RUGER RED LABEL (was ROUX)
The Trio, Dano (now Cooper or Coupe), Caruso (now Red Nique) and Roux came into rescue from a local breeder who was unable to sell them. They were born Nov. 5, have an AKC pedigree, tails docked, dews removed. The parents of these pups were kept as kennel dogs and are good hunters. Caruso is the smallest of the 3, face is a little more narrow, more petite bone overall, but high speed. Roux is the middle child in size and shape. Dano is the largest of the 3 with the more box head. All the pups are high energy, sassy, happy, tail waggin dogs. Dano seems to be the most serious of the 3. He stands back and considers things a bit longer, was the most shy with strangers at the vet, but also seems to have the best nose of the 3. Always to the ground, always looking for nifty smells. Roux is middle in about everything. He is always in the middle of the play games, loves to run and chase even the big dogs, seems to have a good nose as well but will cut off the hunt to play. Caruso is the smallest but has big energy, always perky for everything and loves to play, again always running the yard and trying to catch up with the big dogs. These are not well-bred dogs and the parents had no health checks done. Due to their common ancestry they have a higher than average chance of showing genetic problems with hips, eyes, blood diseases and epilepsy.
Roux, aka Sunka Sa (Dakota Sioux Indian name for "red dog") found a great hunting home in MT. Both his new mom and dad are avid hunters and avid dog people. Roux will get to help raise pups each year for Loving Paws Assistance Dogs and New Horizons Service Dogs. In his time off he will get to hunt and do Canine Good Citizen work. Roux joins Griz, Cali, Buddy and Joy -- his dog pals all of whom came on the trip to meet him -- at the Farmer spread of 5 acres. He will have plenty to keep him busy and lots of yummy smells to keep his nose busy until it is time to work the birds. Take care of our little Roo-Roo Roux!
Apr 2004, Carlene writes about Roux's new name... "well, it finally hit me. Roux just has not quite been right and then last night it came... His name is Ruger Red Label which is the gun I am holding in this picture with puppy, Cactus Jack, who died a few weeks before we got Ruger. It seems a fitting honor to the memory of Jack." We think so too!
Dec 2010: Hi Auntie Reb, Ruggie is doing well. It was a tough summer for all of us and he & Freezy gave up a lot of attention time since Joysie had my attention 24/7. Then when she died everyone was down--- I just miss her so very much and sometimes I cannot stop the tears and Ruger & Freezy know something is not right. We got to do a bit of hunting after Joy died. Went to the western part of the state and hunted sharptails. We have been hunting geese not far from here but it is not Ruger's game and though he hates being left in the car, he would just freeze sitting in the snow in 4 degrees. So after we hunt geese we come back and get him and then walk for pheasants. I haven't been doing much because just walking causes extreme pain in my left shoulder which I will have replaced in January. We are going to a pheasant farm several times in the next few weeks since the dogs have not been able to find any birds on public land. Ruger can put his fine nose to work. He has become even more of a lover as he has gotten older and some of it is just needing more attention now that Joy is gone--think he really misses her as does Freezy because she raised them both. Blessings, Carlene & Ruger Red Label
Dec 2012, Carlene & Ruger write: Hi Auntie Reb! Ruggie is showing his age with his white face and he has some crabby days but he is a happy boy despite his persistent anxiety at times and he can still run like a gazelle although a bit slower. He is a love. Here he is in his new Christmas bed. Blessings for the new year.
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