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Our Guide Dog Puppy Rufus  (number 4), born 8th October 2005
Riskha Willow Grace Rufus Marshall Eve Kim Zack
 

 

 

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Rufus
  Rufus came to us in late November 2005, aged 6 weeks. A cross between a yellow Labrador, his mother, and a black collie, his father.  Rufus looked more like a lab than a collie. His character, though, was very strongly collie!! Always active, never crashing out for a sleep as labs do, he was always on the go, busy, busy boy!!

We have a saying, that, if you ask a labrador to do something, they will reply to you" I have a committee meeting next week, we'll let you know what we decide to do".  If you ask a collie the same request, they will reply " well, we did that yesterday, what do you want me to do right now!!

Rufus was a Sponsored Dog. That meant that Guide Dogs published an Update leaflet every few months showing the progress of the sponsored pup, to be sent out to the thousands of sponsors. So, Katie and photographer Jonathan visited us every so often to gather the latest progress reports and take a wealth of photos for the Update. We also received some letters and drawings from youngsters who had been his sponsors. Some of these are below.

Rufus progressed very well through his training, and is now a working dog at Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight. We visited him and met his owner and his wife in July 2009, who is also blind and has a working dog. Rufus hasn't changed and is a lively, happy lad who is dearly loved by his unsighted owner, Michael. together they go out for long walks in the National Trust lands near their home in the West of the Island.

Feb 2017

Rufus has retired and we have been asked to give him a  home 'for life', which after some thought about his relationship with Gizmo we have done.

Now 12 yars old, still very active, apart from some aches and pains of old age, he has settled well into our routine. In fact he coped well with the move from Devon to Mere in July, and seems truly to be enjoying 'his retirement' . Photos up soon.

 

 

 

Snow in the Spring of 2006

 Granddaughter Isabel

Some painting sent to us from young sponsors

Grandma, mother, sister Ruby, Rufus and Willow Rufus as a working Guide Dog in July 2009, Isle of Wight With sister Ruby June 2006
Rufus Born 8.10.05 Saturday
Food Weight Rufus weight (with collar) Age wks Height inches date
0.2 3.66 6 10 18-Nov
0.2 4.85 7 11 28-Nov
0.24 6.25 8 12 07-Dec
0.28 7.4 9 13 14-Dec
0.32 8.2 10 14 19-Dec
0.32 9.1 11 14.5 29-Dec
0.32 9.7 12 15 31-Dec
0.33 10.25 13 16 04-Jan
0.33 11.1 14 16.5 11-Jan
0.33 12.1 15 17 18-Jan
0.42 13.35 16 18 28-Jan
0.42 14.8 17 19 06-Feb
0.46 15.8 18 20 13-Feb
0.46 17.05 19 20 20-Feb
0.46 17.9 20 20.5 27-Feb
0.5 19.15 21 21 06-Mar
0.5 20.5 22 21 13-Mar
0.5 20.85 23 21.5 20-Mar
0.5 21.25 24 21.5 25-Mar
0.5 22.6 25 22 03-Apr
0.5 23.55 26 22 11-Apr
0.5 24.25 27 22 18-Apr
0.5 25.4 28 22.5 26-Apr
0.5 25.6 29 22.5 03-May
0.5 25.6 30 23 08-May
0.5 26.7 31 23 16-May
0.4 28.95 55 26 28-Oct

Weight//height chart.

 

July 2009

That smile says it all!!

Jump 10 years and this is Rufus back with us.

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