our dogs when they don’t have a foster who can take them. Many do great and love daycare, but for some dogs it’s a wee bit much. Rugby was one such dog, so when we realized this we knew that it was essential to get him into a foster home. Big thank you to Iris for swooping in to take Rugby, whose previous foster was adopted the day before.

So our scruffy young boy with super soft ears is learning lots (and loving life) during his time out of the shelter and in a real home.  He has been learning how to walk like a gentleman on the leash at the side of his foster mom, which she says an easy walk harness has really helped a lot with. We have found that he will need a yard to run around in or an active family to exercise him daily, but his foster mom reports after coming back from a run he is ready to take a snooze on the couch!

Rugby still maintains some energetic, playful, goofball puppy tendencies and will need his future parents to help him with his manners, as he does jump when excited (especially when he knows he’s going on his walk!) and can be a little mouthy in play. However, he is very food motivated and his foster mom is teaching him what “no/stop” means. She has reported that he is a GREAT dog who will become an AMAZING dog with a little positive training!

Rugby is very friendly to new people when he meets them, and loves to be where his foster mom is and will follow her where she goes. That doesn’t mean he needs your full attention all the time though, he just wants to stay close by! He also loves squeaky toys (and trying to get the squeaker out of them), and this friendly boy has been trying to make friends with his resident canine foster sibling. Rugby’s foster sister is not always interested in playing or snuggling as much as he is, so when she says she’s not in the mood to share her chair with him, he will listen and respect her space. We would also like to note that Rugby’s foster sibling is 9 lbs, but that doesn’t bother him one bit. We feel he would be a great, sweet canine brother to a dog closer to his size of 40 lbs or a smaller dog.

Like most shelter dogs, Rugby may need a refresher on housetraining. He is doing well with crate training in his foster home.

The adoption fee for this dog is $300, which includes the cost of routine vetting, including vaccinations and spay/neuter. If you are interested in adopting, please download ourAdoption Questionnaire and email it to Lynn at!


Author: faithtrustnpups

Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups is a combination blog for animal welfare, humane education/positive training, recognizing the beautiful bond that exists between pets and their people, and other fun stuff. I share information about adoptable pets in the DC metro area, promote animal rescue and resources to support adopters and fosters, and share stories and lessons related to the dogs I care for. Much of my writing is for especially my "foster failure" with some specific fear-based issues. In an effort to help understand often wonderful, sometimes challenging dogs like him better, I learn to understand myself. Together, we share our stories, and walk together, leash in hand, and in building faith and trust within one another and within ourselves.

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