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Rufus #1562

Age: 12 yrs (D.O.B. 8/01/02)
Weight: 55 lbs

Being fostered in Minnesota

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My Name is Rufus!  I have been with BBR for over 4 years very patiently waiting for my forever home.  I have a wonderful foster home but there is nothing like having a forever home.  I have my aches and pains but that doesn’t slow me down much.  I love going for walks and I get along with my 4-legged foster brothers and sister.  Mostly I love having people around.  And I am a champion snoozer!  Check out my video.  I sleep in the most imaginative positions!


For more information, please fill out the Adoption Application so someone on the adoption team can contact you and let you know more!


Exposure to children?    Yes
What ages were the children?
l7 ,12, 5, 4, and 2 years old

Describe the dog’s reaction to children: Rufus is not around children all the time, just when the neighbors’ kids come over. He gets over excited with them and barks loud and runs around. I think a house with children over l6 would be better.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Comments about behavior with other dogs: Rufus doesn’t mind other dogs. We have four other bassets; two of them are senior dogs, 12 and 13. They get short with him since he has a lot of energy, too much for their taste. But we have two other bassets that are 9 and 10 that do really well with him. The one likes to play and chase him as long as he doesn’t get too loud or excited.

Good with cats? Unknown

Good with birds, parrots, etc. Yes

Comments about behavior with birds:
We have a pair of finches and a guinea pig. He doesn’t seem to bother them. He does bark at the guinea pig when we give it treats as Rufus wants the carrots.

Good with other pets Yes

List type of pets, and comments about behavior with other pets We have turkeys and chickens that are fenced. Rufus is curious about them but doesn’t seem to want to chase or bark at them.

Can climb stairs? Yes

Comments about stairs: Rufus can do stairs very well; runs up them like nothing.

Pulls on a leash? Yes

Comments about pulling on a leash: Sometimes he can pull on a leash when he wants to go his way. But for the most part he walks very well.

Food aggressive? Yes

Comments about food aggressiveness: Rufus has a little food aggression when it come to chewy bones. He will bark at the other dogs if he has them or if they do get them he will try to get a bone from them.

Has allergies? Yes

List allergies and any related comments: He does have some mild skin allergies it seems.

Type of family life? Active

Comments about family life: Rufus likes people around at all times. He loves to go for walks and play. List anything the dog is afraid of (please complete, in full)    Rufus is gun shy and doesn’t seem to like loud noises.

Tell us about your foster basset: Rufus has issues with being left alone. He gets anxious and will accidents. He does do better now but still has trouble. Rufus is crate trained which helps somewhat. He is a very well mannered dog otherwise.  Rufus loves to play and take walks. He does take some medication for his arthritis.


Charlie Brown #2217

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Age: 10 yrs (D.O.B. 10/2003)
Weight: 45 lbs

Being fostered in Minnesota.

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Hi! My name is Charlie Brown.  I am an easy going guy who loves human companionship and a comfy place to take a snooze.  I get along with just about everyone. Kids (aged 9 yrs and older), other dogs and even cats.  I am not that interested in playing with other dogs though.  Guess I’m too mature for that.  I came to rescue with Angie #2216 but we don’t need to be adopted together.  I am quickly getting attached to my new foster dad so I hope my new home will have a guy I can hang out with.  At night I sleep on a pillow in the bedroom but if there was a spot for me IN the bed I would definitely move up! I’m a good boy in the car.

BBR note: The history on Charlie indicates that he is a Bagel- aka Basset/Beagle mix.

For more information, please fill out the Adoption Application so someone on the adoption team can contact you and let you know more!


Bill and Dudley- crosspost

This handsome father and son pair are up for adoption at Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester, MN.  If you are interested in finding out more about Bill and Dudley, please contact the shelter directly. These sweet boys need a forever home!


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Bubba #2101

Age: 3 yrs.
Weight: 36 lbs.

Being Fostered in Wisconsin

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Hello, my name is Bubba, although my foster mommy lovingly refers to me as Buster as well.  I came to BBR from a puppy mill.  I have had to learn what it means to be a pet but my foster mom says I am just as sweet as any guy can be.   I have gotten potty trained and use the doggy door to take myself out whenever I have to go.  I have really learned to enjoy having a real home and having foster siblings has really helped.  That is why I need a home with another dog.  I love to play, and rely on my siblings to let me know that a scary situation is safe.  I have come a long way in being brave considering at first I was even afraid of eating in the house and my foster mom had to put my food outside.  I eat in the house now and have gained a few pounds so I’m not too skinny any more.   I also love snuggling and playing with toys.  Car rides have also gone from scary to fun, and walks are the best!  Foster mommy says I’m happy to walk for miles if you will take me!  I have been exposed to cats too but they do not interest me.

When I first came to BBR I had a funny gait so I was taken to the doctor right away.  I already have arthritis in the top of my spine, and the rest is fused together from mid chest to tail.  This means I need a home without stairs as I have very limited flexibility.  I don’t lift my tail though I can wag it back and forth, I squat to potty, and I don’t seem to have much feeling in my back feet.  I am on glucosamine supplements and Rimadyl and may need increased pain medication as I age.  Although there have been other dogs with my medical situation that have lived to be happy old seniors, no one can say for sure how my body will respond in the future.  I have been in foster care some time now and so far my health status has remained the same.  I am happily waiting for a family who can embrace me for all that I am.  I would probably do best in a home with older or no children since I need people who are able to understand my limited flexibility.  I am a very loving boy and can’t wait for my new family to find me!

For more information, please fill out the Adoption Application so someone on the adoption team can contact you and let you know more about me!

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Vito #2125-Adoption Pending!

Age: 9 yrs (DOB 9/28/04)
Weight: 60 lbs.

Being fostered in Wisconsin.

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Note: Vito will be moving into a new foster home soon and if all goes well, it will become his permanent home.  BBR will still accept applications for him at this time, should the new home not be a match. 

Hello, my name is Vito!  I lived with my last family since I was a pup, so finding myself in foster care has been a bit of an overwhelming change for me.  I am making the adjustment though, and working on the socialization I have been needing.  I am currently living with other dogs, as well as cats.  Cats are scary.  I am getting used to them but like to remind them with my voice that I need space.  I like people but I am timid so I need to get familiar with them on my own terms.  Once I am comfortable, I just want to be where they are.  I have been going out for walks as well as car rides, but I guess I am too quite in the car because sometimes foster mom forgets I’m in there!  I suppose that is a good problem to have!  I would love to have a special person or people of my own, but need a home without small children.  I was a bit fearful of the toddler in my home and former family was afraid it wasn’t safe to have us in the home together, since neither of us understood each other too well.  I should be fine with a family that works during the day as long as they have lots of love for me at night.

For more information, please fill out the Adoption Application so someone on the adoption team can contact you and let you know more!



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