Ruby is a sweet (SWEET) 3 year old labradoodle. She was pulled from a high-kill shelter in North Carolina (thanks, Michael G!) where she had been turned in by her backyard breeder "parents". That's right...Ruby was used strictly to breed litter after litter of puppies and then was turned into this high kill shelter when her "usefulness" was gone (If you can't read between the lines, I hate these people. I can't put it into gentler, more PC terms...people who irresponsibly breed dogs so they can turn a quick buck and then mistreat, abandon, or kill dogs that can't breed for them or that they can't sell are a shaky step below Hitler in my book). Anyway, soapbox rant over, on to RUBY. Ruby was flown to Augusta, GA by the fine folks of Pilots N Paws on Monday, where Deborah Vaughn picked her up and brought her to my house.

 

Ruby is a LOVE. I'm once again awed by the resiliency of these doodles. I've had Ruby for about two days and here's what I know...

She lives to have her belly rubbed

She is sweet as sugar and adores women (and has been fine with men, just slightly more reserved at first)

She's an awesome snuggler (yes, both she and Callie slept in bed with me last night)

She's housebroken

Once she has a few solid months of good nutrition behind her, she'll have one of the most gorgeous doodle coats in the history of Doodledom.

She doesn't know how to play with plush toys, but she likes to snuggle them. She does know how to chew on a marrow bone.

She displays no resource guarding over food, and I was able to pull the bone out of her mouth when it was time for her to stop chewing on it with no reaction but a "really??" look on her face.

As she displayed at the vet's office yesterday, she has the potential to be a master counter surfer!

She doesn't know how to play with other dogs at all. Callie play bowed to her this morning and Ruby looked at her, looked at me, and then wandered over to the water bowl. This part will take some time!

Last night, Ruby learned how to walk up the stairs

This morning, Ruby learned how to walk down the stairs

 Below are some pictures of this sweet girl.

Right after her bath last night:

 

This morning, lounging in my bed:

 

 

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Comment by Kate on September 16, 2011 at 2:18pm
thank you so much for the update. I have worried about her since the day she left my house.  Her situation really impacted me.  We have fostered other dogs since but it is the ones  Ipersonally pick up from the shelter that I can't "shake". Ruby was my first and I could not be happier to hear about her. Thanks for responding and sharing that story. 
Comment by Frannie on September 15, 2011 at 10:38pm
Hi Kate - thanks for your note! I am happy to report that Ruby is fabulously happy in her forever home. Her new mom, Cheryl, recently sent me a video where Ruby was RUNNING and PLAYING in their backyard, with her doodle sister Molly. She is happy, goofy, and brings joy to her new family daily. I couldn't have imagined a happier place for sweet Miz Ruby (and they kept her name!!).
Comment by Kate on September 15, 2011 at 9:55pm

hi there! I wondered if you ever heard how Ruby is doing. I still miss her :) and hope she is well. I hope you are well too and are enjoying the doodles who come in and out of your life. :)

Comment by Frannie on March 17, 2011 at 11:41am
Thanks Kate! I saw that on her vet records. I totally understand why you miss her. She's SO sweet!!! She went into heat over the weekend and has to wear diapers (she's getting spayed on Monday). She looks EXACTLY like a big furry baby! Last night, I woke up during the night and found her stretched out full length, spooning me. She's such a snuggler!!! Please know that you did a wonderful thing, getting her out of the shelter and over to us. You set her on a path that will ensure that she gets to have a great, doodley life!
Comment by Kate on March 16, 2011 at 7:19pm
oh my gosh!! I can't believe she had MORE.  By the way I gave her frontline (and heartguard for that matter) on March 4th.  Thanks for passing the love on to her for me. I MISS her. Hope you guys are all great!
Comment by Frannie on March 14, 2011 at 10:44am

Hey Kate! Poor Ruby and her ticks! Between you and Michael, she hardly had any left on her (and they were the small deer ticks - I hate those!). I think Ruby got over her stair fear after I carried her up and down them. She's a hefty girl and I'm sure she felt unbalanced!

 

I gave Ruby a BIG hug from you. She's an incredibly sweet and loving doodle girl!

Comment by Kate on March 13, 2011 at 6:02pm
Ruby spent a few nights with me right outta the shelter before heading toward Michael.  After two baths I personally pulled at least 40 (stopped counting) ticks off of her.  I miss her and am delighted to see her in bed where she belongs. Glad she learned the stairs. She was NOT willing to try them at my house. :) Please pass a very big hug to her from me.
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on March 10, 2011 at 8:42am
Frannie, you never cease to amaze me! Thanks for fostering Ruby and helping her find her forever family! She's a beauty!
Comment by Kim and the doodle boys on March 10, 2011 at 5:42am
Thank you Frannie and Callie for opening your home to this beautiful girl.  Callie is one special doodle to share her bed and she has one special mommy.
Comment by Frannie on March 9, 2011 at 11:11pm
Ruby would thank each of you for the well wishes, but since her paws and mouth are currently occupied by an antler I will say thanks! As the saying goes..."it takes a village..." and I wouldn't be able to do this without the great support network that embodies the DRC!!

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