............Sir Rufus is a Pug Beagle mix he's 4 yrs old...........
Almost 2 months ago he had surgery involving the removal of his left front leg. Rufus is a rescue for us, he came from an abusive home, his leg was broken and had too much nerve damage to be saved. The animal shelter asked for $500 in donations to pay for his surgery. 14 wonderful caring people reached out and donated the money. We are very thankful to their kindness. His surgery took place in May.
«You can see the damaged leg in this photo and the sadness in his heart»
My children and I were thinking about getting a Pug and one of the things that we wanted in that Pug was for him to be a rescue dog; for him to be either sight disabled or a tripawd. We prayed that he not have cancer because I knew that could lead to vet bills and possibly a painful death (they found no cancer in him during surgery). Our prayers were answered in Rufus, who is now Sir Rufus.
Sir Rufus was being fostered by a very nice lady, we made a date to meet and see if we would be a good fit for each other and I cried when she said "Okay let's go inside complete the paperwork and he's all yours".
Okay, down to the reason why I'm asking for the money; My daughter has Legge-Calve-Perthes disease effecting her left leg when I told her about Rufus she asked "which leg?" I said "his left", she said "just like mine" and smiled. That made me think about how good he'll be for her. Then after we got him I thought about it even more... What about Sir Rufus being a therapy dog? Going to hospitals and helping children and veterans who have had body parts amputated? Sir Rufus' spirit changed in a positive way after his surgery and he made my baby girl smile (she's 17 but always my baby) and that inspired me... I looked into what I would need to do to get him certified to be a therapy dog and found a place named Ruff House Pet Resort. They have been in my area for 9 years. Obedience Training is not required but I feel it will teach Sir Rufus and I to be the best pet and owner we can be, he doesn't know certain commands yet and this will help us communicate better, the course is $130 then there's the Therapy Dog Certificate Course which is $195, I am asking for an extra $100 to help me purchase his certificate, id cards, a vest type carrier (I looked into the special ones for tripawd dogs) I don't want him boxed in a carrier. I am hoping to receive $425. If we are blessed and receive more it will all go toward items for him, having t-shirts made w/ his pictures and gas to help us get to and from hospitals where he will motivate & inspire.
«You can see the.playfulness in his eyes, just days after surgery.»
I believe Sir Rufus will make an excellent therapy dog because he likes to cuddle, he is really laid back and chills and he is an inspiration, the photos of him before surgery and after are wonderful, his spirit shines now. I am sure that when the children see him he will help them heal mind, body and soul. We have videos of him racing against another dog, just out of the blue and it surprised us all, we had no idea he was capable of racing it is on his YouTube channel (Sir Rufus the Wonder Dog), and playing, its like there's no stopping him and there is no telling him he has 3 legs either.
We appreciate your donations, prayers and we well wishes, I know money is tight for us all and I greatly appreciate your helping us make a difference.
Thank you so very much
All the best and God bless.
«running at the dog park»