Age: 4 years old
Weight: 50 lbs.
Hi, my name is Rupert and I came to Wisconsin from a high-kill shelter in Texas. I'm a great great basset mix and below you can find out all about me!
Daily Routine: I love getting up between 7 or 8 each morning. I go out (fast) because I’m hungry and want to eat! I chow down my 1 1/4 cup of food FAST! I sometimes eat so fast that I can't breath! My foster mom bought a new dish to slow me down, and it really works! Then, it’s back outside to play and smell all the critters that used our yard last night. During the day, I like to take naps in my chair, play outside (if it isn’t too cold or snowy), take walks, bark at people walking down street and take more naps. I sometimes sleep the whole night in ‘my’ chair and sometimes in bed with my foster mom and dad. I have NEVER made a mess in the house either. I am such a good boy!! My foster family called me a “special boy”.
What I love to do: I love to go for walks!!! Short ones now, because of the snow and cold, but LOTS of them. I don’t play with toys...I really don’t know what to do with them. I love eating and waiting for a scrap or two at the table when my humans eat.
Personal goals: I need to learn how to walk next to my foster mom and NOT get so excited and pull when I see other dogs and people. I know sometimes I don’t “sit”, “stay”, or “lay” when told. I just need a bit more practice! I get so excited, that’s all.
Favorite thing to do with my best friend: Bertha is my foster mom’s 15 yr old Bassett and she doesn’t want to do ANYTHING but sleep and eat. I let her alone most of the time. I get really excited when I see a dog on the street but my foster mom usually pulls me back and even crosses the street sometimes because I just get so excited. I know I don’t like cats!! I like to make lots of noise and chase them away when I see them in MY back yard. Next week I get to be with some of the “grand dogs” and see how that goes! I’m pretty sure we will be ok! I bark a lot and LOUD when I see the UPS or FED EX truck or men.
Kind of family do I want: I haven’t been around babies but I do love the grandkids that come around here. The kids have dogs at home and know how to act around us dogs. They play with me but they also let me be alone when I want. I like quiet time BUT I do like to get a little wild sometimes, running from one chair to another...jumping around...BUT, you know what? I do that to tire myself out when it is too cold to take a bunch of walks. I think I would love having kids to play with!
Biggest fears: I will NOT do steps! One or two to get on the porch or in the house but NO WAY will I do steps to the family room downstairs!! They even put a leash on and tried to get me to hop down one at a time! NOPE...will not do that! BUT I ride really good when I get to go in the car and truck. THAT step doesn’t bother me! That is about the only thing my foster family has learned about my fears. So I need a home where I don't have to go to the upstairs or anything.
Ideal weekend plans: I love being with my humans! I don’t like it when I have to stay behind. But I am good. I don’t chew, I don’t counter surf. I don’t knock down the gate that keeps me in the kitchen. BUT there is one little thing that happened that has caused mom to keep my leash attached. This weekend, I darted out of the house. and I got so excited that I tried to run and visit the other neighbors on the block. They caught me, and my foster mom put the leash on and took me home. It was the biggest adventure I had because the weather has been so COLD! So keeping exits secure is important. I hear a lot of talk about camping—don’t know what that is but I hope I can try it some day! I say that because I love people and doing things with them.
My foster parents think I am a really special boy. If you do too, please fill out the application under the Adoption heading on our website and a volunteer will reach out to you.