Meet Rasmus. This sweet 6 year young fellow lived in three homes before coming to rescue. He was obviously misunderstood because I find him an absolute sweetheart. He is a gem. So far he has been very well behaved in the house. He respects my 24” baby gates in doorways to rooms he is restricted from. He loves making himself comfortable on the couch, the floor, a dog bed, or his kennel. Rasmus is not fond of being left alone but will settle in his kennel while I am away. Even though there might be several bones available Rasmus wants the one his foster brother is enjoying. He will wait politely until it is left before he helps himself.
Rasmus was shy and a little defensive when he first met his foster brother. It took about 5 days before they started playing with each other. Now they have a great time chasing one another in the yard. He will be fine in a 4’ fenced yard. Rasmus loves a good run around the yard for 5-10 minutes and then he will settle down with a bone or toy. He averages about 20,000 steps a day according to his Fi GPS Collar. He is a gentleman on leash. My home is a natural bunny farm. Rasmus will alert to a running rabbit but he will not bolt. He is easily redirected to finish his walk. He is a Setter and would most likely give chase if not on a leash. He will give me a head whip when I call his name. He has also learned my recall word PEANUTS and comes running. Rasmus gets along with the cat in his foster home.
Rasmus can be a door/gate bolter if given the chance. He is learning to SIT and wait for his release word BREAK before moving through the door or gate. At his previous home he was known to eat socks and rags but so far he has not tried to eat anything that wasn’t food while with me, however, he is under constant supervision both in and outside the house. Rasmus is not recommended for a home with children as there would be too many things he could get into. No soft small toys for this boy. He has been playing with hard rubber toys. He can keep himself entertained playing with a Kong Bone. Out in the yard he likes to trot figure eights carrying his bone. So far he respects dog beds and furniture. No inappropriate digging, chewing or unstuffing of toys or furniture.
Rasmus cracks me up because he has to sniff his food before he eats. He will stop and sniff treats when we are training. He is adorable and smart. He is learning to make some very good choices. Rasmus is a great guard dog. He will alert bark when he hears a strange sound and will respond to THANK YOU and stop. He alerts to loud noises but is not really bothered by them. He is not bothered by lightening or thunder but he might bark if things get really loud. He will bark out in the yard but never for long.
We have not been able to investigate his social skills with many people, kids or other dogs. So far he is shy on first meeting but warms up quickly if given space to make the choice himself. He seems to love car rides. He was quite the gentleman on his transport. All of the drivers loved him.
Rasmus does have some insecurities but he is gaining confidence every day. He seems to relax with routine. He is blossoming more each day now that he has a predictable routine.
Rasmus is in good health, neutered, up to date on vaccinations and ready for his “furever” home. He is living in a foster home near Elmdale, KS.