A lucky match! Rufus the yellow labrador came to us — huge, strong, energetic, and young. Also gorgeous. We not only do behavioral assessments but when we can, we ask breed knowledgeable people for their assessments as well. One of our volunteers who has competed in field trials with labradors came to assess him. Her comment was this was a magnificent retriever whose energy and strength and instincts would shine as a hunting dog. If at all possible, he should go to someone who could handle his strength and work him as he was meant to be worked. Amongst a lot of great homes that applied, came a retired wildlife biologist, ex-football player, and avid duck hunter whose daughter saw Rufus' video, told her dad vacationing at Eagle Crest resort to go see Rufus. Which he did, the match was made, and Rufus now lives in Washington, on the water. Here is a report from his new guardian: Hi Brightside, Good to hear from you. Sierra, my daughter, Odin (the dog formerly known as Rufus) and I are marvelous. My daughter calls him Mr. Perfect. He has settled waaaay down. He is full of surprises. He knew hand signals, So he is good at sit, stay, come and down by voice and/or hand signal. He also takes direction by hand upon retrieving his bumper. Odin is all lab in the water and is marvel to watch swim. He is completely house broken and will lay quietly on his bed and his favorite blanket. I spoil him and allow him to sleep in his bed in my room. One big challenge remains and that is getting him to heel, He is 50 % better but has ways to go. Sierra and I are taking turns training him twiceday. He is already the perfect family dog. I thought he might make a good hunting dog. Now I think he may be a superb hunting dog. Its a match made in heaven. Thanks for putting us together. Regards, Rocky

Originally posted at Brightside Animal Center’s Facebook Wall: A lucky match!

Rufus the yellow labrador came to us — huge, strong, energeti…