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This is Rupert, or Rupy. We think he is some mix of Dachshund, Cocker Spaniel and Golden Retriever. He is a small little fellow who loves cuddles and is very easy going.
If you are looking for shadow-like company he is your guy! He happily naps at your feet if you are working from home. He is always tracking where his people are and doesn’t let them out of his sight.
Rupy walks easily on a leash and gets along fine with most dogs he encounters. He was also very excited about the one cat he met. He’s so cute lots of people want to pet him and he has done fine with the kids that have pet him too. He will take a belly rub from anyone.
He shows no food or resource aggression. He is house trained and only really barks when someone is at the door.
Rupert would love someone who would let him on the couch, we are working on him only coming up when invited. He loves to snuggle and to be snuggled up in blankets. He’s so cute it is hard to not pick him up.
We call him our alarm clock, as pretty much every day he jumps on the bed to lick our faces. He will go back to bed for a little longer and he does sleep in his own bed just fine through the whole night. He might do better with a morning person.
Rupert has an enlarged heart and takes a Pimobendan tablet every 12 hours which he takes easily with a little peanut butter. He was recently assessed by a cardiologist who diagnosed him with degenerative valve disease, the most common heart disease in dogs. He should have periodic monitoring and continue the daily medicine for the rest of his life. He is great to go on walks, but likes to walk at a slow pace and the vet recommends following Rupert’s lead and turning home when he seems to get tired.
My Ideal Home
Rupert would do best with someone working from home or retired and home most of the time. When left alone he does bark and whine initially but seems to settle down after a bit. He has knocked down and tried to get at the trash when we’re away, luckily our trash can locks. Like we said he does best when everyone is home.
He has been in an apartment with his foster family and that seems fine with him. He really just needs one good walk a day. He won’t be a hiking or running companion as he has tiny little legs and a heart condition and gets tired at the end of long walks sometimes.
He will make for wonderful company for a person or family.