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Zion is a 6.5 year old border collie mix! She is around 50lbs and appears to be housebroken. Zion needs a dedicated and committed adopter who will work with her on some of her fears. She walks well on leash but can be leash reactive with other dogs. She is an overall sweet girl and looking to live out the rest of her life in happiness!
Willow is a 6 month old, pointer mix puppy that is looking for a family of her own! She gets along with dogs and cats! She enjoys running around, being your typical puppy!
Maise is a 2.5 year young pointer mix that was rescued from a North Carolina shelter. She is very sweet and loves all people. She is dog friendly and does great on leash!
Ray is a 1 year old hound mix that weighs about 45lbs. He can be nervous at first but with patience and love Ray will be sure to come out of his shell!
Lisa is a 1 year old hound mix that weighs about 33lbs. With patience and love Lisa will be sure to come out of her shell!
Monty is a 3 year old black lab mix. He is on the larger size and weighing in at 87lbs! He will need lots of room to run around and play! Monty walks well on leash and enjoys his crate. He gets along with other dogs but is not cat tested. Monty is a sweet boy looking for a forever home in MA!
Orla is a 1 year old yellow lab mix. She was rescued from a shelter in Texas. She is very easy going and loves to play. She is dog friendly but not cat tested.
Annabelle is a 5 month old lab/shepherd mix. She is your typical puppy that loves to play and is very outgoing. She will need training as she is still very young and learning a lot of new things! She loves other dogs but is not yet cat tested.
Diesel is a great dane mix that weighs 87lbs! He will need lots of room to run nd play. He is about 4 years old. Is he good with other dogs but can be nervous with new people but does warm up!
Billy is a 1 year old black lab mix that weighs 58lbs. He was an owner surrender from TX that is looking for a new home in MA! He is nervous around new people but does warm up with time. He will need lots of space to run around as he can be high energy.
Mylo is looking for his forever home! He is a 2 year old lab/hound mix that weighs about 50lbs. He is a very friendly pup but will need some training with basic commands and leash walking! Mylo gets along with other dogs and has a ton of energy.
Dottie is a 1.5 old lab mix from Texas! she weighs about 35lbs and is a ball of love and energy! Dottie will need some additional training with basic commands and walking on leash. She gets along well with other dogs but is not cat tested.
Jules is a 2 year old blue lacy/hound mix from TX. She was found as a stray and has been nursed back to health. She is currently 47lbs but will be larger as she is currently underweight. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys running and playing.
Travis is a chihuahua mix that weights about 9lbs. Travis was rescued from a shelter where he was found as a stray after getting hit by a car. Travis is currently healing from a hip surgery and will be looking for a forever home once he arrives in MA!
Dogs listed below have a current adoption hold
Fern is a 6 month old, pointer mix puppy that is looking for a family of her own! she gets along with dogs and cats! She enjoys running around, being your typical puppy!
Cypress is a 6 month old, pointer mix puppy who loves running around with his brother and sisters! He is dog and cat friendly and your typical playful puppy!
Bailey is a hound mix that is about 1.5 years old and 45lbs. He is super friendly and gets along with dogs! He is super easy going and looking for a home of his own!
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When I walk down the street with, or bring my dog essentially anywhere, people pay attention. It’s not often that you see a happy-go-lucky pouncing 50-pound lab…at least not one who only has three legs.
Gunner came into our lives through happenstance. We were not looking for another dog; we had adopted our little Kensington about a year prior and were so happy to have “lucked out” with finding a great rescue dog. No way was I messing with that dynamic. I believed the odds of finding another well-adjusted, happy pet from a rescue would be astronomical. We all hear how rescue dogs were abused, malnourished, unloved…that’s how they got to the rescue, right?
When thinking about adopting a pet, people assume that they are inheriting an animal who wears the abuse he’s experienced. No one knows if the dog will be aggressive, or timid, or have some sort of unknown trigger and lash out. That’s scary for anyone – of course it is. But we tend to forget there is an intermediary place for them. We forget about people like Ruby, who purposely looks for those dogs—the hurt, scared, sick, or left behind. Ruby, the woman who has saved literally HUNDREDS of lives, and absolutely saved my sweet Gunner’s life... We forget about the foster families.
Ruby began fostering dogs about 3 years ago. Her journey also began through a bit of happenstance; an act of kindness at a drive-through that changed her life and the lives of hundreds of dogs. Waiting in line, she noticed the car in front of her feeding a stray dog. After getting her order, she opened her car door to share some of her own food. The pup, having other ideas, jumped into the car, and that was that. Ruby had her first foster dog, and Junie had a new chance at life.
Opening your home to these dogs isn’t easy. Many are timid, uncertain of how they will be treated. The personalities Ruby welcomes are the very ones of which adopters are wary. She knows to study their body language, to give them space, time, positive energy and praise, and most importantly love. Ruby is the person who teaches them how to trust, maybe for the first time in their lives. She gives them structure and routines to provide boundaries and to prepare them to successfully transition to an adoptive home.
Through her patience, Ruby sees pups flourish. Even a simple tail wag can be an exciting sign of a dog who is starting to trust. Ruby spends her time teaching these dogs things that we as adopters need to see to feel confident bringing a dog into our home. She trains them to like their crates – showing these dogs that there is a safe place to rest. She walks them – sometimes it’s the first time they’ve even worn a collar. She socializes them – exposing them to situations they very likely have never experienced, but that we may want to share with them in our homes. She loves them at their worst and nurtures them back to their true best selves. Then, she lets them go – to us, to our homes.
It’s very likely that everything you have read thus far is information you logically know on some level. I think one thing that many of us, especially here in New England, tend to forget is that shelters everywhere are full, and we are lucky to live in an area where shelters are standardly no-kill. But it isn’t like that everywhere, and dogs are euthanized every single day due to overcrowding. Gunner was one of these dogs. When Ruby found Gunner, he was next on the list to be euthanized. He was in the shelter in pain with a shattered leg, because someone had shot him. He still has the bullet fragments in his shoulder now, though you would never think it. Ruby found this sad guy, and decided she needed to save him. After reaching out to as many connections as she could, A Place for Ace stepped up. Together, Meagan and Ruby got Gunner out at literally the last minute.
Gunner is about 2 years old. No one really knows what his life was like before he met Ruby. We know he wasn’t the friendliest of dogs when she first met him, and perhaps that is because he was in so much pain, but we will never know his whole story.
What I do know is that since March, he’s been loved like nobody’s business. He had his leg amputated and was nursed back to health by Ruby before we adopted him. He THRIVES in a house with three crazy active boys, a feisty terrier who will not leave his side, and two adults whose hearts he owns. I often wonder what the life he had was like, and honestly, it infuriates me to know someone hurt this sweet, gentle pup. I try not to think about part of his life too much. Instead, I think about his life with Ruby, his angel.
I’ve come to know Ruby a bit – we keep in touch because of how much she loves Gunner. She inspires me. She saw Gunner--a sad, injured, scared body of a dog. But she saw Gunner, the sweetest, most loving soul of a dog, and brought him back to life.
Ruby didn’t just save him physically. She gave Gunner the love and space to be himself. He didn’t have to live in fear; he could run and play; he could jump up to the heavens; he could give hugs to strangers; he could demand more pats when she stopped; he could love and trust.
That’s the thing about fostering—it isn’t about just preventing dogs from being euthanized. It’s about restoring a dog’s trust, and giving him the confidence to be man’s best friend. It’s about showing a dog that someone can love him just as much as he loves a person. Ruby does that, really really well. Thank you, Ruby. From my family and the hundreds of others your beautiful heart has brought together. Our gratitude to you is endless.