German Shepherd Dog/Hound (Unknown Type)
Meet Ruger, he is a Shepherd mix born in April 2018. He was surrendered by his family due to the other family shepherds picking on him. Ruger is a happy young boy with no care in the world. He loves to run and play with another dog or is just as happy to play by himself. He likes to chase a ball and carry it around. He does not mind being in his crate when his foster mom is not there to supervise him. He lets her know if he needs to go potty. He is a very good boy on car rides and enjoy meeting new people. He walks pretty well on a leash but does forget how strong he is and he is in additional leash training. Sometimes this is just a puppy thing and he will grow out of it. He gets along with other dogs but sometimes the other dogs are afraid of his size, so recommend a meet and greet before playing. He plays with the other foster dogs in his foster home. He was picked on by other large dogs in early life therefore he is a little shy of large dogs. He is learning commands and sits quietly with all the foster dogs when getting a treat. He is a very sweet boy eager to please and be with people. Ruger has a slight limp every now and then. He has had blood tests and x-rays, and it appears he may have hip dysplasia in both hips. It is not an injury but possibly genetic. He has been seen by several veterinarians who recommend a watchful eye and not to do anything for an additional year, at least after he is finished growing. Ruger needs a long-term foster home or a forever home that understands the large breed hip issues and is willing to give Ruger the best of life. He is ready to go to his forever, just needs someone to love him. Are you his Christmas Angel?
Ruger has been dewormed, microchipped, tested for heartworm and is on preventive, neutered, and has received the Distemper-Parvo combination vaccine, Kennel Cough vaccine and Rabies vaccine. For more information, please call the Bedford Humane Society at 540-586-6100, or go to www.bhsva.org/adoptions-home.htm to fill out an adoption application.