Meet Rio!

Rio

Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!
Meet Rio!

About Me

Meet Rio, a sweet, large, lovable pup. Rio was left in the overnight drop-box at the local shelter. We have no idea if he was found as a stray or sadly if his owner dumped him. He was terrified. So much so that he would not stand up and initially shelter personnel were not sure if it injury related and he was unable to walk. Luckily that was not the case but he was so stressed and scared he just played possum.

Given a bit of time there the kennel staff got to know him and as he began to trust, he opened up meeting them with wags as they came to visit. Rather than adopt him to a home that may not potentially be a fit and have him back at the shelter, they reached out to SCGRR for an exit. That is all of the history we have on our pal Rio.

We decided he needed the gift of time in his foster home. He needed to trust that overall, people are good. He lives with another dog and they get along well. He has tried to initiate play but the resident Princess wants nothing of those antics. He does well meeting other dogs on leash and has shown no indication of aggression/reactivity.

Rio was very shy in his transition to his new home. Quick movements and loud voices had him hitting the dirt. He has overcome this skittish nature as he learned to trust his foster pops. He has never shown any indication of human aggression or resource guarding, takes treats like a champ, knows ‘sit’ sometimes, and has one heck of a hand (paw) shake. Rio is a bit of a freight train when he gets moving and could knock over the littles, or seniors if not careful.

Here are a few quick videos so you can ‘meet’ Rio virtually:   Happy pup Rio   and  A jolly good roll  and  Rio Zoomies

Rio is housebroken although he did have a few accidents in his home when he first arrived. All near the door which tells us it was more of an access thing than training. He has pretty decent house manners, he does not climb on the furniture or counter surf (actually, he won’t even go into the kitchen). We think maybe the kitchen was off limits in his former home as he has no reservations in joining the family in other rooms.

Rio loves his walks. He puts in about 3+ miles a day and has pretty good leash manners. He is rearing to go and excited at first but calms quickly and gets into a rhythm. He does not pull unless he sees a cat (and there goes your arm) so no cats in his future home. Since his time in foster care, he is much better around new people. He meets new people daily on his walks. Time and incremental exposure was the best thing for him.

We don’t know what happened to this poor pup before he arrived but his golden spirit has shone through. In the right home he will continue to thrive. Rio loves his foster pop so we know he will bond deeply with his new family. He loves people but is not a Velcro dog. He has been left home alone for extended periods of time without any destruction.

My Ideal Home

Rio would do best in an active home; one that will provide daily walks and maybe hikes on the weekends. We have not exposed him to water so do not know if he is a swimmer but we are sure he would enjoy a good romp at dog beach.

Due to his size and bull-in-china-shop tendency, he would not be the best fit for a home where small children reside full time. Although a gentle dog, we have not tested him with kids or pushed any limits. If you are a family with occasional visitors with small kids, this can be managed with supervision and not really disrupt anyone’s lifestyle.

Rio would benefit in a home with another well adjusted dog but that is not a must. He trusts his current fur-sibling and follows her lead (ok by her, ok by him…it’s a dog thing). They walk well together on leash. A home with an anxious dog would not be a match. Again, no cats.

Want to Adopt me?

If you believe beautiful Rio could be a match for you and your lifestyle, please contact rescue.ranger525@gmail.com and let us know the home and life you can provide for him.

All interested parties must have completed the application process, which includes a home visit by one of our wonderful volunteers.

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