It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some personal tidbits about my bff. Everything about Rufus – his quirks, likes, and dislikes – kind of fascinate me to no end. Here’s a quick little profile on my dude.
Found as a stray, we’re not sure what his original name was. However, the shelter had him listed as “Brindle Boy” online. I spent the week before his arrival dreaming up a bunch of names I would call him. When he finally arrived, his hound face and “complicated” personality made it clear that he was born to be a “Rufus.”
We estimate that he’s about 7 years old and we celebrate his birthday and adopt-iversary in October.
Again, we’re not 100% sure on this. I usually just say that he’s a hound mix. I suspect he has some plott hound, beagle, and maybe even some basset in him. I also hear that he’s built like a lab, so I guess that’s a possibility as well. Whatever he is, it’s working for him!
Long walks, muddy hikes, car rides, eating grass, belly rubs, lazy Sundays, chasing squirrels and cats, and sleeping on all the beds and couches!
Nail clippers, feeling trapped, going out in the rain alone (but it’s totally cool when mom accompanies him! Misery loves company, right?)
Rufus is incredibly vocal. I don’t mean that he barks a lot, but he actually growls for every emotion! It’s honestly the most ridiculous quirk ever. He growls when he’s happy, sad, scared, nervous, and you know..when he’s not happy. I’ll have to get it on video someday to show you the many growls of Rufus.
Rufus also happens to be on the skittish side with new people. He takes a very long time to trust people, and he’s only ever truly loved a handful of our friends and family that have taken the time to be slow with him and all happen to be very good with dogs. Even though his issues can be exhausting and hard to work with, he has made progress in the time he’s been with us. Even if he’s never perfect, he’s perfect to me.
Peanut butter, broccoli stems, apples, Honest Kitchen, pumpkin, and anything and everything in stinky treat form.
In this regard, Rufus is absolutely perfect! If the weather isn’t cooperating or if I happen to be busy or fighting a bug, he will not hesitate to sleep the day away. On the flip side, his regular schedule consists of long walks, weekly hikes, training, and even the occasional play session with a neighborhood dog. While I prefer an active pup, it’s also really nice to have one that can just chill like it’s his job.
Rufus knows quite a few basic party tricks: sit, shake, down, stay, wait, “say please” (similar to “sit pretty”), “show me your belly”, “go to your place” (crate), spin, stand up, “take a bow”, etc. However, I think the thing about him that impresses me the most is his ability to read me so well. Because we’re so bonded, Rufus is incredibly intuitive and his behavior often reflects the way I’m feeling – it’s scary how on point he is!
Where He’s Been
Rufus is a road trip pro! Not only has he travelled across the country and hotel-hopped with us when we moved from Chicago to Portland, he’s also been to Seattle, the Oregon coast, and Mt. Hood a few times since our move.
My Favorite Memory
Whenever you have a fearful or challenging dog, the best moments are the ones in which you see your best friend truly happy and relaxed. I adore seeing Rufus play with other dogs! Whenever he finds a dog he really likes, he turns into a puppy again. However, nothing can top the rare moments in which Rufus allows another human into his life. Seeing him light up when one of his favorite people shows up just destroys me in the best way possible.